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Brian
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Has anyone else caught a Gulf Flounder here in NC, how rare are they? I was shocked to catch this 15 1/2" one this past weekend. I will be checking to see the spot patterns from now on to distinguish between the Southern, Summer, and Gulf that is for sure. Did some further research and found out that the IFGA world record Gulf Flounder was caught in Bogue Sound in 2011 and only weighed 7 lbs and 2 ozs. NC is the furthest northern extent of their range, and south to Mexico.gulfflounderpaint_473.jpg

 
Posted : July 20, 2015 3:23 pm
jason
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Fairly rare from what I can gather but not sure how many people actually look that hard to identify. Cool catch however.

 
Posted : July 20, 2015 4:25 pm
Wes Hudson
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Do the black spots mean its a Gulf Flounder? how do you know the difference?

 
Posted : July 20, 2015 4:34 pm
Jamie Blue
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I've caught one (actually my girlfriend at the time caught it while fishing with me)

The gulf flounder is identified by the pattern of three eye-like spots. Southern flounder don't have any and summer flounder have a pattern like this with at least 5 eye spots, sometimes more:

Here are a couple of articles http://www.vims.edu/GreyLit/VIMS/mrr85-7.pdf

http://www.nwrc.usgs.gov/wdb/pub/species_profiles/82_11-054.pdf

And the SC DNR has a good ID site

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/species/index.html

 
Posted : July 20, 2015 7:07 pm
jason
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Caught oNE today out Southport that had hard time distinguish between summer or gulf. Had spots between 3 and 8. Not sure wish got pic before put knife to it. Was 16.5"

 
Posted : July 25, 2015 8:57 pm
Pennyd
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I actually saw more Gulf flounder this year than Southern's around Southport. I guess that might confirm what the state is saying about the lack of Southerns'. 95+% of what I see are Summer Flounder.

 
Posted : November 1, 2015 8:40 pm