Five secrets to catch flounder

Timing means everything when you fish for flounder. In the fall, flounder will migrate to deeper waters. The experienced flounder fisherman knows that after September through about the end of November, the flounder start their migratory journeys from the rivers and streams into the deeper waters of the ocean, and this is a prime time for hooking flounder, too. Flounder will get out to waters that are around 25 feet deep and lay in the bottoms in the sand for the winter months. Thus, during cooler weather, you can see why a heavy sinker and dragging bait along the bottom slowly will help you to catch flounder.

The basic tackle you will need for flounder fishing isn’t extravagant and any fisherman who has a decently filled tackle box probably already has most of what he’ll need to go fishing for flounder with. You will need about a seven foot rod that is semi flexible with a small casting reel. Use at least a 14# test line so that your line won’t get broken if you get something that is bigger and badder than a flounder. To fish along the bottom, a sinker is a must. The best kind to use for flounder fishing or any kind of fishing you do on the bottom that requires dragging your bait is a trolling sinker. Take along a net for helping in getting your flounder out of the water. The best eating there is fried flounder. Most seafood restaurants have flounder on their menu and it is the most sought after fried fish in the restaurant business.

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Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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