(Paralichthys) 

   The flounder or flat fish. Bottom dwelling, ambush predator with both eyes on one side of its head. There are about 20 different species of them around the world. The largest known is the halibut.

   They live in depths of as little as 1 meter, up to about 20 meters. They have been observed in 130 meters. They lay on sandy or muddy bottoms and cover themselves in the type of there in. They lay in wait for an unsuspecting food item to come by and then devour it.

   They eat mainly small fish and shellfish. Bull minnows, small croaker and trout, squid, and shrimp.

   

Stuffed flounder. Easy to make, good to eat.

Use shrimp on a liter and weight. Flounders hug the bottom.

TIPS

  1. Use small beetle spins or jigs and work them on the bottom.
  2. Live bull minnows with a slip weight works well too.
  3. They come into the shallows on full moons in the summer.
  4. Best way to get a lot of them is by gigging with a lamp at night.
  5. They have teeth so a liter might be a good idea.
  6. If you fish the bottom with bait, you might not feel it strike. Check your line often by moving it a little. 
  7. If you fillet it right, you get 4 fillets off a flounder. They're also easy to de-bone whole.