Flounder poundin 101.....BLING BLING! Its all about the spinners baby!

For you guys that are still soaking baits the old fashioned way, Im going to change your life today! Get rid of that boring sinker and hook/bait gimmick and tie on a spinner! Thats right, a gold spinning blade attached to a jig head. You can quickly change your jigs out for changing depths, we fish jigs to one ounce in really deep water, but most of our flounder stomping grounds get pounded best with 1/2 ounce jigs attached to the spinner. Redfish magic is a great one, or even higher quality is the Slayer Inc versions. They have a thinner blade that excels in deeper water.
I'm tellin you guys, I would pull up to spots, look around, and no one is catching fish. I toss in my white gulp/spinner combo and start bouncing it off the bottom back to me, and WHAM! Right off the bat almost every time. Im convinced that the flash of the blade is the most effective part of this rig, verses the vibration it creates. I believe this because we seem to always to do better the brighter the sun and higher over head it is. There is no doubt in my mind that this rig outfishes a standard fishfinder rig hands down, I have worn out the fish again and again when no boats around me are doing much.
I caught 30 fish thursday, I think 25 on friday, and 15 on tourney day with dozens of boats on every spot it was tough. I went out a couple hours yesterday afternoon and got 5 more fatties for a fish fry. My nephew got the big bite of the day on saturday, which he secured 2nd place in the juniors division with! I think we finished 7th overall. My nephew was sooooo stoked, and won a nice trophy and an awesome new rod and reel combo. Chip did an incredible job with the tourney, we were boat #100 but I think there was 110 boats. He raised $25,000 for the School of Autism!
Here are some shots of the spinner action. You can see that some fish end up getting foul hooked because they just blast these baits.
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Waterman wrote: »
2011 Flounder Pounder Winners

many Thanks to all the fishermen and volunteers that made the 2nd annual Flounder pounder a huge success! We raised $25,000 for the Jacksonville School for Autism!!! Congratulations to everyone especially our winners!!! Please remember to support our sponsors!

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Our winners are:

BIG FISH:

First Place Winner $1500 ~ Rick Thacker 8.29
Second Place Winner $750 ~ Ray McCauley 5.89
Third Place Winner $500 ~ Shane Peterson 5.67
Fourth Place Winner $350 ~ Robert Dykes 5.47
Fifth Place Winner $200 ~ Rich Kersey 5.45

3 FISH AGGREGATE:

First Place Winner $1500 ~ David Merry 15.42
Second Place Winner $750 ~ Ben Dodd 14.03
Third Place Winner $500 ~ Bill Kelly 12.81
Fourth Place Winner $350 ~ Kevin Mears 12.68
Fifth Place Winner $200 ~John English 12.38

Jr. ANGLER:

First Place Winner ~ Ross Kersey 5.45
Second Place Winner ~ Aaron Hickox 4.68
Third Place Winner- Ben Groshell 4.17

HEAVIEST TOAD FISH:

Mike Mango 2.10
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Out of all the flounder fishing Ive done in the last week, with nearly 100 fish caught, I can say without a doubt in my mind that the spinner blade is where its at. We would soak baits while we worked our blades, which acounted for only a few fish. The blade is deadly with a white gulp or fishbites paddle tail, worked just slow enough to touch bottom every now and then. With a live mullet on a spinner blade, I feel like it is simply unfair and tottaly decimates the fish! Im talking as good as it gets, no doubt!
So tie up your spinner blades, and go up river a good ways past the Daimspoint and start fishing the sand and rock banks back. Any tide, they are stacked up this year, this is world class flounder fishing. Catch em up! Untill next time, tight lines my friends!
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  • arunramarunram Posts: 1,628 Officer
    Congrats to you Nephew. Dude, you are killing them. Thanks for the tip about spinners. When flounder are stacked up, arties are the way to go!

    Arun.
  • St.AugRedSt.AugRed Posts: 42 Deckhand
    Thanks you for the tips.
  • BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,071 Admiral
    Your very welcome guys! Another tip.... no sense in wasting time around mayport, I havnt found a single one there yet this year. Go up river!
    I told you guys this last week, before the tourney. See, I wasnt lieing!
    Okay. Last tourney that I fished was "Full of bull". We caught 12 reds over 38" in less than two hours the day before.... I would have bet you anything that we would at least placed. We didnt even get a single bite tourney day!

    This tourney, (Flounder Pounder) I now know how things work. Even though I absolutely blistered the flounder today in the best bite I have ever experianced in my life, I dont expect anything during the tourney! Nope. I donated my $75 to the school for autism and feel **** good about it. And I cant praise Chip enough, none of us can. He got over 100 boats in this years tourney! I think he raised well over ten grand for the kids! Helluva job brother! Team Boattronics took the honor of breaking the triple digits, as boat #100.

