Quality Time Fishing Club

Flounder Fishing Facts

Flounder are sight feeders. If they can't see the bait, you won't catch them. Use chartreuse or silver spinner blades and white or chartreuse buck tailed hooks along with your bait to help you catch more flounder.

Flounder are bottom feeders. Always use enough weight to stay on the bottom. After you cast, retrieve your line with the rod tip down, so your hook will stay closer to the bottom.

Live bait choices are live shad early in the year to about mid run and finger mullet from then on out. Now if you can't catch any live shad in the cast net, finger mullet is a good choice anytime of the year. A lot of people like using live shrimp, mud minnows and now the black salty bait and they do catch flounder. However, nearly every flounder I have ever cleaned had either shad or mullet in its stomach.

The rig to use for live baits depend on the depth and current. The stronger the current or deeper the depth, the heaver the weight. Most of the time, a fish finder/Carolina rig is used. But in shallower water where strong current isn't a problem you can use a heavy (1/8oz-1/4oz) split shot weight about a foot and a half above the hook. With both of these rigs make your cast and give it about two or three minutes and slowly lift the rod tip. Doing this slowly lifts the bait up and moves it closer and thus covers more area. It's not uncommon to move your bait like this and get a strike after it settles back down.

Many flounder are lost at the net. Have you ever noticed that flounder tend to open their mouths when they break the waters surface or when you try to "horse" them in. Ease up on the tension when bringing them in but still keep a tight line. Get the net in position under the water and ease the flounder over and scoop up with the net while the flounder is just below the waters surface.


Flash Sinkers

Fish do not feed on smell alone. They are also attracted to bright shiny things. Things flashing underwater may indicate prey to predator fish. So before you drop that dull sinker over the side, give it a scrape with a knife or a file to silver it up. Every little bit helps.



Fishing with Croakers

When using croakers for bait, use about 12 to 14" leader attached to a swivel. Put a slip sinker and red plastic bead above swivel, this will get the bait to the bottom and the bead will make noise when the bait moves. The size of the sinker depends on the tide and the current. If you miss a fish, DO NOT bring it in immediately! Let it sit or just move the bait a little bit, 8 out of 10 times the trout will return to hit it again. If the bite quits, pull anchor and move about 50 to 100 yards. You would be surprised at the results from just moving a few yards. Remember, when it's "croaker soaking time", get ready to do some serious catching!



Bait Fish

Many fishermen think that they should catch their live bait over the shallow reefs before heading out to the deeper water to fish for the larger species. If you can't catch your live bait in the area where you are planning on fishing, then what makes you think that the large game fish would be in that area? After all, they will be feeding in the areas where there are lots of bait fish.



Lively Bait

Fishing with Oxygen: Use oxygen tanks with live shrimp and croakers. They stay alive for days and really kick. After retrieving your cork, drop the bait in the oxygen bucket for a minute and take a break. What a difference it will make. They kick like the devil.