I had a little disagreement with my dad about when to fish for fluke. My question to everyone is if you can catch fluke on a consistent basis from sunset on? My position was that the bite turns off after like 5.
After 5, no way! I have slayed them up to sunset in the bay when the ride was right. In fact last week I had a charter and my two clinets had 11 keepers to 7 pounds and 30 throwbacks in the bay. Most of the action was bewtween 5 and 7:30.
I have also caught them on plugs from the surf in the dark from October through Novemeber.
They feed at night. The biggest flounder I ever caught, 28 inches, was caught at midnight while I was anchored up tossing clam for stripers at the 2 mile bridge in July.
They say that the flounder feed differently at night. In the daytime they hunker down in their camoflage and and wait for fish to pass by, sort of like trappers, and at night they are up in the water column, hunting.
I believe it, because I've caught many at night livelining Peanut Bunker right by the bulkheads. I used to think it was blues or weakies popping those pbs up, but at least some of the time, its a bunch of very agressive fluke.
Uh, now you gone and done it Bass ackwards! My wife would kill me if I walked into the in my nasty waders! Not to mention the fish gets cleaned in the back yard! Of course though, if I had caught a fluke that size... I may have lost my head also. Nice fish
And to anwser your orignal question about fluking at night. Yes,I have seen some very impressive Fluke caught under the cover of darknest.
And in alot of occasions like me we catch them by accident while fishing for Bass and Weakies at night...I picked up one of my largest 25"/5lbs while livelining a Mullet in the backbay (ICW) at 3AM in the morning... We also
have them attack our swimming lures about a foot below the surface and especially if you are using a teaser in front of the plug at night..