Wilderness Systems Pro Staffer, JD Desrosiers, shares with us his techniques and favorite methods for targeting flounder, especially doormats.
My go to technique for landing those nice sized doormat Flounder is a trusty Rapala X Rap Model 6 in Black and Orange or a Mud Minnow, Carolina Rigged. I am effective with these baits, because you can fish them in different ways. You can burn the Rapala down, to make it dive, you can use the stop-n-go method, or my favorite and most effective way to get those big aggressive bites is to jerk and pause. When fishing with the Mud Minnow set-up I will use a fairly slow retrieve jigging it ever so gently waiting on that crushing hit.
I learned these technique from my father many years ago fishing for Largemouth Bass on our local lake. I do most of my saltwater fishing around Pawley’s Island and the Charleston, SC area, and these methods are always effective for me. Where you will often find me fishing my X Rap is at creek mouths, and I especially like to target very small islands in the creeks that hold a good bit of sand. Flounders love to lay low in the sand, so they can ambush their unsuspecting prey. When they hit, they hit like a freight train, so you better be ready for the fight of your life.
My go-to setup for landing these powerful creatures is my 7’2’’13 Fishing Black Omen Medium Heavy Action, matched with my Ardent C-Force. On my Ardent I usually fish fairly light tackle, so I have it spooled with 8lb Power Pro Braid. I really enjoy light tackle fishing, and this style of fishing has taught me to play the drag, and use the current to my advantage. My Wilderness Systems kayaks and my Adventure Technology paddles help get me to all of my favorite locations.
Recently while fishing at one of my favorite spots at Pawleys Island out of my Wilderness Systems Ride 115, I was blessed to land my PBR for Flounder. This fierce beauty took me on a ride for over 15 minutes, but the pay off was one that I will never forget. Once I was able to land this slab it weighed in at 5.6 lbs. and was 22 inches.
About the Author
JD Desrosiers currently paddles for the Wilderness Systems Kayaks, Adventure Technology, and Astral Pro Staffs, and is truly honored to be able to represent all these amazing teams. JD enjoys paddling smaller waters, rivers, swamps in South Carolina and intercoastal creeks of the Southeast. JD has a strong passion for writing, photography, conservation, and teaching others about the outdoors. Hope to see you on the water and stay safe.