Josenhans FF ~ Eastern Shore Flounder

23 03 2012

The flounder bite is on along the Virginia eastern shore. Yesterday, after fooling around all morning with inside chores, the 75 degree outdoor temperature got the best of me, so I decided to hook the boat up and take a drive to Wachapreague, VA. Halfway there, I decided to choose a ramp closer to home – the clock was fast approaching  1:00 p.m. After picking up some fresh frozen shiners and big live minnows at Sea Hawk Sport Center in Pocomoke, I traveled a bit farther and launched at a sea-side county ramp. As I was tending to the boat a couple of folks were returning , with limits all! That was the good news. The bad news was that the bite had slowed due to high winds and muddy water. Naturally. I was there, so I finished loading my Jones Brothers and proceeded to the fishing grounds. The water was indeed murky, with the forecast 5 to 10  knot winds blowing at a comfortable 20 to 25. I looked around and found a patch of relatively clean water along the channel edge where I proceeded to catch six flounder within 45 minutes. Three were of legal size at 20″, 18.5″ and 17.”  “This is too easy,” I thought to myself. It turned out it was. No sooner had this revelation reached the ego portion of my small brain and the bite stopped. Cold turkey. With the tide approaching dead low, the conditions really deteriorated and the flounder shut right off. I looked around for a couple of hours but was only able to pick up one more short. Such is flounder fishing on the Eastern Shore. I’ve got a week or two to kill before the Susky Flats heats-up so I think I’ll run a couple of trips down this way while the flatfish are hungry. Anyway, I’ve got some fish to clean..

My first keeper flounder of the season - a fat 20-incher

Two-at-a-time legal flounder got my attention!!


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