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this is my first spring in coastal virginia, and i am anxious for the flatties. at what point can i begin to target them? i realize the season opens in the next few days and i have the hankering for a nicely cooked flounder fillet. fish always taste better when you've caught them yourself, but you all know that. in the past after colder than average winters, do the fish show up this early, or are they still holding deep offshore? are the inlets the best bet in the early spring, or do i need to be searching elsewhere? appreciate any advice.
 

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In past- even after really cold winters, I usually start catching them 2-3 weeks into March. In the past two years I haven't even really tried since they started the closed season. It usually really picks up when the water starts getting into the mid 60's, but they are around now, probably hanging in slightly deeper water, just waiting for the shallows to warm up.

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