As tempting as it may be, this article will not start with a parable about teaching men to fish. Instead, we’ll start with what we already know. Fishing is about patience and having the right tools. Occasionally luck figures into things, but as the wise man once said, luck is simply a collision between opportunity and preparation.
Flounder is one of the most popular inshore fishing targets. They are great eating, and because of their numbers, popularity and the fact they are a year-round rish, a wealth of advice and tackle has been developed specifically to make the life of this kind of fisherman easier. In fact, these fish are among a group that make themselves easier to catch because they like to gather near underwater structures like reefs and docks.
Recommended tackle should be as light as possible. The main reason for this is because a light rod makes for a sensitive feel, and that’s going to make it much easier to feel the bites. These fish can be chunky, but they certainly aren’t marlin or hammerhead sharks. To set a hook, that first light tap is crucial, as this fish doesn’t necessarily run like some others. Line should be ten to twelve pound test, and the leader should be 20 pound flourocarbon.
The two choices for tackle type are spinning and baitcasting. The former is said to be easiest to use, and while the latter does give a fisherman some advantages, ease of use is probably the best approach for someone who is just getting started. There’s no sense in turning a novice journey into a test of skill too early.
The right bait is a pretty straightforward choice, but many enthusiasts prefer lures, since these fish are ambush predators. Lures also have the advantage of survivability. Bait doesn’t tend to last long in situations where all the action takes place along the ocean bottom. However, since mud minnows seem to be the most popular bait, any lure that mimics the movement or appearance of small fish is likely to be a rousing success on the average excursion.
It’s already been established these fish like to gather around underwater structures. They also like any waterway with edges and moving current. Practically speaking, the ocean has to bring the prey to the predator when it comes to flounder and their food sources. Any area with current is more likely to move food in their direction, and if that’s true, it’s likely going to be a good place.
Moving around a bit doesn’t hurt when hunting up a good spot for flounder fishing. Use common sense in tracking spots that have already been visited. Be sure to recognize how the sea bed is arranged, where the closest source of water circulation is and also be aware of the fact a short boat trip can make the difference in reach. Don’t be afraid to move ten or twenty yards at a time until you find your spot. Sometimes its just a matter of patience.