Being flexible and willing to try different techniques works
when tide and wind are not cooperating. Jigging on a slack tide
or power trolling on slack or contrary tide will put your baits
in the right position to capture your trophy.
Location is probably the key to getting the numbers. As with
most finfish always mark when you hookup and work the area where
they are hiding. Do not worry about the pack. Find your fish and
stay on them. You will get your numbers. Develop a set of latitudes
and longitudes for these hot spots and use them on your next trip.
Flounder like clean water and clean baits. Be diligent about
checking your baits and replacing them when they get ragged. Color
and flash are an important consideration. In very clear water
I like to keep it very simple. Use plain hooks on the bottom.
If you are bothered by continuous croaker or shark bites get rid
of the upper hooks.
Try different colors in different light and water clarity. Blue
and white have been working extremely well lately. Use long strips
of croaker or bluefish with the biggest minnow you have.
Getting all of the above won't help if you insist on jerking
your rod every time you have a tap. It is absolutely critical
that you let them chew the bait before lifting your rod. If you
do not feel the head shake or weight of the flounder give him
some line. They will often come back.
Catching flounder is definitely a challenge and a skill that
is only learned by constant practice. So get out often when they
are snapping and you will be rewarded with a memorial trophy and
some of the finest eating ever!