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Readers Respond: Readers - Give Us Your Flounder Catching Secrets

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Share your own flounder catching secrets (if you want to give them away!). No need to give up your honey holes, but you can help other anglers be as successful as you are right here!

Bryan's Best Bait

3/8 oz white jig head with a green rubber skirt with a 3in live bait, you will never use anything else. Don't give up on it.
—Guest killin time charters

L.E.D. squid lures

I bought a LED squid lure from Pirates Den Fishing and used it to catch halibut with good results. [ Also caught lingcod and salmon, too] Anyway, the squid lure was sized perfectly for halibut but too big for flounder. I contacted the company and low and behold, they also had smaller versions for smaller fish. I bought some. Haven't tried them out yet but come spring, I will be off the Texas coast !!
—Guest Conner

great new flounder rig with squid

I use this in the Puget Sound in WA it works all year for flounder and fluke in pretty much any weather I am in a small boat and 4-20 feet of water and I anchor and cast about 40 times if nothing happens I move this is for a sandy bottom. Attach your main line to a 3 way swivel to bottom circle on swivel, put a 1-2 ounce round weight, on top circle in swivel attach 2 feet of 20 pound leader and 2 1/0 circle hooks tied one after the other at end spaced however big your squid needs to be. I will cast as far out as possible let it sit 20-30 seconds then reel a couple feet maybe 5 or 6 then repeat till it is at the boat then let sit for a min or 2 then reel in if nothing bit. I use a stout 7-foot rod and a reel spooled with 20 pound line and a smooth drag, set low. It should look like your squid is hugging the bottom with the the weight on the same level every time you reel it kicks up the sand up like a bait fish digging in the sand for food. This is fast,easy,cheap and efficent.
—Guest greg

poor mans drift fishing

I dont nor have i ever own a boat, so the long oved tecnique of drift fishing was not a option for me. One day while trout fishing i inadvertantly rig the line under my poppin cork to long. This caused the live shrimp to drift along the bottom with the tide. No trout that day but three back toback keeper flounder.
—Guest brockett

live lining snappers

Using snapper blues for bait works well for fluke, weakfish and stripers too.
—surfratgary

Live Bait and leader rig

I like to use a Carolina drop rig with a slip weight above the 12-15" leader and a No. 3-4 treble hook. For bait I like mud-minnows. Flounder love them and they are easier to keep alive. They also live longer in captivity than finger mullet. I like them too! I've caught some huge flounder on eight to ten inch mullet. They have a big mouth and can swallow a big bait. The bigger the bait the bigger the fish, right! My dream is to get into some huge saddle blanket's in November or October. The ones that weigh fifteen plus pounds! Oh, they're out there alright........Happy Angling!
—Guest Glenn L. Daugherty

Flounder Bite

The article is so right about that first bite...often I think im slightly hung up on debris....but just stop and let the fish take the bait(here on cental gulf coast..Mobile,Al...its Bull Minnow/Fingerling Miller)...be patient ...takes 1-3 mins
—Guest jim

squid and spearing

i usually go out on a party boat and fish with usually a 3 ounce weight spearing and a peice of squid. this is known as the classic way from where im at. then i just let the current take it and lift up on the pole approximately every 10 seconds.
—Guest jimmy

Gigging

I live on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and i love the flounder fishing here. One of my favorite techniques is casting a pink gulp with a red jig head around the marshes and by the docks of pirates cove Marina, and Oregon Inlet marina. I have pulled out many keepers this way and love every second of it. If u want to catch big flounder in quantity come to the OBX.
—Guest mikeySOBX

carolina rig

1 ounce egg weight 1 red or green small barrel swivel 1/0 42degree wide bend hook live minnow, mullet,pogy,mud minnow fish with the speed of the current. i also troll for flounder, 6 rods at one time. go against the current and go slow in a zig zag pattern to cover more ground. in high current situations you have to let more line out or use bigger egg weights. works in water 3-12 feet of water best. the flounder will simply grab hold and ride with you, just lift out of the rod holder and set the hook all at once. i use medium heavy baitcasting rods with 17pound cajun redline, the heavy line is for pulling free from oysters with out having to reel in and reset 5 other poles b/c one got hung. this method is great in the Cape Fear River around Oak island Holden Beach, and Bald Head Island. Go Wolfpack!!
—Guest jason

ne flounder

i have fished flounder since i was a boy with my father, we did mostly pier fishing and ive found that blood worm or fresh squid strips have worked well, along with a 1 or 2 ounce sinker and the leader as close to the botom s poossible without draggind
—Guest Tom

flounder killer bait

striips of bluefish belly are the best flounder bait known to me.
—Guest john judd

founder bait

I have used the tentacles off of squid on flounder in Nags head, nc..Just hook it once and let in dangle in the current..works great!
—Guest steve

flounder

Lately when fishing for flounder on jetty or seawalls, I have been using a Black Widow telescopic pole normally used for perch...it is so flexible you feel every scale coming off your minnow/mullet..and I only missed one fish during the entire day of fishing. I will bring it every trip from now on.....
—Guest Pam

Flounder Feed by Sight

Flounder feed mostly by sight. Chum pots can bring them in the area, but they must see your bait. When I flounder fish a given beach I always put on my bait belt and get ready for some walking. I work up and down the beach to cover a suitable habitat. Since my hook must be seen by the flounder that means I must cast it in the area of the fish. I work up the beach waiting for stikes and then focus in that area. Also a rising tide seems to be clearer in most cases. The magic hours of sunrise can cause a lot of action. Flounder are relatively stagnat at night and first light leads them to breakfast. Because of flounder being spooky feeders, I prefer flourocarbon leaders to decrease visibility. Mono and flouro are ok to use because the large teeth of some flounder are designed for holding their prey as they swallow it, rather for shearing like a Baracuda.
—rdwigg

NIGHT CRAWLERS

I HAVE HAD SUCCESS IN NEW YORK (SHINNECOCK CANAL) WITH NIGHT CRAWLERS AND A DOUBLE HOOK RIG. ALSO HAD SIMILAR SUCCESS IN CAPE HATTERAS NC. WHICH IS WHERE I AM THIS WEEK. I SPLIT THE WORMS IN HALF AND FEED IT DOWN THE HOOK AND THEN LOOP IT BACK AND SECURE IT NEAR THE END,LEAVING ABOUT AN INCH OR TWO SQUIRMING AROUND,YOU GET ABOUT 5 MINUTES OF ACTION OUT OF EACH WORM, BEST THING IS THAT FLUKE SEEM TO RUN HOT ON THIS SET UP.....MAKES SENSE BUT I HAVE PULLED IN SOME KING FISH AND STRIPERS WITH THIS RIG. 3 OZ SINKER AND JIG IT ALONG THE BOTTOM....SLOWLY...
—Guest BRIAN
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