Flounder Fishing Tips

The Best Flounder Fishing Tips

Welcome to Apex Fishing Tips, this section of our website is devoted to flounder fishing. On this web page you'll learn about flounders (winter and summer) and flounder fishing. Our information on flounders will help you catch bigger quantities of them, more often. Our flounder fishing tips and tricks can be very useful the next time you go fishing.

Below you'll find 6 flounder fishing tips that will help boost your chances of catching them, specifically winter flounder and summer flounder. Both expert and novice anglers will find success using our flounder fishing tips. We're constantly updating our flounder fishing tips, if you have any tips to share please contact us and tell us about them.

Along with 6 flounder fishing tips we're going to teach you about the summer flounder and the winter flounder. Below you'll also find the latest all-tackle world fishing records for summer and winter flounders. We have more resources on flounder fishing at the bottom of this page, along with some awesome flounder fishing pictures.

6 Flounder Fishing Tips

  1. Flounders are a saltwater fish species, which means if you want to catch one you need to live near the coast or will need to take trip to the coast. If you're trying to catch a specific species of flounder, like the gulf flounder or olive flounder you'll need to live or take a trip to the specific coastal areas where they're found. Different species of flounder are found in different areas, so do your research before you head out to catch them.
  2. Flounders are ambush predators and hunt on the bottom of the ocean. They're colors mimic the bottom of the ocean, helping them ambush unsuspecting prey. This means your best chances of catching flounder are fishing on the bottom. A three-way rig, fish finder rig or drift rig are great ways to get your bait at the bottom for flounder to snatch up. If you're going to use jigs, make sure to bounce them off the bottom. Stir up a little sediment to attract the attention of nearby flounders.
  3. Live bait is hands down the best way to catch flounder. You can catch them using jigs or lures, but the most successful anglers bring in lots of flounders using live bait. Some of the best live bait for flounders are pinfish, menhaden, mud minnows (mummichog), mullets and shrimp. There are other live baits that work for flounders, but the five we mentioned usually yield the best results.
  4. Remember how we said flounders are ambush predators? Well, you can use that to your advantage when trying to catch them. Flounders like to hang out in places where the current and tide will bring in prey. A few locations like that include channels, inlets, passes, points with a current and around small islands. In these locations they'll be found around structures that aide them in ambushing prey. Structures favored by flounders for hunting include mangroves, rock piles, sandbars and sunken trees.
  5. If you're fishing on that perfect day were the skies are clear and you can see the bottom, you're in luck. If you've got the right eye, you'll be able to identify some flounder tracks. They like to wade through the sand and mud as they travel across the ocean floor. If you find long tracks of disturbed mud and sand, about the width of a flounder you'll want to try fishing both ends of it.
  6. Remember, you don't need a boat to catch flounder. A lot of anglers like to go surf fishing and catch flounder using a fish finder rig. The trick is to get out there at low tide, find structures that would be favorable for flounders, get your bait out there an hour or two before the tide starts to come in and wait for the magic to happen.

About Flounder (Pleuronectoidei)

Southern Flounder (paralichthys lethostigma)

Flounder is a common name for a group of saltwater flatfish species that belong to the suborder Pleuronectoidei. Flounders live on the bottom of the ocean floor. Two popular flounder species among anglers are the summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus) and the winter flounder (Pleuronectes americanus). They're also known for their eye migration to one side of their head.

Flounders are ambush predators and feed at the bottom of the ocean around bridge piles, coral reefs and docks. Their prey is usually small fish, fish eggs, bristle worms and crustaceans. Adult flounders can reach a length between 8.7 and 23.6 inches, varying by species. The width of their body is usually equal to 50% of its body length. Flounders can camouflage themselves with the sea floor, and that helps protect them from predators.

Flounder Fishing Records

The below International Game Fish Association (IGFA) flounder world fishing records are up to date as of 2019.

Flounder Fishing Pictures

A summer flounder caught while fishing

A picture of a summer flounder (P. dentatus) caught on a fishing trip.
(Credit: Maryland DNR / Flickr)

A winter flounder caught while fishing

A picture of a winter flounder (P. americanus) caught on a fishing trip.
(Credit: Maryland DNR / Flickr)

A gulf flounder caught while fishing

A picture of a gulf flounder (P. albigutta) caught on a fishing trip.
(Credit: Kevin Faccenda / Flickr)

Flounder Fishing Resources