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Angler Profile

Name : Ronald Tracy

Hometown : Williamstown, N.J.

Occupation : machinist / writer / outdoor photographer

Fishing experience : freshwater / saltwater 40-years plus

Favorite fish : freshwater/largemouth bass -- saltwater/flounder

Favorite lure / bait : topwater lures / jigs -- jigs / spearing


Ron started fishing at the age of seven and hasn’t stopped since. At age ten he landed his first flounder on a rare fishing trip with his dad... a whopping 30-inch doormat. In his own words: “That one fish got me hooked on flounder fishing. We had no net, gaff or anything on board to help land that big flounder. I remember my dad grabbing hold of my fishing line and yanking the fish over the side of the boat. It landed on the floor and started flapping all over the place. It was total chaos, my brothers and I loved it!”

He has honed and refined his passion for flounder fishing in the various bays and backwater creeks of New Jersey over decades since that first fish many years ago. Along the way, he has shown many anglers how to locate and catch flounder.

“Whenever I go flounder fishing, I am amazed at the amount of people I see trying to catch something... anything, anything that will bite on the end of their line. And more often than not they go home empty handed -- frustrated and ready to give up on fishing. It is not for lack of available information or fish to be caught. The newspapers, magazines and e-zines are packed with fishing reports occasionally showing a picture of some lucky angler sporting an ear-to-ear grin while holding up the prized catch for all the world to see. Personally, I love it! With all the catastrophes and violence that’s happening nowadays, it’s refreshing to see these kinds of stories make the news.”

“These articles generate an interest in fishing and a lot of people give it a try. However, unless you are reading a fishing magazine (or e-zines) the basics of how to locate these fish along with their various food preferences and habits are not often mentioned. It’s like a puzzle with missing pieces, it’s not going to work. You need more information about the fish if you want to be successful on a consistent basis, or even the occasional fishing trip.”

To fill in the gap, Ron combines his love of writing and fishing to bring you Flounder Bytes.”

“I like to see people enjoying themselves and catching fish. I meet all kinds of people when I go fishing and they all ask the same basic questions. So I compiled the information into a short easy-to-read format that anyone can understand and placed it on the internet. Now anyone with a computer will be able to access the information and become more successful anglers. This is my personal goal and the basis behind Flounder Bytes.”



The Flounder Bytes flats skiff.

“15 feet of white knuckle adventure!”

If you see Ron while you are out fishing, be sure to say hello and feel free to ask him any questions you may have. He will be happy to try and help you.

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