Flounder: Paralichthys albigutta (Gulf Flounder)
*Note -The following regulations also apply to P. lethostigma (Southern flounder), P. dentatus (summer flounder) and Etropus crossotus (fringed flounder).
|Regulations||Gulf State Waters||Atlantic State Waters|
|Minimum Size Limit
|| 12” total length
|Daily Bag Limit
|| 10 per harvester per day
- Legal Gear: spears, gigs, hook and line, seine, cast net
- Illegal Gear: harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead natural bait; snatching prohibited
State Waters Harvest Seasons
Habitat and Fishing Tips:
Flounder inhabit a wide variety of coastal habitats including brackish water rivers, tidal creeks, bays, estuaries, beaches, muddy or sandy bottoms and near-shore rocky bottoms. Anglers generally use light spinning tackle and often target flounder close to shoreline structure including stumps, dock piles, seawalls and bridge piles, which are good points of ambush. While flounder can be caught with a wide variety of natural or artificial baits, most anglers prefer to use live mud minnows, live finger mullet, live or frozen shrimp, cut bait or jigs. Flounder are ambush predators that feed primarily by sight - so it is often helpful to periodically bump the bait across the bottom to make it more visible. Flounder can also be taken with a gig in shallow waters, especially at night with the use of a lantern.
20 lb 9 oz, caught in Nassau County
Image Credit:Diane Rome Peebles