What time of year is best for flounder gigging?

While flounder can be caught year round, they are more concentrated and easier to catch or gig in fall and early winter. The best rod and reel fishing starts mid-September and goes on through December, and sometimes well into January depending on weather and how cold it gets.

What should I look for when gigging flounder?

I generally try to gig them just behind the head so I don’t poke holes in the meat, but sticking them in the center works just as well. Another sign to look for are beds, or spots where they have been laying in the sand. A fresh bed is easy to spot because it will be the exact shape of a flounder.

How many lumens do you need for flounder gigging?

The minimum amount of lumens for flounder gigging is 5,000 lumens if you are wading and gigging and 20,000 lumens if you are gigging from a boat.

Can you flounder gig with a headlamp?

No flounder gigging expedition should be without one of these on each fisherman’s head. Stop messing around with those dim watch battery headlamps, this light is up to 1000 lumens bright! Included insert allows power via alternate AAA battery.

What is the best bait to use to catch flounder?

Best Bait to Catch Flounder

  • The “minnow/squid” sandwich is a great bait combo for a beginner. Cut squid strips into a “V” shape then add a minnow to the hook.
  • Live finger mullet for fall fishing (as big as possible, for the real monster fluke).
  • Live spot.
  • Live peanut bunker (menhaden)
  • Shrimp.

Where do flounder go at low tide?

Low tide forces flounder back away from the rich hunting grounds in back bays and grassy edges. When the tide rushes back in at high tide, flounder swim into the shallows and start feeding. They will also move to the mouths of creeks and inlets where food is washed down from upstream.

Does flounder bite at night?

Yes, they do bite a night. You will find them on the edge of lights (ambush style). Most of your larger fish are caught during the day.

What is the biggest flounder ever caught?

22.7 pound
The current world record for flounder was caught by Captain Charles Nappi in Montauk, NY back in 1975 and was a huge 22.7 pound fish.

What is a flounder light?

BRIGHTNESS. Flounder are found lying on the sea floor, usually covered in sand or doing their best to blend into their surrounding environment. Utilizing a light that is capable of penetrating through the water and illuminating the bottom is extremely important.

How do you make flounder light?

5 Setup for Wading and Flounder Gigging:

  1. STEP 1 – Mount Flounder Gig to Aluminum Pipe.
  2. STEP 2 – Mount Swamp Eye LED Flounder Gigging Light to Aluminum or PVC pipe.
  3. STEP 3 – Connect On-Off-On Switch.
  4. STEP 4 – Extend Wiring to 12 volt Battery.
  5. STEP 5 – Connect to 12 volt Battery.

What size hook is best for flounder?

A 5/0 to 7/0 circle hook is a good size for summer flounder fishing, where a traditional J-hook would be size 1/0.

What do you need for a flounder gig?

Standard flounder gigging equipment includes a flounder gig, flounder lights, and either some good shoes for wading or a boat setup for flounder gigging. Let’s go into more detail about flounder gigging lights, gigs and supplies.

What kind of boat is a Flounder gigging boat?

The best choice for a flounder gigging boat is a flat bottomed boat with a shallow draft. Take a small flat bottomed stiff or Jon boat and add a few gigging necessities and you can have your a pretty good flounder gigging boat setup. Below we’ll list the bare minimum that you’ll need to get started.

What’s the best way to run a flounder boat?

It’s important to just be conscious of your surroundings and the terrain underneath you so you don’t end up poking holes in your boat. If you are building a boat designed specifically for flounder gigging, the easiest method to run shallow is to mount a fan motor on supports above your outboard motor.

What kind of motor does a flounder boat have?

The larger commercial type flounder boats will have a custom built front platform, extra guard rails, electric trolling motor, a host of electronics and some will even have an air motor mounted on a rear arch so as to reduce the amount of disturbance the boat makes in the water. All of these things add weight.