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 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!
Popular Techniques to Catching Flounder
Flounder can be found throughout the Atlantic coast. They live in rivers,
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:
- Sea worms
- Strips of fresh squid or live shrimp
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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
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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