Fish News: Time to Get Serious About Flounder

Fish News
Time to Get Serious About Flounder

April is here which means that it is time to put away the striped bass gear and time to get serious about flounder. Flatfish are being caught in the normal flounder spots. The bend at the third island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel has been the best early season spot so far. The seaside inlets of the Eastern Shore should also be a good area to target flounder right now. April is also the month we have to target tautog. The tog bite is on all spring but remember that the season will close on May 1 so get your tautog fix in now.
The next meeting of the PSWSFA will be on April 21. Lou Rajnys will be speaking to us about vertical jigging. This technique has proven both fun and productive for multiple species.
The Black Drum World Championship has been scheduled for May 15-17. For more information about this fun and challenging tournament, visit: esvachamber.org/festivals/drumfish .
"The Flounder Bowl", the open flounder tournament of the PSWSFA will be one June 27 with a captains meeting on the 26th. It will be held out of Dare Marina and Yacht Sales (daremarina.com ). This will be a team tournament with an entry fee of $100 per boat. There is also a sponsors division with an entry fee of $200. Sponsored boats will fish in the regular tournament and will also compete for a sponsors trophy. Winners will be determined by the combined weight of a 3-fish stringer. The top six boats will finish in the prize money. The rest of the boats will be entered into a "lucky dog" drawing for an additional cash prize. There will be an optional big fish calcutta, of $100, single largest fish takes all. In addition to the cash prizes, there will be special awards for the largest flounder caught by a youth and the largest flounder caught by a lady.
The regular club tournaments of 2009 have been scheduled. The Triple Threat Tournament (flounder, trout, spadefish) will be May 16-31. The Youth and Ladies (croaker, flounder) will be July 18-26 with a club cookout on the 26th. The Don Forman Cobia Tournament will be held the entire month of August. A spot tournament will be held October 3 and 4 with a cookout on the 4th. Our rockfish tournament will be held the month of December.
April 6, Rick Wineman fished out of Oregon Inlet. They had a tough time on the troll. After missing a number of fish, they decided to give jigging a try. It was a good decision. They caught bluefin tuna in the 100-150 pound range.
April 6, Mike Avery fished out of Hatteras with Tiki Bob on the Fin Seeker: www.finseekersportfishing.com . They had a fantastic day both trolling and jigging. They caught 7 blackfin tuna, 7 yellowfin tuna, a dolphin, 4 false albacore, a skipjack tuna, and a whole lot of amberjack.
April 5 and 6, we ran out and did some wreck fishing. It was really blowing on the 5th. We hugged the beach and fished the Marble Wreck without any luck. On the 6th, we ran offshore and did some wreck hopping. We came back with a catch of sea bass and some tautog. No monsters but a nice day on the water.

Dr. Ken Neill, III writes a weekly column for The Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman's Association (www.pswsfa.com).