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Captain's Corner: Flounder are rebounding

What's hot: The flounder bite is on, if you can find an area where the wind conditions have not muddied the flats. Winds will be gusting as high as 25 knots this week, so finding clear, clean water will be difficult. The good news is that flounder are on the comeback trail. Flounder are like trout and prefer clean water because they are more sight predators than smell predators. Flounder lie flat on the bottom and ambush bait that floats or crawls over them. Sandy potholes allow them to lie flat effortlessly.

Techniques: Use light tackle, 15- to 20-pound fluorocarbon leaders and a small jig head one-sixth or one-eighth ounce with small grub tail, or a short, soft plastic shrimp imitation. Target grass flats that have numerous white sandy potholes. Cast to the potholes and fish the jig slowly on the bottom, bouncing and kicking up the sand.

Tips: Find clean water in the 4- to 6-foot range with plenty of white potholes in the grass beds. South county waters are best at this time. Do a slow retrieve, with the rod tip doing most of the movement of the lure. Live shrimp will work if you can keep the pinfish from stealing it.

Jackie Otto can be reached at Betts Fishing Center at (727)518-7637 or jackieotto@msn.com.

Captain's Corner: Flounder are rebounding 02/06/10 [Last modified: Saturday, February 6, 2010 7:56pm]
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