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Targeting southern flounder

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Thought I’d throw this out there, though I suspect it’ll not help!

 

periodically I’ll catch a flounder off the beach. I’ve got maybe 5 this year, all surprises on bucktails. I never know exactly how it happens. Yesterday after dawn and topwater was having no results I pulled out some 4” DOA shrimp and dragged them slowly with twitches along the bottom for no real reason except  I didn’t want to go home yet. Caught a small flounder. Cool. Maybe I can do it again... so I did it more deliberately and lo and behold I caught two more, one was out past the second wave and it was a big one.

 

so this morning I went out with flounder in mind and did the same thing, conditions were largely the same.  Not a one, and more irritatingly all my shrimp got shredded by little barracuda and blues.

 

So my question is simply is it possible to target flounder and not get your soft plastic shrimp bit up by other fish?! I only throw artificials and mostly use a scented bait oil or gel when I use the DOA plastics.

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I have not found a way to avoid the jig eating blue fish and still catch flounder. I quite fishing gulp and put on the cheapest plastic I have. 

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I’ve read most of Skinners books, great resource but, frankly, I’ve found that the difference between NE and SE Florida fishing makes his techniques somewhat abstract in my experience. Rapid jigging for fluke doesn’t work well for me, and I’m too cheap to use gulp. Warmer water, different species, different baitfish behavior- I started with Skinner bucktail fishing and over time honed in on much better ways to catch here that don’t resemble his fishing style.

 

Anyway ive found the “targeting” concept is amorphous at best since there are so many species here and they mostly eat the same things which is why I figured this would be a difficult question to answer. 

 

Still there are are experts in this forum that might help glean something useful!

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You actually repeated something I said awhile ago when It comes to "Lure fishing" ….There is no "Magic lure" out there... it all depends on what they are hitting at that time and that can be all over the place LOL..different color/shape/weight/size and so on... even to the way "You" are moving it.... Its all up to you to figure out what to use on that given day in your area... Heck we will keep it just in Florida, I know guys up in Jacksonville area that swear by a spinner type lure for flounder and they kill it up there, same group of guys went down to Sebastian/Cape and couldn't even buy a bite with that lure...but we caught them on cheap old wally world jigs...same goes with fishing Sebastian and then going to the Cape...there's a learning curve for every area, sometimes luck hits and they jump on everything you throw at them...and you get set for the next day and "Nothing" LOL... it happens to everybody... hell it happens to me with using live bait at times...:beatin:…. that's why it called fishing... it sucks sometime, but heck you are doing fine... at least you are catching and learning... some folks would love to catch anything:rav:

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