Posted on March 16th, 2016
I love this time of year! The cold temperatures have given way to some really beautiful weather as of late and people are really taking advantage of it. Boats are getting their spring cleaning, bottom paint is going on and the first splashes of the year are taking place. Some people have gotten a jump start on the fishing and are starting to have some terrific luck.
The big news today was the first flounder report I’ve gotten here on the eastern shore. Kyle Krabill (pictured below) of Stockton & Brian Sheffield, both of Coastal Killers, fished just north of Wachapreague, VA this morning and found 53.4 degree water. They fished the last 3 hours of the outgoing tide, had 3 bites and caught 1 fish that measured 17.5″. They had a dull grey water that steadily got worse as the tide dropped. The first flounder of the season was caught on a white bucktail with live bull minnow that they got at the Sea Hawk Sports Center in Pocomoke, MD. That’s where I also go to get my supplies when I’m fishing the VA barrier islands or the Pocomoke river.
With news like this, I’m sure the race is on to see who can catch the first flounder out of Ocean City. If it lasts past next Tuesday, I’ll be in that race as well!
I reported earlier in the week that there was at least one rockfish (striped bass) that had been caught in the north bay around the route 90 bridges…..well, they may be getting a little bit thicker!
Jason Muller of Ocean City fished the route 90 bridge by himself this afternoon and not only had some luck with the rockfish, but snapped an awesome selfie with his catch. Jason caught the rock while trolling a Rapala shad rap in nice 58 degree water. Pretty work Jason!
Striped bass have also been reported migrating between 8 and 12 miles off of the Virginia coast, but none inside of our three mile EEZ limit.
I’ve got one more trade show this weekend at The Saltwater Fishing Expo in Somerset, NJ….after that…..I am going to FISH IN OC!!