Busting myths about post-storm fishing

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fish1 Robin Scott/Three generations of the Margate Canuso clan showed off their The shop phone rang off the hook this week with anglers inquiring about bay conditions following the week’s storms. Flounder “myth busters” to the rescue!

A storm or weather disturbance does not mean fishing automatically shuts off. In this case, fishing and crabbing picked up with a drop in water temperature and an increase in water clarity.

Another common assumption is that about mid-July, all flounder take a one-way ticket from the bays to the ocean. In reality, as the bay is flooded with such a glut of bait fish that daily dolphin shows provide a private “Sea World,” it would only make sense that larger fish hunker down in deep holes to enjoy the bounty. It is not unusual for anglers targeting striped bass in September with live spot to catch beastly flounder instead.

Jon McNichol of Paoli, Pa. fished post storm and kept his track record going strong with five keeper flounder, one at 4.75 pounds. The “over four pounder” won him a $100 dock gift certificate. He is on his third this season.

Tyler Bennett fished offshore Thursday morning, but returned to the Margate bay in the afternoon to catch a four and a half pound flounder and king fish. Team Canuso of Margate fished and crabbed post storm with healthy catches in flounder and blue claws. Lynn Simon along with her husband Fred and buddy Phil caught the largest quantities of flounder ever over the weekend, lost a couple of big ones, and boated a 22-incher.

So much for the myths, just keep on fishing!


--ROBIN SCOTT, Ray Scott’s Dock in Margate

fish2 Vince Zanghi of Margate with his post-storm catch. fish3 Jon McNichol of Paoli, Pa. keeps right on rolling in the keeper flounder with five beauties, one nearly five pounds!

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