To Err is Human….to Flounder is Divine…….

Can you give me a list of the best lures to use for flounder fishing in the ocean?

The right lure for flounder is only 1/3rd of the battle. You need the right lure, in the right place, at the right time. In order to do this, you need to understand the flounder’s habits. What worked last week in the morning at the pier is probably not going to work this afternoon in the surf. Saltwater fishing involves a very large expanse of different water. To consistently target your prey, you must break each area down into smaller pieces. Jetty fishing is a prime example. To a novice, all jetties appear the same, just a pile of rocks extending out perpendicular to the shore. But if you examine them closely, you will find that each jetty has its own peculiar features that create favorite places for predator fish to ambush their lunch. Perhaps it is a slight bend that creates an eddy when the tides are running. This makes an ideal place for flounder to nab resting baitfish. Another prime feature is a place where the rocks dip, or are missing. At high tide, the current rushes through, trapping loads of exhausted baitfish in the breaks. For a flounder, this is a major buffet. In the summer, one of the most over-looked spots is the surf, especially when is no hard structure nearby for flounder to lounge in. The key to finding them is to watch the breakers. Wave that are breaking a good distance from shore are hitting a sandbar. Flounder will be in between the beach and the sandbar at low tide, picking off trapped baitfish. At high tide, they will go back over the bar to deeper water. If the waves are breaking close to shore, then the water drops off quickly off the beach. Prime places for flounder in this situation are runnels, which are depressions in the bottom sand running parallel to the beach. At low tide, flounder gorge on baitfish trapped in these shallow troughs. At high tide, they return to the edge of the drop-off. Looking for good ambush spots along runnels during incoming tides can be very productive. Any hard structure along the shore, such as piers and groins will hold flounder most of the year. Look on the deep side for ambush spots, much as you would for Largemouth Bass in freshwater. On the East Coast, the deep side will be on the upstream side of the longshore current. Inlets are dynamite, but complex places to catch flounder. Most inlets have jetties at the mouths. Look for flounder along the inside mouth of the inlet, near the edges. Top lures for flounder are soft plastics, such as shrimp tails, shad-tails, split-tails like the Flounder-Pounder, and the Flex-Jig. � ounce silver spoons are very effective as well. A single-hooked Johnson Sprite can be an absolute killer at times. 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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