flounder-Fishbites

Recently Doug Cooper went flatty hunting in the mouth and bend of the Matanzas Inlet.  Those of you who know this area know that the water whips through there with very strong current.  We also know that at times on slack tide you can present to some nice flounder.  My personal best flounder was caught there years ago, just off the rocks on the west bend, nice and thick, giving me 4 nice fillets.

Here is what angler Doug Cooper says about a recent trip to Matanzas…

“Fishing Matanzas Inlet the flounder fishing finally picked up.  Recently, I added a little flavor to my tactics by adding a piece of EZ Crab Fish Bite in the chartreuse color to my over-sized mud minnow using a 1/8 ounce Jig Head.  I was slowly letting it drift, bumping rocks that have been uncovered by the shifting sand that occurs in the inlet on the outgoing tide.  After catching numerous smaller flatties this 7 lb Door Mat struck literally leaving the shallow water.  My heart was pounding in fear of my 8 lb test would break as I drug him onto the bank.”

Well done Doug!  It’s a thrill to catch a flat like that for sure, particularly on ultra light tackle, well done!

Doug was awarded $200 for this photo that he submitted to the Fishbites photo contest!  4 nice Fillets and 200 bucks for the catch – not a bad day at all!