40 Metre Flounder Net
Flounder fishing with nets can be undertaken by wading out from the shore and dragging the net, although deploying the net from a small recreational fishing boat with a clear stern area is much more productive.
Actively fishing the net - rather than setting it and leaving it to fish over a tide or at night - is the best way of catching fresh, top quality flounder.
- Set the net in a blind channel and make a commotion to scare the fish into the net, haul it then repeat the process until you have caught enough.
- Tying down the gill net every few metres by attaching a 40 to 50cm rope between the float line and the lead line will dramatcally improve the fishing efficiency of the net when targeting flounder and other flat fish species. If the net is not tied down it will catch excessive numbers of undersized snapper and trevally.
Flounder caught in nets which have been left to soak overnight are often dead and starting to decompose, or have been damaged by sea lice before the fisherman picks the net up.
Legal sized snapper - and many other species - taken in a flounder net have to be returned unharmed to the sea because the minimum mesh size for set netting snapper is 125mm while the mesh size for flounder is 114mm. Check the netting regulations in your area before setting nets.
Check that you are allowed to set nets in your area before you head out - many West Coast areas are closed to protect Maui dolphins
Fresh flounder is so much better than store bought!
This Rig Includes
- One flounder net 40 mtrs x 25 mesh depth
Note: Anchors, buoys and recovery ropes are not included