Flounder, croaker catches plentiful

Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Aug 03, 2011 - 05:00 PM

Flounder and croaker catches over the past week have been plentiful, according to reports from local bait and tackle shops.

"Flounder fishing was hot this week in the Buoy 42/Cell area," said Jerry Thrash of Queens Creek Outfitters, Cobbs Creek. "We weighed several fish that almost qualified for citations and many boats had limits of fish." Thrash said some throwbacks have moved into the area but good numbers of keeper fish are finally here.

Cobia were sighted in the Cell/Buoy 42 area as well, Thrash said. "They are being taken in the York Spit area on live eels fished in menhaden chum."

Croakers and larger spot continue to bite around Gwynn’s Island, on the Spike and in the mouth of the Rappahannock River, Thrash added, while Spanish mackerel have been caught trolling off Gwynn’s Island and along Windmill Bar. "If you are catching bluefish, you are trolling too slow for Spanish," he said.

No citation spadefish have been weighed in at his store yet, Thrash said, but fish in the 3-6 pound range continue to be boated at both the Cell and Wolf Trap.

Finally, Thrash said speckled trout action continued this week. "Limits were caught, but anglers are becoming more secretive regarding their honey holes," he added.

Chuck Ashe of York River Feed and Fishing Supplies, Inc., Gloucester Point, said anglers at the Gloucester Point Fishing Pier have reported increased catches of croaker and in increased size. "They have also reported the occasional keeper flounder," Ashe said.

Finally, he said anglers sight casting for cobia reported better results over the past week.