Of the three species of flounder found in Florida the Summer Flounder is the largest and most prevalent along Florida’s Gulf Coast. These tasty fish can be found in a variety of locations through out Crystal River and Homosassa but their preferred habitats are eelgrass beds and oyster bars. Flounder prefer locations like these because when predators threaten them they are capable of burying themselves in the sand and changing colors to match their surroundings.
Most flounder on the Gulf Coast are rather small in size averaging around 2 to 5 pounds but some fish can actually grow to over 10lbs. To catch a large flounder anglers need to maintain their baits along the bottom where these fish spend most of their lives. Live shrimp, small pinfish and soft plastic jigs are all preferred baits.