Outdoor: not very beautiful flounder, unless it is on a plate

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Teenagers see their cars as beautiful. The parents consider that the eyes are parked behind the house.

Newborns are beautiful for their mothers and sometimes for their parents. Not so much for strangers … all red and wrinkled.

Sometimes beauty is an evolving process. People are like that. Someone who initially seems simple and unattractive can often turn into something beautiful, especially at closing time.

But one thing everyone can agree on is that a flounder is not beautiful. With both eyes on the same side of the head and a deformed mouth, a flounder is ugly enough to stop an eight-day clock. But they sure taste good on a plate.

There are almost 200 species of flounder, but only two are found in the upper part of the Gulf of Mexico. They are the southern flounder, which grows to approximately 20 pounds, and the Gulf flounder, which reaches approximately 6 pounds. And, of course, the most common in our area is the smallest gulf.

Flounders are ambush feeders, prefer cold water and depths of only 4-5 feet, but they have been trapped in waters up to 12 feet. They like a background of dark and soft mud because they find it easier to dig and hide. The flounder also likes soft sand or lies camouflaged on grassy bottoms. They are very camouflaged and difficult to detect, both for fish and fishermen. But if you can detect one and move your bait to a foot or two of it, it almost guarantees you a bite.

The flounder rarely travels alone. Where there is one, there is usually more. They separate approximately 2 feet away so as not to invade the feeding zones with each other.

As they are ambush feeders instead of hunters, the flukes depend on the currents to sweep the bait. They often congregate on the upstream side of the points, the ends of the sand bars, next to the oyster bars, next to the docks, streams and anywhere else where a stream sweeps the small bait fish. Some good places to catch flounders in this area are the Econfina, Ochlocknee and Apalachicola rivers.

Many fishermen, who use both lures and live baits, move slowly, very slowly, always in contact with the bottom. In addition, the flounder looks for shade under the docks and around the structure. That's why sole anglers like to fish on a cloudy day.

A good flounder team would be a 7-foot average-action rod with a conventional reel and a 7-foot fast conical rod for spinning reels. The twelve-pound test line, either monofilament or braid, would be fine for most flounder fishing.

Mark Hillis with a pair of fine red fish that he caught with Capt Junior Dice.

(Photo: photo by Jeff Griggs)

Many flounder fishers prefer bait lures. Bass Assassin baits are one of the best. They are softer and have better action, especially curly tails in moving water. The color of the mullet and the black metal scale on the shad bodies seem to produce better than others. To those lures add some Spike It juice, or simply color it with Magic Marker ink (which emits a scent). The key is to add aroma to the lure.

Other good lures are the 7-inch Gulp! Jerk Shad bait (black with chartreuse tail) and the D.O.A. shrimp, both rigged Carolina-style in a monkey leader of 18 to 30 inches and moved along the bottom. When moving in fast waters, pink, yellow or white Wacky Worms worms mounted on a 1 / O-2 / O circular hook also work well. Another good lure is the 1/2 ounce jigheads with a drink! 3 inch shrimp. Color does not seem to matter.

Fishermen who use real baits such as bull's head fish, 8 to 9 inch mullets, squid strips and belly strips. Hook the live bait through the lips and wait approximately one minute between the blow and the hook fixation. This is because the flounder first hits the bait in the middle and then it must be turned over before swallowing.

The bay scallop seasons 2019 will end in September

Scallop seasons in the following regions close at:

11 – Dixie and a part of Taylor County (includes Dekle Beach, Keaton Beach and Steinhatchee); 16 – Gulf County 25 – Franklin through northwestern Taylor County and Levy through Hernando counties (includes Carrabelle, Lanar; k, St. Marks, Cedar Key, Crystal River and Homosassa).

For information on bay scallop regulations, including information on future season dates, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on "Recreational Regulations" and "Bay Scallops."

