Red drum

Flounder fishing is in full swing this time of year and these are our top 3 best fishing tips on getting them on the hook and in the boat.

Tip 1 Location

Flounder and drum can be found around most inlets, in creeks (deeper water), main channels like the icw, and just off the beach.

Tip 2 Bait

Use smaller live bait like mud minnows, finger mullet, and menhaden (pogies). Carolina rigs with live bait rigged on number 1 and 1/0 circle hooks with a 20 pound floro leader will put dinner on the table. Artificial bait like a gulp swimming mullet with a 1/4 once jighead is a great way to find flounder and drum when the live bait is scarce.

Tip 3 Temperature

The flounder aren’t as picky but the red drum bite is usually best in the morning and evening when the water is not so hot. The occasional rain showers we get during this time of year are perfect for cooling he water off and starting the red drum bite. Deeper, cooler water is where these fish are hiding around Southport in July