Originally Posted by Mweathers
Flounders are ambush feeders. Mouths of creeks, curves around oyster rakes, any place bait might be pushed past them. Mud Minnows are the very best bait. Slow fished on the bottom, let the fish take the bait (wait till you almost can't stand it anymore) and set the hook.
I find outgoing tide to be the best.
This captain is absolutely correct in all that he says.
I look for choke points in creeks and inlets and fish that area but with live shrimp and circle hooks. So, I do not have to set the hook...just keep a tight line and you will get him or her as the case may be. Water depth is immaterial in most cases. Shallows or deep areas both hold them.
Offshore can hold them, also! Wrecks and reefs are hang-outs for the flatfish as well. Some of the largest which I have boated have been from nearshore areas. They usually lay on the outskirts of the wreck or reef. Once, I got a double hook-up with a big flattie and a nice trigger at the Cat Reef. Finally, most folks do not target them, but catch this as an incidental situation. Gigging is the real way to fill a cooler. Hope this is educational in nature for you!