Best Flounder Fishing Charters in Texas

Top Flounder Fishing Charters in Texas



  • Size 1 to 5lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Average
  • Habitats Inshore, Nearshore, Flats, Backcountry

Flounder Fishing in Texas

Thanks to its delicious taste and ability to reach huge sizes, Flounder has made a serious name for itself when it comes to fishing in Texas. In fact, this somewhat freaky-looking Flatfish is often billed as one of the top species you should target here. Luckily, you’ll find a wealth of Texas Flounder fishing charters ready to take you out, no matter whether you’re located up north, down south, or somewhere along the middle of this state!

What can I expect?

In the past, anglers may have scoffed at the idea of Flounder fishing being labeled as “exciting,” but Texan fishermen know the truth! There’s a wide variety of options for catching them, and newbies and experts alike will find a technique that truly “hooks” them.

Rod and Reel

This conventional technique is a popular way to hook Flounder, especially in North Texas, where popular inshore waters, such as Sabine Lake and Galveston Bay, tend to be muddy. This is a good thing, as Flounder love making a home on sandy coastal floors!

Many charters in these areas offer a hands-on experience, so even newbies can cast off for Flounder using this fish's favorite snack, mudminnows, or soft jigheads. You’ll be shown how to bounce and jig your bait like a pro, and hopefully will provoke this fish into ambushing!


Looking for a slightly different angling experience? Head to Texas’s Coastal Bend (also known as Central Texas), which covers everywhere from Port O’Connor to Port Aransas. The majority of fishing charters provide gigging trips, and this truly Texan technique shouldn’t be missed!
For the best results, you’ll usually depart when it’s dark, and will travel on a special “gigging boat” equipped with built-in lights that illuminate what’s taking place underwater. Your captain will make sure you’re armed with a gig (which looks something like a three-pronged spear), and when you’ve located your Flounder, you’ll plunge this into the water – and your fish!


If you want to try an amped up version of gigging, make sure you check out charters that offer bowfishing. You’ll be using a bow and arrow that’s been modified for water-use, and will have to use all of your skills and focus to make sure your aim is on point. 
Bowfishing generally takes place from flats boats with seriously shallow drafts, and is common in the south of the state, where you’ll have access to the vast waters of Laguna Madre. Some captains will encourage you to leave your vessel and wade – make the most of this technique and give it a go!

How to Prepare

You’ll need to purchase a fishing license before you head out on your Flounder-fishing expedition. These are available online, or at local bait and tackle shops. 
Sticking to rods and reels, or want to give gigging a go? Your captain will generally provide all the gear you need for a productive day, including bait. Ready to fire off on a bowfishing adventure? Check with your captain first, as some charters prefer you to have previous experience, and bring your own gear. Get ready for an incredible adventure in the “Lone Star” state!


  • Size 1 to 5lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Average
  • Habitats Inshore, Nearshore, Flats, Backcountry

Texas Flounder Fishing Seasons

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Flounder fishing in Texas varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to June and October to November. Low season is February to March. There is no closed season.

Reviews of Fishing in Flounder Fishing in Texas

"Fishing with Eric"

Holli Berry fished with Island Charters Galveston on September 27, 2020

The bulls didn't bite but we didnt go home empty handed! Capt'n Eric was great and made sure we were all catching fish in no time. Will be back for Flounder in October!

"Fishing with Jason"

George Livelyjr fished with Rod Bending Charters on September 29, 2020

AWSOME! We had the best time with Jason ever. It was my friends first time ever fishing and he is hooked! As I have always said, listen to your guide and you will have a blast! Thanks Jason and I will be brining the new pole down with me when I book a trip for October! Flounder will be flying!

"Fishing with David"

Jay Baze fished with Surrender At Sunrise – Flounder Gigging Trips on June 16, 2019

Conditions were not the best but Capt. Dave worked hard to find the “Flatties” . It took some extra time but he lives up to his name , Surender at Sunrise, we limited out with 25 Flounder and some bonus Sheepshead and Black Drum !! Thanks Capt. We will be back !! Also Capt. Is awesome with kids , my 10 year old grandson’s first trip and now thanks to Capt. Dave , he is a “ gigging “ pro ! ?

"Fishing with David"

James Buckner fished with Surrender At Sunrise – Flounder Gigging Trips on April 18, 2019

Enjoyed our 1st trip with David! David is a great Captain and did a great job helping all of us get the hang of Flounder Gigging! David knew where to take us and we got our limit! Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a most pleasant and experienced Captain! Thanks again David for a great evening! Jim & Pat Buckner

"Full day trip"

Larry Bartz fished with Grace Fishing Charter on April 11, 2019

Aaron did everything he could to make sure we had a great time, and we did. We limited out on Sheephead and caught 4 Jack's. We could have kept going on the Jack's if we had wanted. We then had time to try for some other types and caught some Flounder and Black Drum. He knows the water well and can read the "signs" . Great job!

"Flounder Fun!"

fished with Surrender At Sunrise – Flounder Gigging Trips on April 13, 2018

We always have a great time with Capt. Dave. He is the hardest working guide around! Flounder gigging is so much fun. Can’t wait to go again!
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