How To STOP Losing Flounder At The Boat (4 Tips)
“This might be my new personal best flounder!”
Have you ever said that, only to lose it a few seconds later?
Out of all the inshore species, it seems like flounder are the true Houdinis that somehow spit the hook right before you get them in the net.
I’ve lost many flounder (as you’ll see in the video coming up) so I know the feeling.
However, I finally got so fed up with losing flounder that I really started studying how to NOT lose them.
There are four main things that people can do to stop losing flounder and in the video below, I’ll show you exactly what those tips are.
How To STOP Losing Flounder [VIDEO]
Mentioned videos about catching flounder:
- WHERE & WHEN TO CATCH INSHORE FLOUNDER (NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE)
- BEST LURE FOR DOORMAT FLOUNDER (AND HOW TO USE IT TO CATCH MORE FISH)
- HOW TO CATCH FLOUNDER IN THE SUMMER (BEST SPOTS, LURES, & MORE)
Tip #1: Keep the line tight and set the hook immediately
Some people say you should wait a few seconds to set the hook with flounder, but that’s not true!
These are aggressive fish that hit their prey hard, so you don’t need to wait to set the hook.
But before you set the hook, there is one thing you should do — take the slack out of the line.
By reeling in the slack before you set the hook, you’ll be sure to get the best possible hook set, and having a good hook set will help land fish even if you don’t execute the other tips well.
Tip #2: Don’t pull the flounder’s head out of the water until it’s in the net
When flounders breach the surface, they shake their heads violently, which will increase the chances they spit the hook.
Of course, they’ll often shake their heads even under the water, but the drag from the water will make them move slower, so they’re less likely to spit the hook under the surface.
If you see that your fish is about to come up to the surface, give it some more slack and let him dive back down.
Tip #3: Scoop the net under the flounder
Flounders are very net shy, so if they see a net, they’ll start to go nuts and are likely to spit the hook.
Because of this, you never want to lead the flounder into a net, like you can do with other species.
Instead, when the flounder is by the boat, scoop the net under them and land them that way.
A flounder’s instinct is to dive down and if you have the net below them, you’ll be good to go.
Tip #4: Hold them the right way
Even after you’ve landed the flounder, it doesn’t mean the danger of them getting away is over!
The term “floundering around” is based on truth because these slippery fish are masters at leaping out of the boat or kayak.
To stop that from happening though, hold them by the tail and in the pocket by their pectoral fin (see picture below).
Flounder might be the best at spitting the hook or getting away at the last minute, but if you follow the tips in this video, you’ll have a better shot at landing them, taking a picture, and releasing them into the water (or the cooler).
Have any questions about landing flounder?
Or have any other tips that I missed?
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