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Flounder Chesapeake Bay New Point Comfort

Flounders have bodies well adapted to living on the bottom. They prefer sandy shoals where they partially bury themselves in the sand and remain undetected by smaller fish they feed on. Flounders usually arrive in the Chesapeake in late April and remain into October. They are generally caught by bottom fishing from piers, the shoreline, and boat. Bottom drift fishing with live minnows along sandy shoals outside the mouths of rivers is a popular technique.


Common Names Flounder, Flatfish, Summer Flounder
Scientific Name Paralichthys denatus
Average Size 1 - 2 feet.
Average Weight 1-3 lbs.
Minimum Size Limit* 15.5 inches*
Possession Limit* 8 per person*
Season April - October
Lure bottom lures
Bait Live minnows, peeler crab, squid, blood worms
World Record  
Virginia Record 17.5 lbs., Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, C.E. Cross, 1971
Citation Size 6 lbs.

* All regulations are subject to change throughout the year. Always check with the Virginia Marine Resource Commission for new regulations before you go fishing @ 757-247-2200 or

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