How To Fish For Flounder: Fishing tips & tricks to catch more flounder!

How to Fish For Flounder In The Atlantic Ocean

March 10, 2017

Rod, Reel, and Rigs

Catching flounder is fun and can be easy if you know what you are doing. For starters, all you need is a light or medium action saltwater rod combined with a spinning or conventional reel. We recommend 12-to-14 pound line test with a a strong 20-pound fluorocarbon leader. This basic setup will be more than sufficient and works great for flounder fishing.

A personal insight to my flounder fishing setup is a med-light 7-foot casting rod with a baitcasting reel. As recommended, I use 14 pound test with a standard flounder rig (a 4/0 circle hook on a 15 inch 20-pounder fluorocarbon leader). For my rig, I enjoy using a trolling sinker, which is ideal for dragging across the bottom of the ocean floor. Trolling sinkers are weights that look like they have a small beaded chain on the end. They are typically long and slender. Most baitshops, if not all, will have trolling sinkers available.

If you are in the market for a new rod or reel, some of my personal favorite brands are PENN, Shimano, and Abu Garcia. There are hundreds of brands to choose from, so just be sure to do your research before you make a purchase!

How to fish for flounder

Popular Techniques to Catching Flounder

Flounder can be found throughout the Atlantic coast. They live in rivers, estuaries and streams near the ocean. They tend to lie on their sides and like to stay at the bottom of the ocean so a very popular technique is to drift your tackle along with the tide and current. You should feel your sinker bumping along the bottom of the ocean so stay attentive and when you feel a bite make sure to set the hook!

Best Live Baits For Flounder

Many fishermen have seen success rigging live baits for flounder. Most fish respond better to live baits. Popular baits for flounder we recommend are:

Hook larger baitfish through their lips or jaw, while rigging smaller baitfish through the eyes. We also recommend having multiple types of live baits because flounder can be picky. What may work well one day, might not work the next day.

Artificial Bait and Tackle

Sometimes flounder may respond even better to artificial tackle. If you do not have time to purchase live baits try grub-tailed jigs or bucktail rigs. Popular colors for these types of rigs are red, pink, white and yellow. Check out the video below to learn how to tie and fish a flounder bucktail rig.

Benefits of Monofilament Line For Flounder Fishing

Monofilament line is popular due to its strength, durability, and resistance to abrasions. So how does this help for flounder fishing? This is important because flounder like to stay towards the bottom of the ocean where scattered sand, shells, rocks and other debree will make contact with your line. Over an extended period of time, this can damage your line so it's recommended to use something durable.

Why We Love Fluorocarbon Line For Fishing

Fluorocarbon is fantastic because it is virtually invisible when it's in the water. In addition to the transparency, fluorocarbon also shares many benefits with monofilament in regards to strength and resistance to abrasion. Fluorocarbon also has greater sensitivity over monofilament. Yes, that's right! Fluorocarbon gives you a better feel of what's happening on the other end so you don't miss a bite.

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Now that you know how to catch flounder, come into our store and find some of the best live baits, rigs, tackle to help you catch more fish. Our staff can help you with any of your boating or fishing needs so be sure to stop by and shop the most popular products within the industry!