People have been catching flounder using traditional techniques long before jigging became popular. These old-school tactics still prove to be effective in modern times. Whether you prefer fishing with bait or want to have an additional line set in a rod holder while working with a more active rod, here's how to do it the traditionalist way.
Flounder Fishing with Bait
Yes, flounder still enjoy feasting on squid and minnow sandwiches. Rig up your fishing gear with a Fluke Killer, Spin-N-Glo, or a similar rig. Cut squid strips approximately half an inch wide and three to four inches long, then slide one onto the hook. Next, take a large bull minnow and add it to the hook by going in through the lower jaw and out through the upper jaw.
Drift your squid and minnow combination along the edges of channels and shoals. Pay attention to the depth when you get a bite and focus on similar depth ranges.
When you feel a bite, resist the urge to set the hook right away. Flounder tend to grab the tail end of the bait first, resulting in a nibble-nibble-nibble sensation. If you set the hook at this moment, you'll likely just rip the bait off. Instead, wait until you feel the slow thump-thump-thump of the fish swimming away, and then you can make a solid hook-set.
For more information and tips on old-school flounder fishing, check out the RUDOWS Fishtalk blog.