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Flounder from the Pier

Capt. Rob Ottlein
March 16, 2008
Flagler Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

There's a good flounder run happening off the Flagler Pier. Flounder up to 8 lbs have been brought to the planks by anglers this past week. The main bait of choice is live mullt. Live mud minnows or live shrimp will also work. There has also been a couple of cobia in the 20 to 35 lb range that have been caught so it looks as if were going to have an early cobia run this year. There are also plenty of bluefish, black drum aand sheeps head being landed. Spanish mackerel are starting to show, use a Gotcha plug to get these fish.
Inshore the fishing has benn a little slow due to the low water we've been experiencing. If you can't get into the backwaters try looking for reds feeding along the banks of the ICW. You can usually see them pushing water or with thier backs out of the water searching for bait. Last week one angler found a good school of red around an oyster bar in Summer Haven creek (Matanzas Inlet area)He had 10 reds on live or fresh cut mullet. The smallest of the reds was 25". Other than the the rest of the talk has been of slow fishing.
When the water is low, even on the high tide, it has a tendancy to have slow moving water on the tides. This slow moving water has a direct effect on the trout and snook fishing as they tend to like faster moving water.
I was out fly fishing last week and found the fishing to be slow. I started by throwing a white EP mullet imitation and did nothing. It wasn't until I switched to a chartreuse/white EP fly that I started to see some action.I landed a small jack then lost my fly to a bluefish as I was boating it. Tied on another fly of the same color and had about 5 hits on it until I finally landed a snook that measured all of 10". a few cast later and I hooked into another snook. This fish was a hard fighter and for a fish that measured only 18" he fought like a much larger fis. It than began to rain and I forgot to bring my rain gear so I decided to call it a day.

Target Species:

flounder, redfish and 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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Osprey Fishing Charters
46 Bulow Woods Circle
Flagler Beach, FL 32136
Phone: 386-439-2636
Alt. Phone: 386-451-1213
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