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Old 03-13-2019, 05:05 PM
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Default Flounder hooks

I have a question for you all about some flounder hooks I picked up at an antique / miscellaneous goods shop last weekend.
I call them flounder hooks because they are kind of little, like size 8, and have a looong shank (3") with an in-turned eye (the eye is tilted over the point of the hook.)
These hooks fall outside my experience, but I want to try flounder fishing next summer when I visit in Maine. Can I use these for traditional bottom fishing with clams, worms, and such?
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:09 AM
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Those sound more like winter flounder hooks, if that's what you meant about trying them in Maine. Too small for fluke, though I have caught fluke on a sabiki rig... it was more of a "fluke" than a normal occurrence


These are the more normal winter flounder hooks



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Old 03-14-2019, 07:39 AM
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Yes, Winter Flounder. Black backs, Yellow tails(?)
- 10 to 20 feet deep
- chum bag with crushed clams
- mud, sandy or gravel bottoms
- flowing tide


I've never done this type of fishing, and I'm betting the fish are there.


Usually I'm in search of the striper whose population I'm told is surging in the area of southern Maine, but they've not been that easy to find in years past. There are also tinker mackerel in abundance which I've caught for entertainment, quick grilling or bait.

I think that there might be flounder in the cove 50 feet out my back door. I'm also thinking that there are probably black sea bass and maybe even fluke to be found in the deeper water, 20 to 50 feet, just outside the cove. The place I go is on the peninsula 16 miles below Rockland.


Does anyone know these waters at all?
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Usually for winter flounder you want to chum as well.


Probably a long shot on getting tips about that water around here.
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I'll give ya the best chum pot tip.
When you set the pot attach a few baited hooks to the pot as when the fish feed on the chum you may catch a bonus fish, sometimes the only fish
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