    Today I caught more flounder in one day than I have all the flounder Ive ever caught in my life put together! At least, thats what it seemed like. Good sized fish too. Seriously, at one point I hooked 5 fish, in 5 consecutive casts! I couldnt believe it!

    I can post some pics if you like, but gotta run for now. Point is, get your live finger mullet, and go pound some docks towards downtown. You wont be dissapointed! Many folks are saying this is the best bite that has hit in the last decade..... go fish!

    See you boys out there saturday, good luck! Im not going to catch anything tourney day, in fact, whatever spots I fish tourney day will become jinxed. So please pay me no attention.

    Saturday night, Ill post up some pics. (super duper secret spots in background) Untill then, tight lines my friends!
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  • jawrayjawray Posts: 215 Deckhand
    I remember when Roger Bump was in Florida Sportsman Mag doing an article on his in-line spinner catching flounder several years back. They work. This is another article that has some good info.
    http://www.floridasportsman.com/2011/07/26/give-it-a-spin/
  • BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,071 Admiral
    Just got the pics from Chip! Check out the junior anglers! My nephew Aaron is the tall kid.
    flounda1.jpg

    Folks are talking about how crazy the popular spots were. Truth is, with over 100 boats fishing competitively for the same fish, EVERY spot was covered! I eased in, and tried to be as curteous as possible, only fishing directly in front of my boat. What I found, was a bunch of great people that were in good spirits! Some of the spots were downright insane, boats literally bumping each other! But everyone was cool. You would see folks get tangled, but then be very nice to each other as they fixed the mess. My uncle and another angler crossed lines once, and the boater untied him rather than cutting him off. He even mentioned, "Hey, looks like you might want to re-tie your rig.", but my uncle kept throwing it forgetting to check it first. After about three throws the lure came off, he should have listened to our good neighbor! Anyway, just thought it was worth mentioning how cool the crowd actually was.
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  • BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,071 Admiral
    jawray wrote: »
    I remember when Roger Bump was in Florida Sportsman Mag doing an article on his in-line spinner catching flounder several years back. They work. This is another article that has some good info.
    http://www.floridasportsman.com/2011/07/26/give-it-a-spin/

    Dang right they do! I remember when a buddy showed them to me. Im like "Dude. What are you doing with that bass lure in salt water?" He said "Just watch and learn, you will use one too!". That day, fishing side by side on a tiny boat, he caught 5 with his "bass lure" and I only caught one using the standard live finger mullet sinker rig. That day I converted for good, and began my love for spinners. Flounder love the BLING!!!
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  • BadfishBadfish Posts: 1,067 Officer
    Great report man! I need to work on my retrieve speed with the spinners....I always feel like I'm dragging them too fast.
  • capt.c.herreracapt.c.herrera Posts: 215 Officer
    Nice mess of fish!
  • sharkatak1089sharkatak1089 Posts: 6,407 Officer
    dude...slayed em. tight work man. sending you a PM here shortly
    I am choice.
    Please don't try to interject with reason, it only further confuses the matter.
  • navigator2navigator2 Posts: 22,384 AG
    Very nice. Thanks for the tips. I heard several years ago about some guys on the gulf coast killing them on spinners. Guess it is not a myth. Funny thing, about 3 weeks ago I picked up several for my November gulf trip but should try them here. Appreciate the post. Thanks again.
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  • R_SaltR_Salt Posts: 184 Officer
    I have tried it in the past with minimal success but I worked it like a bass spinner. I never thought about working it like a jig. I will give it another shot. Tony, working it like a jig, did you have any success with other species?
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  • nitroskiffnitroskiff Posts: 1,617 Captain
    Reds trout and flounder bang the crap out of spinners.
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  • NAVY LIFE®NAVY LIFE® Posts: 27 Greenhorn
    Two or three years ago there was a show on tv filmed here in Jax where the guys were using spinners around the zoo area they were killing them. I went out the next day and bought about a dozen. I have not targeted them yet but will be out there this weekend. Thanks again for the tips. as of late this is probably one of the most informative post I have read besides the shrimp posts.
  • FlounderMcFluttonFlounderMcFlutton Posts: 170 Officer
    You could have jigged a hot dog and hammered them last week :fishing
    The gulps do very well too. The guys up north use some pretty
    crazy looking rigs for fluke ...lots of flash, feathers, beads and all kinda
    crazy stuff. I'll admit I like to get my artificial on ever no and then :full
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  • ClearWater Boat SalesClearWater Boat Sales Posts: 22 Greenhorn
    Way to get em man! I need to get out there!
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  • Graybeard50Graybeard50 Posts: 53 Deckhand
    Thanks for sharing your methods Tony. Looks like you have been having some serious fun.
  • fichinthesouthfichinthesouth Posts: 54 Deckhand
    ive been doing this out in the deep where i live and have caught a couple dozen a day it is a great tactic
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  • fruitcovemulletfruitcovemullet Posts: 5 Greenhorn
    Your baits look like they got destroyed by those fish, so I can't tell if they're curly tail, paddle tail, etc.. What kind of gulp are you using and where can I get some? My local tackle shop (aka Walmart) only carries shrimp and jerk shad in gulp.
    thanks.
  • chasingtails1chasingtails1 Posts: 107 Officer
    boy you aint kiddin about throwin anything in front of them, they were chewin like crazy the last three weeks. we were throwin 1/4 oz jigs with exudes, gulps, zoom jerk shads we caught flatties on all of them. but on a normal bite, spinners are a very good search bait with the slow n low 4 sho.
  • Captain BrianCaptain Brian Posts: 336 Officer
    Tight work Tony!
  • BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,071 Admiral
    We went out again last night and caught another mess of them, including these two DOORMATS!
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    And j-ville isnt the only place holding an epic bite this year. I understand the St.Auggie boys are killing it, and my cousin Bryan Turner has needed a large truck to carry his loads out of Nassau! On this recent night he caught 54 fish!
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    Badfish wrote: »
    Great report man! I need to work on my retrieve speed with the spinners....I always feel like I'm dragging them too fast.

