Flounder Gigging Guide

If you’re looking for a new activity to try out, flounder gigging might be a possibility. For people who have previous experience with spear fishing, bully netting, bowfishing or just normal rod and reel fishing, this may be the next step to take. Flounder Gigging at night isn't just about chasing flounder - it's an experience that opens your eyes to all of the marine life you don't see while rod and reel fishing. Some may even compare it to hunting because you spot the fish and then gig them with a handheld gig rather than catch them on a hook. Either way, this style of fishing has much to offer those who show an interest. Our flounder gigging guide can help you understand things you need to know before starting your flounder gigging journey.

The following are a few steps to take before you can officially begin flounder gigging:

  • Purchase a Fishing License: Most states require a license to normally fish, so this activity is no exception. Licenses often aren’t very expensive, and it’s all you need to legally begin fishing.
  • Acquire Necessary Gear: There is some gear you need before you can start flounder gigging, and one of the most important is a Flounder Gig. A strong flounder gig with effective barbs for holding on to fish are a few key attributes to look for. The second most important piece of equipment is a Flounder Gigging Light to illuminate the waters at night. Flounder Gigging is done in saltwater environments, so it is very important to use gigs and lights that are made to stand the abuse of saltwater. Outrigger Outdoors has kept this in mind while designing all of their Flounder Gigging Equipment
  • Find the Best Fishing Spot: This step may take some help from an experienced flounder fisherman. Much of where you go depends on what kind of fish are in the water, the time of year it is, the tide, and the condition of the water. Often, coastal retailers or online searches with your state’s fish and wildlife agency can lead to good suggestions.

Overall, many people feel as though flounder gigging is an expensive sport, requiring you to purchase expensive gear before you can even begin thinking about flounder gigging. This isn’t the truth—Outrigger Outdoors offers cost effective Flounder Gigs and quality Flounder Lights made to last a lifetime. Combine these with some research into our previous blog posts to help you learn some beginner and even expert level tips and tricks. The most important step in getting good at flounder gigging is practice; much of the technique comes instinctually and will get better through repetition and obtaining a strong feel for the sport. Some aspects of gigging are very detailed such as knowing how to spot a flounder covered in sand or gigging a flounder in the right location so you don't damage a fillet. As with all things, practice makes perfect.

If you have any questions about our flounder gigging guide or would like to know more information, contact us. We’re happy to help you begin flounder gigging!