what size hooks for beach flounder?

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  • #7282
    smells like fish
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    Hi had a go trying to catch flounder at the beach using corn and worms.Seemed to be getting bites and had one on for a brief moment.I was using hooks about 15mm should they be smaller or should I be “striking” at the bites.

    Was on dead low tide with it starting to come in and it was on dusk.

    #22760
    troutfishernz
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    I normally use the same hooks that I use for Trout I think they are around size 8 or 10. Yeah you should strike at the bites but only once they decent enough to pull the rod down and not just little taps.

    #22761
    smells like fish
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    also i was using a running leger rig as i assume the flounders would be staying on the sea floor and not swimming up to get bait.?

    #22762
    troutfishernz
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    Yes your bait need to be flat on the sea floor which is why I use 2 sinkers one at the top of the rig and one at the bottom.

    #22828
    smells like fish
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    blimmin crabs are taking the bait,caught one the size of my fist,i guess if there are lots of crabs about then the flounder are not.

    #22832
    gunnercoops
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    I know in the Uk, a spoon was often used, just moved across the seabed, often with a bit of bait attached, the fish go for the movement….or so goes the theory…could be worth a try.

    #22841
    yellowfin
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    yes and no, have pulled the flounder net in before with a fair few flounder and crabs in it at the same time, 2 types of crabs mud and paddle, though the mud crabs had set upon a flounder bloody things

    #22881
    smells like fish
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    went out to the beach to get the incoming tide to try a spoon draged along the bottom,it was way to windy so i went to the estuery as it hooks around and is sheltered from the wind.
    tried the spoon lure but every cast hooked up with weed even though the water conditions were clear so tied a leger rig with weights at each end to keep the bait (corn) flat on the ground.
    waited for about 2 hours no bites at all, ever threw out plenty of corn as berly ,tide was coming in quite fast.
    Do you need a liscence to fish the esturey?

    #22883
    troutfishernz
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    smells like fish

    #22886
    smells like fish
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    oh so you have had success with the spoon?I am thinking you need a small treble hook for the spoon to fit the flounder mouth not the standard size?

    do you bait the hook as well or just by it self,what do you bait it with if you do?

    #22887
    troutfishernz
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    Yeah I got 4 at Opihi Mouth today on a spoon, Didn’t even get a bite on the Corn.

    Ive cought flounder on Small 3g trout Lures up to 20g Salmon spoons So I dont think size matters too much, a lot of the time they are foul hooked anyway.

    I personally Don’t bait the hook as Ive never seen the need to.

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