Flounder is not only an exciting species to gig and to eat. At birth, flounder is like any normal appearing fish, while it becomes flat and round in adulthood. Its right eye migrates over to the left side of its body early in life; hence, it becomes two left-eyed. Flounder are commonly found in shallow waters along the coast around sand bars and near-shore rocky reefs, where they manage to blend so well with their surroundings that they are hard to see. Here they lie, hidden in the sand, with two left eyes looking and waiting patiently for something to eat. These interesting fish prefers to make their habitat at the bottom of the warmest or the most moderate oceans, although it can be found in waters throughout the world, including some arctic areas.
Flounder gigging is considered the best method of taking flounder. Usually, done at night, flounder gigging is more for adventurous anglers, but any of you can do it and bring home a generous flounder catch for your substantial dinner. Floundering may be best during the migration from January to August; however, it is productive all year in the Southern states, comprising Florida.
Flounder gigging is usually either wading from the shore or floating in a small boat over the shallow areas where flounder accumulate. What does flounder gigging require? You should have a good, heavy-duty gig head, a high candlepower light source and find the place of flounder accumulation in relatively clear and shallow water.
Flounder settle on the bottom, covering themselves with sand so that the only visible part is their two eyes and a slight outline of their body. Although flounder can be gigged in almost any portion of the shoreline, it is more often productive to gig around jetties, oyster reefs or sandbars that extend from the shore into the bay. You should light up the bottom, looking for a pair of red eyes, and identify the end of the fish, then drive the gig straight behind the eyes. A rather simple process, isn't it? However, it requires some practice at the same time. An inexperienced flounder fisher should make certain of what he has gigged before retrieving it. If in doubt, simply hold the creature on the bottom with the gig and wait for the water to settle before attempting to retrieve your catch. A multi-pronged gig is helpful in such cases, with which you can lift the catch unassisted from the bottom.
Flounder gigging is also simple, since it does not require any smelly bait to handle or complicated rods, reels and fishing lines. Moreover, if you are a passenger of one of the ships, organizing flounder gigging, the staff will take care of everything, including gigs and lights in order for you first to enjoy the nature around you and second, learn how to use the gig.
Probably, the most exciting thing about this unusual night flounder fishing contains the following: prior to flounder gigging you will notice the brightness of stars and the moon away from the city lights, you will hear a tender whisper of the night ocean and light wind, and you will see distant multi-lighted sights of civilization and odd silhouettes of shoreline landmarks. Your soul and heart will be full of romanticism, appropriate only for composing verses. All this is due to simple flounder gigging.