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In-shore fishing, a year later.

In-shore fishing, a year later.




I am sure it was the worst year in a very long time, right now it looks like we are back on track. Flounder and P. Drum still cold Pray


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RE: In-shore fishing, a year later.




The flounder bite has been horrible for 3 years. I have not been able to get a keeper flounder fishing sound side for 2 years. Doesn't help when googans come down for a week and gig every undersize flounder they see. Would also explain the NCDMF proclimation that will close rec flounder fishing this year Oct 1
The slot drum bite was good this year on hatteras but not sure what it was anywhere else.


RE: In-shore fishing, a year later.




I know your comments relate to surf and sound fishing, but I can assure you that the Inshore Ocean boat fishing has not been up to par. One day good, one bad. The "Dynamics" have changed. Small Blues used to dominate daily catches on the Charter boats out of OI. Now the small Blues are not as consistent, but Spanish Mackerel have taken over. Not a bad thing but inconsistent, mostly due to cold water. Cobia this tear had a few great days, but overall disappointing. For those going a bit further Amberjack are no more. Totally wiped out by a few commercial fisherman. Your comment about Flounder is interesting. The pending closure is only due to low stocks of Southern Flounder. We have two types of Flounder here. Summer Flounder (Fluke to commercial interests and Northerners) and Southern Flounder. These two have distinctly different markings and I bet most fishermen do not know the difference or even care. So a closure for all Flounder is being implemented. Many people don't realize that Summer Flounder/Fluke grow to huge sizes, well not in this area. Up on the Eastern Shore and in NJ and NY Fluke exceeding 7 or 8 lbs. is common. Long Island Fluke are best fished outside Inlets in the Ocean 50 to 70 feet deep in late May and June 10lb fish quite common. Unfortunately our Recreational Flounder fishing is at a low point, forget about size. But by some strange chance Sound Gigger's and Flounder Netters will catch good sized ones that seem to evade Recreational fishermen. Save one for me.