Occurs statewide, except in extreme South Florida and Keys. The Southern
is the common Flounder of virtually the entire Florida Atlantic Coast.
Most of the year, this fish is found in
relatively shallow areas, preferring soft bottom near such cover as bars
or rubble. Also holes in grass beds and edges of channels.
Brown or olive background, liberally marked with both dark blotches and
white spots; however, the prominent eye-like spots of the Gulf Flounder
This is the larger of Florida's two widely caught Flounders. It averages
2-4 pounds, but fish running 8-12 pounds are caught each year mostly in
the fall around major inlets from the Georgia line to Sebastian. World
record 20 pounds, 9 ounces.
FLORIDA RECORD: 20 pounds, 9
One of the best.
Large fish get off some fair runs, but they give up after a few
minutes of fight.
TACKLE AND BAITS:
For most Flounder fishing, ordinary light spinning or bait casting
tackle is more than adequate. When targeting doormats around the inlets
with live bait, the same types of gear, but with stouter rods and
perhaps stronger lines should be used. Light saltwater boat tackle also
does the job. Big Flounder are taken mostly with live fish as bait.
Finger Mullet are favorites everywhere. Smaller fish and big ones at
times will also hit live or dead shrimp and cut baits. While most
fish-imitating lures will take Flounder, jigs are the most productive.
FISHING TECHNIQUES: Casting;
Drifting; Still Fishing.