During angling holidays on the Baltic Sea, flat fish are very often caught. Below we present a description of this species and methods of fishing:
Physiology and size:
In general, the flounder is the most common flatfish for recreational fishing in the Baltic Sea around Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania. But dab (Limanda limanda), plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) and other flatfish species can also be caught in this area. Flounder have a flat, oval body and a rough, spiny skin. The lateral organ is slightly curved, and the edge of the caudal fin is straight.
Habitat and biology:
Flounder often live close to the coast, also in brackish water, and sometimes they even migrate into the bordering rivers. This species likes sandy grounds and spawns between January and May. The eggs are pelagic, and the larvae soon get their typical asymmetric shape. Worms, shrimps, isopods, mussels and small fish serve as prey.
Minimum size and conservation periods:
The minimum size for flounder, dab and plaice is 25 cm. Flounder can be caught all year round.
Even though flounder can be caught all year round, summer and autumn are the main seasons. They are nocturnal animals, yet they can also be caught during the day. For surfcasting, twilight and night are the best times.
We invite you to visit the website http://www.fishingsouthbaltic.eu/ to learn more about fishing in the Baltic.