What's hot: If you're not taking advantage of the recent fabulous flounder action, you're missing the boat. Flounder in the 5- to 6-pound range are common. The best thing about it is that when you catch one, more usually follow. On a recent outing, not long after we anchored up, we got in a tussle with what we thought was maybe a gag grouper by the way the fish was pulling drag heading for the bottom. After a fight of several minutes, the fish finally came into view, and we were amazed by its size. .All in all, four monster flatties made it to the icebox before the bite slowed.
Tips: Traditional bottom rigs will work to catch flounder, but knocker rigs with their weight right next to the hook keep the bait in contact with the bottom and allow a more sensitive feel for the flounders' light bite. Concentrate your efforts on rock piles with sandy edges. All the flounder we boxed were caught on select live shrimp and big whitebait (scaled sardines).
Rick Frazier runs Lucky Dawg Charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 510-4376.