If you Google “Wade fishing for flounder,” you’ll get a bunch of YouTube videos from Texas, Louisiana and other spots along the Gulf Coast. On the East coast, wading is much more of a personal preference than an advantage, especially in South Carolina, because of the amount of water that ebbs and flows between tide cycles and that sticky stuff that’s been rumored to hold the world together: plough mud.
Autumn is largely the favorite season for many die-hard saltwater anglers. Summer crowds have mostly vacated the coast, and baitfish begin making their seasonal migrations out of estuaries and into more open water.
Alex Ng is no stranger to big fish. Earlier this year Carolina Sportsman had a story about he and his brother, Anthony, catching huge grouper. Ng also enjoys fishing the calmer waters inside the inlets and his preferred quarry there is flounder. On Aug. 29, he caught a very healthy 12.33-pound flounder that was his second flatfish to exceed 10 pounds.
The oyster toadfish is a common catch for anglers who fish the nearshore ledges and reefs for flounder, gray trout and other species. They will hit spoons and jigs but are more likely to strike live and cut baits.
Since July 1, South Carolina anglers have had to abide by a new set of flounder regulations: a 15-inch size minimum. While estuaries are packed with flounder in the dead of summer, the typical inshore flounder will be hovering around that minimum size.