Although flounder can
be gigged in almost any portion of the
shoreline, it is more often productive to gig
around sandbars marsh grass or oyster reefs that
extend from shore into the bay.
Flounder do not swim
continuously, so they tend to accumulate in such
places in their search for food. During the
spring, gigging anglers should work the edges of
channels, such as the backwater, as
the fish are moving back into the marsh areas
from the ocean.
Floundering is productive all year
long (Jan - Dec) in Northeast Florida where we
There are certain times of
the night where multitudes of flounders
will be seen in and around the shallow
areas as they feed on mud minnows and small
shrimp and we target these windows of
opportunity during our gigging charters.
The best catches with gigs are made in
the back water and sandbar areas. Spots with cord grass
along the shoreline are good producers, and a
bottom that is slightly silty or muddy generally
is sometimes better than a hard sand bottom. The mouths of
small bayous and sloughs often yield flounder.
Good visibility is
very important to the success of any floundering
trip so we work the calm areas behind protected
shorelines for best results.
Excellent catches are made
either during an incoming or outgoing tide because the
Flounder are slowly moving to or from the
water's edge as they feed. We motor to our starting
point, shut off and trim up the outboard motor
and then quietly maneuver upstream or
downstream along the Flounder habitats.