Winter Flounder Fishing
If you’re dissatisfied with the cold weather and want to start fishing, you’re probably considering ice fishing. If you live in New England, you’ve got plenty of opportunities just waiting for you. Striped bass are available as early as March and in April you’ll have the opportunity to begin fishing for fluke (also known as winter flounder). The reason they are so plentiful at this time of year is that they are spawning along the coastline.
New regulations on winter flounder season have been set in place largely because of over harvesting and destroyed or inhospitable spawning grounds. These restrictions limit winter flounder season to a scant 6 or 8 weeks, but this still offers a great opportunity for a break to the winter off-season.
Not like summer flounder, even if you are an inexperienced fisherman you can fish for winter flounder with comparatively light line (needing just 8-12 lbs) and a rod as short as 6-7 feet. However, you have to take into account that these fish weigh 2-3 pounds per fish. Creating a winter flounder rig does not have to be hard, but this depends on your own unique tastes. In any case, it is nearly impossible to fail provided that you take advantage of smaller hooks, which are a very important part of fishing for winter flounder. These small hooks and weights are necessary to deposit bait at the bottom and are flexible for reaching both the winter flounder’s habitat and their small and practically toothless mouths.
Your next step is to combine bait for winter flounder with yellow grubs or beads fastened to the shaft. Winter flounder rigs are well known for their bright yellow bait. Regardless of whether you choose to fish with mussel, sandworms or bloodworms as bait, the bright yellow helps catch the attention of winter flounder.
Chumming is another good idea when you are fishing for winter flounder. This is true whether you fish while anchored in a boat or from the shoreline, and this method helps draw in jam-packed schools of winter flounder. You will have all the gear you need to maximize your winter flounder fishing experience once you simply pick up your chum pots at a local bait and tackle shop. Just attach the pot to an inflexible area near the shore or fasten it to your boat.
If you’d rather cast two or more rods at the same time, you can do so behind the boat, one in the same direction as the current is flowing and the other alongside the boat by the chum pot. This is a very efficient way for you to maximize your day’s catch and the equipment used, a plus for any fisherman.
You have a great chance to catch a large number of winter flounder in fairly shallow water since they have a predisposition of gathering together in areas where they can find food in large quantity. In most instances, the more shallow the water is the warmer it will be, and consequently the more plentiful the fluke’s source of food. As a result, you can typically find a school of winter flounder near areas of sand and gravel that commonly become muddy frequently.
Winter flounder season is a fantastic way to get back into fishing after a long and bitter cold season, especially for saltwater fishermen. These subtly flavored fish are also an excellent way to help restock your freezer between the winter and summer fishing seasons.
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