Flounder Fishing Tips

Flounder Fishing Tips
Fishing for flounder is fun and enjoyable, but it does pose its own challenges. Flounder are rather small and stay toward the sandy bottom. Catching them can be difficult because they tend to ambush prey that dwell on the bottom. Because of this, you'll need to have a strategy. You'll have better success with catching one if you continually keep in mind when they're most prevalent, where they like to lurk and what the best equipment is to get the job done. Follow these guidelines to increase your chances.

Fish on the Bottom

Use lead sinkers. Don't be shy about whipping out the heavy artillery. Lead sinkers will help drag your line to the bottom, where flounder normally lurk. Because flounder are ambush predators, this brings your bait directly in their range.

Find the Hot Spot

Give trolling a try. While keeping your boat in a spot by structures, a hot spot for flounder, use your lead sinkers and drop your line. Then put your rod in its holder and power your boat slightly. This way you're keeping the bait where the flounder usually stay, and you're not relying on wind or tide like you would with drifting.

Mark Your Hot Spot

Mark any hot spots you find. Where you find one nice-sized flounder, there's normally two or three more waiting to be caught. Once you pull up your first, use a marker buoy and drop it over the spot you found your catch. That way as you troll you won't wander too far from your hot spot.

Know the Right Time

Keep migration times in mind. Flounder migrate between September and November. It's during this time they move from the creeks and river beds into the ocean. Fishing during this time increases your chance of success.

Equipment, Bait Make a Difference

Have the right equipment. Use a medium stiff 7-foot casting rod; it's perfect for catching flounder. As far as bait is concerned, using finger mullet that's about 3 to 4 inches in length is ideal. If you use anything smaller, it won't fit on the hook. Anything larger, and you risk the flounder biting the bait but missing the hook. Mullet can be hard to find so if you can't get your hands on them, use mud minnows as a substitute.

Know the Strike Signs

Be sensitive for the strike. A flounder's strike is gentle and will never pull the rod from your hands. Sometimes it feels as a soft tug or pressure. Don't set the hook right away when you feel this. The flounder will often take the bait in his mouth but refuse to swallow until he's back in his safe spot. This can often be about 10 or more feet away. Let him pull a little, and then set your hook-- otherwise you'll have a shredded mullet and no flounder.

Find the Right Structure

Fish around the jetties and rocks. Flounder love underwater structures. This is the perfect area for them to lie in wait for their next meal. You'll have more success if you concentrate on these areas.

Article Written By Christine Donatello

Christine Donatello started as a freelance writer in 1990. Her specialties are articles, academic papers and website content. She majored in history and is 30 credits from earning her degree. Many works have been used without her name due to her working for an academic company. But some of her poetry was published in the "Chrysalis," a publication that was released through her school.

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