North Carolina Flounder Gigging Fishing Charters

North Carolina Flounder Gigging Fishing Charters

Best Flounder Gigging Fishing Charters in North Carolina

Top Flounder Gigging Fishing Charters in North Carolina

Flounder Gigging Fishing in North Carolina

Flounder gigging in North Carolina is a year-round adventure that spans the entire coast of Old North State. The best action usually starts mid to late August and goes all the way to mid-November. As specialized NC Flounder gigging trips usually start in the evening, this is a great way to go out fishing without getting sunburnt. Beat the heat and fill your freezers!
 

Where to Go Gigging

Shortly after dark, Flounder come closer to the shoreline in search of food. You’ll move onto the shallow flats to hunt them, but the water doesn’t have to be too shallow – as long as the seafloor is flat with no slopes, you’ll have a chance at gigging. Spotting Flounder takes a bit of patience. Your guide will show you the difference between Stargazers and electric rays. If you feel a small shock when you gig – it’s one of these two, not Flounder.
 

How to Gig

Many Flounder gigging guides have boats equipped with LED lights and shallow drafts which are specially designed for this technique. But you can go gigging aboard a skiff, bay boat, kayak, or paddleboard, as well. You can even do it while wading. This will give you lots of choices when you’re choosing a guide. The important thing is to position the boat right on top of the Flounder, since they almost don’t move at all when you approach them. Position your gig above the head and behind the gill plates. Do a quick thrust through the fish into the seafloor and hold it.
 

Who can go Flounder gigging?

Flounder gigging trips don’t require previous experience, so pretty much everyone is welcome aboard. Even beginners will be able to fill out their cooler with catch if you find a good spot.
 
This is also a great way to get kids excited about the outdoors, especially because they get to experience fishing at night. 
 

Need to Know

  • You do not need to buy your own NC fishing license when you book a trip with a licensed charter captain.
  • Flounder need to be at least 15 inches long in order to be kept.
  • If you’re not booking a specialized gigging trip but would still like to try it out, ask your captain in advance if he can prepare the right equipment.
  • Some guides accommodate fewer guests on gigging trips than usual. Make sure to confirm the capacity in advance.
 
From Albemarle Sound to Bird Island, NC Flounder gigging is a lot of fun. You can observe the local sea life from a different perspective and see things that you normally wouldn’t. From Mullet and Needlefish to tons of shrimp scooting, a gigging trip is one of the most amusing ways to see something new.
 
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What anglers said about Flounder Gigging Fishing in North Carolina

Plan for any kind of weather! We had beautiful sun and 65* but were prepared for cold weather too.
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Plan for any kind of weather! We had beautiful sun and 65* but were prepared for cold weather too.
Barbara  R.
Barbara R. Monroe, NC
Yes we would go on Fillet and Release boat every time we come to the beach.
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Yes we would go on Fillet and Release boat every time we come to the beach.
Harold  B.
Harold B. Lewisberry, PA
Take snacks and water. Only fish with the locals recommended because they are experienced and know where the fish are. If its early take a light wind breaker because it is a bit chilly in the morning.
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Take snacks and water. Only fish with the locals recommended because they are experienced and know where the fish are. If its early take a light wind breaker because it is a bit chilly in the morning.
Edson  V.
Edson V. Gering, NE
We were hoping to catch a bit more fish, but the weather was maybe a bit too perfect with no current whatsoever. Still able to bring in speckled trout, gray trout, flounder, red drum and had a couple of blues get away.
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We were hoping to catch a bit more fish, but the weather was maybe a bit too perfect with no current whatsoever. Still able to bring in speckled trout, gray trout, flounder, red drum and had a couple of blues get away.
Mark  M.
Mark M. Mechanicsville, Virginia
Big game fish are 40 miles out so plan an all day charter. Inshore fishing is fast and furious and fish are smaller. Fun nonetheless!
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Big game fish are 40 miles out so plan an all day charter. Inshore fishing is fast and furious and fish are smaller. Fun nonetheless!
Jay  A.
Jay A. Mineral, VA
Manage your expectations about the fish - we didn't catch anything larger than about 12 lbs. That said, we had a great time on the water and our family loved the experience.
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Manage your expectations about the fish - we didn't catch anything larger than about 12 lbs. That said, we had a great time on the water and our family loved the experience.
Nathan  P.
Nathan P. Fredericksburg, VA
Just remember that it is what it is when fishing. Great weather doesn't always present fish. That's why they call it fishing and not "catching!"
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Just remember that it is what it is when fishing. Great weather doesn't always present fish. That's why they call it fishing and not "catching!"
Roger  H.
Roger H. Denver, NC
Research what fish are running at the time of your trip and make sure that's what you want to catch.
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Research what fish are running at the time of your trip and make sure that's what you want to catch.
Michael  E.
Michael E. Kannapolis, NC
Expect darker waters than usual. Even on the the most beautiful of sunrises the water isn't blue....but nice and calm for great fishing.
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Expect darker waters than usual. Even on the the most beautiful of sunrises the water isn't blue....but nice and calm for great fishing.
Barb  R.
Barb R. United States
Ask the captian if what you are targeting is biting, if it is not ask him/her what is. In any case the scenary will be great.
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Ask the captian if what you are targeting is biting, if it is not ask him/her what is. In any case the scenary will be great.
Warren  J.
Warren J. Washington, DC
Make sure you communicate your experience level to uour your guide. Definitely invest in a charter.
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Make sure you communicate your experience level to uour your guide. Definitely invest in a charter.
Diana  K.
Diana K. Sherrills Ford, North Carolina
If you are a serious fisher I would not recommend this time of the year. I would wait until May or November time frame when there is a greater vary of fish,
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If you are a serious fisher I would not recommend this time of the year. I would wait until May or November time frame when there is a greater vary of fish,
Dennis  S.
Dennis S. Fredericksburg, VA
Bring sunscreen and plenty of water. Fish are biting so expect to be out in the sun.
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Bring sunscreen and plenty of water. Fish are biting so expect to be out in the sun.
James  M.
James M. Manteo, North Carolina
Ribbon fish are predators and scare other fish away…but great eating so that is a bonus.
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Ribbon fish are predators and scare other fish away…but great eating so that is a bonus.
Pete  M.
Pete M. Rocky Point, NY
Do a trip with captain Eric on the offshore outlaw it's well worth it awesome guy.
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Do a trip with captain Eric on the offshore outlaw it's well worth it awesome guy.
Patrick  C.
Patrick C. Akron, OH
Get ready to catch a bunch of fish. My shoulder was sore by the end of the trip.
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Get ready to catch a bunch of fish. My shoulder was sore by the end of the trip.
Eric  G.
Eric G. Allenton, MI
Plenty of charter options. Tiki bar was great. Filet guys were fast. Ships store was great. Friendly folks all around.
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Plenty of charter options. Tiki bar was great. Filet guys were fast. Ships store was great. Friendly folks all around.
Scott  L.
Scott L. Rockville, MD
Charter Fish Topsail as Captain Orr and Brett provided all the tackle and bait.
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Charter Fish Topsail as Captain Orr and Brett provided all the tackle and bait.
Kenneth  M.
Kenneth M. Plymouth, MI
Read the reviews of the many different charters before you select schedule a trip.
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Read the reviews of the many different charters before you select schedule a trip.
Chuck  M.
Chuck M. Moyock, North Carolina
The tiki bar after fishing was great, the guy cleaning the fish was very, very good!
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The tiki bar after fishing was great, the guy cleaning the fish was very, very good!
Matthew  M.
Matthew M. LUTHVLE TIMON, MD

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