Saturday, November 23, 2013
Flounder Fishing at Jurassic Pond
Since I have started blogging I have fished Flounder Lake or Jurassic Pond twice. The last blog back in July was also a review of the Jackson Big Tuna using it configured as a tandem kayak. At that time Marian and I were not impressed with the stability of the Big Tuna as a tandem kayak. So the impression of the first trip make in July continues today. The other issue we had was that fact that we were not very good in the method of paddling in tandem. Our paddles were like swords clashing against each other. It almost felt like we needed some beating a drum to keep Marian and I in rhythm.
We were with Marian’s tennis partner to target some flounder. I was hoping for some of those rumored doormats from Jurassic Pond. My weapon of choice will be mud minnows on a Eagle Claw #2 Kahle Hook with a half ounce sinker setup as a Carolina Rig. The tide was going to be incoming which is the best scenario for Jurassic Pond when targeting flounder. This journey is planned for a four hour fishing trip which is the maximum time period for Jean and Marian that they can handle and enjoy.
When we got to the flounder hole there was a jon boat anchored near the flood gate. They reported that they also just arrived and the bite was a little slow but the water from Gibson Creek was starting to flow through the flood gate of the dike. This will start the feeding frenzy with the bait fish being forced into Jurassic Pond. So normally when fishing for flounder I do throw out some bigger bait for some of those huge black drum or bull reds that call this place home.
As soon as Jean, the Doormat Queen dropped her line in the water she was yelling that she had a nice flounder on. She lost it alongside her kayak. The escapee was estimated at just over 20”. For me the bite was really lite. When I felt some hits I would let the flounder have the bait for about 10 seconds before I would set the hook. The first flounder that I landed in the Jackson Big Tuna measured around 13”. As the water flow from Gibson Creek got really started to flow the bite started to be a little stronger. I still gave the flounder a ten count before setting the hook. The flounder size also started to increase. The flounder length range was between 16” – 17” with the occasional 13 incher. Somewhere in this mix Marian also got a nice flounder that would have broke the 20” barrier but lost it next to the Big Tuna. Uff da!!! That flounder fell off not only next to the kayak but next to the landing net as well.
As the tide started going out the flood gate to Gibson Creek closed and the flounder stopped biting. I figured that between the three of us we had landed nearly twenty flounder but only had nine keepers. These flounder will provide a great meal that evening.
Just maybe one of these days I will be able to land one of those Jurassic Doormats from this private pond.