Best Lure For Doormat Flounder (And How To Use It To Catch More Fish)

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Want to catch more doormat flounder?

In this video, you’re going to learn what the best lure for these big, delicious fish are.

You’ll also learn why this lure is better than others and how to work it to get more strikes.

I’ve been testing out different lures and how to retrieve them recently and have caught loads of big flounder using the tips in this video.

Check it out below.

The Best Lure For Big Flounder [VIDEO]

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Here are the lures and jig heads mentioned in this video:

A good lure imitates what a predator fish is looking for, so before we talk about the best lure for doormat flounder, we need to know what they’re eating.

Big flounder are tailor-made for eating big baitfish like mullet or pogies.

We know this because when you look at their jaws (see the picture at the top of this post), you can see that they hinge upwards.

They have an underbite, which is perfect for snatching big baits as they swim above them.

Trout and snook have similar shaped jaws, but redfish, on the other hand, have jaws that hinge downward (they have an overbite) that make them perfect for digging in the mud for crustaceans.

Also, flounder like bit baits because they’re more energy efficient.

By eating one big fish, as opposed to several little fish, they can conserve energy by not having to chase down a bunch of meals, and get more calories by eating a few big meals.

So now that we know big flounder like big baitfish, what’s the best lure?

A big paddletail.

Using Big Paddletails For Big Flounder

Paddletails in the 4-7″ range are the best lures for big flounder.

I’ve had a lot of success with the Z-Man PaddlerZ and Z-Man DieZel MinnowZ.

If I’m fishing in water deeper than 6′, I’ll rig them on a jig head, such as the Redfish Eye Jig Head.

If I’m fishing in water shallower than 6′, I’ll rig them weedless on a Texas Eye jig head.

As far as how to retrieve them, many people recommend dragging lures across the bottom for flounder, but it’s much better to bounce them along the bottom.

When flounder are buried in the mud, they’re looking up above them, not out in front of them, so bouncing a lure a foot or two off of the bottom makes it much more likely that the flounder will see it.

To do that, use a twitch-twitch-pause retrieve, which is where you give the lure two twitches, then pause and let it sink back to the bottom.

And finally, when choosing what setup to use when fishing for big flounder with paddletails, a medium-fast rod with a good backbone to set the hook and a soft tip to put lots of action on the lure is best.

Use a light reel with light line so you can feel the bottom and know exactly when the flounder bites your lure and when to set the hook.

Conclusion

doormat flounder

If you want to target big flounder, use a big paddletail.

Bounce it along the bottom and get ready to reel up a doormat.

Here’s where you can get the lures and jig heads mentioned in this video:

And now that you know what the best lure to catch flounder is, check out this video to see the best spots to catch flounder.

Have any questions about doormat flounder?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Kyle Berwick
9 months ago

Really like the visual illustrations and underwater videos in all ur tips. Great Job!

Henry Zamora
9 months ago

Yes, great video. I’ve gigged couple times it was okay (2). I try targeting them with your tips. Thanks

Mark McKinney
1 year ago

Very nice video!!!

Tom McLane
1 year ago

Thank You Wyatt,
What specific jig head were you using size wise.
Is a longer shank needed for the 5 inch paddle tails?
With Gratitude,
Tom

Alan Spolar
1 year ago

Nice video Wyatt! Very helpful. Would you agree those larger lures could probably be used for larger Snook, Sea Trout, and Redfish (twitch-twitch-pause retrieve method)?

Bradle
1 year ago

Thank you so much,this video was super helpful, Im looking forward to go catch some fish

Austin Moon
1 year ago

Wyatt you absolutely demolished this video man!! I love the animation’s! Great job and awesome fish!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Great video learned something new.

Ferdinand Alsina
1 year ago

Great video with great visuals! I’m a visual learner and this type of videos make it easier to hear, see and easily comprehend the provided information. Keep it up please!

Douglas Born
1 year ago

Just a thank you, Wyatt for 2 flounder yesterday(one 21 inches) and 2 flounder today (one 19 inches). These flounder have been right under my nose and I didn’t even know it. I have to say to the whole salt strong team. BEST MONEY I HAVE EVER SPENT.

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