This Is The #1 Spot (And Tide) To Catch Fall Flounder

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Want to catch more flounder this fall?

It doesn’t matter if you’re using the best lure, the freshest bait, or you’re in the nicest boat, if you can’t find them, you won’t catch them.

There are a handful of spots where you can find flounder in the fall, but in this video, you’re going to learn the one place to catch them that’s better than all the rest.

You’ll also learn:

  • Why this type of spot holds tons of hungry flounder
  • The best tide to fish this type of spot (and why this tide is good particularly in the fall)
  • What lures to use at this spot to catch the biggest and baddest flounder
  • And much more

Check out the video below!

#1 Spot To Catch Fall Flounder [VIDEO]

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Why Flounder Love Feeding In Creek Mouths

In the fall, flounder are moving from inshore estuaries and marshes where they spent the summer out to the offshore reefs and ledges where they’ll spend the winter.

Flounder entered these inshore marshes and estuaries through creek mouths and that’s where they’ll exit, too, so you know you’ll be able to find some there, but that’s not the only reason it’s the best fall flounder spot.

Flounder stage at creek mouths because during an outgoing tide, bait is swept out of the creeks right toward the flounder like food on a conveyor belt.

Plus, the outgoing water is a little warmer because it’s just spent a few hours getting warmed up by the sun, so the warmer waters will get the flounder feeling more aggressive, too.

This is why a creek mouth during outgoing tide is the best spot to catch flounder in the fall.

Now, what’s almost as important as the spot and timing is how you position yourself, so let’s cover that next…

How To Position Yourself In Creek Mouths

creek mouth positioning

The first part of positioning yourself in creek mouths is to not spook the fish.

Approach the mouth slowly and quietly, and don’t go all the way into the creek.

The next part is about knowing where the fish will be and where to cast your lure.

The fish are in or just outside of the mouths, so cast your lure up current and retrieve down with the current so that it looks like all the other baitfish coming out of the creek mouth.

As you can see in the picture above, I’m slightly outside of the mouths and am casting up into the creeks.

The Best Lures To Use For Fall Flounder

In the fall, flounder are dialed in on big baitfish, so you want to use lures that imitate big baitfish.

And the best lure to do that is a large paddletail.

If it’s a shallow creek mouth (less than four feet), I’ll rig it on a weighted swimbait hook.

If the creek mouth is deeper than four feet, I’ll rig it on a jig head.

Here are my favorite hooks and paddletails for fall flounder:

Conclusion

doormat flounder

If you want to catch more flounder this fall, bounce a paddletail (like the Slam Shady BOMBER) around a creek mouth during outgoing tide and hold on.

Creek mouths are great because flounder are traveling out of the creeks to their offshore winter homes, and the outgoing is best because it brings bait and warmer water out of the creeks.

Have any questions about catching flounder in the fall?

Let me know down in the comments.

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HOWARD SCHROEDER
9 months ago

Wyatt,
Enjoyed the video, always informative!

Ref: My trip to Port A. 9/21-9/25.

  1. I don’t have a kayak or boat, so are there locations where I can fish from shore or wade for flounder?
  2. Are there guide services that will take me to the flats and shallow waters in a shallow draft boat?

Regards,
Howard.

Glenn Acomb
1 year ago

Thanks Wyatt, those are good pointers. I hope to land more flounder this month.

William Hawkins
1 year ago

Good stuff. I agree with everything you’ve shared. Thanks! I would like to add; I primarily fish for Flounder at or near the jetties at the mouth of the St Johns river. Same concept, a choke point for the entire estuary system. A difference though would be cleaner water provided by incoming tides. This seems to benefit my catch.

Jonathan Getz
1 year ago

Outstanding video Wyatt, especially the positioning advice.

Phillip Butler
1 year ago

Thanks. Good info. 👍🏼

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