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Fish News: Flounder Seasons is Now Open

Fish News
Flounder Season is Now Open
by Dr. Ken Neill, III

Striped bass have started to make their push toward the Chesapeake Bay. They do not seem to care much what the water temperature is now. The days are getting longer and they have things to do. The ocean season remains open through March 31. In the bay, it is catch and release only. Some have already entered the bay but there are still plenty feeding along the oceanfront. Flounder season is now open. You may keep 6 fish at least 16.5 inches in length. Don't expect much action until the water warms up a bit. Depending on the weather, flounder action may be decent the last couple weeks of the month. The offshore wrecks are the home to jumbo sea bass. Tautog action has been decent at the Triangle Wrecks. Action will heat up over the next week or two. Our regular monthly meetings begin this month. Claude Bain will be our speaker at our meeting on March 15. Claude is the smartest angler I know. I learn something every time I hear him talk.
Feb. 27, I went to the 4A Drydock area with Jorj Head, Stephen Powell, and Bob Manus. We were after tautog. Well my crew was tautog challenged. I caught every fish...all two of them. On the way in, we ran into whales and gannets so we put out a spread and caught rockfish until we did not want to crank anymore. The fish ranged up to 40 inches long.
Feb. 26, Capt. Richard Bartlett took a charter after rockfish. They found them about 14 miles south of Rudee. They came in with a limit of fish up to 37 pounds. To charter Richard, call (757) 876-5376.

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

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