It's probably not so much your rigging as your technique. When you feel the bump, wait a good 5-10 seconds. Then see if that dead weight is there, if it is, it's probably a flounder (or you're hung!).Set the hook and he should be on good. However, flounder are notorious for getting off at the boat, so use a net instead of trying to pick it up by the line.
ok... i've caught about 20 flounder in the last 2 days bouncing gulps...
and the best way to do it, is set the hook as soon as you feel the first bite... waiting a few seconds works well when dragging a live bait, but 9 out of 10 times, the initial hit, the flounder swallows the jig.
Come to the Hook, Line and Sinker Seminar series tonight (Monday Oct. 15) at Flounder's on Pcola Beach and Eric hosltman, Chris Phillips and Matt McLeod will answer any and all questions about all things flounder.
From gigging to hook, and line, this month's focus is on flat fish.