Flounder Fishing tips
Early Spring is the best time to start going to your favorite shore
fishing locations in and around the rivers and bays to fish for
winter flounder. The larger female fish are found in the rivers
early in the season, so waste no time getting your spinning gear
ready. You will need a thin tipped shoreline casting pole 7 feet
long. A small spinning reel with 10-LB test and plenty of rigs with
multiple flounder hooks.
When buying bait be sure to get the freshest clams you can. Try
to stay away from the frozen pre-cut clams for flounder, because
they tend to get washed out too quickly. Instead use the frozen
clams for chumming. Thaw out the clams and use a small can nailed
to a stick. You can use this to effectively throw the chum a great
distance from the shoreline to attract the winter flatties. Use
a sliding fish finder sinker and cast it just down current from
where you throw your chum. If the current is too fast, don't bother
with the chum, instead cast into the deepest water you can, since
most of the current will occur at the surface.
Use yellow and red beads on your hook leaders. Small sized Mister
Twisters, yellow or white also works well to help attract the flounder
to your bait. Use coin shaped sinkers that offer the least amount
of resistance so you can drag the sinker slowly through the mud.
Flounder rely on their vision to find food, so churning up the mud
as you reel in is important. The best technique is to retrieve a
little and let your bait sit a little. This gives the fish a chance
to eat your bait.
When baiting your hook for shore fishing, cut a worm into 3-inch
pieces. Stick the curve of the hook, which is almost pointed on
a flounder hook, into the open cut worm. Pull the hook to expose
the barb, leaving about 1 inch of worm past the point. When baiting
for clams for shore fishing, use the long stringy pieces. They will
stay on the hook the best while dragging the rig on the bottom.
If you are not catching fish in your first hour, then move. Find
an area that's protected by the wind with the least amount of current,
but not stagnant. Also try casting further or not as far. The key
is to find where the flounder are. Once you catch a fish, try to
replicate the cast that caught it. Don't fish with your pole resting
against the fence or in a bucket. Flounder are attracted to the
actions you will make by moving your line and sinker. Dead sticking
only works if you cast right into a pocket of fish, and even then
you will be sure to only catch a minimum amount of them. If you
are fishing from a bulkhead or pier, scrape the barnacles off of
the structure and let them get caught in the current. This is a
good way to attract fish.