PORT ARTHUR — Flounder fishing in both the Neches and Sabine Rivers has been very good in the last couple of weeks.
In fact it has inspired me to dedicate the majority of my flounder activities at least through summer in the river systems, mainly the Sabine near my home.
Over the years I have taken some notes on flounder in the rivers and would like to share them with you this week as there some subtle and a couple of major differences in habits between the rivers and bay dwelling populations.
#Mobility-Through tagging studies it has been found that flounder tend to stay in a general area once they move in from the Gulf. In fact, a flounder Capt. Skip James and I tagged in April 1996 in Bridge Bayou was caught several months later 100 yards away in the same bayou.
I have found flounder in the rivers are far more mobile, moving with concentrations of baitfish. If you hit flounder in a spot one day and return the next and do not find them, simply start searching out the shad which are the key. It is not abnormal to find them half a mile or more away the next day.
Of course some spots always hold fish because they always hold bait but do not get caught up on hot spots. Focus on the movement of shad.
#Depth-I caught a nice flounder in the Sabine River last Wednesday fishing a drop-shot rig which is one popular with bass fishermen fishing deeper water. There were baitfish holding on a ledge in 14 feet of water and I lowered down the drop shot to see what I might be able to catch there. It ended up being a flounder and was not the only one we caught in the same area in two days of fishing.