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Flounder, a species for sophisticated fishing enthusiasts.

Flounder fishing is surely the most sophisticated on a technical level, not only because of the methodology and style that the species requires, but also because of the size of the animal. This, added to the fact that the species resides practically on the shore, requires fishermen to casts distances of between 20 and 40 meters.

Season and Places
This species is present all year,  however the season of highest activity is between November and February or March. The first fish start to bite in November on the coast of the Solís Grande River, with some in the surrounding rivers and ponds that flow into the coast of Canelones, Maldonado, and Rocha.
Later, in December, January, and February, the best flounder fishing is in the Ensenada del Potrero, an area that goes from the Potrero River’s sandbank to Punta Negra, where small, coastal fishing boats are used.
Once the season is almost over, heavier rains force open the sandbanks of the Rocha, Garzón, and José Ignacio lagoons and the El Potrero River, giving fishermen a last and important opportunity to catch large founders.

Fishing and Equipment

The flounder’s bite can be noticed by a soft tap in the reel, which indicates the fish has caught the bait. The fisherman must wait patiently for about 4 seconds while the fish swallows the bait, and then hold on tightly.
This is the only fish on the maritime coast that must be caught using the spinning technique with natural bait, which is why flounder fishing is appreciated from a sports/technical point of view. The flounder's flat shape presents a harsh battle on the shore, where water depth is only a few centimeters and the incoming waves make it difficult for the fisherman to keep the fish hooked.
Nature provided the flounder with a large mouth, so it must be caught with large, natural baits, such as pieces of silverside fish or several shrimp, averaging 15 centimeters in length. It is the only species that must not be caught using a “waiting” technique; on the contrary, the fisherman must look for the fish by casting and recasting their reel constantly, given that the flounder does not hunt by swimming after its pray, but by lurking and camouflaging itself in the sand. Hence, the bait must “swim” by the place where it is waiting.
Medium-action rods, of 2.8 to 3 meters, that hold up to 25 pounds, with rotating reels that can hold up to 100 meters of monofilament line of 0.40 mm are best. These are precautions to lighten the equipment, because flounder fishing forces the fisherman to always hold the rod in their hands.

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