If Jim Morrision thought people were strange, I wonder what he thought about flounder. 

In fact, I would argue that his eternal ballad about loners, misfits and outsiders would make just as much sense if the word ‘people’ was replaced with ‘flounder.’

There’s no doubt that in waters full of oddities like tripletail, needlefish and gafftops, flounder are definitely the super freaks of the surf.

I mean we’re talking about a fish that has one eye that moves to the other side of its face, and that changes its color to match whatever mud bottom it’s lying on while waiting for unsuspecting prey to get too close. 

But as freaky as they are, we love to catch them — whether on purpose or incidentally. 

And there is typically no better time to come face to face with flounder than when their fall run begins in October as they stage in lower bays and along barrier islands before heading outside to spawn.

At least that’s what’s supposed to happen. But lately — not so much.

Fading flounder?

You don’t have to spend very long perusing internet message boards to come across folks lamenting the seeming decline of flounder over the last few years.

“The last good flounder video we made was back in 2011,” said Chas Champagne with Matrix Shad, in reference to his Dockside TV YouTube channel (https://youtu.be/GWIEDRd2Hp0). “We have not had a good flounder run on The Trestles at Lake Pontchartrain since then.