Fluke is the common name of summer flounder, the predatory flatfish common in the North Atlantic waters. The American’s favorite inshore fish is likely to live in the bottom. The most challenging fish to spot when they are underwater. They are masters of camouflage.
When you are fishing for the best-tasting fish, you must know because winter flounders also live in the same waters. The main difference is their body color; the summer flounder (fluke) is light and speckled brown; while the winter flounder is blackish brown and darker.
Another difference is their eye position; fluke eyes are on the left side, while winter flounder eyes are on the right side.
You need to understand the fish's behavior. You can easily catch the fluke from the boat or the shore. Fluke faces the currents for food, and water brings them baitfish for food. Therefore, the best spots to find a fluke are the area with more water currents and water movements.
The structures like obstructions, jetties, drop-offs areas, bridges pilings are ideal to find a fluke.
Before you plan to fish a fluke, you must understand the regulations that change from species to species and seasons to season. If you want the best fluke, May, June, and early July are the best times as the warmer water moves to the main channels. The fluke arrives on the eastern coast in April.
Always choose the best equipment for fishing, which may include
Rod (6-7 feet)
Simple Rigs (three-way swivel or proven bucktail)
Squid is the versatile choice of anglers for fluke fish. Squid can be either fresh or frozen and can do its job splendidly. There are certain other baits as well
The most common method of fluke fishing is drifting with bait. First, weigh your line to make sure that it may drift your bait to the bottom, drop it and bounce it a little.
You can also use two hook-rigs, with one hook in the middle and the other in the head. You can attach a swivel at the head, make sure you rig your bait so that it can bend, to stabilize it, you can add a bead to the front hook.