The Guide to Buying the Best Flounder Gig For Sale
Flounder Gigs are the core item in the flounder gigging and fish gigging sport that will first and foremost make or break your fishing trip. This blog will discuss some of the talking points commercial, recreational, professional, and amateur fishermen have inquired about during the search of their flounder gig.
Whether you are gigging flounder, bowfin, suckers, sheepshead, bullhead, frogs, carp, gar, or drum, a quality fish gig will go a long way in accomplishing the task of gigging the fish and preventing them from flopping off before you pull them in the boat or on shore.
5 OVERLOOKED ITEMS TO CONSIDER DURING YOUR SEARCH:
1 - Strength
Whether you are gigging flounder or any other fish, the strength of the gig is often the most overlooked aspect that can end your trip early. The gig should have a professional weld seam or be machined to form a uniform solid piece.
LOOK OUT FOR: A common cost savings measure is for manufacturers to tack weld the tines to a thin sheet metal-like housing. Other manufacturers will thread screws on the end of the gig to screw into a metal pole, which can cause the threads to be seized up, stripped, bend, or a weak link that can break when pushing with a lot of force.
We wade and gig but often gig from a boat as well. We use our gigs to
push the boat off the shore when it's too shallow or towards the shore when it's too deep. It’s important to consider these implications when searching for a flounder gig, it needs to have a solid foundation that can withstand all of this abuse.
2 - Corrosion Resistance
When you are gigging fish, you are doing so in a water body and It may be freshwater or saltwater, but in the end both can cause corrosion. To ensure your gig lasts a long time, make sure it is resistant to corrosion. If you set saltwater corrosion as the standard, then you are sure to be able to use it for a very long time. Metals that are strong and corrosive to saltwater include: titanium, 316 stainless steel, or tungsten carbide.
LOOK OUT FOR: Manufacturers will use powder coated regular steel or a 308 or lower grade stainless steel and claim it is resistant to corrosion. The truth is, as soon as you use the gig it will scratch the powder coat and the scratch will be a source of significant corrosion. 308 stainless steel is a very cheap alternative that is still considered “stainless” but it is not corrosion resistant. 308 stainless steel will rust over time significantly.
When searching for a gig, make sure it is 316 stainless steel, titanium or tungsten carbide. Out of these materials, 316 stainless steel is the most cost effective and maintains extreme resistance to corrosion.
3 - Sharpness
When gigs are pushed into oyster shell, rocks, and sand, the tips can be filed down and result in becoming very dull. If the gig isn’t resistant to corrosion, this can really cause a nightmare on maintaining a sharp point. A sharp gig will penetrate fish very quickly, reducing the likelihood of the fish getting away.
4 - Fish Retention
Having good retention on the fish you gig is very important because what good is a bunch of stabbed fish that are still swimming?
LOOK OUT FOR: Many fish spears will have a small barb similar to a fish hook on the end of the prongs. These are one point of contact to hold the fish on. When the fish flops, they can bypass these small barbs and fall off back into the water. On the other end, some flounder gigs have really large extended barbs, which can excessively damage the flounder meat. Although you keep the fish on, you will damage a lot of meat while trying to take the fish off.
We recommend a gig that has multiple points of contact to keep the fish on while not excessively damaging the meat when you go to take them off.
5 - Size
The size of the gig is important because if its too small, you have a large margin for error which can result in missing fish. If it’s too big, it can be bulky to carry around and make it difficult to quickly stab fish. A fish gig that is just right will be about the same width as a flounder, with spacing proper for having at least two prongs in any fish species you may be targeting.
HERE’S WHAT WE RECOMMEND (IT EXCEEDS ALL THE CRITERIA LISTED ABOVE):
After careful consideration of all the problem areas in fish gigging, we have carefully crafted the Flounder Gig which exceeds all of the criteria listed above:
1 - crafted to be a uniform, solid piece of pure grade stainless steel. It’s strength is beyond any other gig it compares to.
2 - Made from kitchen grade and corrosion resistant 316 stainless steel, it has a very high resistance to corrosion, guaranteeing a long life of gigging.
3 - The gigs are sharpened prior to shipment for maximum penetration on even the fastest moving fish.
4 - Unlike conventional barbs, this flounder gig has a 360 degree barb the will keep fish on long enough to pull in the boat, while not excessively damaging the fish fillets.
5 - There are 5 tines on the gig, spaced efficiently for gigging a wide variety of fish. It’s compact enough to quickly stab a fish while wide enough to enhance your spearing efficiency.