David Dupnik - Flounder Gigging Guide - USCG Licensed
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There's no better way to
beat the summertime heat than enjoying a little nighttime
flounder gigging. You can leave the sunscreen at home, but
don't forget the bug spray! If you have never been flounder
gigging, it is a MUST while you are vacationing in the Coastal
Bend, or just a local wanting to see what the fuss is all
about. Once you're out on the water at night and see the bays
illuminated from the underwater lights of a flounder boat -
you'll be hooked! The amount of marine life visible at night
is stunning. You can see anything from alligator, crabs,
flounder, sea turtles, pompano, stingrays, and everything
in-between. I hope you will come aboard this summer and have
an experience to remember for a long time to come.
Flounder gigging is done at night, and we depart the dock an
hour before sunset. I do not have a time limit on my charters,
we stay out until you gig a limit or y'all are ready to come
in. I stay true to my slogan - "We Don't Give Up Until
Sunrise!" Gigging during the summertime is probably my
favorite time of the year to gig. You can go out and gig a
limit of flounder without breaking a sweat or freezing your
rear off! During the summer, there aren't as many boats out
compared to the "fall flounder run." I also prefer going out
later at night, I think the gigging is better then - just
another perk of summertime gigging and daylight savings time!
the summer we are gigging smaller flounder, but average size
for the time of year. The flounder will range in size from 17
to 20 inches and 2 to 3 pounds. Because of the warmer water
temperatures the flounder tend to show up later in the night
as the water cools down. The Coastal Bend offers some of the
best fishing opportunities around and there are fishing
options for all levels of fisherman. You can enjoy kayaking,
bird watching, bay fishing, deep sea fishing, flounder
gigging, and much more - it's all right here! Don't forget to
visit our beautiful beaches in Port Aransas, Rockport, or
Corpus Christi. If you are coming to the Texas Gulf Coast for
a summer vacation and have never been flounder gigging, make
sure to give Capt. Dave a call and see what it's all about!
Let's go make memories!
"This was our first flounder gigging
trip we've ever been on. Capt David showed us what to do. Even
though the water was dirty and wind was blowing David knew the
bay/water like the back of his hand. And everyone on the boat
got a limit. Definitely coming back next time I'm in town. Had
a blast Thanks Capt, David"
- Cody Raesz, May 2017
"Had another great trip
with Captain Dave last night, our grandsons and nephews made
memories they'll cherish forever. Thanks Captain Dave. We
highly recommend you!!!"
- Sue Mowry Goschinski, April 2017
what an experience! Capt Dave is a true master of his craft.
We will definitely be doing this again!"
- Travis Krug, April 2017
I strive for excellence on each and every charter and will
give 110 percent each and every night! Word-of-mouth and
referrals are everything in this business. I get to do what I
love for a living and be able to provide for my family while
doing it. Please stop by my Facebook page or find me on Google
Maps to read more of my 5 star reviews! Thank you to all my
previous and future customers for all the continued business
summer vacation and get out on the water with your family!
Thanks for reading,
Capt. David Dupnik
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The first method required a lot of effort
and training and that is using live or dead shrimp under a popping
cork. It can be a challenge in that other "bait-steelers" take the
bait pretty darn quick - while you're waiting for the Trout of Redfish
to bite. You have to work the popping cork with short, fast
flicks using your wrist to keep the bait-eaters away and entice the
fish you really want to catch!
The second method is power-polling
down and fishing the sand pockets located in the flats, along
shoreline, and in the back lakes. This is generally more productive
for me and my customers can catch a lot of fish in these areas of the
bays around Rockport! (This is the preferred method when it is
windy out on the water - helps stabilize the boat too.)
The third way to fish is similar but now you
will be targeting the "Guts". These are deeper and more isolated water
areas found in the bay flats too. On many occasion, we will catch a
huge red, just laying down there in the deeper hole and when they see
that bait above them - the attack it and the fishing excitement is
Croaker means Trout-Fishing Time!!
the fourth and fifth ways of fishing the bay - you can use piggies and
croaker as your live bait. These baits usually attract large,
Speckled Trout - the kind that are keepers and so great to eat,
grilled, baked, or broiled!!! Especially in the spring - when
the Trout are spawning, they take to these baits (croaker are their
most consumed bait) and it makes for some fantastic fishing, for
Keep your hooks
clean and sharp so that when you set a hook the hook will hold the
fish on the line while you bring it into the boat!
Now the 6th method varies in that you are
locating and working the shell reefs that are locked inside the bay
systems in all areas of the Texas Coastal Bend. You can use a
small weight and a leader to hold the bait in place or you can use a
small bobber and let the bait float over/around the reef in order to
persuade the trout into a fast bite! As the reef
approaches the shoreline - you can see some Redfish tailing and send
your bait over there as well - maybe come out with the best of both
worlds at the same time!
Redfish thrive in the grassy, flats and love sandy bottoms as they
look for food. When you fish shallow holes with sandy bottoms, they
are sure to be enticed and take the bait!
The seventh and final method is finding
schools of fish (or a giant single fish) and trying-out your site
casting skills. Anglers of all experience levels like to try to site
cast - you can see it right there tailing, you can see the slick shiny
silver color in the water and you try to put your bait just about a
foot or two away from the fishes mouth. They jump that bait
quick and you've just caught yourself a super nice fish! It's
fun - be sure to try this as your boat slowing floats not to far from
the shorelines - which is also known as drift fishing in this content.
(You can also drift fish the channels and bays.)
Wind Direction and
Speed, Water Temperature, Tides and Moon Phases all play important
roles when fishing the bays. Sometimes a jig head or Carolina
rig will do the trick -keep trying!
Typically - higher tides bring the fish
deeper into the bays and lower tides tend to move them out some, but
they are always there, you have to know where to look and what tactic
and I'd love to show you, your family
and friends exactly how this all works - so that you can have a great
day of fishing! Only trust a USCG Licensed Fishing Guide.
I have over 20 years of experience taking good folks, just like you,
out to catch fish and having a blast!!!
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have a awesome summer
family & friends!