Flounder closure looms as anglers catch doormats

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Travis Harrison weighed these two chunks at Chasin' Tails Outdoors over the weekend. (photo courtesy of Chasin' Tails)

Anglers still catching doormats

As the possibility of a flounder closure looms over North Carolina anglers, many are baffled more and more each day as to why. That’s especially true for the folks at Chasin’ Tails Outdoors Bait & Tackle in Atlantic Beach. Anglers have brought in citation flounder for them to weigh on an almost weekly basis for the past few months.

Travis Harrison is one of those anglers. He brought two huge doormats to their shop yesterday. One pulled the scale to 6 pounds, and the other one weighed 9 pounds. Harrison caught the big fish on live minnows while fishing the Haystacks.

Chasin’ Tails has encouraged anglers with questions about the flounder closure to contact the Marine Fisheries Commission to voice their opinions on the measure, which could go into effect before the end of August.

“They (Marine Fisheries Commission) are responsible for answering questions and hearing from residents on public trust resource issues. The Commission will be the ones voting on whether flounder closes or stays open in North Carolina waters come August,” Chasin’ Tails posted on their Facebook page.

What do you think about the possibility of a flounder closure for North Carolina?

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Brian Cope of Edisto Island, S.C., is a retired Air Force combat communications technician. He has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina and has been writing about the outdoors since 2006. He’s spent half his life hunting and fishing. The rest, he said, has been wasted.