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04-17-2007, 07:21 AM
I Have Heard You Can Catch Flounder In The Shallows And Flats On The Ocean Side Of The Eastern Shore. I Have A J16' Carolina Skiff That Only Draws 4". I Will Probably Be Fishing The Fishermans Island Area's Oyster And Quinby Area,s. How Shallow Do The Flounder Go And What Technique's Should I Use To Target Them? Should I Drift, Jig Baited Bucktails Or Cast Jigs And Bucktails In Likely Places? Should I Even Try The Flats Or Just Stick To Edges Of Deep Channel's. Thanks For Any Info?
04-17-2007, 07:56 AM
Most of the flounder I catch in these areas are in 3 - 10' of water. Biggest reason is thats where I direct my effort. I have caught them in as little as 1' of water casting lures from the bank. The bait and fish will remain in the shallows until the water gets to warm for their comfort. As for technique, there are many different ways, and they all work at some time or another.
04-17-2007, 10:57 AM
there are no flounder in the shallows. You are wasting your time if you fish anything less than 30' of water.
04-17-2007, 11:14 AM
30' would eliminate about 95% of Isle of Wight Bay in OCMD, my friend. I've caught plenty of flatties in the shallows off the west channel in OC, right at the mouth of Manklin Creek. Fish during outgoing tide & toss a bucktail into the current & bounce it back toward you. Flounder lie facing the current to ambush baitfish being carried by the current. :yes:
04-17-2007, 12:06 PM
30' would eliminate about 95% of Isle of Wight Bay in OCMD, my friend. I've caught plenty of flatties in the shallows off the west channel in OC, right at the mouth of Manklin Creek. Fish during outgoing tide & toss a bucktail into the current & bounce it back toward you. Flounder lie facing the current to ambush baitfish being carried by the current. :yes: You hit the nail right on the head ! From that first creek gut above the Thoroughfare and up to Manklin can be great fishing for the flat ones , especially after a warming trend and on an outgoing tide . The warmer water will start to flow out and the baitfish will seek out this water along the shallow flats . The flounder will be right behind them .I've also had good luck fishing some of the shallow guts around and below the airport . In the early season these are the areas I target when fishing OC . JMTC:thumbup:
04-17-2007, 02:16 PM
04-17-2007, 03:28 PM
joke? Don't worry , I got it .:clapping2: :D
04-17-2007, 04:38 PM
I thought it was a typo! :oops:
04-18-2007, 12:20 PM
Are You Ancord In Likely Spots When You Are Casting The Bucktails In The Current Or Are You Drifting Through The Shallows?
04-18-2007, 12:41 PM
When we fish those areas we fish the flat on the flood and the channels on low tide. Depending on the conditions fishing on the flats can change very fast. One day they will be in 3 feet of water and the next day 10. I think that is why I love fishing for flounder so much it is almost like hunting. Good Luck!