Fall is prime time to target flounder using a variety of strategies and techniques.
Story and Photography by Nate Skinner
I feel like I say this nearly every October, but the best time to fish our coastal bays is just now kicking off. Fall really is an excellent season to spend time in the salt. As temperatures continue to cool down with cold fronts hitting the coast more regularly, the action is only going to get better.
Northwest winds from passing fronts drain tide levels as cooler water temperatures send a spark through bay systems that catapults everything into high gear. Birds start working, swarms of shrimp and other baitfish begin migrating out of marshes, and gamefish proceed to gorging themselves in aggressive fashion.
It seems the hype to chase schools of redfish and fat, football shaped trout leaves little attention directed towards the third species member of the “Texas’ Big Three” — flounder. Although the fishing is exceptional for just about anything that swims in our estuaries, fall is the absolute prime time to target flatfish.
There are indeed, some diehard flounder anglers along the Texas coast. And for good reason. The flatfish fishery has experienced significant improvements in recent years, not to mention the table fair the species provides is arguably second to none.