Saturday, February 24, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Flounder is more than bycatch

What's hot: Flounder fishing has been good recently. Consistent catches have come from rocky areas, artificial reefs and sandy potholes scattered throughout grass flats. Many times, flounder come as a surprise or bonus bycatch, but they can be targeted.

Technique: Flounder are structure-oriented. They will not be directly on the structure but can be found around the edges in the sand. Search natural rock outcroppings, artificial reefs, jetties, rip-rap-lined seawalls, bridges and docks. Flounder also venture onto grass flats in sandy holes to ambush bait. Small, live baits such as scaled sardines or pinfish are favorites, but a fresh piece of cut bait also works. When fishing the flats, use a pearl white jig and drag it slowly through the sand. When it feels like the jig has hung on the bottom, set the hook.

Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at [email protected] and (727)510-1009.

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