OCTOBER 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
by Capt. David Dupnik Call:
VISIT: SURRENDER AT SUNRISE FLOUNDER GIGGING SERVICE
USCG Licensed/TPWD Certified
Hey South Texas! I am
Capt. David Dupnik and I am proud to offer Flounder Gigging Trips and
Guided Duck Hunts
here in the Coastal Bend.
We either stay out til we get our limit, come in when the
customer has had enough, or SURRENDER AT SUNRISE! I will give it my 110
percent every night to find the fish. Flounder gigging the Gulf Coast
Flats is one of the most exciting things to do at night. The amount of sea
life that can be seen at night is just breath-taking. I have been gigging
flounder for about 20 years and every night you are likely to see
When I was a little boy I loved to go fishing and hunting. I would get
dressed and head out by myself. I soon found the love of flounder gigging,
walking at night with a lantern. I would think how nice it would be to
have a boat with all the lights rigged up on it. Before too long, I had a
boat with some jerry-rigged lights on the front. After a few years of
recreational flounder gigging, I had the opportunity to purchase a finfish
license and began to gig flounder commercially. After a couple years of
commercial fishing, I decided to attend the Sea Academy and obtain my
Coast Guard License to start running charters. I can remember thinking how
cool it would be to have a job on the water as a Fishing Guide, taking
people out rod & reel fishing or flounder gigging. My dreams were coming
true. Now, I have been a Fishing Guide offering Flounder Gigging Trips for
about 10 years and I love every minute of it. All I can say is THANKS to
all of my customers that come back year after year.
This past summer we had some very low tides, which contributed to our
success of making it back to the boat ramp with limits almost every night.
I gigged over 300 fish during the month of July in one spot. I have never
gigged that many fish before in that spot. That was pretty amazing to me.
The majority of the flounder we are gigging have been on oyster reef and
dead seagrass. Most people believe that the flounder don't like to lay on
sharp-pointed objects. The oyster reef holds all kinds of bait fish, and
where there is bait there is going to be feeding fish, not only flounder
but all kinds. When I'm gigging around oysters I seem to find all of my
flounder on the top of the reef, with their backs almost sticking out of
the water. Some nights we will have to get out of the boat to walk up and
gig them, because they are laying so shallow the boat just won't make it.
The Fall Flounder Run is right around the corner, and we are experiencing
very high tides. With the amount, and size of flounder this summer, I
think this should be one of the best years we have seen in a few years. We
should start getting a little push of flounder in the next two or three
weeks. I was always told when the water temperature drops to 72-74
degrees, that is when the peak migration is in full effect. I believe we
will gig flounder all the way until the end of January, and should see
nice-sized flounder this season.
If you haven't thought about bringing your kids on a gigging trip, well
think again! The youngest age aboard has been about six years old (Dad &
son trip). I've had first-timers, seasoned giggers, and kids that can spot
those flounder before me. So, come make some great memories out on the
water and encourage the next little boy that may have dreams of what could
Get in on the FALL
FLOUNDER RUN action and RESERVE your trip!
Call Capt. Dupnik -
Weekdays still available in October and dates in December too!
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Thank you for reading!
Capt. David Dupnik Call:
VISIT: SURRENDER AT SUNRISE
FLOUNDER GIGGING SERVICE
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