Flounder are voracious feeders that will find the best places to set up to gain an advantage on their prey, and since they can hide in precarious positions, anglers need to look at alternative methods to get baits in their wheelhouses.

Casting, trolling or dredging weighted lures and baits isn’t the only way to get a series of hookups.

Kevin “Stump” Grant of Pawley’s Island Charters uses corks to float baits to places he can’t troll or when he wants to keep baits moving over structure.   

“When the water is too shallow to troll, I like to float minnows along the grass line,” he said. “Corks allow you to fish shallower places and to keep the bait moving at the same time. 

“With a cork, you can stay above oysters, grass and any other obstacles you can tangle in.” 

While flounder move around the Murrells Inlet estuary during different phases of the tide, they will almost always be found stationary on the bottom looking up for passing baits. Being able to cover ground efficiently is an important strategy, and using a float rig to suspend baits over places too shallow or too rough to float over can help put fish in the boat.”