Flounder

The Flounder is one of the many species of flatfish and is often found in the bay and ocean. It is a demersal fish that lives near the sea?s bottom and dwells mainly on sea floors, rock, mud, and sand.

It can weigh up to 22 pounds and has an average lifespan of three to ten years. It belongs to the Paralichthyidae family and is a member of Chordata.

This flatfish prefers to live in coastal waters and is a highly rated gaming fish.

Appearance

The Flounder is known for its distinctive flat body with random markings on its body. Furthermore, this fish is known for its eye migration, where one eye moves to another side of the body when it grows.

It has an elongated body shape that helps blend in with the seafloor. This fish can grow up to 8ft. long or more.

Habitat and Lifestyle

Flounders are bottom dwellers and love to stay at the bottom of the ocean or sea. It also lives closer to the continental shelf or near the shore.

This flatfish is also found on beaches, bays, and estuaries. Adult flounders feed on crabs, shrimp, and fish, while juveniles feed on plankton, worms, and larvae.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

This flatfish is primarily found in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Adult Flounder prefer deep water and can go 60 ft. deep.

Flounders are also found in the basin areas, bridge pilings, piers, and harbors. Jigging and drift fishing are the best methods to catch this flat fish.

Peak Season

Flounder is available mostly throughout the season, and the peak season may vary depending on the region and season. February and March are the best months for flounder fishing.

Best Bait

Here are some effective baits and lures to catch Flounder:

  • Live saltwater fishing bait
  • Spinnerbaits
  • Cut bait
  • Spoons
  • Jigs