Introduction to Flounder
Flounder, known for their unique flat bodies and both eyes on one side, are a favorite target for anglers in the waters of Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and Ponce Inlet. These bottom-dwelling fish are not only intriguing due to their camouflage abilities but also sought after for their delicate, flavorful meat.
When to Fish for Flounder
The fall months, particularly October and November, are the peak season for Flounder fishing. This is when they migrate to offshore waters for spawning, passing through the inlets and estuaries of Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and Ponce Inlet.
Where to Fish for Flounder
In Daytona Beach, the sandy bottoms near inlets and jetties are prime spots. New Smyrna Beach's backwater areas and shallow flats offer excellent opportunities for Flounder fishing. Ponce Inlet, with its mix of sandy and muddy bottoms, is a known hotspot, especially around the jetties and docks.
How to Fish for Flounder
Using live bait such as minnows or mud minnows on a Carolina rig is effective. Anglers often have success with slow, steady retrieves along the bottom, where Flounder lie in wait for prey. Patience and a gentle touch are key, as Flounder bites can be subtle.
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