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The Southern Flounder, Paralichthys lethostigma

Brown or olive background, liberally marked with both dark blotches and white spots; however, the prominent eye-like spots (ocelli) of the Gulf flounder are missing.


This is the larger of Florida’s two widely caught flounders. It averages 2-4 pounds, but fish running 8-12 pounds are caught each year—mostly in the fall around major inlets from the Georgia line to Sebastian. World and Florida records 20 pounds, 9 ounces.


One of the best.


Large fish get off some fair runs, but the outcome is seldom in doubt.


For most flounder fishing, ordinary light spinning or baitcasting tackle is more than adequate. When targeting doormats around the inlets with live bait, the same types of gear, but with stouter rods and perhaps stronger lines should be used. Light saltwater boat tackle also does the job. Big flounder are taken mostly with live fish as bait. Finger mullet are favorites everywhere. Smaller fish—and big ones at times—will also hit live or dead shrimp and cut baits. While most fish-imitating lures will take flounder, jigs are the most productive.


Still Fishing; Casting; Drifting.


Occurs statewide, except in extreme South Florida and Keys.The Southern is the common flounder of virtually the entire Florida Atlantic Coast.


Most of the year, this fish is found in relatively shallow areas, preferring soft bottom near such cover as bars or rubble. Also holes in grass beds and edges of channels.

Door Mat!

Forum member kayakling with a stud 6 pound flounder caught in Vilano on artificial.

Flounder in the Creek

Forum member Guanagator and friend got into some flounder, redfish and trout in the northeast tidal creeks.


Forum member NOTyourSPOT caught these nice doormats fishing deep holes inshore.


David Danforths Flounder about to be filleted for the dinner table!

Big Scrimpin with a Flattie!

Florida Sportsman Forum Member Big Scrimpin of the northwest region pulled in the monster Flounder while fishing the Wakulla area.

Sams flounder

6 year old Sam Frantz caught this nice Flounder on a D.O.A. shrimp in chicopit bay.

Sarasota Flounder

Flounder caught on live pinfish off of Sarasota

Allison's Flounder

Allison Jeffries' 5 1/4 pound flounder catch and release


Caught on soft plastic with jig in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. back water. creeks. Christin bested both Anthony and Capitan Jud Durel with this flounder and a red.

Flounder Pounder

Aaron Borowski caught this 23-inch flounder on cut bait about 20 miles out of Wiggins Pass in Naples, FL.

Sebastian Flounder

Rob M. sent this winter weather flounder picture in, you may have seen it in the November 2012 print issue of Florida Sportsman.

Trout Flounder?

This flounder was lost! Perrie Coker caught this 7 lb'r off his dock on Trout River.

In the Sand

Ashley Kerr sent in this flounder pic.

In the Sand

Ashley Kerr sent in this flounder pic.

Flounder Power

Caroline Orr, 7, caught this 3-pound flounder on a jighead under a popping cork with a live mud minnow at Crescent Beach.

Flagler Beach Flounder

Jacob Jones, 9, at Moody Boat Ramp in Flagler Beach caught this 18 inch, 3 lb. flounder.

Doormat Flounder

Joseph caught this nice flounder while fishing from land in the west central region.

Flounder and Seatrout Combo

Phillip Baker caught his curltail grubs inshore Jacksonville.


Chase's Flounder

Chase Venter of Plantation, FL caught his first ever Flounder at Sebastian Inlet State Park.

Rob Moore's Flounders

Rob Moore's Flounders

Rob Moore's Flounders

Panhandle Flounder

FS Member indamarsh posted this flounder mat photo from the Panhandle.

Flounder Double

FS Member mudbuggy shows off a nice Flagler County flounder double.

Palm Coast Mixed Bag

FS Member mudbuggy shows off a nice trout, redfish, flounder mixed bag from near Palm coast.

10000 Islands Flounder

FS Member ran_d_511 posted this flounder photo from the 10,000 Islands.

Colleen's Flounder

FS MEmber troutman57 posted this photo of Colleen with a flounder she caught.

Frank's Flounder

Frank Wallace caught this flounder near the House of Refuge near Stuart on a root beer colored jig with a shrimp.

Flounder Pounder

This east Central angler landed this doormat flounder on natural bait.


Rooker Island Doormat

December 21, 2011. Claire Ferrari caught this nice flounder in 50 feet of water off Rooker Island while grouper fishing.

St. Marks Flounder

FS Member IAM caught this doormat-sized flounder near St. Marks.

Frightening Flounder

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