Texas Flounder Gigging Fishing Charters

Texas Flounder Gigging Fishing Charters

Best Flounder Gigging Fishing Charters in Texas

Flounder Gigging Fishing in Texas

Flounder gigging in Texas has truly put this delicious and underrated fish back on the map. You’ll climb aboard your chosen vessel as the sun sets and the shallow inshore waters beneath you become illuminated by LED lights. Exchange your rod for a trident, and get ready to step back in time as you patrol the flats for your target. When you spot your Flounder sneakily camouflaging itself against the seafloor, all that’s left is to raise your spear, aim, and...strike!

Who can do it?

Flounder gigging may sound dramatic, but it’s relatively simple to pick up! Budding fishermen just discovering their love of the sport can have fun trying it out, as well as more hardened anglers looking for an adventure that’ll put their skills of observation and precision to the test.
 
This technique is also a popular choice for families. Flounder gigging trips usually take place at night on board special gigging boats fitted with illuminating lights, as the Flounder’s love of camouflage makes it difficult to spot during the day. This only adds to the excitement and primal energy that comes with hunting your prey, but make sure any little ones won’t be too spooked by the darkness first!

Where should I go?

This technique is so popular throughout the Lone Star State, you’ll find a plethora of captains all over Texas offering specialized gigging trips and charters. Generally, you do not need any experience to head out on a Flounder-gigging expedition, and the majority of charters take pride in their ability to show newcomers or “out-of-towners” how to master this Texan tradition!

North Texas

Home to the famous Galveston Bay system, this part of the state has one of the strongest reputations around when it comes to Flounder fishing. The waters here tend to get pretty muddy, which means there’s ample opportunity for Flounder to conceal themselves against the ocean floor! Sabine Lake and Matagorda Bay are also hotspots for gigging.

Central Texas

Rather than the murky, muddy waters of north Texas, here you’ll find crystal clear, shallow fishing grounds – perfect for newer anglers who want a quick education in spotting this sneaky Flatfish on the seafloor! Rockport in particular has long been a Flounder mainstay, with a plethora of warm, shallow waters that this species just loves. 

South Texas

South Texas is home to the vast, intimidating Laguna Madre. Picture the world-famous flats of Florida, but on a much larger scale. Everything is bigger in Texas, after all, and these inshore fishing grounds more than prove it – as do the Flounder you’ll find! 

What do I need to know?

The best time to gig is in autumn, when cooler waters mean that Flounder come flocking. However, be aware that this technique is prohibited throughout November.
 
Texas requires all anglers over the age of 17 to purchase a fishing license from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. This usually won’t be covered by your charter, but it’s a simple process that can be completed online.
 
Flounder gigging charters in Texas provide everything you need for a fun and exciting trip, including tridents or spears – and, more invaluably, plenty of encouragement and education from your captain! All that’s left is to come on down to the Lone Star State and get ready for a traditional Texan angling adventure.
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What anglers said about Flounder Gigging Fishing in Texas

