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February 24, 2014

Top 30 Fishing Secrets

We extended our list of some of best fishing tips and techniques out there.

We gathered up some of the tricks of the trade from captains and anglers based in all parts of the world. Some of these fishing secrets can be defined more as a creed, some as specific tips to catch more fish.

Ledge Lessons for Flounder 

Jake Markris of Fairhope, Alabama, is a die-hard flounder fisherman. He uses light tackle and mainly 1/4-ounce jigs, and his specialty is working sandbar drop-offs and small, inshore ledges that many anglers overlook.

"Flounder relate to the slightest drop-off, sometimes only six or eight inches, and a one- or two-foot ledge can be a real fish magnet," he explains. "I use a boat to get to prime fishing locations, but I find that wading is often the best way to approach flounder in shallow water. Wading doesn't spook the fish, and you can use your feet to feel for the little drop-offs that often hold fish."

Markris fan-casts to these drop-off areas, probing the bottom with jigs. Casts made parallel to the ledge are often most productive because the lure is kept in the strike zone throughout the entire retrieve.

Markris also points out that ledges are best fished when the current is flowing from shallow to deep. In this scenario, flounder often gather on the deep side of the ledge, waiting for bait to be swept off the shallow flats.

- Bob McNally, Jacksonville, Florida