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Bay alive with aggressive flounder after the winds start to die down

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Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 1:20 pm

Peel off the fleece and pack away the long underwear, according to Robin at Ray Scott’s Dock in Margate.

The bay was finally free of whitecaps. Flounder returned to their aggressive snapping selves as the water temps warmed to more normal levels for this time of year. Typically by Fourth of July, the Margate Bay has reached 63 degrees or better. The bay is alive with bait fish of all species with flounder, blues, skates and sharks feasting on the bounty. Lots of fish action brought boating anglers out of hiding while overcast skies and periods of rain kept the strictly recreational boaters docked at their home port warm and dry. All in all conditions were perfect for anglers as they virtually owned the bay.

Tyler Betteridge of Upper Dublin, Pa. caught a nineteen inch flounder while out with Margate Captain Ed Giacomucci. Capt. Ed said “We caught on everything, minnows, “Gulp”, mackerel, squid, etc. The early Father’s Day, three-generation Ralston family trip yielded four flounder caught on “the biggest minnows possible!” Doug, his Dad and Doug’s son Luke traveled from Holland, Pa. to ace the day. Keith Bishop of Margate caught two flounder on his solo foray while Izzy and Brian Posner of Margate nailed a healthy blue.

Dr. Dan Klein of Ventnor tucked a family fishing trip in between extreme training for an Iron Man Triathlon in July. His boys, Ryan and Cole quickly snapped up a three pound and a one and seven tenths pound flounder before the rain and Cole’s afternoon baseball game. Their flounder’s meal of choice...shedder crab soaked squid strips.

The bottom line on flounder fishing in the Margate Bay is, drift the incoming tide, over the top and a couple hours of the outgoing to maximize the chance of a flattie dinner.

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