Far too many times, anglers stow just enough tethering rope to hold fast in the deepest water they anticipate to fish, if that. 

While anchoring over structure is difficult enough, flounder fisherman need to sample the terrain around it. That can mean repeated uprooting of the anchor until the jackpot is discovered.   

According to guide Wayne Crisco, finding nearshore flounder is a game measured in feet, and making the minor adjustments necessary to find fish can be as simple as carrying along an extra bundle of rope.

“That’s the hottest tip I have; carry a lot of rope,” he said. “It’s just like inshore; you have to pay attention to what the tide is doing. It runs hard in the ocean, goes slack and changes. It may take me four or five times to set the anchor and get the course right. Once you get dialed in, 15 feet can make all the difference in the world.

“I get in the area of the structure and make test drops,” said Crisco. “Don’t make long casts; throw out around the boat. If it’s sea bass after sea bass and no flounder, I’ll let out 15 to 20 feet of rope until I find them.”