An artificial bait will always have some drawbacks in comparison to the live ones. Also known as the flounders, these marine fish can be found in flocks all across the US East coasts, even in Canada.
You’ll more likely to encounter them in early fishing season earning them the nickname of “summer flounders”.
For a successful fluke hunt, you will need to pick a spinning tackle.
The right equipment
You gotta go with the best spinning reels for the money, no exceptions. You’ll also need the best saltwater spinning rods for the money to compliment your best spinning reel. This is the most conventional tackle set up when it comes to catching flukes.
Oh, look at my manners, please let me recommend some of the best monofilament fishing line to choose from. Because you’ll need it. Make sure to get 10-30 lb of the line which is ideal for flukes.
Also, there are hooks like the English hook of 2/0 and 3/0, and tie them with 20-25 lb test monofilament leader line. For easy swapping fo sinkers, make sure to attach a clip to the swivel.
In this article, we will focus on some tips on how to fish for fluke.
11 tips on how to fish for fluke
Just because you dropped down a strip of squid down under the ocean doesn’t necessarily means you will be entitled to a prize sized fluke. You still need to play by some rules to make them happen. Let’s jump into it.
- Wind direction
The importance of wind direction is ever so important. Once you’ll notice the stream and wind flowing in the same direction, Wala. You got your chance for a possible fluke.
- Cast into the up current
Fluke awaits at the opposite of the up current, feeding on the raging current towards them. Once you locate a strong up tide, cast your line right on top of it. Let the bait glide through the water and you might end up with a bite.
- Channel fluke
These flukes tend to be bigger in size. They hang around the edge of a channel or at drop off points. In the summer, especially in midday, they dive a bit deeper into the water. Basically, if you want to fish for the big ones, cast at the channel’s edge.
- Match the fluke’s appetite
If your lure presents the right type of food that matches fluke’s appetite, the chances of landing one increase dramatically. Their food chain contains bluefish, sea bass, squid, mummies, etc. The best thing you can do, you the chunk of these species, and present them as bait.
- Super teasers
If you decide to go with live bait for the fluke, perhaps adding a teaser will work even better. A teaser with vibrant color attract the fluke and once they get closer, the odor from the live bait seals the deal. I would suggest using a jig that’s rigged with 36 inches long teaser. Also, make sure to place the teaser a foot above the jig for a better result.
- Location matters
Take note of your location every time you successfully hook a fish. These sightings will help you get more bites later on. Because fluke rarely breaks their movement patterns. Even if get scared, they will eventually return to the same spot.
- Power steering
When you’re presenting your lure from a boat, you might have to perform power-drifting. Especially if there isn’t any noticeable steam. Just thrust the boat in and out of gear at slack tides. It will present your bait right in front of the fish.
- Straight up
You will not have nature on your side all the time. If the wind and the tide are against you, then you have to improvise. You gotta steer the boat straight as you present your lure. The target is to drag the lure at a straight line. Exactly how it flows in the upstream.
- Trophy strategy
If you want to see your name in the local newspaper or an angler magazine, you gotta score a trophy-sized fluke. For that to happen, use Captain Monti’s fluke cocktail. It’s a blend of a rubber squid rig bent with usual squid, minnow and fluke belly. This combination will almost guarantee a trophy fluke.
- Look for any obstacle
With edge comes intelligence and wisdom. For the biggest fluke, the case is the same. They will take cover under structures like wrecks, Boulder-strewn bottom, ledges, even in bush beds. Cast a couple of time at these areas, who knows, you might end up making a record size catch.
For an unknown reason, a flock of fluke will be seen patrolling close to the shoreline. So close that their fins are visible on the water surface if you look closely. I apologize for not being able to give you a time frame of their nearshore venture.
These are the very least tips which I can give you for a successful fluke hunting session. But remember, these are only guidelines. It’s like a user manual on how to ride a bike.
Once you learn them, you’ll suddenly develop a sensation. It’s called a hunch. And believe me, if you act on every hunch you have, you’re angling style will be unique and bountiful.
Fluke rigging techniques
Apart from having the right idea on how to fish for fluke, you’ll also need a compatible arsenal for successful fishing sessions. Understand the proper ways to rig the bait is one of the most effective ways to score a trophy catch. Let’s find out about a few popular rigging styles for fluke.
- Texas rigging style
This one is the classic style of all. To achieve this method correctly, all you have to do is place the bait in one hand in a way that he belly slit (worm) is in front of you. After that, you gotta put the hook towards the blunt end of the bait. Keep inserting, and inserting, and stop! Stop pushing the hook up to the moment it can be seen even slightly from the other side of the bait.
- Texas rigging ( Naked version )
This method has similar styling of the classic Texas rigging, but it requires the hook to stay exposed on the outside of the bait. If you’re hunting fluke on nearshore or close to any obstacles, especially bridge pilings, this naked version Texas rigging is the right style of choice. You will also have fewer chances to entangle your rig with underwater logs and vegetations in these water spots.
- Wacky style rigging
This method is for those who’ll hunt flukes in the deep water. For this style to bring in action, you gotta have a hook that has a weight of 3/16 ounce. Once you have this size hook, get a bait that is at least 4-6 inches in length and insert the hook into the nose of the bait.
The reason we need to do this is for the combination of the bait and hook to dive down deep into the water once you cast it. And once it starts to fall down, this rig will have a very unique sinking pattern that will surely attract the fluke nearby. And remember the wacky style rigging is the go-to method when fishing for fluke in the deep water.
Basic fluke fishing techniques
- Drown the line into the sea
- Then start to elevate the line at least 2-6 inches in every few seconds.
- The movement is for fooling the fluke to think the bait as natural bait.
- Don’t get overexcited and reckless once you feel a heavy tug and drag in your line. Stay calm.
- Count with me, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, slowly but firmly set the hook with the fluke ( it could be other fish, so don’t blame me ).
- Once you hooked the fluke successfully, you’ll have enough time to reel in your lunch.
- If the size of the fluke or other fish is not prime enough, I recommend you release it back to the water so it can grow into the right size for hunting later on. This simple act will preserve the next generation of fluke ensuring a bountiful fishing session, Every time.
In the end
Remember, the traditional size of the fluke is ranging from 1 to 5 pounds. And these are available in the summer. They migrate through the east coast sea of the US and North America.
A fluke that weighs in ten plus pounds is quite rare folks. So if you manage to catch one let us know in the comment section below. Share the experience so we have a better understanding of these magnificent and large species exact dwelling location and other details fact.
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That’s it for today folks. Hope I’ve done enough to guide out on how to fish for fluke. If I left anything out then let us know. Because together, we can achieve miracles. Have a nice day.