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Minnow Size for Flounder in Surf | Buying | Catching | Castnet in Surf?

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Hi guys,

I bought and fished with mud minnows from the surf for the first time ever a few weeks ago, rather than the frozen or fresh shrimp/squid options. Rewarded with a couple flounder (small). The minnows were rather small - maybe 3 inches long at the most. Would it be better to find larger mud minnows? The guy at Chasin' Tails just scooped what they had from the tank. Only one tank with minnows. I guess I could've asked for the biggest out of the net. Some were pretty small. Late in the day, every minnow I cast had only a head left cut of with an arc the diameter of a nickel or quarter right at the gill plate...blues?

I didn't bring a cast net because of zero luck the last few times, but of course the wash was "awash" with nice baitfish. Do any of you always bring the cast net for bait from the surf?

Seeing as I'm usually fishing with a day-trip with the wife and four kids (+ a niece of nephew usually), I can't really drag em around while I castnet into other waters first.

So, basically, looking for your opinions on minnow size (if it matters and where to get) for flounder in the surf.

We usually go to Emerald Isle/Salter Path but may try Coquina Beach (or north). Possibly Ocracoke, but the ferries make it hard to work out. Either I can't get the latest ferry back or it's just too short a stay by the time you arrive...
Of course, I could go the bucktail/ gulp + gulp chaser rig I suppose...
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Hey Flatty, how and at what speed are you working your jig? I've always been a rig surf fisher but am looking to expand my arsenal. I have freshwater fished texas rigs but wasn't sure if you needed to be sloooooooooow. Bump it around for a few seconds and let it sit for 30 secs? 1 min? I assume that straight steady retrieve won't yield flounder but will catch blues, drum, spanish etc?
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