The flounder is a saltwater marine animal with continuous fins running the length of its body. Best known for having two eyes on the same side, most flounder are approximately 20 inches in length and weigh less than 10 pounds.
This popular game fish is most commonly found in deep, dark waters, where it is easier to hide and wait for a strike. Rig your fishing line specifically for flounder and maximize the number of strikes your line receives.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need:
- Fishing rod
- Fishing line
Rig your fishing line with two hooks, a 1- to 2-oz. pyramid sinker and bait. Bait options include fresh squid, minnows, worms and clams. Hook options include black fish hooks, cod hooks or size 8 hooks.
Fish your line close to the bottom. Drag your line across rock beds and weedy bottoms. Avoid submerging your line between obstructions, but keep it near the bottom where flounder can strike it.
Allow your line to drift back and forth, which is more likely to entice feeding flounder. Maintain tightness on your line for better control and easier handling when dragging your line across the bottom. Loosen the drag on your rod once your line reaches the bottom.
Change locations often. Flounder only strike bait that is in motion and close to its proximity. If flounder are not immediately biting, move your line to a different location and drag it along the bottom there.
Set your hook. Wait several seconds after you feel a bite on the line for the flounder to completely bite and swallow your bait. Lower the tip of your fishing rod and then sweep your line horizontally. Reel in your flounder.
Tips & Warnings
Rig your fishing line with a heavier sinker. Size it according to the water depth you’re fishing.