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How Do I Catch More Flounde Using Artificials?

Dear Captain"How Do I Catch More Flounder in a Cove Using Artificials?"

Hi Mr Locklear,

Yes, I have a good idea how you might pick up a few more flounder. First if I were to use an artificial, a jig with scent would be my first choice. Depending on the tide and depth of water I was fishing in, the jig-head size I would start with is a 1/8 oz. I would either go up or down from there. Down to a 3/16th oz. if the water is three feet or less and the tide is weak. Up to 1/4 oz. if the water is deeper then four feet and the tide is stronger. I like the Mission Fishin Company for my jig heads. I like a Red Head for my jig-head color.

Gulp and Flounder

I would use a 3" Berkley Gulp shrimp in a color that works well in the water conditions you are fishing. In short a dark color like Rootbeer and a light color like Pearl or Glow. If I could only take one color, it would be New Penny. The jig should be worked slowly along transitional edges such as channels, potholes, drop-offs that are around and connected to oyster bars, grasses etc. Drag the jig in around these areas keeping the jig in contact with the bottom. You should hook many flounder this way. Once you catch a few in an area, you can bet you will find more there under the same tide, water and weather conditions.

Oh yeah -- the flounder you were picking up with the Long A Bomber were probably the flounder hitting the Bomber on a reaction strike rather than hunger. The Long A Bomber is worked at a faster cadence then a jig, which would for a flounder, trigger it to strike as a natural impulse reaction. Much harder for a flounder to do! The slow action of a jig-head dragged across the bottom with a soft smelly bait would work on the flounders' hunger habits. This should help you catch a few more flounder. (Click the link for our article, "How to Catch Flounder").

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Captain David M. Rieumont
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