Go with captain Colby he knows his stuff and he is awesome to be around very friendly
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with captain Colby he knows his stuff and he is awesome to be around very friendly
Mark  H.
Mark H.
Top notch charter and captain from booking until he cleaned all of our fish! Amazing day
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Top notch charter and captain from booking until he cleaned all of our fish! Amazing day
Shannon  T.
Shannon T.
Don’t trust the weather man in November. He may say it will be sunny and 65 but take warm clothes, we did and darn glad we were prepared.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t trust the weather man in November. He may say it will be sunny and 65 but take warm clothes, we did and darn glad we were prepared.
Louis  L.
Louis L.
Jackets and rain gear. Even though it was not rainy or windy the spray from the run out was still cold.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Jackets and rain gear. Even though it was not rainy or windy the spray from the run out was still cold.
Charles  T.
Charles T.
In November, wear jeans and a shirt and a hoodie. If you have a water repellent jacket, that will be perfect.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
In November, wear jeans and a shirt and a hoodie. If you have a water repellent jacket, that will be perfect.
Tina  M.
Tina M.
Wether it's your first boat ride, or even if you are an experienced angler - Capt Chad Kraft is the way to go!! He knows the Bay area like the back of his hand, and where to find the fish! Highly recommend his fishing guide services for anyone!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wether it's your first boat ride, or even if you are an experienced angler - Capt Chad Kraft is the way to go!! He knows the Bay area like the back of his hand, and where to find the fish! Highly recommend his fishing guide services for anyone!
Michael  L.
Michael L.
Captain Cody was very personable and knowledgeable. It was a wonderful first time. We will definitely call Cody again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Cody was very personable and knowledgeable. It was a wonderful first time. We will definitely call Cody again.
Curtis  R.
Curtis R.
If you're going to go fishing in the lower Laguna Madre, I highly recommend Capt. Ryan Falls. We had an awesome experience with him.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you're going to go fishing in the lower Laguna Madre, I highly recommend Capt. Ryan Falls. We had an awesome experience with him.
Kim  M.
Kim M.
The water was choppy and the wind was cold but that is November. We went in the morning. The sun came out later in the day and it warmed up nicely.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The water was choppy and the wind was cold but that is November. We went in the morning. The sun came out later in the day and it warmed up nicely.
Daniel  F.
Daniel F.
The weather can change by the day, watch the weather forecast and bring appropriate clothes.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather can change by the day, watch the weather forecast and bring appropriate clothes.
Matt  D.
Matt D.
Getting out is the key, if you find a local guide help you understand what fish is doing for the season. There’s different types of bait for the different species. Have fun don’t stress if there’s no catch at first, it is a pleasant process when reeling in your fish. ?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Getting out is the key, if you find a local guide help you understand what fish is doing for the season. There’s different types of bait for the different species. Have fun don’t stress if there’s no catch at first, it is a pleasant process when reeling in your fish. ?
Jose  M.
Jose M.
This is a great experience for first time fishing in Houston. the professionalism and patience is hard to beat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This is a great experience for first time fishing in Houston. the professionalism and patience is hard to beat.
Justin  E.
Justin E.
Pick and choose your captain carefully, Captain John is a "keeper " and a very safe boat captain ,everything was provided for me , let's fish !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pick and choose your captain carefully, Captain John is a "keeper " and a very safe boat captain ,everything was provided for me , let's fish !
Tracy  O.
Tracy O.
Check with local anglers on what's in season! We love redfish so it was a good time for us
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check with local anglers on what's in season! We love redfish so it was a good time for us
Lester  T.
Lester T.
Captain said that the seaweed is worse this time of year which makes it harder with lures.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain said that the seaweed is worse this time of year which makes it harder with lures.
Zachary  E.
Zachary E.
Captain Aaron was super helpful with instructions and recommendations on how to improve your opportunities if catching fish. All you need is a hat, sunscreen, snacks and beverages, and a fishing attitude while paying attention to the captain. You should be able to catch some redfish or trout, & perhaps some black drum.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Aaron was super helpful with instructions and recommendations on how to improve your opportunities if catching fish. All you need is a hat, sunscreen, snacks and beverages, and a fishing attitude while paying attention to the captain. You should be able to catch some redfish or trout, & perhaps some black drum.
Jim  W.
Jim W.
It truly depends on when I’m November and what the rather is doing, I recommend always checking with your Captains prior to booking. In my experience it was amazing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It truly depends on when I’m November and what the rather is doing, I recommend always checking with your Captains prior to booking. In my experience it was amazing!
Joe  H.
Joe H.
Understand that it may be very, very cold. We wnet at this exact same time last year and it was very pleasant. This time of year it could go either way depending on the day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Understand that it may be very, very cold. We wnet at this exact same time last year and it was very pleasant. This time of year it could go either way depending on the day.
Josie  F.
Josie F.
It’s important to rely on expert Guides like Kevin to fulfill an enjoyable trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s important to rely on expert Guides like Kevin to fulfill an enjoyable trip.
Chuck  P.
Chuck P.
All you’ll need is your drinks, snacks and fishing licenses. The captain has everything else covered.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
All you’ll need is your drinks, snacks and fishing licenses. The captain has everything else covered.
Michael  P.
Michael P.

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