What is the best bait to use for flounder?

Using live bait is essential for many flounder (fluke) fishermen around the country, and can be extremely effective for picky flounder (fluke). Shrimp, crabs, smaller flounder, sardines, shad, mullet, and mud minnows can all be great options for live bait.

How do you catch a saltwater flounder?

For this reason, Mark prefers to catch his own baitfish at low tide from salt creeks and marshes. He’ll use a wide variety of baitfish, but the best bait for flounder include mullet, menhaden, croakers, spot and mud minnows (killifish). Shrimp work for flounder, too, according to Mark, but take a back seat to minnows.

What’s the best way to fish for flounder?

Flounder respond well to live fish such as minnow, mullet and croakers. Sea worms and clams are also effective. Hook larger baitfish through the lips, and smaller baitfish through the eye. You can add some strips of fresh squid or live shrimp to vary the bait mix.

What is the best hook to catch flounder?

Hooks can and usually should be a bit on the larger size for flounder fishing. They have large mouths full of sharp teeth, not something you really want to play with. I either use 3/0 to 5/0 circle hooks or a 2/0-4/0 worm hook for flounder fishing. Jig heads in the 1/4-3/8ths range are well suited to flounder fishing.

Can a goldfish live in saltwater?

In case you didn’t know, goldfish aren’t meant to survive in saltwater. If the goldfish spread, they’ll cause even more havoc than they are already. “If they can tolerate salt for a short period of time — enough to make the swim — from one river to another, they can spread,” he explained.

What hooks do you use for flounder?

What’s the best way to catch a flounder?

“Flounder often don’t take a bait or lure right away, but follow it during the retrieve. When flounder do this, they usually settle to the bottom, right under the boat. Therefore, it’s a good idea to periodically work a jig or bait directly under the skiff. It’s amazing how many flounder can be caught this way.

Where to use mullet bait to catch flounder?

With the mullet bait, work an area where the water is moving on an outgoing tide. Look for the areas around structures that provide a break to the water movement—areas that create an eddy. This is where the flounder will lay and wait for an ambush.

What kind of rig do you need for a flounder?

You can even use a “standard” flounder rig which includes a 4/0 circle hook on a 30 pound test monofilament leader line. When setting up your rig, take 3 things into account. Water depth, bottom terrain, and current.

Where do you find flounder tracks at low tide?

Guide Greg Fields of Atlantic Beach, Florida, first learned about “flounder tracks” while wading the shallow mud and sand flats at low tide in search of live bait. He noticed that the bays which held the most bait when the tide dropped also had a large number of flounder outlines – or tracks – in the bottom.