Are you fishing for flounder? If you love the taste of fresh flounder, here are some quick facts and strategies on how to catch them:
Quick Facts: A flounder is a type of flatfish that lives in ocean water, mainly in the North Atlantic, the Pacific Ocean and along the east coast of the United States and Canada. The size of flounders normally ranges from five to fifteen inches. There are some varieties that grow as large as three feet in length.
Flounders are also known as flukes. They usually live in the oceans of the United States, Canada, Pacific and Atlantic. Some of these flukes also dwell in lagoons. It is easier to recognize flukes because they belong to the flatfish species. Literally, flukes are flat fishes.
With these quick facts about flukes, let us review the strategies you can use to catch them:
Get ready with a rod. Choose the medium-action. There is no need to use more expensive rods. Choose a rod which you are comfortable using. A circle hook is also required. Since flounders have sharp teeth, this hook helps you catch them easier. As the flounder takes the bait, the hook gradually proceeds to the mouth of the fish; hence, the fish is caught.
Baits should also be considered carefully. Experts in this field use finger mullets. According to experts, the mullets are most suitable for flounders. However, if the mullets are not available then shrimp, jigs, and grub tails are also good options. In addition, be prepared with a container in which the flounder will be placed.
Technique 1: Use the bait slowly. To attract the flounder, allow your bait to sink and regain it slowly. Repeat these steps to attract the attention of the flounder. You may also try walking slowly while allowing the bait to stay under water. Make sure that the bait is still there while you are walking because most of the time, the flounder quickly eats the bait. Some flounders do not thrive in the deep parts so you do not need to concentrate on deeper areas.
Technique 2: With the attraction technique done, you may now set the rod down with the bait still in the water. Sit down and wait. Check the bait often. Most of the time, you have to reel the rod to see if a fish is caught.
Technique 3: Combine techniques 1 and 2. Remember that fishing is also a game of luck at times. So try the first two methods until you are tired. To increase your chance of catching a flounder, remember that the best place to fish is Florida during May and that flounders thrive in warm water.
Technique 4: If you are lucky enough, you will be using this next technique: the Hooking technique. Once a flounder has been hooked, do not set the hook. Remember that flounders eat the bait slowly so if you set the hook at once you will lose your fish. Be very patient.
Technique 5: Now that you have your flounder, the next thing to consider is the landing of the fish. In this technique, your main goal is not to lose the fish with a wrong move. This technique calls for a pier net. Nets can be homemade or bought from your local market. If you are a beginner, you can perform the fish landing with the help of a partner; however, if you are a pro, you can do the technique alone.
With these tips for flounder fishing, I bet you will have a good catch and a teeming net!