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.
Texas
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 27,695 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Flounder Gigging Fishing in Texas

Weekdays has less boat traffic than weekends. Sep tends to still be hot--take plenty of sunscreen and stay hydrated.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weekdays has less boat traffic than weekends. Sep tends to still be hot--take plenty of sunscreen and stay hydrated.
Christopher  B.
Christopher B. San Antonio, TX
We would highly recommend it. Everyone was so nice to us newbies. My husband & brother had a great birthday. We had the BEST guide too. Captain Alex was wonderful.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We would highly recommend it. Everyone was so nice to us newbies. My husband & brother had a great birthday. We had the BEST guide too. Captain Alex was wonderful.
Lisa  W.
Lisa W. North Zulch, TX
Take the time to book a trip with Captain Dylan. He was very professional and knowledgeable on fishing for stripers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take the time to book a trip with Captain Dylan. He was very professional and knowledgeable on fishing for stripers.
Monty  E.
Monty E. Dallas, Texas
September is a tough month for fishing. Defiantly the dog days of summer but a tough day of fishing still beats working!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
September is a tough month for fishing. Defiantly the dog days of summer but a tough day of fishing still beats working!
Josh  M.
Josh M. Montgomery, TX
Book a private charter. A tad more expensive but way worth the experience. What a blast during the fall season.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a private charter. A tad more expensive but way worth the experience. What a blast during the fall season.
Luke  K.
Luke K. Hutto, TX
Be aware that this is a fishing town. Not much else to do and restaurants are limited.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Be aware that this is a fishing town. Not much else to do and restaurants are limited.
Nathan  M.
Nathan M. Aledo, TX
Depending on time of year, lots of water. However, our captain made up for our deficiency.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Depending on time of year, lots of water. However, our captain made up for our deficiency.
Stephanie  P.
Stephanie P. Helotes, TX
Would have been nice to keep the AJ and Red Snapper if they were in season but overall great trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Would have been nice to keep the AJ and Red Snapper if they were in season but overall great trip!
Wisam  N.
Wisam N. Houston, Texas
Weather was a bit hot this time of year, but our guide was able to put us on fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather was a bit hot this time of year, but our guide was able to put us on fish.
Edward  B.
Edward B. Austin, Texas
It was my first time on a guided fishing trip and I think it went really well
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was my first time on a guided fishing trip and I think it went really well
Daniel  P.
Daniel P. Tyler, TX
Hire an expert guide like Captain Hector Lopez and tell him what kind of fish you want to catch. He knows the different locations that hold different species.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hire an expert guide like Captain Hector Lopez and tell him what kind of fish you want to catch. He knows the different locations that hold different species.
Rod  P.
Rod P. FAIR OAKS, TX
Emory is a very nice town. Good food and a short drive to a few wineries. It offers something for everyone.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Emory is a very nice town. Good food and a short drive to a few wineries. It offers something for everyone.
Jody  M.
Jody M. Keller, TX
This was super easy in and out and didn't have to ride in the boat for half hour to start fishing and to get to multiple spots. Liked all of that. What surprised me was how far down to Corpus from Rockport it was. Question your guide ahead about what he goes after and is he flexible and what is biting lately. Always good to have proper expectations. Aransas Pass not the most scenic with a good bit of refinery shoreline but hey, good fishing
Excellent
4.3 / 5
This was super easy in and out and didn't have to ride in the boat for half hour to start fishing and to get to multiple spots. Liked all of that. What surprised me was how far down to Corpus from Rockport it was. Question your guide ahead about what he goes after and is he flexible and what is biting lately. Always good to have proper expectations. Aransas Pass not the most scenic with a good bit of refinery shoreline but hey, good fishing
Jon  M.
Jon M. Klein, TX
Trout were slow because of the Texas heat but overall a great time, even in the dead of summer.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Trout were slow because of the Texas heat but overall a great time, even in the dead of summer.
Michael  G.
Michael G. San Antonio, TX
Bring lots of sunscreen and lots to drink. Be ready for the fish to turn on at a moments notice!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring lots of sunscreen and lots to drink. Be ready for the fish to turn on at a moments notice!!
Sean  O.
Sean O. Copperas Cove, Texas
If you think you might get seasick, take your motion sickness medication at least 30 minutes before boarding. My (adult) son found this out the hard way.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you think you might get seasick, take your motion sickness medication at least 30 minutes before boarding. My (adult) son found this out the hard way.
Angie  B.
Angie B.
I highly recommend coming here around this time of year. You always here “ we went out but didn’t catch anything”. Well that wasn’t the case here. We caught fish the entire time we were here and got to take back enough food for a large fish fry. We will definitely be back.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I highly recommend coming here around this time of year. You always here “ we went out but didn’t catch anything”. Well that wasn’t the case here. We caught fish the entire time we were here and got to take back enough food for a large fish fry. We will definitely be back.
Joseph  M.
Joseph M. Rhome, TX
Ask questions about the charter, such as do you fish or the captian. The charter I was on the crew cast the poles, set the hook and you just realed the fish in. Not what a seasoned fisherman really wants.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Ask questions about the charter, such as do you fish or the captian. The charter I was on the crew cast the poles, set the hook and you just realed the fish in. Not what a seasoned fisherman really wants.
Kevin  B.
Kevin B. Springtown, TX
Wait until the weather gets colder than now but anyways Cap Epi will fight to find those fish ?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wait until the weather gets colder than now but anyways Cap Epi will fight to find those fish ?
Ricardo  B.
Ricardo B. Katy, TX
Get a cabin to be comfortable and enjoy the surroundings and bring the kids for the water park and playground
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a cabin to be comfortable and enjoy the surroundings and bring the kids for the water park and playground
Wenallis  T.
Wenallis T. Prosper, TX

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