Tips for Redfish and Flounder

i live and panama city florida i live a mile from the bay how can i catch red fish and flounder

Redfish (Sciaenops ocellatus), also called Red Drum and Red Bass, are most likely THE most popular gamefish in the Southeast U.S. In Florida, especially the Gulf Coast, they can be caught all year, and reach sizes in excess of 30 inches. They are mostly bottom-feeders, and can frequently be caught as they forage near oyster bars and grass beds in search of shrimp, crabs, and other crustaceans. They also readily gobble up mud minnows and finger mullet. The best lures for them are jig heads tipped with soft plastic bodies to resemble live bait, or tipped with mullet, mud minnows, shrimp or fiddler crabs. The jigs should be worked slowly, near the bottom in likely spots near oyster bars, and grass beds. During a falling tide, redfish will follow schools of baitfish towards inlets and jetties, and can often be caught in deep holes in salt marshes as they wait for the tide to come back in. In the winter, they can be found in shallow water over dark mud flats. At high tides, you can find them near spartina grass beds. Flounder can be found near creek mouths on sandy, or muddy bottoms. You will seldom find them on rocky bottoms. Flounder are ‘ambush’-type predators,lying buried in sand or silt until an unsuspecting prey swims within range. They then explode onto them voraciously, and then re-bury themselves in anticipation of the next course. There are many species of flounder in the Florida Gulf, but fishing for tjhem is all the same. One of the best methods is to tip a jighead with a live minnow, hooked through the lips, and work it slowly along the bottom in suitable places. Live shrimp, or plastic bodies can also be used. There is a trick to this, though. It’s almost the opposite of fishing for Largemouth Bass in freshwater with plastic worms. Work your bait slowly along the bottom,. as you would with a plastic worm, but when you feel a tap, or resistance, WAIT ABOUT 10 SECONDS, then slowly raise your rod tip, and if you feel any resistance, set the hook. The reason for this is that flounder grab the bait, but then settle back to the bottom before swallowing it. This keeps you from jerking the bait out of the flounders mouth before they have a good hold on it. Using these techniques, it is easy to fill a fish basket in short order. Happy Fishing!

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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