First Bay Flounder of the Season

First Bay Flounder of the Season

By Scott Lenox

Scott Lenox
Scott is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City's fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and fished the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.

The weather has FINALLY broken a little bit and although we’ve had some wind to contend with we’ve seen some really nice temperatures and sunny skies over the past couple of days.  There are a few “off” days coming with some rain and cooler temps forecast, but there looks to be nicer weather next week as well and thankfully we’re starting to see some fishing reports come in.

My good friend Mike Tuel was fishing with my other good friend Chris Tilghman today on Chris’s “Wedgie 2″ when he caught this 18 1/2” flounder while fishing the Thorofare.  Chris and Mike reported the fish at Bahia Marina on 22nd street.  This is the first keeper flounder from the bay this season and is exciting news to flounder fisherman like myself.  Way to go guys!!

Not too long after I got the email from Chris reporting the first keeper from the bay this season I got a FB message from John Meyers with this photo asking if it was the first flounder from the bay this season.  I gently let him down with the fact that it was the second which he was perfectly fine with.  “Hoss” was fishing with Taylor Hudgins, OG Travis Brown and Opie the chocolate deck boss lab.  The group was trolling chartreuse Gulp over the flats in the Thorofare when they landed the 17″ flattie.

Captain Brian Behe of Buffalo Hunter Guide Service was on his first Wachapreague, VA charter of the season today and reported tough conditions, but he was still able to put his crew on some fish.  Captain Brian reported several throwbacks and this nice 20″ keeper on minnows while fishing Green and Drawing channels out of Wachapreague.  The group also got some cool shots of a seal hanging out.

Finn McCabe has been checking for the tautog in the bay over the past several days and finally had some luck with the weather break.  Finn used green crabs to catch and release two 15″ tog from the rocks off of Homer Gudelsky Park and also reported that he saw a 17″ keeper fish caught by another angler.  Don’t forget the new tautog regulations slated for this year…..closed season on tautog from May 16 through June 30.

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