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I havn't heard of to many in cape may for some reason. I know in Sea Isle and Wildwood they catch them, so id imagine cape may has them. Its just everyone is hooked on stripers in your area and no one tries for the flat ones. Ill be out in Shark river next saturday on a skiff trying my luck. good luck.
 

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I'm planning on heading down saturday or sunday to fish either the raritan bay or the navesink. I've never fished for winter flounder before... I'm assuming (but we all know what that does) it's similar to fluke. Any advice?
 

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very different from fluke, small mouths. you need small hooks and small pieces of bloodworm, sandworm, or clam. the winter flounder have like a little sucker mouth. you also anchor up and chum for them.
 

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i have been thinking about it more and more. never tried the winter flounder thing but may have to behind Avalon/SH this spring. Have spoken to people who have caught them, but I usually am trying to get my first couple stripers.

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There are some good winter flounder spots behind Avalon.I know for sure that some were caught in crab dredges last week.
 

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Ill be out in shark river saturday looken for them. Some things you could do to enhance your catching chances: Make your own chum up out of corn, rice, cat food, rabbit pellets, clams/mussels, and tuna fish. This makes a good mix for the flounder to come feed at. Another thing is paint your sinkers yellow or even pink. Since flounder are sight feeders, they will be curious and come to the color. Find water from 4-12 feet deep with muddy bottom. Hope this help. Good luck. Ryan
 

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I have not winter flounder fished since I was a litttle boy...

Old timers up in Long Island used to churn up the bottom with an old toilet plunger on a long pole... was that just a local custom when I was growing up, or is that something that goes on down here too?

There also used to be these odd little "chum" sinkers.... we stuffed the chum mix inside them and dropped them to the bottom attached to our lines.... they looked like big hollow, slotted pyramid sinkers with a screw off cap on the side...

[ 03-21-2006, 08:25 PM: Message edited by: fmTuna ]
 

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They do the plunger thing around here to. Pretty good idea who ever made that up! The winter flounder fishing in Great Bay is OK in some spots. Go to scottsbt.com and go to the fish id page. I think it gives you some spots there.
 

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Looking at going out tomorrow and maybe Sunday. Wind may keep me at the dock though. We will see.

Another great tip for floundering is to double anchor. Did it for the first time last year with much better results than years past.
 

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Its a go this weekend and I am stuck on land. I got some spots on mind where I can toss a clam out for stripers well I try and chum these flatties up. Never seen a right-eyed flattie in person before. Anywhere in SJ sell chum pots and flounder rigs? I feel I may have a problem findin my stuff down around Avalon/SH.

Ill let you guys know how I did. How do I hook these little mouths? Let em nibble a bit??

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The bait shops down there should sell them. Usualy the further south you go, the less winter flounder accessories that are sold. If you cant find chum pots, at least bring a few cans of cat food and corn. Toss the corn out by hand, and put the cat food can out on a string. This should work good. Hooken them isnt all that hard. If you feel a nibble pick your rod tip up.if hes still there, give a little pop and start reeling. Good luck pal. Hope you catch some stripers and flounder!
 

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If your on land,steamed rice and canned corn works best.Just it throw out up tide.This might piss somebody off ,but the Stone Harbor bulkhead has given up lots of winter flounder over the years.
 

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Originally posted by LilFisherman:
They do the plunger thing around here to. Pretty good idea who ever made that up! The winter flounder fishing in Great Bay is OK in some spots. Go to scottsbt.com and go to the fish id page. I think it gives you some spots there.
In the early season your best bet is to go up into Tuckerton bay or Manahawken bay. As the water warms up they start their move towards the inlets. Manahawken bay they make their run north up towards barnegat inlet. Tuckerton bay they will run to the south and gather at little egg inlet.

Toilet Plungers have been used around this area for as long as I can remember. The other common tool is a window sash weight. Stir the bottom up often.

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Down south I'm pretty sure Fred (Chunking) and BiggestJack have a few spots in the wildwood area. ;)

[ 03-22-2006, 07:42 PM: Message edited by: HookinUp ]
 

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I also know ppl that take buckets of stones out with them and throw them in to stir the bottom up. People do some neat things to get the flounder biting!!! Ahh godddd i cant wait to get out sat. im itchin!!
 
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