Ideas for Making Your Flounder Gig Pole
The best flounder gig pole isn't only good for flounder gigging, it works well for all types of fish gigging. The fish size doesn't necessarily matter and whether or not you're gigging from a boat or walking shouldn't matter either. Quality flounder gigs are going to hold up regardless of what they're put through. Even if you put them on a homemade flounder gig pole. If you want to skip to the photos of flounder gig pole setups, scroll down to the bottom.
The one discrepancy to this statement is the pole you use to go gigging. The best flounder gig pole length is 4 to 6 ft for wading or 8 to 10 ft for gigging from a boat. The good news is that when purchasing aluminum pipe from a metal supplier, they typically sell them in 20 ft sticks. Thus, you can make two 10 ft gig poles for boating or two 8 ft gig poles for boating and a 4 ft gig pole for wading.
There are many types of flounder gig poles
We've seen a lot of different flounder gig poles. Stainless steel, galvanized pipe, aluminum, bamboo, wood dowels, broomsticks, PVC conduit, and many more. Despite how crazy some of these materials sound, they all have their advantages and disadvantages.
Stainless steel and galvanized pipe are both strong and work well if it's all you have, but they're heavy and most people would rather a lighter weight alternative. Wood dowels, broomsticks, and PVC conduit are all good options if you're looking to throw something together and want to make the most out of what you've got in the garage. There's nothing wrong with a true homemade flounder gig pole, but using better quality materials may help you keep your gig pole around for longer. None of these garage find materials are very strong but they are lightweight and will probably last a trip or two before you're ready for an upgrade.
The two most popular materials for flounder gig poles are aluminum pipe or bamboo sticks. These are both lightweight options and they both have enough rigidity to hold up to sticking a fish.
The best flounder gig pole
We've consulted with several flounder gigging and fish gigging guides, and when aluminum is compared to bamboo for gigging poles, the most common feedback we've received is that aluminum holds up better for the long haul.
A bamboo flounder gig pole has a lot of flex and is lightweight, but if you try to stop a boat with a bamboo pole you're likely going to break it. When using bamboo poles for fish gigging, be conscious to not put the pole down infront of a moving boat and try to stop the boat in an instant. It's better to run the fish over, then come back and try to find where the flounder was laying. Some of the guides we've spoken with say they'll stab a gig into the ground a couple feet away from where the flounder was laying so that they relatively mark the spot where the flounder was located. If you are wading and gigging, then a bamboo flounder gig pole works well. Ideal lengths for wading are 4-6 ft and when gigging from a boat 8-10 ft.
An aluminum flounder gig pole is lightweight, has enough rigidity to stop a flounder boat on an instant when trolling along, and is readily available at most metal supply stores. Aluminum is a far more popular gigging pole than bamboo is, primarily due to its availability and durability to hold up to everything that gigging from a boat throws at it. While it's true that aluminum pipe can bend when trying to stop a boat moving quickly, it is going to last far longer and hold up better than a bamboo gig pole would. One disadvantage to aluminum pipe is that it sinks whereas bamboo will float. Since flounder gigging is done in pretty shallow water, this usually isn't much of an issue. We have seen some people fill an aluminum gig pole with foam though. It's quite the hassle, and may not be worth while to everyone.
If you're a weekend gigger, then either material will work for you and there are plenty of flounder gigs out there that will fit both options. Our flounder gigs will mount to either pole, but the vast majority of our customers prefer aluminum flounder gig poles.
Making your own flounder gig pole is pretty easy when you start with a solid foundation. Our flounder gig heads are made with a pipe insert and come with a 316 stainless steel bolt. They are designed for 3/4-inch NPS pipe (3/4-inch NPS, nominal pipe size, means actual OD of pipe is approximately 1.05").
Here are the 4 steps to make a flounder gig pole with the Outrigger Outdoors flounder gig:
1.) Remove the stainless steel bolt from the flounder gig head
2.) Slide the gig head over the 3/4-inch NPS pole
3.) Drill a 1/4-inch hole through the bolt hole on the gig while it's mounted to the pole
4.) Slide the stainless steel bolt through the gig head and pipe.
In a matter of seconds, you've made a flounder gig pole and you're ready to hit the water and go gigging.
Converting your flounder gig pole for wading and gigging
The easiest method to convert your flounder gig pole into a wading and gigging setup is to use a 1/4-inch bolt or U-bolt to attach your flounder gigging light to. If wading and gigging, we recommend using the Mini Swamp Eye Submersible or Swamp Eye Submersible Flounder Gigging Lights. The mounting brackets they come with are made to fit 1/4-inch bolts and U-bolts, which makes it easy to attach them to any flounder gig pole.
Next, we recommend utilizing a 7 mAh "deer feeder" battery to power your wading and gigging setup. It is easiest to attach F1-type heat shrink connectors to the power leads on your flounder gigging lights, which are made to fit the battery terminals on the small 12V DC deer feeder batteries. If you include a note on your order of flounder lights asking for them, Outrigger Outdoors will happily include these heat shrink connectors free of charge.
You're ready to go wading and gigging!
Flounder Gig Pole Setups
Here are some photos of flounder gig poles our customers have put together.