Gulf Flounder

Flounder: Paralichthys albigutta (Gulf Flounder)

Florida Regulations: 

*Note -The following regulations also apply to P. lethostigma (Southern flounder), P.  dentatus (summer flounder) and Etropus crossotus (fringed flounder).

Regulations Gulf State Waters Atlantic State Waters
Minimum Size Limit  12” total length 
Daily Bag Limit  10 per harvester per day 


Gear Requirements:

  • Legal Gear: spears, gigs, hook and line, seine, cast net
  • Illegal Gear: harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead natural bait; snatching prohibited


State Waters Harvest Seasons


Habitat and Fishing Tips:

Flounder inhabit a wide variety of coastal habitats including brackish water rivers, tidal creeks, bays, estuaries, beaches, muddy or sandy bottoms and near-shore rocky bottoms. Anglers generally use light spinning tackle and often target flounder close to shoreline structure including stumps, dock piles, seawalls and bridge piles, which are good points of ambush. While flounder can be caught with a wide variety of natural or artificial baits, most anglers prefer to use live mud minnows, live finger mullet, live or frozen shrimp, cut bait or jigs. Flounder are ambush predators that feed primarily by sight - so it is often helpful to periodically bump the bait across the bottom to make it more visible. Flounder can also be taken with a gig in shallow waters, especially at night with the use of a lantern.


State Record:

20 lb 9 oz, caught in Nassau County