You may recall last week when there seemed to be so much pessimism about this year’s flounder run I reviewed in the November Reel Reports for the past four years for comparison. The constant each year was that Thanksgiving weekend was when the peak started taking place.
Well, this is that weekend and the action on flounder has busted wide open. Reports from all of the well-known areas that are hot spots during the migration indicate hot action on the flatfish.
All around Pelican Island including Seawolf Park, flounder limits are easily being taken with a lot of big sows in the two-fish limits. Anglers fishing off Boedecker Drive are catching some of the larger ones, with Kenny Williams reporting the largest of the day on Thursday.
Williams’ fish measured 27 inches; however, he did not have a scale to weigh it. Other anglers viewing the fish estimated it to weigh in the eight to nine pound range. Live shrimp was the bait.
Anglers fishing near the sulfur docks along the Galveston Ship Channel were catching quick limits of flounder early Thursday. Tony Solis was one of them and said that he under dressed for the chilling wind but his limit of two flounder measuring 18 and 20 inches took his mind off the cold.
Typical for each year’s flounder run is a shortage of live mullet, as the demand quickly exceeds the supplies. Inventories of mud minnows, another of the top live baits for flounder, also are stressed.
Often I have found this to be the case during the big run and have used live shrimp or soft plastics with excellent results. My largest flounder, an eight-pounder, was caught on live shrimp.
Among the more popular soft plastics are Chicken Boys, Flounder Pounders, curly tail Gulps, regular Gulps, Saltwater Assassins and Down South soft plastics.