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Can you gig flounder in the St Johns?

Just curious if you can gig flounder on the shallow shell beds in the Green Cove area?


  • bswivbswiv Posts: 7,777 Admiral
    We've tried the Ortega area in years past......when the water was exceptionally clear and salty......but even then the clarity was insufficient to make it worth the trouble. 

    And I will add this, flounder, actually all the saltwater fish from further south in the river do not taste as good as ones from the salt. Yes, we catch a lot of fish in the Orange Park to Ortega, tonight we're actually eating drum caught in that area from the grill......but......well.......put the effort in where it is saltier and clearer.....you'll be happier with the end results, on both ends.
  • no slackno slack Posts: 373 Deckhand
     Gotcha..  thanks.
  • RadJagRadJag Posts: 51 Deckhand
    bswiv said:
    Yes, we catch a lot of fish in the Orange Park to Ortega
    Any tips for this area if the river? Was out again today and struck out other than some lady fish. 
  • bswivbswiv Posts: 7,777 Admiral
    Right now there are plenty of shrimp to be had for live bait so start with that. And if you catch small croakers or crabs hold on to them as they are more likely to not be pecked to death by small fish so might have a better chance of scoring a red.

    Firmer bottom, moving tide and structure in 3-6 feet of water. The more pronounced the contour lines are can be a help too. What I mean by that is that a large flat area of 4 foot water with a dock in it is not as good as a dock in 4 feet of water where the 2 foot line is 30 feet east and the 6 foot line is 30 feet west. Usually.............

    Don't just fish the ends of docks. We generally set up where we can hit the end and down the walkway at the same time. 

    If you are catching stingrays, lots of ladyfish, saltwater cats......MOVE. Note that freshwater cats are not generally a bad sign.

    Tide needs to be moving. 

    Not saying you can not simply pick a spot on a point or a drop and catch fish, because we've done it a lot but rather that it's generally a good bet that structure will be where you'll catch sheepshead, mangroves, stripers/sunshines, speckled trout and usually more drum and reds. Though there are times when drum and reds, and croakers and yellowmouth, can make up for the other fish by their numbers on a point or drop.

    Also.....if you think you're getting robbed by sheepshead try threading the shrimp. In fact most of the time threading partially is not a bad plan as you'll miss fewer fish.
  • DCB_WVUDCB_WVU Posts: 59 Deckhand
    Awesome advice.  thanks for the input.  
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