Two white circles of light moved across the calm water guided by figures barely distinguishable against the dark horizon. The only sound was an occasional car driving down Beach Boulevard in Pascagoula until… a loud WOOHOO! broke the silence. The once calm water was now a well-lit froth as the flounder was lifted out of the surf and placed into a mesh fish bag attached to a D ring on David Chamberlain’s backpack.
Anchored adjacent to a towering bridge piling, Paul Thomas had his hands full for a few hours on Saturday (Oct. 21). There were three rod holders on the back corner of his 22-foot boat, and only Thomas and his young son Ronnie were aboard. “I spent Saturday morning trying not to lose a rod or a son,” Thomas laughed, recounting the hectic two hours it took the guys to fill the fish box in the boat. “Seriously, there weren’t many times we didn’t both have a fish on a line and a third rod bent over that we just couldn’t get to.
Available in two different styles, the Bottom and the Jig, Flounder Fanatics puts the odds in the fisherman’s favor. The Flounder Fanatic Bottom comes in two weights (¾-ounce and 1½-ounce) and uses a lead body and a specially bent sideways hook so it better fits the flounder’s sideways mouth. The Flounder Fanatic Jig is a 1/8-ounce jig with the hook also turned sideways. Both can be used drifting, trolling or casting and feature a heavy monofilament hook guard to keep them weedless. […]