    Thanks! You wanna go just fast enough to still bump the bottom a bit.
    Nice mess of fish!

    Thanks Capt.Chris!
    dude...slayed em. tight work man. sending you a PM here shortly

    Thanks, Ill check em out!
    navigator2 wrote: »
    Very nice. Thanks for the tips. I heard several years ago about some guys on the gulf coast killing them on spinners. Guess it is not a myth. Funny thing, about 3 weeks ago I picked up several for my November gulf trip but should try them here. Appreciate the post. Thanks again.

    Thanks, and your very welcome! Definately not a myth!
    R_Salt wrote: »
    I have tried it in the past with minimal success but I worked it like a bass spinner. I never thought about working it like a jig. I will give it another shot. Tony, working it like a jig, did you have any success with other species?

    For flounder, I work it fast enough to bump bottom. Sometimes, I change up with sort of a hopping retrieve, pulling up, and letting it sink again gaining a bit of line each time. As John said, redfish and trout absolutely love this rig as well! For them, I speed it up just a bit. The srinner is my all around, catch everything favorite bait.
    Reds trout and flounder bang the crap out of spinners.

    Correct!
    Two or three years ago there was a show on tv filmed here in Jax where the guys were using spinners around the zoo area they were killing them. I went out the next day and bought about a dozen. I have not targeted them yet but will be out there this weekend. Thanks again for the tips. as of late this is probably one of the most informative post I have read besides the shrimp posts.

    Thank you! I try to help any way I can! As mentioned earlier, wait to bust out your spinners when the sun becomes bright and overhead. I would say lately, that has been about 11am. That way you wont get discouraged using them, they work much better in good light. Just use you standard sinker/hook rig in lower light conditions.
    You could have jigged a hot dog and hammered them last week :fishing
    The gulps do very well too. The guys up north use some pretty
    crazy looking rigs for fluke ...lots of flash, feathers, beads and all kinda
    crazy stuff. I'll admit I like to get my artificial on ever no and then :full

    My uncle tried some crazy stuff last week, some other bass type lures with differant spinners. He never caught a fish on any of the other stuff, I made him tie a redfish majic back on. Then he went back to catching fish! No doubt this is a specail bait.
    Way to get em man! I need to get out there!

    Yeah brotha! But its hard to catch flounder when that boat of yours keeps pointing towards Nippers, lol!
    Thanks for sharing your methods Tony. Looks like you have been having some serious fun.

    Very welcome!
    ive been doing this out in the deep where i live and have caught a couple dozen a day it is a great tactic

    Nice! I try deeper water by changing out my jig to heavier ones. So far, it seems like our flounder around here like to stack up much thicker in water 10ft or less. But fishing the main river with stiff current, we often still need heavier jigs.
    Your baits look like they got destroyed by those fish, so I can't tell if they're curly tail, paddle tail, etc.. What kind of gulp are you using and where can I get some? My local tackle shop (aka Walmart) only carries shrimp and jerk shad in gulp.
    thanks.

