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Old 03-03-2009, 01:02 PM
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Every year we spend the 4th of July week in Gulf Shores, and usually fish for specks and reds. I would like to seek out flounder this year, and I have never targeted them with flies before. Any suggestions on fly patterns, techniques, etc would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-03-2009, 02:00 PM
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Two possible approaches, cant say which is better:

1. Pray, pay it forward, create good Karma, etc. Catching Flounder on fly is rare and rarely intentional.

2. Find a sandy bottom where you can fish a heavy fly and hop it along the without it hanging on grass or coral. The fish itself is going to be on the bottom, so you've got to get the fly there. I'd also do research via local sites and/or word of mouth as to where those out gigging flounder are finding them. Just like all other salty fishing, finding the fish will be the main factor affecting catching.
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I target flounder often with a fly and the best way to catch in my area is to fish for them in the spring when they come shallow to spawn. I get them right off the beach in 4 to 6 feet of water. they love pink clousers and bend backs worked right on the bottom slow is the key. i use a floating line from shore and let the tide move the fly, a long flouro leader will get you down better than a mono leader. I have been trying to break the fly rod IGFA world record(only 8 1/2 lbs) for several years but that take a lot of luck. I have gotten a couple over 7lbs but no record yet. After they spawn the move off to much deeper water and fishing with a fly rod in 50 to 60' of water is not much fun. I have never been to your area to fish but i am sure they have the same spawning cycle. Good luck!! crab flies work well for them too.
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chart/white cousers will do the job. we fish them all summer on the NJ. coast. saw a 9lb. taken and released last year..in the fall we get winter flounder..
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Flounder are fun to catch on a fly rod.I had plenty of luck using large muddlers and most decent size streamers.Walk your fly thats all you gotta do.
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Around here flounder will most readily take bucktails, or anything you can get down deep with. I suppose get an attractor pattern down deep and see what you can do! If you can get any amount of 'bounce' off the bottom, the puff of sand created will imitate a fleeing baitfish.
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Thank you all for the suggestions. Last year my wife caught 4 flounder in the surf right behind the house we were renting on a lead head jig with a gulp shrimp, but I have had a really hard time keeping even a heavy clouser down on the bottom in the surf. I think that in Mobile Bay I will have more luck. I will definitely report back the week we get back on the success or lack there of. Thanks again.
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Using a floating line in the surf will produce nothing but frustration. Using an intermediate line and adding a sinking leader would likely do it.
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Using a floating line in the surf will produce nothing but frustration. Using an intermediate line and adding a sinking leader would likely do it.
I use a floating line in the surf most of the time.
Contrary to modern conventional wisdom, you have more control with a floating line in the surf than you do with a sub-surface line
The ability to mend over breaking waves is a huge advantage and the use of floating line tactics like the dead drift and greased line swing adds more to your fishing arsenal than just 'cast and strip'
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I use a floating line in the surf most of the time.
Contrary to modern conventional wisdom, you have more control with a floating line in the surf than you do with a sub-surface line
The ability to mend over breaking waves is a huge advantage and the use of floating line tactics like the dead drift and greased line swing adds more to your fishing arsenal than just 'cast and strip'
Alright, well I suppose my last post is an example of why saying "always" or "never" is a mistake.

For most anglers, a intermediate or sinking line will work best in the surf so you can have a direct connection to the fly, without waves making the connection wiggly.
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