Flounder Fishing Tips – How To Catch Flounder

Flounder make a taste treat that few fish can equal. You can get them from shore, jetties, docks, and from boats. They can be found along the edges of salt marshes, back bays, inlets, and from the surf line out. 

Fishing For Flounder

They are ambush predators, waiting for small fish or your bait to swim by. A great place to fish for flounder is where the current flow is narrowed down at an inlet. The narrow channel creates concentrations of baitfish as well as provides dips, troughs, bars and drop-offs where flounder can wait to ambush prey as it swims by.

The hardest thing about flounder fishing is having the patience and willpower to overcome the urge to set the hook at the first feel of the fish.

There are more tips and secrets to catching flounder. Here is a collection of some of those flounder fishing tips. Please browse around and enjoy our flounder fishing tips. If you have a flounder fishing tip you would like to share please comment below.

  • Flounder are usually caught using live baits, dead baits or strip baits that are drifted along the current near the bottom.
  • Flounder will hit a variety of natural baits. Live shrimp, small croakers, tiger minnows, finger mullet and bull minnows are all good flounder baits.
  • Their favorite bait is minnows. Use a light or medium action saltwater rod with a spinning or conventional reel and twenty pound test line.
  • Try jigging with a spinning rod with a white, chartreuse, or pink lead-head jig with bucktail or rubber tail attached.  Adding a strip of squid can help. 
  • Make sure you use a leader because flounder have very sharp teeth.
  • Find some oyster shell or clam shell with some subtle drops and ditches and you will find the flounder stacked up in there.
  • A productive way to rig for flounder is to use a 1 to 4 ounce sinker at the end of your line and rig one hook with a 15″ leader about 6” above the sinker and use a second hook with a shorter leader placed higher on your line. Rig them so they don’t get tangled.  On these hooks you can try minnows hooked through the lips so they remain alive. You may try squid strips or a combination of a minnie plus a strip of squid.
  • Slowly move your bait across the bottom stopping and waiting and then move your bait again (6 inches to a foot).
  • Once flounder bite, they take the baitfish head-first in their mouth before swallowing it so don’t attempt to set the hook at the first nibble or you’ll miss your flounder.
  • Most of the time flounder will face into the current waiting on baitfish. Knowing As a result you should anchor your boat so you have ample opportunity to cast up current.
  • On the back side of larger pilings a small eddy will form and the flounder will position themselves on the bottom in that eddy. They usually wait for passing baitfish and grab an easy meal.


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