Opening Day Bust by Ed Valitutto

Dave Spendiff joined me on opening day of the 2022 fluke season. We started at 1:00 in Double Creek to catch the start of the outgoing tide. The only bite was a blowfish taking a chunk out of my Gulp shrimp teaser. BTW, there were NO markers in DC as of Monday,
We quickly moved over to the BI buoy and spent a fair amount of time drifting along south of Oyster Creek all the way into 3-4′ of water. Once again, the only bite was one blowfish. There were 8 other boats fishing the area and we never saw a fluke caught. Oh well, things can only get better!

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