Flounder Tips & Tactics

Karson Crabb 6, caught his first Redfish with capt. Adam Doelle in Baffin Bay.

My hopes are that everyone is at least doing somewhat ok due to all of the crazy flooding and hurricane stuff going on. The greatest thing I have seen through all of the terrible circumstances is lots of great people doing whatever they can to try and keep others in need or in danger out of harms way. I know that together we can work as one no matter what. We are definitely stronger when united instead of divided. I will talk about flounder but just getting out on the water and seeing all of the changes that the hurricane has made. In our near future I see some dredges having to come due to the erosion and movement of huge volumes of sand.

When I arrived at my spot last night a lot had changed, the channel that was once five car lengths long was now maybe 40 feet across underneath. It still appeared to be the same but the depths had all fluctuated dramatically. Places where it was 5 and 6 get deep I was hitting bottom in about a foot and a half. There was a whole lot of trees that were uprooted and power lines down in the water making driving at night an even bigger challenge. You have to watch out for boat killers while running, that is a stump or lumber facing angled upwards toward the surface and will puncture your hull in a heart beat.

Knowing that I am not the only fisherman who makes his money by using the oceans resources, I wonder how this is impacting all of you? Whether you are a guide or fishing commercially it has to be difficult at this time. I got to the ramp last night and was told that there was a curfew of midnight on and off of the water which really slows down my money as I work from 10pm-6am on the water. The water has gone from iced tea color to finally starting to look sandyish at least. You just have to be careful of all of the extra junk in the water. I saw fish last night it was just very dirty and windy, most were undersized with few that were 17 plus inches. Kind of made it more of a scouting trip rather than fishing. The ones I did see were up very shallow during the incoming tide about half way through, a few were actually over massive oyster beds right by the shore in any little sand pocket.

With all of the new cuts that were formed from the storm it should give some good possibility of quality flounder spots. If you do get out there just be extra careful until you know what is in the water. I have not fished for flounder since the storm but will have a better report next month after things settle down. Although, I know Capt. Tyler Reed is catching plenty in the marsh on tandem chicken boy lures and marsh rat rods.

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