bottombouncer...i have done a load of fishing up around the Cape area, and i have found that the best baits are the sandworm and clams for flounder. I would rate mussels, in the Cape area, third as a bait, and if i did not have any, i would not miss them as a bait while fishing up in those waters. For years when we fished up in the Cape, we used only skimmers for the large flounders. Later on when the fish got smaller, especially up in Hull Bay, we used sandworms. I would not leave home without either if i was flounder fishing.
If you need mussels, the common bank mussels are what you need, and are very easily found (just be careful where you go to dig them up though!).
Their are a number of styles of hooks avaiable, and today, one of the smaller Owner, Gamakatsu, or other designer hooks that are brutally sharp out of the package, in small sizes from 2-8 work fine, depending on the size of the fish. Sproat, Octopus and Beak are all standard styles which work perfectly for flounders small mouth.
I would pass up getting the yellow line...just buy yellow plastic dip for your sinkers. And plastic beads in yellow, glo, green and red, all work. The same with the small grubs that you attach on these rigs. All this terminal tackle can be purchased from Terminal Tackle, Shark River tackle, Janns Netcraft and other tackle shops.
With flounders, i have found, that it is more important to first pay attention to the depths, type of bottom, tides, before worrying about the terminal tackle that you are going to be using. Flounders when they turn on the feedbag, make all this terminal tackle, irrelevant. But, they will definitly show a preference for the type of bait they want to eat, and thats why you always have to bring the worms, clams, and even mussels, along.
EC NEWELL MAN*