After so many good fishing days, you have to expect one like Wednesday to come along. The 20 to 25-knot southwest wind just about shut everything down with the exception of the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park where a few keeper flounder were landed.
Once we get back out on the ocean, we need to be aware that the federal government still has a 19-inch minimum size limit on summer flounder with a three-fish bag limit. This would apply to all flounder caught in the Exclusive Economic Zone from three to 200 miles out. It’s my understanding that the process is underway to bring the EEZ regulations in line with the state regulations which are 16.5 inches minimum size and a four-fish bag limit in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
Now the odds of getting checked by the Coast Guard or a NOAA enforcement officer while flounder fishing are pretty low, but if you do and if you have a 16.5-inch flounder on board you will be in violation of federal law. Let’s hope the feds can get their act together and make the necessary changes before the big flounder tournaments take place.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing Report.