The flounder’s agility makes it a great light tackle gaming fish. The best flounders are caught between 10 and 25 miles of the coast around wrecks and reefs. In the early spring, flounders are found in the shallower waters of bays and inlets. The best methods for catching flounder in drift fishing along the bottom and jigging.
Habitat: Bay, Ocean
How to identify Flounder
The eyes of the Summer Flounder are on its left side of their head (with the blind eye on the other side.) The left-sided eyes a camouflaged, blending in with the seafloor. Its body has randomly scattered markings (10-14) that look like eyes. Its blind eye is void of color, appearing white and unremarkable. Both jaws have well-developed teeth. Soft rays are present on both the dorsal (85-94) and anal (60-63) fins. The upper limb of the first gill arch contains 5-6 gill rakers whereas, the lower limb has 11-21.
Where to catch Flounder
Flounders are present in the western waters of the Atlantic from Maine down to South Carolina (potentially as far south as northeast Florida.) These fish thrive in only 6 inches of water during the summer, with larger flounders preferring deeper waters up to 60 feet deep. They aggressively prey on fish feeding in mid to bottom waters. Along the surface of the water, it’s not unusual to find Flounders pursuing baitfish. The sandy/muddy bottoms of shoreline waters (bays, harbors, canals, pier/bridge pilings) and basin areas are preferred by Flounders.