These flatfish are essentially bottom
dwelling fish represented by three species, Southern
(Paralichthys lethostigma) which is the second largest
of the species averaging 2 to 4lbs, but fish 8 to 12lbs are caught each year.
record is 20lbs 9ozs.
The Gulf Flounder (Paralichthys albigutta) is the smaller of the species averaging 1 to3 lbs.
but sometimes as much as 5 to 6lbs.
The World record is 6lbs 4ozs.
Flounder is also known as a "Fluke" and is the largest of the species reaching
20lbs or even more.
The World record is 22lbs 7ozs.
The best places to catch these species are
in the passes, inlets, near shore waters and backwater bays close to the Atlantic or Gulf
Coasts. Peak season is in the fall.
Fairly strong fighters on light line.
Moderate runs on light gear but the outcome always favors the angler. Gulf
flounder lie on the bottom often partially covered by sand or mud waiting for a
prey to come near and then strike suddenly. Gulf flounder hatch with a typical
fish form but the right eye migrates over to the left side early in life.
Tackle & Bait
Still fishing or drift fishing are the best
methods for catching flat fish. Big flounder are best taken using using small live
fish as bait. They will also take shrimp and cut baits. Flounder jigs are very
useful accessories. We catch Summer Flounders (FLUKE) below the dock on shrimps.
The biggest so far weighed at 12 lbs !
Eating qualities are amongst the best.
Limits and Regulations
Rec. Bag Limit
per person per day
May be harvested
with a gig
Click on a name to view details