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flounder at Matanzas Inlet

Capt. Rob Ottlein
June 13, 2008
Flagler Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Flounder up to 8 lbs are being caught in the Matanzas Inlet area on the change of tides. Live mud minnows and live finger mullet are the best baits to use. Rig the minnows on a 1/0 khale hook and use a 3/0 khale hook for the mullet. A minnow on a jig head will also work. The size of the weight you use will depend on how fast the water is moving. You want to keep the bait on or very close to the bottom. When you feel the flounder take the bait wait 5 to 10 seconds before you set the hook. Flounder have a tendency to suck on the bait before they swallow it so waiting will result in more hookups.
The Flagler Beach pier is also producing flounder and King Mackerel. The Kings are being caught off the end of the pier by live lining Pogys, Mullet, Pinfish Or bluefish. If you need info on how to fish for the Kings, Johnny at he piers bait shop can give you the low down or just go out to the end and observe.
Inshore the trout bite is slow during the day but seems to pick up at night fishing the dock lights. I don't see the day fishing picking up until we get some much needed rain. This will improve things in two ways 1- it will lower the water temperature and 2- it will add some much needed oxygen to the water.
Tarpon of all sizes can be found in the ICW and the canals. You'll usually find the biggest tarpon in the ICW and ones from 16" to 40 lbs in the canals. On the bigger tarpon which are in the deeper water yuo'll want to use a live bait such as shrimp, mullet or pinfish fish rigged under a cork. The smaller tarpon in the shallower water can be taken on plugs or jigs. They will readily hit a fly if they are feeding. The Mighty Minnow fly has been producing tarpon up to 25 lbs. I had 3 good jumps from a 20 lber last week on the mighty minnow and Johmnny Garrett has also had a number of tarpon on it.
Snook bite is still best from dusk till around 9AM. The same live baits that take tarpon will also work on snook. Topwater plugs and flies do best around sunrise and then around dusk.

Target Species:

flounder, tarpon, snook

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Flagler Beach (located between Daytona and St. Augustine) provides fishing for snook, trout, redfish, flounder and tarpon during the warmer months.Fly fish for snook and trout in the early morning. All fish can be caught all day on live bait, plugs or jigs.Target the backwaters in winter for schooling reds.

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46 Bulow Woods Circle
Flagler Beach, FL 32136
Phone: 386-439-2636
Alt. Phone: 386-451-1213
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