Best Flounder Gigging Fishing Charters in Texas

Top 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 People Are Saying About Flounder Gigging Fishing in Texas

"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!

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