Fishing For South Carolina Flounder
Flounder fishing is a favorite pastime around the waters of Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island! These funny looking flat fish begin moving from nearshore reefs into tidal creeks as the water warms. Flounder will thrive in creeks and inlets until fall when the water begins to cool. Flounder are ambush predators and often use creek mouths, oyster rakes and deepresions as ambush points. Laying on the bottom and using there camouflage to ambush shrimp, mud minnows or mullet.
Flounder Fishing Tactics
Most Flounder fishermen I know prefer slow trolling with mud minnows or finger mullet. In addition to trolling, fan casting creek mouths and rock jetties can be very effective. Flounder will stage up along creek mouths waiting to ambush as the bait washes in or out with the tide. For casting I prefer spinning outfit. 7’6 light to medium action paired with a 3000 size reel loaded with 15 pound braided line. From the braid I use 20 pound fluorocarbon leader tied to a 1/4 oz eye strike JIG HEAD . The chartreuse color rigged with a 3″ gulp swimming mullet is my all time favorite combination for places like Murrells Inlet or Pawleys Island. Casting deep into a creek or near the rocks and slowly dragging and popping the bait along the bottom . If the current and tide are moving hard I’ll change to a heavier jig and fish slow.
Another method gaining in popularity is Fly casting for flounder.
Fly rods from 7 – 8 weight is your best choice. Reels loaded with floating or sinking lines, sinking being the preferred for bottom dwellers like Flounder.
If you don’t want to invest a bunch of money in a full sinking take a look at Rio’s Versa Leader which can be purchased for under $12. These leaders offer a lot of versatility with the simple loop to loop connection. The versa leader has a PVC coating that adds weight. It’s offered in a 1.5 – 7 inch per second sink rate . The 3.9 and 5.6 are my top choices for flounder and Sea Trout fishing. Fly selection is simple. Bait fish patterns like the Clouser Minnows tied in chartreuse. Here’s a link of my Top Picks for Fly Fishing Saltwater species like Flounder, Sea Trout and Redfish.
What ever method you choice for flounder fishing it can be easy and fun. Fishing from shore , boat or pier come spring I hope to see you out there!