Friday, June 22, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Flounder finder

What's hot: Flounder is an underappreciated species around Tampa Bay. After a full recovery from the red tide in 2005, flounder action is exceptional in the bay area in numbers and size.

Tactics: Catching flounder is a finesse game, so choose a light rod and reel with a lot of feel. Slow-action rods are not good for feeling the lure or the strike, so use medium power, fast-action rods. Flounder can be caught on live baits but jigs are all you really need. Use eighth-ounce jigheads with a variety of soft plastic tails.

Tips: Flounder inhabit and blend into sandy bottom areas, but the best locations are where the sand borders something else, like seagrass or rocks. Always try to keep the lure within inches of the bottom. Flounder are opportunistic feeders and will clamp down on the lure without moving so it feels like snagging the bottom. Completely overcast days are best. And take a landing net: Flounder are often not hooked very well.

Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.

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