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30 Jun

Flounder and More…….Fishing Nearshore and Offshore Structure

With greater restrictions taking place in many areas on Flounder fishing, anglers have become more focused on making sure that their days of fishing for the flatfish are beneficial. While the catch limits are shrinking, Flounder fishing is still popular as a sport. In recent years many Flounder fishermen have moved out the inlets seeking better results. It not only allows access to large pockets of Flounder but it also can produce great catch days with other species such as Redfish, Cobia, and Sharks. It’s less fished and the boat traffic is greatly reduced.

First, use an underwater guide such as a Maps Unique map and select multiple locations that have structure and a live bottom. Ledges are the key. You can do the same with your fishfinder. Once there, start looking for fish activity on the bottom. Remember, Flounder are there thanks to the structure as a protective environment, laying hidden in the sandy and grassy bottom waiting for their prey. Making sure there is small fish activity with your fishfinder is a good sign that Flounder is there too. However, if you find a group of King Mackerel or other predatory fish there you’ll find that Flounder fishing will be limited. When that happens look for another location. You can then rig for King Mackerel and fish or move to another location that is more suited for Flounder.

When I find a spot with good bait movement and without large predators, I’m ready to rig up for Flounder. I start with a medium rod. I use a 40-pound test fluorocarbon with a 2-ounce Bucktail baited with a live mullet. As I mentioned earlier, This type of rigging can also attract other species like schooling Redfish, Cobia and there’s always the chance of a good fight with a shark. It’s important to know that Redfish will move out to the deeper water when the water temps increase looking for that cooler water and the baitfish that reside there.

Also when it comes to nearshore and offshore structure fishing, remember fish that may have been there a few days before may not be there a few days later. This is dictated by available bait and the movement of that bait as well as the activity of those predators. Fish and especially Flounder will move from one feeding ground to another depending on multiple factors. You should always be prepared to have other options and move when necessary. Also, you’ll find that the offshore will be better in greater abundance, but many times smaller than the inshore fish.

Head out there and start fishing. You may be surprised what you catch in addition to Flounder.


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