Flounder Jigging

This year has been one of the most active in memory for catching flounder from the shore. There are numerous daily reports of multiple flounder catches coming in from around the state, many of which are caught by jigging a Gulp Alive Shrimp.

The basic technique for catching flounder on a Gulp Alive Shrimp is the same as any jig. Cast, bounce off bottom and reel in. But to be successful with flounder jigging there are a few changes to be made to the technique.

Flounder are very lazy fish. They do not chase food for much distance at all. They will sit in areas near current, but just out of it and wait for food to come to them and ambush it. Once ambushed the flounder will often lay flat to adjust the food in its mouth to swallow it, taking a few seconds up to 30 seconds to do this.

Taking that info into account here are a few trick that will help land more flounder while jigging.

1. Use a SLOW retrieve while jigging

Flounder are lazy; they want their food near them. A slow retrieve will help keep the lure in the flounder’s strike zone longer and encourage them to strike. If you think you are retrieving slowly enough, slow it down just a little bit more.

2. Allow the flounder to chew

Once a strike is detected, stop the retrieve and allow the flounder some time to arrange the lure in its mouth and get the hook in. After 5-10 seconds, reel in the slack and when pressure is felt set the hook.

3. Be careful at the surface

Flounder are well known to shake their heads violently at the surface and spit hooks there. When a flounder is about to be landed, use a net or if a net is not available pull it out of the water quickly.


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