How To Catch Flounder In The Summer (Best Spots, Lures, & More)


It’s flounder time!

In this video, we’ve got Capt. Jud Brock of breaking down everything you need to know about catching summertime flounder.

He’s covering:

  • Where to find flounder in the summer (both inshore and nearshore)
  • The best lures to catch them with
  • The top mistakes people make when targeting flounder
  • And much more

This is part two of three of Capt. Brock’s summertime inshore slam series.

Part one was how to catch summertime redfish, and part three, how to catch summertime trout, is coming soon.

How To Catch Summertime Flounder [VIDEO]

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Where To Find Flounder In The Summer

In the summer, you can find flounder both inshore and nearshore.

Since flounder are ambush predators, you’ll nearly always find them near structure.

Here’s what to look for when looking for flounder:

Nearshore flounder

Flounder like to hang around low relief structure, such as ledges, off the beaches.

They prefer low relief structure because it will keep the bait near the bottom, unlike a tall shipwreck, where baitfish might be higher in the water column.

They’ll also be found around jetties and inlets.

Inshore flounder

You can find inshore flounder around:

  • Creek mouths (especially where two or more creeks converge)
  • Grass lines with points and/or oyster bars nearby
  • Docks
  • Bridges
  • Pilings
  • Seawalls
  • Even channel markers

Also keep in mind that flounder will get really shallow (Capt. Brock’s seen them in just 3-5 inches of water) around dusk and dawn.

The Best Summertime Flounder Lures

You can catch flounder on live bait, but artificial lures will help you cover more ground and quickly find where the flounder are feeding.

Just remember to keep the lures close the bottom (either bouncing them or dragging them along the bottom), and use the lightest jig head or weighted hook possible while still staying on the bottom — this will help your lure look more natural.

Also, be sure to retrieve your lure in the same direction as the current because flounder are looking upcurrent for an easy meal to drift by.

Here are some of Capt. Brock’s favorite inshore flounder lures:

As far as nearshore lures go, the same lures will work, although there are bigger flounder out there, so you might want to go with a bigger lure, like this 7″ paddletail from EliasVFishing and work the edges around the structure.


Flounder are fun to catch, unique, and delicious fish.

You can find them inshore or nearshore in the summer and get them to bite by bouncing or dragging a soft plastic along the bottom.

Have any questions about catching flounder?

Let us know on the comments below.

If you’re in North Carolina and want to book a trip with Capt. Brock, you can reach him at, check him out on Instagram @judbrockfishing, or tune into his podcast, the Eastern Current Fishing Podcast.

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Bobby Carver
2 years ago

Enjoy your videos! I’m new to inshore fishing and I’m learning something with each one! Thanks!

Al Ott
2 years ago

Capt. Brock’s presentation was very informative and helpful. My personal dilemma is I don’t own a boat. I have investigated several spots near Central Florida (both east and west coast) to try for flounder from shore, but have not found a productive spot. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Dwight Norris
2 years ago
Reply to  Wyatt Parcel

This information is great for not having a boat. I am wondering if this works for jetties and seawalls in the harbor.

Robert Singleton
2 years ago

To swivel or not to swivel, that is the question, some say it is ok and others say not ok. What is your take on it? Personally I like the easy rig change without having to tie on a rig while on the water.


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