Summer Flounder

Summer Flounder

Paralichthys dentatus

Life History:


Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: Left-eyed, generally olive to brown in coloration depending on their surroundings. Eye-like spots (ocelli) liberally sprinkled over specimen and there will always be five or more, unlike the Gulf Flounder which always has three.

Size:Males at 1 year (9.8”) and females at 1½ (11”)*.

Range:From Maine to North Florida, where it is rare.

Habitat:Likes sandy or muddy bottom for burrowing with grassy cover nearby. Found in marshes and estuaries but can also be found offshore.

Angling Information:


Bait and Tackle: Spinning, baitcasting, and light saltwater tackle all work well. The best baits are often small baitfish such as Finger Mullet but you can also use shrimp, squid, crabs or other cut bait. Jigs also work.

Fishing Method: Casting, drift, still fishing

Food Value:Excellent

State Regulation:


Daily Limit: 15

Minimum size: 12" TL

Federal Regulation:

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