What's hot: Flounder finally made their 2012 appearance around the Tampa Bay area. Big catches of large, flat fish have become common over the past couple of weeks.
Tackle and techniques: Flounder are light-tackle targets, and there are two ways to approach success: a durable live bait or a jig. Live bait choices are plentiful, but the best one to survive the vicious pinfish of local waters is the killifish. Hooked through the nose with just enough weight to sink it to the bottom, flounder rarely turn down this meal. Other baits will be eaten but do not stay on the hook as well. The jig is rigged with the same concept: just enough weight to get it to the bottom. A jig of one-eighth ounce or three-sixteenths ounces with a 3-inch paddletail or 5-inch jerkbait-style tail is a great tool to locate and catch flounder. The error that can be made is working the lure too aggressively. Keeping the jig within inches of the bottom is the key to success.
Tips: Targeting flounder is easy. The common denominator is sand. Not all sandy areas hold flounder. The better sand patches are normally in 4-8 feet surrounded by sea grass or rocks. A lure of bait that comes to a dead stop has been eaten by a flounder.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.