Flounder, after the winter months offshore, have returned to inshore locations. It will not be difficult to catch them for the next eight months. But flounder are frustrating. You are going to lose a lot of them. Very light action rods are a bonus. I tempt flounder with a variety of soft plastic lures. Rigged on a 3/16-ounce jighead, the goal is to keep the lure right down on the bottom, which has to be sand. Flounder are always over sand. Move your lure along until it stops, which indicates that a flounder is eating your lure. You have a choice to set the hook hard or don’t set the hook at all. I opt for the second choice. Flounder are one of our best eating fish. Legal size is 12 inches. Don’t bother with them unless they’re at least 13. The limit is 10 per angler. If you know where to go, you can find some close to 20 inches.

Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at and (727) 692-6345.

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