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Making and using a Carolina Rig for Flounder

Mike Caulder

Carolina Rig

Hey Skillz Fans! Mike here with another Reel Skillz fishing tip. This time it’s all about the flounder. We love flounder here in North Carolina and flounder fishing is kind of a tradition. When the water gets warm, its time to catch flounder! Now I know there’s tons of ways to catch them, but I’m a purist. I am a live bait kind of fisherman. ( unless I can’t catch any) So I’m going to explain how we do it here in NC. In the picture you can see a basic flounder rig as we call it. It’s nothing more than a modified Carolina rig for bass fishing. A kahle hook ( my preference) attached to a 12-18 inch 20-30 lb monofilament or fluorocarbon leader, swivel, GLASS bead and egg sinker. I prefer a glass bead over plastic beads because I feel like the clicking sound of it against the sinker is an attractive sound to fish. Also in the picture is another rig, exactly the same, only I have added a buck tail teaser. I really like the teaser as it adds a little something extra. As far as hooks go, I like the kahle, as it is what I have always used, but a circle hook or weedless hook will do also. I like the weedless hook for areas with a lot of snags such as docks. Now let’s talk bait. Here in NC there is an abundance of mullet in the summer. This is my go to bait. In early spring when the mullet aren’t around, there are mud minnows and some pogies. All of these I like hooking right through the lips. Insert the hook point on the underside and bring it through the top. I tend to stay away from live shrimp as the pinfish obliterate them. Now that you have your bait and flounder rig tied up, it’s time to fish. The way I fish this rig is to cast it into likely flounder holes and slowly work it back in. Fish it as you would a Texas rigged plastic worm. Slowly lift your rod tip, dragging the bait across the bottom, and then reel up the slack. Also this rig can be SLOW trolled behind a boat. We call it drifting here in North Carolina often because we troll it with the current with no motor running. Flounder lay in wait for bait to come by so keeping this rig on the move is the key. Also, if you feel resistance on your bait, as if its hung up, then just LET IT SIT! Flounder will suck in a bait and sometimes you may not feel them hit. Also, they may only have the tail of your bait and not the hook.   If you feel that resistance and your bait no longer pulls freely, let it sit for 15-30 seconds while keeping the line tight. Watch your line. Often when a flounder takes your bait you can see the line moving to the left or right. Once you have waited and or you see the line moving, set the hook. Remember, it is very important to give them time to get the bait in their mouth. So give this rig a try if you love catching and more importantly….eating flounder. Also be sure to check out our newest flounder fishing T-Shirt HERE. If you love flounder fishing you will want to sport one of these! Take care and good fishing!

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