Southern Flounder Oddity
Ever caught a southern flounder that has golden spots.
Chris Dial did just that during the early days of my Flounder Revolution project. And it was not the only one we came across that had this unusual coloration. Check out Chris’ amazing catch.
What about a double brown flatfish?
The typical specimen is brown on the top and white on the bottom but this one caught by Lake Calasieu guide Capt. Kevin Broussard is brown on both sides. Ross Bass caught a double brown-sided southern flounder and we have had reports from numerous other anglers along the coast of unusual flounder catches over the last couple of years.
One of the coolest moments of my career as a wildlife journalist was getting to encounter a flounder bigger than the long-standing state record.
The state record of 13 pound was caught by Herbert Endicott of Groves in Sabine Lake in 1976. That’s 40 years of a standing record but I believe it will be beaten now that the regulations of the last 10 years give more big flounder a chance to spawn.
In 2009, I got to hold a 13-pound, 11-ounce flounder that was housed at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute the same year the new regs started. That fish was caught when it was in the nine pound class and it was kept in captivity as a brood fish for a couple of more years until its death. That fish had a chance to live and shows that the very coding it takes to allow for the growth of mega flounder is out there.
If you have caught a double brown flounder, an albino, white, piebald or simply a giant email firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to share them with others.
Chester Moore, Jr.