    No doubt! You can see in a couple pics they ever tore the spinner off! I use white baits, especailly as the water starts to cool. I like white paddletail fishbites best, but also really like white curly tail gulps. White seems to be the best color for me, not just for flounder but also for reds and trout.
    boy you aint kiddin about throwin anything in front of them, they were chewin like crazy the last three weeks. we were throwin 1/4 oz jigs with exudes, gulps, zoom jerk shads we caught flatties on all of them. but on a normal bite, spinners are a very good search bait with the slow n low 4 sho.

    Slow n low 4 sho! I like that!
    Tight work Tony!

    Thanks Capt.B!

    Man, It sure is awesome everyone seems to be killing it, what an epic bite! As mentioned, its not isolated to J-ville. I wonder what has made all of n.Florida so hot this year? Anyway, you boys better get out there while the gettin is good, and fill that freezer up! Last night we had flounder tacos for the second time this week. OMG they were good, I love me some flounda!
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  • nitroskiffnitroskiff Posts: 1,617 Captain
    Man your killing them Tony... way to go. I never targeted flounder so im not sure about hot spots for them, but I think this weekend I will be doing a little hunting for them. I got the lures, I know how to use them, Just need to find the stacked up flounder:)
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  • spodabfishinspodabfishin Posts: 428 Officer
    !
    :hail
    thats gotta win the most quotes in a single post award
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  • nitroskiffnitroskiff Posts: 1,617 Captain
    :Agree :Spittingcoffee
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  • BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,071 Admiral
    Man your killing them Tony... way to go. I never targeted flounder so im not sure about hot spots for them, but I think this weekend I will be doing a little hunting for them. I got the lures, I know how to use them, Just need to find the stacked up flounder:)

    I tell ya what John.... lets trade a few spots? Take me to one of your trout holes and Ill take ya to one of my flounder holes? I know a few differant spots where they are stacked on top of each other!
    :hail
    thats gotta win the most quotes in a single post award

    Nah, theres been better..... I used to read Nanna's reports (you know, the good ole days when he would report) and this is how he would answer replies. I thought to myself "I wanna be just like this dude!" and tried to follow his ways.... too bad I'll never be able to tell a fish story as well as him! But I think if anyone is nice enough to make a comment on my report, than it deserves a thank you or an answer to any question that is asked. This is the quickest way to address all of them.
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  • nitroskiffnitroskiff Posts: 1,617 Captain
    I tell ya what John.... lets trade a few spots? Take me to one of your trout holes and Ill take ya to one of my flounder holes? I know a few differant spots where they are stacked on top of each other!

    You know we have a Slam tourny comming up next month.....:)

    We may have to talk in private at Genes saturday...if I go. I hope to go but im not sure if I can make it. Now that I can make some long runs in the boat, I can get to some spots. As long as there isnt a 3 foot chop that day
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  • livebaitlivebait Posts: 571 Officer
    I fished the spinners for the first time today and see what you mean. I was using them with mullet and lost 5-6 fish as I could not figure out when to set the hook. Some hit and sat down to eat and others acted like a snook on steroids. Any help/
  • pdog1966pdog1966 Posts: 167 Officer
    Any preference on gold versus silver spoon on the spinner? Curly tail versus paddle tail? Gonna try for the first time this Sunday in St. Aug, weather permitting.
  • nitroskiffnitroskiff Posts: 1,617 Captain
    livebait wrote: »
    I fished the spinners for the first time today and see what you mean. I was using them with mullet and lost 5-6 fish as I could not figure out when to set the hook. Some hit and sat down to eat and others acted like a snook on steroids. Any help/

    Dont use mullet on your spinners!! The flounder will try to turn them around and descale them...you have to let a flounder take there time to eat a mullet. A artificial grub on that rig, they will slam it and you wont have to set the hook. You will just hope the hook is still there.:)

    pdog1966....gold versus silver....a great debate. Many use what they preffer. I like gold/copper. But I know alot of guys that have great luck with shinny silver ones. I dont think, MOST of the time, fish care. Its more a reaction strike. Not like largemouth bass. There alot more picky. A flounder or red or trout sitting in an ambush point sees a spinner of any color go buy, they think its a small school of bait fish. They USUALLY dont think to much about it except I must eat that! To each there own, but both work.

    The rule is, clear water use silver, murky waters use gold. Ive had success either way doing the opposite. So use whatever you like:) I prefer chartruese color grubs on my spinners, tony(boattronics) prefers white....see what I mean? Sure sometimes color and flash will make a diifference, but usually it sin our heads.

    Im not big on curly tail grubs on spinners. I prefer the shad, fish shaped ones.
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  • pdog1966pdog1966 Posts: 167 Officer
    Thanks A.Skiff. I will try both. I don't have curly tail grubs - got the others - glad I don't have to buy any. Haven't been fishing in a month. Excited to try this stuff out - as well as trying for my first pompano.
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