Saturday, December 7, 2013

Day of Infamy

Marian and I got another invite from the Dorans to try some flounder catching on Flounder Lake in Meggett, South Carolina. The thing about this day is that it is the 7th of December, which will always be known as Pearl Harbor Day. I would like to take you back to September 1939 when Germany invaded Poland which resulted in the start of World War II. Then just over two years after the invasion of Poland, Japanese Empire launched an attack on the United States in the Pacific on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It was this attack that brought the United States into World War II. The destruction of the Unite States Navy and Pearl Harbor became known as the “Day of Infamy”. Will our day on Flounder Lake be a “Day of Infamy” as Jean, Scott, Marian, and I make an attack on the flounder?

On this journey to Flounder Lake, Marian decided that she was going to use her old kayak and allow me to use the Jackson Big Tuna setup in the solo configuration. We stopped at the Dorens to pick up them up, their kayaks, and fishing equipment. After the trip we will enjoy a nice lunch of pulled pork sandwiches and other good things to eat.
For this flounder trip I decided to try something different for catching flounder.  So I decided to use something where a half oz sinker is at the end of the flounder rig and two size 1 kahle hooks attached to a dropper loop.  My thought for this setup would put the weight behind the hook or hooks. As I would slowly drag the baited hooks the bait would be presented to the flounder instead of the sinker spooking the flounder. Why two hooks? I don’t know maybe to catch more fish or a study to determine which hook will be more effective in catching. The bait that we will be using will be mud minnows.
We had a leisurely paddle to the dike before high tide. When we arrive and we took positions to fish the incoming tide into the lake; there was going to be one obstacle. This obstacle is that one of the residents near the dike was fishing for flounder from his dock with three or four rods. I was hoping that the lines from the dock would not be an issue for the four of us but you would never know with Marian or Jean fishing. While I was getting my flounder rig together, Scott yelled that he had fish on. After a short battle he lost the fish.
I started by catching a few flounder just below the legal size at 13”. About 1 PM we had our first legal flounder at 18”. Up to this point all flounder were caught on the hook closes to the sinker. Then I hooked into something big. Uff da!! As soon as I was going to get it near the surface it was gone. It sure felt like a nice flounder but I will never know. Hooking up another mud minnow by placing the hook through the bottom lip and out the top lip of the minnow I made a cast out towards the dike.
My technique of fishing for flounder on this trip consisted of casting the bait out, letting it sit for a while, retrieving the bait slowly, and then letting it sit a bit again. This technique was working for the flounder allowing me to feel the light bite and then letting the bait sit for while to ensure that the flounder would actually take the bait and the hook. Then all of a sudden I left a different type of bite. It did not feel or act like the flounder bite that I was experiencing. Instead the bite was more aggressive so I set the hook. After a good battle I had landed a nice 17” spot tail into the Jackson Big Tuna. 

The incoming tide had change to an outgoing tide. The water that was flowing into Flounder Lake had stopped so it was time to call the day done and head back for that late lunch. The day ended in a fair day but not one that will end in a “Day of Infamy” for our attack on the flounder of Flounder Lake.

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