Flounder Fishing (Best Spots, Lures, Tips, & Rigging For More Flounder)
Want to catch more flounder?
Then you’re going to love this video!
I’ve got Salt Strong fishing coaches Luke, Wyatt, and Tony with me here as they share some of their best secrets for catching inshore flounder.
We cover a lot, including:
- Where to catch flounder in each season (which is super important since they migrate)
- The best flounder spots
- The best lures for big flounder (hint: it’s not Gulp shrimp)
- And much more
How To Catch Flounder [VIDEO]
How To Catch Flounder [PODCAST]
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- BEST LURE FOR DOORMAT FLOUNDER (AND HOW TO USE IT TO CATCH MORE FISH)
- WHERE & WHEN TO CATCH INSHORE FLOUNDER (NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE)
- THESE FLOUNDER TIPS COULD BE THE BEST EVER! (UNDERWATER FLOUNDER FOOTAGE)
When & Where To Catch Flounder
Flounder are a migratory species, so where to find them depends on what time of year it is.
In the winter, they go offshore to spawn so you can usually catch big flounder around nearshore wrecks by bouncing bucktails on the bottom.
In the spring, they migrate into shallow inshore waters, you can find them in and around inlets and passes, including nearby docks and bridges.
In the summer, they’re hunting in inshore waters so you can catch them around structure such as:
- Creek mouths
- Spoil islands
- Oyster bars
Then in the fall, they’re migrating back out offshore, so you can find them once again in or near inlets and passes as they head back offshore.
As far as tide goes, incoming and outgoing both work well, as long as there’s current.
Best Lures For Flounder
Flounder are mostly hunting for baitfish, so lures that imitate baitfish work really well.
In deeper water, bucktail jigs with curly-tail grubs are a good option as well.
And yes, shrimp lures like Gulp work, but we’ve had more success on baitfish imitations.
Color doesn’t seem to matter (we’ve caught them on a variety of colors), but what does matter is profile, action, and smell.
Big flounder like big lures, so go with a larger paddletail in the 5″ range, like the Z-Man DieZel MinnowZ, if that’s what you’re after.
3-4″ paddletails, like the Slam Shady 2.0, are great for smaller flounder.
How To Catch Flounder
Now that you know where to find flounder and have the right lure, the next step is to actually catch them!
Flounder are waiting in ambush on the bottom, so bounce your lure along the bottom and wait for the thump.
Many people recommend waiting 5-10 seconds after you feel it to set the hook, but based on the video in this article, that’s not necessary.
We set the hook as soon as we feel the thump and that’s worked out great for us.
Now the final thing to know about catching flounder is that a net is pretty much a necessity.
They’re great at shaking their heads and spitting the hook, so be really caeful when landing them.
Keep their head under the water until right before they get to the boat and then lift them up and slip the net under them.
Flounder are really fun to catch, not to mention delicious, so I hope these tips help you catch more of them.
You can find them around structure near inlets and passes in the spring or fall, in inshore waters in the summer, or nearshore wrecks in the winter.
Bounce a baitfish imitation lure on the bottom and set the hook as soon as you feel the thump.
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