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#1 TimS

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Posted March 12 2003 - 11:38 AM

What kinda number we lookin' at before we can expect to start seein' a decent flounder chew?
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Posted March 12 2003 - 12:18 PM

I've always heard that 45 was the magic number...


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Posted March 12 2003 - 2:48 PM

In shallow water 42-43 will get em' going, but in deeper water you'll look for 45 +.. Shallow water will warm even quicker in warm sunny days, so thats why even if the water temps are in the low 40's those little fatties'll start biting
Thats why portions of Barnegat Bay are very nice little places to (fish 4-8' of water) in mid march when you ahve a warm, sunny day
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Posted March 12 2003 - 2:56 PM

Allen, I heard this some place..., but isn't the temperature of the mud more important than the water temps? I mean, sure, shallow water warms up faster than deep water, but with the tide flowing in and out, doesn't it pretty much remain the same?
And wouldn't the shallow water allow for the mud to heat up faster (being black/brown, and adsorbing the heat from the sun), and that is what gets them going?
I mean, they lay or are buried in the mud, and they feel that warmth of the mud and get signalled to come out.....once out, do they say "Oh Sh**, it's cold out here", and go back in?
Just some thoughts..........


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Posted March 12 2003 - 6:01 PM

STeve you are right - but flounder do leave the mud.. They're not crabs where they burrow, once the water temp goes up just a tad they come out of the mud and swim along the bottom peckign for morsels..
one of the coolest things I've seen in the last few years occurred 2 years ago on Easter Sunday morning on the old Miss Point Pleasant while flounder fishing in the Manasquan River.. Water was CRYSTAL clear on the top of the incoming, and we were fishing in roughly 5' of water off the old main channel, and the little flundies were biting well.. We'd throw down our baits and the chum pots, and see the little buggers fly over and start pecking away - it was so cool!!! (And we didn't need Tim's camera to see it)
FLounder are burrowed in there when they hibernate, not when they're on the feed.. They are by no means predators, but they do feed actively when its time
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Posted March 13 2003 - 10:11 AM


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Originally posted by Allen:
They are by no means predators, but they do feed actively when its time




Tell that to all the little shrimps and hermit crabs that end up as flounder poop...I'm sure they'll find comfort in it
Bottom temp in SR was an eel's scale over 40 degrees last night
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Posted March 13 2003 - 1:04 PM


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Originally posted by TimS:
Bottom temp in SR was an eel's scale over 40 degrees last night
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Then you might be in business
I hear a few other places in that "area" are turning on quickly as the water temps climbs to around 40ish with the sun in some skinny water 4-9'

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Posted March 14 2003 - 8:09 PM


THE FLOUNDER LIKE 45 DEG. A OUTGOING TIDE !!!!!!!!!!!!!


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