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Spring Fishing: What We're Catching and Eating this Season
Springtime on Virginia's Eastern Shore is the perfect time to catch striped bass, tautog and flounder in the waters around Captain's Cove. We've rounded up the best ways to catch the peak fish of the spring, and the best recipes to serve them.
Striped bass are opportunistic feeders with a keen sense of smell. You'll have success with live bait like bloodworms, spot, clams and eel, or by trolling a tube and worm, imitating a large sandworm or a swimming eel.
Check out this recipe from Old Bay, Rockfish with Crab and Old Bay Cream Sauce. (And be on the lookout for the switch from Old Bay's traditional metal can to a new fully-recyclable BPA-free plastic late this summer.)
Tautog, a.k.a. Blackfish, tend to go back to the same places over and over, taking up residence in the rocky areas where they feed. They eat crustaceans, so you'll most likely have success with crabs, mussels, clams and sandworm.
One of our favorite tautog is recipes is this Parmesan Crusted Tautog with Herb-Lemon Sauce from My Fishing Cape Cod. This flaky, mild-flavored fish pairs well with the flavors of herbs and lemon.
Flounder tend to stay flat to the ground along ledges and drop-offs just a few feet deep. The best way to find these areas can be to wade around before you cast your line. Some of the best bait for flounder include
We love this Baked Flounder with Parmesan Crumbs recipe from Food and Wine. A simple coating of parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs is all it takes to make this fish delicious.