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Old 11-12-2014, 06:39 AM   #1
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Fluke Or Flounder?

Do you really know your flounder, or is it just a fluke?

Flukes and flounders are two different bottom-dwelling flatfish that inhabit the North Atlantic Ocean. Although they look similar at first glance, you can distinguish between the two by noting which side of their body bears the eyes. Flukes have eyes on the left side of their bodies, while flounders have eyes on the right side of their bodies.

All Fluke Are Flounder but Not All Flounder Are Fluke
Generally speaking, left-side up flounder are flukes, and right-side up flounders are called flounders. That sounds easy enough to remember, but it gets worse. Flukes are also called “summer flounder,” and flounder, or right-side fish, are called “winter flounder.”

Eye position is the easiest way to distinguish flukes from flounders, but you also can examine their mouths. Flounders have very small mouths, while flukes have large mouths with numerous sharp teeth. Additionally, while a fluke’s mouth extends farther than its eyes do, the mouths of flounders do not. Flukes also are called summer flounders, because they are commonly caught in warm months of the year. Conversely, flounders are called winter flounders because they are more commonly caught in the winter.

Fluke...



Flounder...

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Old 11-12-2014, 06:56 AM   #2
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So this is a fluke and a flounder? Got em at seawolf monday
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Old 11-12-2014, 06:59 AM   #3
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Is this for real or a joke?
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So this is a fluke and a flounder? Got em at seawolf monday
From everything I've read on the net, it is a fluke...

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Is this for real or a joke?

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Structure of Mouth and Teeth

The fluke has a larger mouth than the flounder. Since the mouth of a flounder extends to barely one inch, the teeth of a flounder are hard to see. The teeth of a fluke are easily visible.
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:14 AM   #6
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So which does Texas have more of? Are most of the fall caught Flounder/Fluke really Summer Flounder or Winter Flounder?
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Fluke

Here is picture of a fluke and southern flounder that I caught last year in Galveston.

The fluke is the one on the left and the southern flounder that we typically catch is on the right. Notice the positioning of the gills and eyes for each. Thats the easiest way to distinguish the two. I usually catch at least 1 fluke in Galveston every year, and most of them are small.
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Here is picture of a fluke and southern flounder that I caught last year in Galveston.

The fluke is the one on the left and the southern flounder that we typically catch is on the right. Notice the positioning of the gills and eyes for each. Thats the easiest way to distinguish the two. I usually catch at least 1 fluke in Galveston every year, and most of them are small.

The literature says that is backwards...

Flukes have eyes on the left side of their bodies, while flounders have eyes on the right side of their bodies
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:41 AM   #9
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I'm just sharing what I've discovered recently. I will still call them flounder also whether it is just a fluke...LOL. What would you call this....

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If that girl is with you, I'd call that a fluke.
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