I met up with Barclay and some of his buddies today and left Rudee around 7AM headed for the 4A. We arrived to good bait marks, and set out the spread of umbrellas, mojos and CA 13/0 spoons. We made a couple passes and picked up some fish, but nothing big. So, we went to "plan B"... drifting eels.
We only got mauled by one Horndog, and the stripers cooperated. Ended up with 8 in the box before deciding to try off the Green Can for a better class of fish.
Again, when we arrived at the can, there were good marks. Our first drift produced a 41" fish that wasn't near ANY marks. We talked to some folks on the radio who'd said they'd caught a nice Flounder in this area on a tomic while trolling for stripers.... so.... we got a fresh strip bait and put it off a three-way w/10 oz. of lead and let it ride while we eeled.
The rod tip bent hard and I grabbed the rod. It didn't fight at all, so I though we'd picked up some trash. Once at the top, it was clear that it wasn't trash at all... but a NICE FLATTIE! Barclay slipped the net under her and she measured 26 1/4". Decision time. I've fished for Flounder for a LONG time and have never cracked a citation. So, with visions of golden brown January Flounder fillets in my head, I slipped her back in the water.
We ended the day with 9 of our 10 fish limit and one Flounder release citation. I'm convinced that if you put in a full day drifting for flatties off the Cape/Ramada, you'd do well. There's been A LOT caught this year.
Here's the fish... you can see the Ramada in the background:
Great report, and one heck of a nice Flounder!
Spencer, I and Brendan were out there today, I think a bit north of you guys and did well with jigs and the fly. Did great. I will post some pics tomorrow. Just got home from our 19hr CBBT excursion.
Sorry we did not hook up out there on the water to see that new ride of yours. Next time for sure!
Nice pic Al. I plan on having our line of flounder rigs on the site this week. Looks like I may need to stop togging and go drag some rigs. I dont remember ever seeing this many flounder being caught in Jan.