Welcome to the Flounder Fishing Guide Victoria. Flounder local fish species facts and Limits. Flounder is a strange-looking flatfish, that likes to reside in shallow sandy flats. When born they have an eye on each side of their body and as they grow one eye migrates to join the other eye. There structure and colours make them very camouflage and a good ambush predator on small fish. They are often a bycatch of those in PPB and WP targeting flathead and whiting. However many do like to target them with a spear during low tides as they have great eating qualities and considered a top table fish.

Flounder has a minimum legal size limit of 23cm, with a daily bag limit of 20

How to catch flounder

Flounder are camouflaged ambush predators that rely on tidal and current movements to bring prey directly to them. One of the most popular ways to target flounder is on sundown or night during low tide with a flashlight and spear. Walking very calmly not to spook them away. Berleying is a good way to attract flounder.

If you plan to target flounder by rod then you need one with subtle finesse, therefore we recommend a light 1-3 or 2-4 kilo spin rod around 7 foot in length. Coupled with a light 1000-2500 size reel, spooled with 4 pounds or 6-pound line and leader. When bait fishing a simple running rig with a small sinker to swivel, then 40cm of 4-pound leader to a small baitholder long shank hook.

Bait to catch Flounder

Flounder is an ambush predator that feeds on school fish and baitfish. They have quite small mouths so remember to use small hooks. They respond well to oily flesh baits and worms. 

  • pilchard
  • sandworms
  • Squid
  • prawn
  • scrub worms
  • mullet
  • bloodworms

Lures to catch Flounder

We have caught many flounder as bycatch when using small natural coloured soft plastics. Including grub, paddle tails and minnow imitation soft plastics have accounted for the most bycatch of flounder. Good options include.

locations to catch Founder

Flounder can be caught throughout Port Phillip Bay and Western Port. Some known hotspots include

  • Port Phillip Bay
  • Western port
  • Corio Bay
  • Altona Pier
  • Lorne
  • Mornington Pier
  • Barwon Heads
  • Kerferd road pier
  • Avalon
  • Williamstown
  • Geelong Grammar lagoon
  • Cunningham Pier
  • Portarlington Jetty

You can obtain a free Victorian recreational fishing guide from the Victorian Fisheries Authorities web link

Additions or Corrections for this fish species

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