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March 22, 2014

Chester Moore column: Gearing up for flounder requires attention to detail

Chester Moore
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR —     Last weekend’s column dealt with specific flounder fishing techniques. This week I would like to address some of the specific gear I use in local waters. All of these are items I have used extensively over the last few years and they are all affordable.



     When I stepped into the world of seeking flounder with artificial lures 20 years ago I had no idea just how much specific rods, line and colors of lures could make a difference.



    In the description of these products you will see that in a big way.



    2.5-inch Sassy Shad: This small shad imitation from Mr. Twister in the clear/silver flake/black back caught the vast majority of flounder for me over the last two years. They seem to be wanting something small and when the water is clear I offer up this lifelike shad imitation rigged on a 1/16-ounce jighead. Tipped with a small piece of shrimp it has proven to be a deadly combo.



   Pflueger Arbor 7440 Spin Combo: This is nice, affordable spinning combo that is great for the kind of flounder fishing I mainly do, which involves pitching, flipping and making precision casts along marshy shorelines and around structure. I have used this a lot and found the rod has a nice combination of backbone and a sensitive tip. In addition, the reel works great for braid or monofilament.



    In fact, I have been using braid without a mono backing and have had zero problems with those mysterious spinning reel backlashes and strange loops that pop up. Now, I will say this does not qualify as a stiff “pool cue” rod like I often use but for most flounder fishing applications it is more than adequate.



    The rod I have is medium and it works fine and has even helped me haul some six and seven-pound class largemouth bass out of super heavy structure on top of some decent flounder catches.



    Lindy Bait Tamer: This is one I have had around my house forever but just now got around to spending some time with in the field. This is a soft, collapsible bait storage facility that easily hooks onto your wading belt or can be thrown out from shore. It provides 100 percent circulation and has a unique float and weight system that keeps bait submerged but easy to get to.



    It has a velcro door for easy access and worked great all spring for me while I was out fishing with Black Salties.



    Mike Iaconelli Combo: This super inexpensive combo geared toward young people proved super sensitive, yet it sported enough backbone for a good flounder hookset. I used Stren Fluorocast on it in 8-pound test and believe this is a great option for anglers seeking an inexpensive flounder finesse rig. Plus, it has Mike’s saying, “Never Give Up!” on the shaft to add a bit of inspiration



    Nanofil: The new class of line from Berkley which I wrote about after ICAST 2011 has allowed me to catch many flounder in the last three years.



    I recently had it rigged up on a long rod for making long, precision casts into a shallow area we could not reach from boat and also as we wrapped up our fishing from bank. I added a 15-pound fluorocarbon leader (and I don’t like leaders but it was needed due to clarity) and an 1/8-ounce  jighead using the Sassy Shad. I was able to make casts at least 20 feet longer with this line than just the fluorocarbon. I have also used it extensively while fishing for crappie from the bank.



    The ability to make longer casts makes a difference.



(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at cmooreoutdoors@gmail.com. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com. You can watch him Saturdays on GETV at 10 a.m. on “God’s Outdoors with Chester Moore”.)