Fluke Fishing Techniques

Fluke Fishing TechniquesThe summer flounder, also called fluke, is a saltwater flatfish that inhabit coastal waters of the Northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The fluke has both of its eyes located on one side of its head, and it swims on the ocean floor flat on its side. Fluke fishing is enjoyable and challenging because flukes are aggressive when grabbing bait and put up a fight once hooked.


Fluke anglers use different methods, including trolling, chumming, still-fishing and bait-casting. The most common method, however, is drifting bait along the ocean's bottom. When drifting bait, open the bail of your reel and hold the line with your finger. Once the fishing line stops drifting and starts tugging, let it run free for a moment and let the fluke get the bait in its mouth before you set the hook. Retrieve with a slow pumping action when luring with a jig.


Baits and Lures

Lures that are effective for fluke include bucktails, grub tails and Carolina rigs. For live bait, use pieces of mullet, cut shrimp, menhaden or squid strips. Buck tails in lime green and white colors in 1-oz, or 3/4-oz. size work really well. Other colors that attract fluke really well are red and white. Cast baited bucktail jigs with 4-inch to 5-inch strips of squids to get bites.


A medium-weight spinning gear that is spooled with a 12-lb. test mono filament line is ideal for shoreline fluke anglers. For those trolling or using a boat, a stronger tackle is required because of deeper waters and stronger currents. Use a 15-lb. to 20-lb. test line with a light to medium gear for productive fluke fishing in deeper waters.

Hot Spots

During the warmer months of the year, flukes tend to inhabit inshore spots and prefer covers, such as wharf pilings and eelgrass beds. You will typically find small- to medium-sized adult flukes on the muddy and sandy bottoms of harbors, bays and along the open coastline. Cast in offshore depths of 150 feet to 500 feet during fall because fluke tend to migrate in deeper waters during this time of the year.


Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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