Virginia’s First Flounder

Virginia’s First Flounder

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.

It was another absolutely beautiful day here in Ocean City and surrounding with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 70s.  I was stuck at home doing yard work, but some were lucky enough to get out on the water and take advantage of the awesome conditions and bend a rod on the ever improving fishing.

I got news today that I anticipate all winter long…..the first flounder of the season was caught behind the Virginia barrier islands.  Matt from Sea Hawk Sports Center in Pocomoke, MD reported that Fred Vaughn started off the Virginia flounder season today with a nice fish that he caught on Sea Hawk rigs and minnows.  Sea Hawk Sports Center is just south of Pocomoke on Rt 13 and is a great place to shop for your fishing gear and bait if you’re fishing the Pocomoke River or the Virginia barrier islands.  Matt has a terrific inventory and is happy to give good advice along with superior customer service.  Congratulations to Fred on catching the first flounder of the Virginia season…..and a nice dinner!

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I anticipate the first flounder of the Virginia season for two reasons……1.  I will fish Wachapreague or Quimby in a few weeks so it’s nice to know when the fish show up, and 2. the first flounder in Virginia means the first flounder of Ocean City is just a few weeks or days behind….time to get the boat in the water!

Closer to home the rockfish action at the route 90 bridge and north continues to be strong.  Captain Jeff Coats of Pitboss Fishing was at the route 90 bridge again today with his fiancé Karen and had a great time with the small rock.  Captain Jeff reports the fish were on the small size today so they switched up to 1/2 oz jig heads with 4″ Gulp swimming mullet to get the job done.

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And when you’re significant other suggests you go fishing for the second time in the same day, not only are you a lucky man, but you go!  The second trip of the day produced some more rockfish from the route 90 and this time they were a little bit larger and were caught on Big Bird’s World Famous Roy Rig.  As always Captain Jeff and Karen were #enjoying as well!

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You can get Big Bird’s Roy Rig at Raceway Citgo right next to Crabs to Go and I have a few available for sale as well.  They are $12 plus shipping….email if you’re interested.

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