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Flounder Fishing Guide

Updated: Apr 2, 2021

Flounders are one of the most sought-after fish in the sportfishing industry and those searching in Virginia waters can be sure to find them! Let’s find out more about this elusive and odd flounder!

Getting to Know Flounders

The term “flounder” in reality, is a broad term that refers to a group of flatfish. Flounders are known to be one of the most-odd-looking fish because of their flat-like appearance. Flounders also have an odd eye placement that makes people wonder how they traverse the ocean with their eyes facing upwards. Flounders can grow from 22 to 60 centimeters in length, and about as large as 95 centimeters. Juvenile flounders are born with eyes on both of their sides but as they grow up, their eyes migrate to one side of their body, thus giving them an odd morphological feature. Nonetheless, this fish is one of the most favorite game fishes because of its delectable flavor; plus its odd appearance adds to the thrill of catching this fish. Flounders are known bottom-dwellers, which means you have to go deep to catch these guys.

Best Place and Time to Catch Flounders

Flounders are one of the most sought-after inshore fishing Virginia Beach fish in because of their well-known taste and fun catching experience. Since this fish is known to dwell in deep waters, you have to adjust your location and go to bay areas where there are reefs, channels, and inlets such as the Back River Reef, the channels all over Virginia Bay, and Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The most prevalent season to catch flounder is April to November, but there are reported catches all throughout March and December. Book a fishing trip with us and catch flounders with us.

Want to Catch Flounders?

Flounders are very odd but catching this fish is far from unorthodox when compared to other fish. The flounder can be caught by common methods such as baiting and trolling, but one of the recommended methods to use is baiting by drifting the bait to the bottom. If you choose to use the baiting method, do so by using a high-low bottom fishing rig. Equip your rig with bait and keep in mind that flounders love baitfish such as bull minnows, silversides, croakers, finger mullets, squid cut into smaller pieces, and even soft crabs! Experiment with different baitfish and find out what type seems to attract flounders the most and you’ll eventually get a catch. However, if you’re thinking of getting a bigger catch, do use bigger bait from cut bluefish, shark, or rays.

Enjoy a Flounder Dish

Flounders are well-known for their great taste and your catch would undoubtedly be incomplete without having the honor of tasting this ever-delicious fish. Aside from its tasty meat, flounder flesh also contains a good amount of necessary vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B6 and B12, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Selenium just like mahi-mahis. You can enjoy this fish with a variety of recipes, but fillets are the most common dish. To fillet a flounder, proceed to cut from the tail and slide the knife over to the backbone, and you’ll get a nice and good fillet. You can fry the fillet, bake it, and season it with your favorite spices. Overall, this fish is a pretty versatile ingredient to a variety of dishes and you can certainly experiment with other recipes that you’d want to try out. Enjoy your flounder dish!

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