UP AND UP: The bay scallops hide in the seagrass. Photos of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

(Photo: FWRI / Florida Fish and Wildlife)

Fishing report


San Jorge Island

Captain Russ Knapp on St. George's Island ([email protected]) said: "Again, this weekend all eyes should be alert to the weather. Things are very insecure at this time. It could get ugly or not. If the weather does not spare God again, Captain Randy Peart (850 320 4214) says to look for trout on the edges of the floors in colder and deeper waters.Try a Gulp! On a 1/4 oz template head in the bottom or bottom of a Cajun Thunder. Be sure to check anything floating for triple tail and have a cane set up with a 1/2 oz silver crocodile spoon for ladybug and Spanish action. Captain Randy is finding good trout and flounder around Dry Bar, so you might want to sail there.A fisherman has reported good size red trout and fish right after surfing.The trick has been fishing around sunrise and sunset.The fresh shrimp dead in the background is working well In state waters (up to nine miles), Captain Jeremy Willoughby (850 323 0769) is catching a beautiful mangrove snapper in the living pool. um bucket with you for best results. In federal waters (over nine miles), Captain Clint Taylor (850 370 6631) suggests that the fish live in the bottom for the red grouper and head to the wrecks for Amberjack. The live bait is the key, the bigger the better, at the bottom for the grouper, halfway to the marshal.

Keaton Beach

Captain Pat McGriff of One More Cast Guide Service (www.onemorecast.net, [email protected] (850) 584-9145) reported: "Hey, just when things were calming down (the color in the water was getting perfect) after the 10-20 inch rain event in 3 days 3 weeks ago and another blow awaits us this weekend? Sheesh, I can't take a break lately. I left Wednesday presumably to catch bait and explore a Friday trip , and After struggling to get 40 baits in the bathtub, I decided to start fishing. I spent an hour bouncing larvae in 7–8 feet just to catch three short trout and two black sea bass. So at 11:45 I went to 3.5 feet Dark water (tail color) and I went to war with the catfish, I fought them to get three guard trouts and a beautiful 21-inch red, then when the tide began to wane, I decided to throw three more baits. fishing with live pinfish under Back Bays. The first bait I caught a 20-inch trout, then I caught a cat, then the third bait caught an 18-inch t route to finish my limit just at 1:45 p.m. Hi, the tide was 1:35 p.m. I had moved from 3.5 feet to 5.0 feet. I probably caught ten catfish and took the hook to ten others. Floating grass is everywhere and I guess after this blow it will still be. Just hoping we can freshen up a bit. Today I caught 88.7 degrees, below 90.8 on Tuesday.


Chaeli Norwood at Sea Hag Marina in Steinhatchee (352-498-3008) sent pictures of fishermen with a huge black drum, giant grouper, red fish, trout and another bass. Several steals have been taken this summer. Also in the mix was a large sea bass taken from the river and a huge red snapper.

Sweet water

Seminole Lake

Paul Tire on Lake Seminole ([email protected] (850) 264-7534) said: "Sea bass fishing on Lake Seminole has picked something up. The most productive time is early in the morning using superior water lures. Hybrids They are still studying on the main lake. We've caught some good on Alabama platforms, crank baits and swimming baits. This week we had a May fly incubation on the arm of Lake Flint River. Bream fishing has been excellent this week, from the throwing crickets along the coast to catch them from the beds.

Jackson lake

Captain Cliff “JR” Mundinger, Jr., of the Talquin Lake Trophy Guide Service ([email protected] www.fishtallahassee.com, said: "It seems that we have returned to normal with daytime highs in the 1990s and little or no rain. "The levels remain higher than normal for this time of year, which is a good thing, which means there is no chance of losing our valuable local resource. Vegetation has now taken more than 50% of the lake and it's time for people to spray in. Yes, they are spraying again to control the exotic grass that has taken over most of our fishing areas. As in previous years, this is a great benefit for all, including fish, fishermen, residents and others who use this precious gem. Don't worry too much, the chemicals used will not harm the fish. Without going into details, the spray being used is called Roundup Custom Herbicide. Use it to get more information.

"Personal experience has prevented me from returning to recent spray areas. As the herbicide begins to function, it affects the oxygen levels in that area and the fish tend to stay away until it stabilizes or returns to normal. "while maneuvering from side to side to control key areas. Once the vegetation dies, fishing becomes really good in those places since bait fish have fewer areas to hide. Conventional fishing methods by throwing rotating baits or jerk baits will come into play instead of "flipping" or simply being able to throw frogs without grass. The benefits of fumigation include safety. Instead of just a single lane for a 60 mph low boat, there will be enough water for fishermen and navigators to run the same. More parts of the lake will be accessible creating privacy for those who want to escape. Three main boat ramps remain your best option to launch larger boats up to 21 & # 39 ;. Those are Sunset Landing, Crowder Landing and Rhoden Cove, although when you leave Rhoden you will probably need to clean some grass from your props before boarding the plane. Until next time, have fun and always wear a life jacket while sailing.

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