The Spring Flounder Run: High Chances for a Limit
The Spring flounder run is fast approaching and if you aren't familiar with it, you should be! This is one of the best times of the year to harvest flounder as they move in to the bays from offshore. While the Fall flounder run is more commonly known, the Spring flounder run can produce equal results.
This week's blog discusses the Spring flounder run and includes supplementary information from the flounder gigging sports best guides.
The Spring flounder run is not as publicly well-known as the Fall run, which often times makes for better fishing with less competition of other anglers. Flounder have spent their time offshore spawning and are coming back to the bays ravenously hungry. A Galveston, Texas based flounder gigging charter said the following about the Spring flounder run:
"the Spring run can be just as fun as the fall run just with lighter fish. The same 24 inch 7-8 pounder will only weigh 4-5 pounds after the spawn. Once the water temperature gets close to 70 degrees it will be in full swing." - Capt. Eric Winstanley, Night Moves Gigging
Where to find the flounder?
Finding flounder during the Spring run is much easier than a typical gigging trip but still takes basic knowledge to understand their behavioral tendencies. A Rockport, Texas based flounder gigging charter said these are the must haves to find flounder:
"I have 4 must haves: clear water, a good amount of current, plenty of bait fish present, and a variation of the bay bottom." - Capt. David Dupnik, Surrender at Sunrise
Another important factor is the importance of the tide. In our Survey of Over 100 Professional Guides and Tournament Fishermen, (sign up to our blog in the bottom right corner to receive this invaluable PDF report) the importance of a falling or rising tide was among the most crucial. A rising tide is beneficial for maintaining clear water conditions while also benefitting from flounder moving in to the shallow banks. A falling tide is equally beneficial as the flounder start moving to deeper waters but makes for a more difficult time to spot them due to the falling tide stirring up the muddy bottom.
Time to Gear Up!
The Spring flounder run is coming quick. Make sure you have your flounder gigging lights and supplies ready to go. Our stainless steel flounder gig and Swamp Eye Submersible Lights are second to none when it comes to gigging flounder. Make the most of this unique opportunity!