Piggy Back Flounder Rigs

In the salt marshes of South Carolina, Capt. Jamie Hough loves his flounder, but he’s no fan of their tricky ways.

Flat figured and perfectly patterned to lay nearly undetectable in the bottom substrate, flounder want their meals coming across the bottom all low and slow like.

Grub jigs are a common option, but Hough likes to sweeten his with a mud minnow. He calls the technique “piggy backing” and says this is a great way to beat the flounder at its own game.

“When a flounder tries to eat (this rig) they might bite off the mud minnow, but when the jig drops back down, they’ll eat the jig,” Hough said of the flounder’s instinct to grab whatever falls in front of them. “If you just throw the jig with the grub and a flounder bites off your grub, you’re done. But with piggy backing, you give them a second chance to bite.”

Also beneficial, Hough said, is the flounder’s feeding competition. Let one get just the mud minnow and others may actually intercept the bare grub jig on its way back to the bottom.

“Flounder will trail one another up because they’re competing for food,” Hough said. “They’ll see (another fish) rise up in the water column and you’ll have several more right behind it.

“You might not catch that first fish that pulled the mud minnow off, but you’ll catch the one right behind him.”


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