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Do you have to use a J hook fishing for flounder near inshore wrecks? What is the best bait for flounder when they are in the gulf and not in the bays?

Dear Captain"Do you have to use a J hook fishing for flounder near inshore wrecks? What is the best bait for flounder when they are in the gulf and not in the bays?"

You do not have to use a J hook when fishing for flounder near inshore wrecks in Florida. But did you mean circle hook? You do not have to use a circle hook. Flounder are not considered reef fish so you can use any single hook you like. I personally like small J hooks when fishing for flounder because of their very small mouths.

I found the best all around bait for flounder is a killifish. Killifish are also called creek chubs, bull minnows, mummichog and mosquitofish. You can catch them in tidal creeks, back bays and rivers. Here is a picture of a killifish.

Minnow from Micro Fishing
This image of a minnow came from a very interesting site called MicroFishing.

The best advice for catching flounder is finding their position relating to the structure. Flounder will position themselves on the bottom 90% of the time sitting on the edges of rocks, oyster bars, grass patches, bridges and channel edges. They love edges and slopes. My best success for flounder is a jig head with a Killifish hooked through the lip.

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Captain David M. Rieumont



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