Flounder plentiful in local waters this week

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Aug 11, 2010 - 04:39 PM

Flounder tops the fishing report this week, as anglers have been able to land the fish just about anywhere in local waters. "Flounders are scattered just about everywhere," said Chuck Ashe of York River Feed & Fishing Supplies, Gloucester Point. "It isn’t hard to pick up a flounder."

Jerry Thrash of Queens Creek Outfitters at Cobbs Creek, reported that flounder cooperated for anglers fishing in the Mathews Boys & Girls Club two-day flounder fishing tournament. He said 20 boats fished Saturday and 12 Sunday.

In other fishing news, Ashe reported that croakers are biting around the Amoco dock in the York River, while cobias can be found near York Spit.

Thrash said in the bay, croakers are biting near Buoy 42 and to Buoy 40A, while spot averaging a half-pound are being caught off Gwynn’s Island, Butlers Hole and the Spike.

Spanish mackerel were caught in big numbers over the weekend trolling 6-8 knots in the vicinity of Windmill Point bar south to R-2 and Buoy 41A, he said.

Cobia are biting at New Point Light, Thrash added, and river fishermen continue to catch a mixed bag of spot, croaker, sea mullet and small flounder.

Thrash reported small and medium spadefish have recently been caught at the Cell.

Thrash reported the following citations: Bucky Dean of Sandston with a 7-pound, 8-ounce flounder caught at Buoy 42; Gregory Thayer of Gloucester with a 7-pound, 14-ounce flounder caught near Cape Charles, and Sean Murphy of Mathews, and Caleb Temple of Gloucester, respectively, with a 45-inch and 43-inch cobias caught at York Spit.

Ashe reported that Brian Hogge of Gloucester Point, brought in an 8-pound, 12-ounce flounder citation he caught near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.