What is the best way to fish for flounder?
Using live bait is essential for many flounder (fluke) fishermen around the country, and can be extremely effective for picky flounder (fluke). Shrimp, crabs, smaller flounder, sardines, shad, mullet, and mud minnows can all be great options for live bait.
Is flounder fishing better at high or low tide?
The outgoing high tide is the best tide to catch flounder. Flounder rely upon the outgoing tide to bring them shrimp, crabs and fish to their hidden ambush points. They like to hide in strategically located spots that will make it easy for them to catch their prey as the tide brings the food right to them.
What lures to use for flounder?
The best baits for flounder are finger mullet, white baits and mud minnows fished within 12 inches of the bottom. The best lures for flounder are gulp swimming mullet and bucktail jigs with a 1/4 ounce to a 1/2 ounce jig head fish very slowly. Flounder are an extremely popular fish for fishermen everywhere.
Will flounder take lures?
Lure choice: in my harbour the flounder seem to prefer worm imitations, with other options like crab or prawn type lures being ignored. With enough patience and luck I’m sure they could be tempted with any small lure, the trick is to find one that is awake and switched on, then they will take anything.
What is the best month to catch flounder?
Flounder are an ambush predator, which will burrow into the mud bottom and lay in wait for other fish to swim within striking distance. The best time to catch flounder is during their fall migration to the Gulf, typically from October to December, in the channels and passes leading to the Gulf.
What size hooks for flounder fishing?
Hooks can and usually should be a bit on the larger size for flounder fishing. They have large mouths full of sharp teeth, not something you really want to play with. I either use 3/0 to 5/0 circle hooks or a 2/0–4/0 worm hook for flounder fishing.
What is the best time to go floundering?
The best time of the year to catch flounders is the late summer/early fall months. But they can be caught regularly during the spring and summer as well. The flounders migrate offshore during the colder months to spawn, so they’ll be more abundant at the beach as they move from the inshore estuaries to deeper water.
What’s the best time to go floundering?
While flounder can be caught year round, they are more concentrated and easier to catch or gig in fall and early winter. The best rod and reel fishing starts mid-September and goes on through December, and sometimes well into January depending on weather and how cold it gets.
Do you jig for flounder?
Once you’ve covered a certain section of the bottom it’s useless to keep pounding that very same spot over and over again. And flounder don’t just sit there waiting for their food to come to them – they will and often do cover ground and follow a jig, darting along the bottom, before deciding to eat it.
What size hooks are best for flounder?
The study was designed to explore which hooks caught well and helped to minimize the catch of undersized fluke. 5/0 was found to be that size. When you fish with smaller hooks you get more gut hooked fish and more undersized fish.
Where do flounder go during the day?
Inshore, flounder are the most active swimming and feeding at high tide. You can find them searching for food near grasses, channels, flats, and at the mouths of feeder creeks. The middle of the day is when flounder tend to really hunker down to avoid getting spotted by ospreys hunting overhead.
Do I need a leader for flounder?
Be sure to use fluorocarbon leader as these fish can spot mono right away. Most Carolina rigs employ the weight ahead of a swivel with about 12 inches of fluorocarbon leader and a 1/0 to 3/0 circle hook.
How do you target flounder?
How to Catch Flounder – Flounder Fishing Tips for live bait and lures
How do you fish flounder from shore?
How to Catch Flounder from the Beach – 7.8-Pound Surf Fluke!
What kind of rod do you use for flounder fishing?
A 6 foot to 6 1/2 foot medium action rod with a 30 series reel is ideal for most inshore fluke and flounder fishing applications.
When should I go floundering?
The best time of day to catch flounder inshore is at max high tide when previously dry sand bars are submerged and flounder move into these areas to feed. Offshore, the best time of day to catch flounder is early morning and late afternoon in and around wrecks and reef areas.
Do you need a leader for flounder fishing?
I either use 3/0 to 5/0 circle hooks or a 2/0–4/0 worm hook for flounder fishing. Jig heads in the 1/4–3/8ths range are well suited to flounder fishing. Leaders are optional with flounder. While they have sharp teeth, they are designed more for grasping prey rather than cutting it.