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August 2, 2013

Make Dog Days of Summer Flounder Days

TARBORO — Fishing in the heat of summer can be difficult and right darn unpleasant. However, prepare and plan appropriately and the rewards of your summer fishing outing can be very gratifying.

Of course, hot weather dictates you should dress intelligently, topped off with a big protective hat. Forget fashion sense and opt for common sense. Access to plenty of cool water is also a must. Fishing cooler times, in morning and evening and avoiding the mid-day sun is smart business and usually more productive fish-wise anyway.  Ok, we’ve got the common-sense stuff out of the way. Now let’s talk some dog days of summer fishing.

Flounder pounders are meeting measurable success all over eastern NC this summer. I haven’t had the opportunity to try them, but I get very good reports on these new sideways hooks that fit nicely in the flounder’s uniquely-shaped mouth.  They come in a variety of styles and boast an 80 percent hook-up success rate.  Impressive!

The bottom of the bottom dwellers, flatfish tend to hold around structure. Highly desirable table fare only adds to the round fish’s popularity. Friends and neighbors will line up to relieve you of any extra flounder you don’t want.

A nifty keen thing about targeting flounder is that those same waters and locales house other rod-bending fish that thrill and excite anglers. Speckled trout and puppy drum are two that quickly come to mind.  Those specs are fun to catch and a real pretty fish to me. Right tasty, too!

Bottom baits are many and some types appeal to a wide variety of fish. Live shrimp fit nicely in that category.  You never know what you might crank to the surface with the many live and artificial bottom baits available today.

See you on the water, my friend!

 

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