If you are wanting to chase doormat size flounder no matter what area you fish across the Gulf Coast there is no better time than NOW!!!! It is one of the most complicated species to target as most of them are caught by accident, but not this time of year. During the Months of September, October and November they can truly be focused on. Premier areas are Venice, Dularge and Lake Pontchatrain.
Something about fall weather and doormats go hand and hand. When chasing these flat fish a lil’ stank is key. Of course we use Matrix & Vortex Shad but we generally tip it with a piece of dead shrimp or even better a piece of flounder belly as you can see in our DockSide TV flounder videos, the belly strips never fall off. Simple and slow retrieves is key. There is no need to pop the lures excessively hard like you see us do in most of our videos. Subtle lifts off the bottom or slow rolling a Vortex shad on a spinner or finesse blade is very effective.
When you get that ever so light tap HAMMER him!!!!! Drive the hook, flounder have the toughest mouths of any fish we target. Don’t be surprised if this greedy fish gets off the line right at the boat. It is not that he came unhooked, it’s the fact the fish saw the boat. That’s right, flounder will simply hold on to the lure without being hooked throughout its entire fight and then simply let go at the last second. Most of the time when this happens you get so watch what could be a wall hanger simply sit there on the surface and laugh in your face as he ever so slowly sinks back to the depths. If your net man is fast enough you will get the last laugh though.
During DockSide Family Thanksgiving dinners we are usually stuffing flounder over turkey and this is the year we stock up on them. The biggest one of the season gets honored on Thanksgiving day. Make sure to go with your darker Matrix and Vortex Shad’s especially avocado when looking for these ever so tasty fish.
Make sure to watch all our DockSide TV flounder videos for visual tips to go with this article. Until Next Time “Good Fishing”