Tim this is a very tough time of the season to catch keeper flounder in the back bay after about July 15 in our area the bite slows. The only area that has produced keeper flounder in the last couple of days is in and around Hereferds and Townsends Inlet. I would try fishing between Wildwood Blv. bridge and the toll bridge on nummy island or between the Yacht club and the toll bridge over Townsends inlet. The number one thing to have aboard is patients this time of the year. The rig I would use is a 1oz bucktail white with a trail hook st back about 18″. I would use white Gulp swimming minnow on both the bucktail and the trail hook.Check out the picture. As for crabbing invest in a commercial crab pot. Set the commercial pot before you start crabbing with the traps or hand lines. I would pick a spot off of what is called the foot ball field away from the main channel and current. Near the top of the tide move back to the stakes off the foot ball field. The football field is the stretch of channel markers that border the Great sound. I was out yesterday and caught and released one keeper flounder. The water temperature was 66.6 degrees. The water visibility was 6ft. the water had a green tint apposed to the blue tint that has been present all season. Dr. Gary and ED fished yesterday in the back bay and caugnht 5 keeper flounder to 22″. This is an excellent catch for back bay flounder fishing in August.
Heading out tomorrow to do some fishing and crabbing. Thanks for the suggestions, my brother-in-law knows of these areas and we will try them. Also, thanks for the picture of the rig, I will duplicate it and use it. I’ll let you know how we do, thanks again…
We went out Saturday and used the rig you pictured, it worked very well. We caught 6 shorts (one was 17.5″) and countless small sea bass. We were getting hookups on both the bucktail and trailer hook. No keepers but we had pretty consistent action.
No crabbing this time (engine trouble), but a neighbor in the boat dock caught 45 keepers that morning.
Thanks again for the tips, we will be sure to use them to our advantage in the future.