Flounder Techniques

From 9/28/01</font id=blue>

It does not take a rocket scientist to look at the shape of a Flounder and determine where this fish spends the majority of its time. That’s right, the Flounder spends the majority of his day lying around waiting on an easy dinner to come by. Flounder fishing in the inshore waters of the Lowcountry is excellent from mid-summer through the end of fall. There are many anglers in our area passionate about Flounder fishing and while many of us consider catching one a bonus while fishing for other species, serious Flounder anglers are very methodical in their approach. While there are many different techniques and rigs, most Flounder fishermen will agree that you need to get your bait down to the bottom. This sounds pretty simple, but keep in mind some of the best Flounder fishing is found in inlets where current can often prevent a light sinker from ever reaching the bottom. For this reason the rig you use becomes the most important part of your plan of attack.

Flounder are often found in inlets and the mouths of creeks due to the abundance of food and the current bringing dinner to them. This is important to keep in mind when determining what type of rig to use. In areas of light current you may be able to drift fish and drop your bait right over the side and down to the bottom. In areas with heavy current you may need to cast upcurrent and bring your bait back down past the fish. Remember you want to give the fish every opportunity to see the bait and eat it, so getting your bait in front of the fish is a requirement.

Rig preferences vary from angler to angler and these are a few of the more popular rigs. They are relatively easy to make and easy to handle when casting or fishing straight down on the bottom. Attaching a mudminnow to a standard grub is an excellent choice. This rig is especially handy when fishing shallow water areas and shellbanks. It is by far the easiest to cast and also gives you opportunity to experiment with different color patterns for dif