Originally Posted by RobS
I suspect we have winter flounder in south jersey, my father in law used to fish for them, but AFAIK no one else does down this way.
There evidently used to be a viable winter flounder fishery in Ludlam Bay. An old salt in that area told me once that it was common to go out, freeze your nuts off, and chum up a goodly catch of blackbacks. But nobody does it anymore. I don't know whether it's because the regs have made this kind of fishing not worth the time -- winter fishing always has been a meat fishery; there's not much sport in catch and release of these fish -- or whether it's because the population is down, and the fish's distribution has concentrated farther north, leaving few winter flounder left in the area.
I don't have a boat, but if I did, I'd probably be obligated to give it a try, to see if there are any of these fish around, as even lousy fishing is better than sitting in the house and counting the spoons.