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Fish News: Flounder Fishing is Steady

Fish News
Flounder Fishing is Steady
by Dr. Ken Neill, III

The red drum bite is on fire. Black drum are still being caught at buoy 13 and on the shoals by angler targeting red drum. Spadefish are here in force and so are the spade fishermen. Everything has been a little late this year but cobia should be here now. I expect that we will hear of some catches over this week. Small gray trout are being caught at the CBBT and some bigger trout continue to be caught at the Cell. Plenty of 20 something inch striped bass can be found at the CBBT. Flounder fishing has been steady. All the normal summertime flounder holes are producing. The offshore waters are finally showing signs of warming up close enough for Virginia Beach boats to reach. The sea mounts, like the Hot Dog, are loaded with big bluefish and sand eels so there should be some bluefin in the area. Capt. Steve Wray, (757) 481-7517, will be the speaker at our June 21st meeting. He will be talking about cobia fishing around the CBBT.
June 5, Jorj Head, Tim Hatok, and Matt Rinck fished the Cell. They spent most of the day looking at big spadefish. They hooked a number of them but only managed to boat one, 21-inch fish. They also fished for trout but did not catch any on their trout baits. They did hook two on their spadefish baits though. Tim broke one off right at the boat. Matt managed to land his. It weighed in at 9 pounds 5 ounces for a citation.
June 5, I decided to give the tautog one more try. I fished with Robin and Julie Ball. We ran to the Chesapeake Light Tower first just to check out the Spade fishermen. We watched a couple of fish being caught. We then ran to the 4A Dry Dock where we managed to catch all of two tautog. We did catch some sea bass. Julie did catch a rather nice conger eel. We then ran to the Consuls where we managed to catch one more tautog and some sea bass. Robin caught the largest tog at 18 inches. I caught our largest seabass, right at 4 pounds.
June 5, Mike and Lanie Avery chunked up a limit of stripers at the CBBT. Their fish ranged up to 26 inches long. They also landed a pollock, some croakers, and some nice conger eels.
June 4, Mike and Lanie Avery fished the CBBT. They caught some small trout at the 12-mile mark. They then went and chunked for stripers near the first island. They brought home a limit of fish up to 26 inches.
June 4, John Hunt took his boat down to Hatteras. John caught and released a nice white marlin. They also caught 4-gaffer dolphin. He was fishing around the 300 line. He said the boats that ran down to the triple 000 brought back some nice catches of dolphin.
June 4, I fished the Cell with Dr. Julie Ball, my dad, Dr. Mickey Neill, Jorj Head, and Stephen Powell. We worked on those spadefish all day. They did not want to bite but we hooked up with about 10. We broke off about 8. I caught a 22-inch fish that I released for a citation. Julie caught a 21.5-inch fish that got to stay in the cooler. My dad caught our one keeper tautog and some nice croaker to just over 2 pounds. We also tried for big gray trout. We saw the boat next to us catch 4 on bucktails. We cast everything we had but they did not want to bite our jigs or the live bait I had swimming just off of the structure. What they did want to bite were those pieces of clam we were drifting back to the spadefish. We hooked two trout on our little spadefish hooks. Jorj caught a 31-inch fish that he released for a citation. Stephen caught the other one, which later weighed in at 9 pounds 9 ounces for his first ever gray trout citation. We also caught a couple of small stripers on pieces of clam.
June 1, Don Crist ran to the Cell after work. They caught a 10-pound gray trout. The other boat that ran with them managed to catch two trout. They all caught a bunch of big croaker. The largest weighed in at 3 lbs. 4oz for a citation.
May 30, Darren Foster ran his boat way east out of Oregon Inlet. They managed to catch 8-gaffer dolphin.
May 30, Robin and Julie Ball spent Memorial Day fishing for tautog. They fished a couple of coastal wrecks and caught them all day long along with some nice sea bass to almost 5 pounds. The largest togs were Julie's 23 and 23.5-inch fish that she released for citations. They kept about 20 fish (togs and sea bass) to eat and released everything else. I asked them if they had seen any spadefish while they were on the wrecks and they said no. The previous day, Robin Ball had fished the light tower where he did see big spadefish but he could not get them to bite so he went over to the Tower Reef where he caught tautog to 7.5 pounds.

Dr. Neill writes a weekly column for The Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman's Association (

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