Stalking Doormat Flounder
Fishing for the large doormat flounder is definitely an art. There are times that you can get hooked up on the bigger flat fish, but most of the time these fish play hard to get. It actually gets down to their experience pitted against yours. Remember, these fish didn’t get big by being stupid. Fish the size of the doormat Flounder are masters at being predators as well as avoiding their own predators. Here are a few tips on how you can move to the next level of Flounder fishing by mastering the art of fishing doormat Flounder.
- Avoid areas where people are already fishing. The sign of multiple boats fishing in a small area may indicate fish are being caught, but they are not likely the big Flounder. This could mean the area is overfished. Instead, find an area that meets all the criteria when it comes to structure, current and all the other factors, not just where lots of others are fishing.
- Remember, a Flounder has 2 priorities. One is protection and the second is feeding. Picking a fishing spot that considers these factors is a great start to catching a doormat. Protection can be any type of structure like dock pilings or sunken objects. The same is actually true when it comes to feeding. The baitfish that a doormat flounder prefers is almost always found around the same structure. Hiding behind an underwater object is a great way to attack baitfish swimming by.
- Look for holes. Deep holes are great locations in the warmer months of summer. These depths allow the water to be cooler than the more shallow water that is heated by the sun. It also provides cooler water, thanks to being out of the current that moves the warmer water. Again, is provides protection from the larger predators.
- Lower numbers of fish will mean bigger fish. The big doormat Flounder usually don’t hang out around the smaller Flounder due to the competition for food since they strike the bait swimming by. Big Flounder are known to be loners.
- Doormats like the really big baits. They will watch the smaller baits swimming by in order to be ready when the larger baits come. With that in mind use larger baits like a 5-7 inch mullet. That is the size you need to think about.
- Doormats also like to hang out under docks. This provides shade for the water and great protection from the larger predators. The docks are also good locations for bait schooling up.
- Also remember that if you’re not losing tackle, you’re not in the right place. An open, structure free environment is not the home of a doormat Flounder. These big flat fish will wrap your tackle around the nearest piling as a means of getting free. Never forget, with a Flounder it’s not an easy fight. Instead, it’s an ongoing battle.
- Remember that both horizontal and vertical structure works. This could be horizonal structure that may be lying on the bottom or vertical structure like pilings.
- Use the winter months when the water is clear to scout for underwater structure. It’s also a great time to slowly putter around watching your depth finder for drop offs and holes that will be great fishing spots in the warmer summer and fall months.
- Keep a journal of what you find.
Being a doormat Flounder angler is a whole new level of Flounder fishing. It takes practice to put all the factors together in an effective manner. Don’t get frustrated. You’re fishing for a worthy adversary that is in his element and not yours. But, he can be conquered.