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As we approach the flounder season, I would like to encourage our recreational fishermen to consider using larger hooks, especially when fishing live bait. My belief is that we will have a much greater release mortality with the 19" minimum size unless we do things differently. Suggested hook sizes with live bait would be as follows: wide gap hooks- 4/0 and 5/0; circle hooks- 2/0 to 4/0; j hooks-3/0 and up. Circle hooks, while requiring a different hooking technique, are awfully effective in preventing deep-hooked fish.

Handling the fish is extremely important as well. Effective use of a dehooker and you do not even have to touch the fish. If you choose to handle the fish do so with a damp cloth. If the fish is deep-hooked, cut the line and leave the hook in. The fish will have a greater chance of survival and you lost only an easily replaceable hook and saved a valuable resource.

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I never use J hooks smaller than a 5/0 for flounder fishing. I normally use very large strips of bait, or large live baits. It still never ceases to amaze me how small of a flounder you can hook on a 5/0 hook

I'm going to give circles a try this year too. I've heard of mixed results from those who have tried them.

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Very good post. Thanks for the info!

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Thanks!!! great info special for Me.

I'm new with flounders.

Thanks,

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I agree ,Use the large wide gaps and most hook-ups will be in the toothy area.

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