Flounder Fishing Charters

Beaufort and Hilton Head Flounder Fishing Charters

flounder fishing in beaufort, south carolinaAt first glance flounder (AKA flat fish) are a pretty odd looking critters. They look like a deformed pancake with two bulging eyes and a tail… but I suppose that looks aren’t everything. These fish are highly sought after for their excellent table fair. In fact, flounder are one of the most popular fish dishes in many seafood restaurants and they are also a favorite at my house. We usually catch the majority of our inshore flounder starting in the spring around early April and the bite will last through the summer and into the fall months until the water gets cold and most of these fish move into offshore waters.

beaufort, sc doormat flounder - flounder fishing charters in beaufortFlounder are the ultimate masters of camouflage. They have white bellies to blend in with the sky when near the surface and dark brown backs dotted with black spots to help them blend into the bottom. Flounder are aggressive ambush feeders that lay on the bottom and wait for food such as shrimp and small bait fish to pass over head. Once something good passes over them they dash upwards with lightning speed and take it down. We commonly find flounder in the same inshore areas as redfish and speckled sea trout. Some of these areas may include creek mouths and around oyster bars edges, basically anywhere that you have good current flow, structure and bait moving though.

Beaufort and Hilton Head Founder FishingThere are a number of ways to catch flounder, but overall I very rarely target flounder specifically on the inshore waters. In most cases we catch them while fishing for other species such as redfish and trout. On the other hand, when we get into an area that is holding good numbers of flounder we will often switch tactics to catch them as it is not uncommon for these fish to stack up in good numbers along a short stretch of shoreline. Though most of our flounder will range in size from 14-16 inches we do catch some larger (AKA Doormats) and they will put up a really good fight on light tackle. For light tackle flounder fishing I generally use 6-12 pound class spinning rods and toss small lures such as jigs or use live bait tactics.

 

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