Redfish, Seatrout and Flounder, Oh My

Doormat flounder are out there waiting for you to drift a bait over their strike zone, a favorite fish for catching and for table-fare.

Granddads Lures

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Redfish, seatrout and flounder headline the action now and in the coming weeks as the mullet run continues and the water temperatures cool a little each day. Flyfisherman and lure fisherman moving stealthily through the marshes will catch many fish with topwater action providing spectacular strikes, but for the meat and potatoes, blue collar, put filets in the fryer types, live bait fished while anchored up at your favorite fishing hole is a fall tradition that is hard to beat. You can kick back with a cold beverage and even listen to the football game if you are fortunate to have a radio on your boat.

Flounder action is great right now during the lower tide phases around creek mouths and rocky shorelines with light tackle and a short leader, 6 to 10 inches tops, with a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce jig head or a 1/2 ounce barrel sinker above a small swivel, between leader and line. Leader material of 12 to 20 lb flourocarbon line remains invisible and helps avoid cutoffs on sharp oyster shells. Kahle hooks work well in the #1/0 to #2 size stuck through the lips of a mud minnow or small finger mullet, as well as live shrimp barbed through the tail. Work these baits slowly across the bottom like a bass fisherman works a plastic worm and wait for a slight jolt and watch as your line slowly peels off the reel, then set the hook. Many flounder are also caught with live shrimp and float rigs while trout fishing. Doormat flounder 5 to 10 lbs. are out there waiting for you to drift a bait over their strike zone. They are one of my favorite fish for catching and for tablefare and as an added incentive the state record summer flounder of 21 lbs. was caught right here in 1983 off the bridge at the south end of Amelia Island. More on fall Redfishing and Speckled Seatrout next week.

Go ahead and call me for tips on rigging and fishing techniques or learn firsthand on a fishing charter with me aboard the CleanSweep boat.

Captain Jim Wormhoudt
CleanSweep Charters
(904) 753-0882

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