Going out next week for winter flounder,I will be fishing backbays of SIC or maybe around Paddy's Hole. What's the best way to do this, 1st time fishing for winter flounder. What's the best bait, drift or anchor??
you may wanna go more north for winter flatties,
the best method i hear is anchor up w/ chum pot
and use small hooks w/bloodworm or clam or even corn i hear, usually ya dont hear much about winter flatties in sj.do this on edges of channel and tap your weight on the muddy bottom, this movement may attrat them, tap every coule of minutes., use clam chum or even seafood catfood should do the trick.
You need to go futher north.We go to point pleasant.We do very well up there.We will be going sometime next week too.If you put a plunger on a long pole and work the bottom it help old feller told me this.Small hooks a must I use 10 with a long shank.And clam chum.Fish in about 7 to 10 feet of water.Good luck
Make sure you anchor up correctly, you want to use 2 anchors. Get you boat facing east and west and throw a hook off both ends. Chum ,chum and more chum..and don't forget the bloods...
We've been kill'in 'em up in the Forked River area.
I'm going to try for them in Cape May. I'll be fishing near the fiddy cent bridge. I'll also be dunking clams, bloodworms and herring for striped bass. I'm not counting on catching any flounders but it wouldn't hurt to try since I'll be there striper fishing anyway. You probably don't hear about too many caught in southern Jersey because nobody fishes for them and they are harder to catch by accident than most fish. There are a lot more up north. The Miss Point Pleasant does well in the Manasquan River up by the old hospital. I made some chum with rice, clams, clam juice, corn, dog kibble and jack mackerel. We'll see what happens. I'll post Sunday. If we can fish the Rips and get action there, the flatties might be ignored
Muddy bottom, and it doesn't have to be deep. 8 ft or so is fine. Anchor and chum. Some old timers have used a toilet plunger on a broom handle to stir up the bottom....helps to bring them up the chum line. I've caught them up to 18 inches right in back of Margate. Good luck
I got 4 from Sea Isle area on Thrus and only tried for about 40 minutes ,muddy bottom with some tide running,chum with clam or cracked mussels on edge of channels,I was only in 6 ft of water.
Today a guy in same spot said he had a dozen so they are there but running tide is critical
Also nice to have a plunger to plunge the bottom up while chumming OR get behind a clammer
Key ingredients to catching winter flounder --
1- muddy bottom
2-good chum slick with small pieces flowing out
3- plunge the bottom
4 running tide
5 small hooks ,I was using #12 chesterfield
6 -boat has to be steady,if windy you need 2 anchors
I don't usually fish for them but did stop yesterday just to see if they are there and they are there for the taking
I can remember catching 50-60 a trip years ago ,not that thick in Sea Isle area today BUT they are some around
I'm still looking for first bass in Sea Isle area
winter flounder or blackbacks are in almost every bay that I know about. Most of the guys I know in SJ that catch them are good fishermen that know it is best to keep your mouth shut when you have a good thing going. If you look around you should find some.
bucktail willie hope ya had great fishing in florida,glad to see your boat in early.i waved ta ya from my porch,im the second house from the corner,im sean my boats name is the who faa,looking forward to meeting you
You have to love hearing about people fishing in SIC. I have a house on the end of 56st. Since my boat slip is the first slip in the no wake zone,alot of people don't slow down in time. PLEASE SLOW DOWN !!!!!!!!