Summer Flounder Are Here


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Osprey with a summer flounder … photo captured by Dave Campbell near the Indian River bay (photo blown up)

The Henbit is flowering big time in the fields, those little purple flowers and that usually indicates it is time to start catching summer flounder.  A few days ago the first summer flounder of the year was caught in Virginia.  Usually by this time of year, someone catches at least one flounder in Delaware from the inland bays and the anglers go crazy.  You hear rumors in the shops, the size gets bigger, and the bait switches up depending on who you ask.  One year the first keeper summer flounder was caught in a crab pot.  This year the first summer flounder was caught not by a human angler, but one of the best fish finders on the Delmarva Peninsula, an osprey.  The catch was witnessed by a local photographer, Dave Campbell of Dave Campbell photography.  He managed to catch, this catch, with a great capture.  Something that is often as hard as using a hook and line.

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Osprey with a summer flounder … photo captured by Dave Campbell near the Indian River bay (original photo)
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Osprey are my favorite fish finders, they will pull a fish out of water with little effort.  Shake off the excess water, and fly away with their bounty.  They don’t brag or hold it up for the camera, they are on a mission to feed themselves and soon the whole family.  We have discovered fish here several times thanks to an osprey’s catch.  A few years ago we knew redfish or puppy drum were here when an osprey pulled one from the surf in Delaware Seashore state park.  You just never know when the fish are going to show up, but if you pay attention, nature will answer the question in more than one way.  Always watch the osprey, they will show you where there are fish, after that it is up to you to determine how to catch.

Fish On!
Rich King

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Osprey in Delaware Seashore State Park  (2015)  flying off with a redfish caught from the surf…. photo by Mac Davis

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