Flounder Fishing in Tampa


Well, one thing about fishing at the Merry Pier in Pass-A-Grill, Florida- you can count on variety. Once more, the seasons are changing, and so is the fishing. After a great run of summer and fall snapper, all of the mango’s that had been hanging out at the pier disappeared overnight. 100% gone. Oh, well, they’ll be back come Spring.

Meanwhile, a newcomer has appeared. Big flounder just started showing up in the last couple of days. This is a really good sign, as they’ve been VERY scarce over the last couple of years, due to the big red tide hits we took. On Saturday, I saw about a dozen caught, up to 21″ (see photo above). I managed to bring in about a dozen decent mackeral, along with some undersized grouper, too.

The key to catching flounder is to slowly move a live bait along the shallow sandy bottom in about 4-8 feet. You see, the flounder is an ambush predator, and they’ll just sit there in the sand until something tasty comes within range- then, bam! Whitebait and shrimp work, although they really seem partial to mud minnows.

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