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Article By Capt. David Dupnik           USCG Licensed & TPWD Certified

WHY FLOUNDER GIGGING AT NIGHT IS SO POPULAR!

April is upon us, and hopefully Spring is here to stay!

The flounder gigging has been phenomenal!
 

Howdy readers...My name is Capt. David Dupnik and I offer flounder gigging trips and guided duck hunts (seasonal) in the Coastal Bend. I have been fishing since I was a boy and have been a USCG Licensed fishing captain for the past 8 years!  I feel very fortunate to be able to provide a service to my customers that brings them back year after year. THANK YOU!

 

 


On the evening of a trip, I usually get down to the dock about an hour before my customers to get all the equipment set up -gigs, ice chests, GPS, air motor. I also like to chat with some of the other flounder guides as well. We leave out of Conn Brown Harbor in Aransas Pass and then make our way into Aransas Bay for our flounder adventures.  Make sure to pack your camera and get some great shots of the sunset

on the water as we head out, or the different species of fish at night.

I had the pleasure of gigging with Brad & his cousin, Tim, from Hamilton, TX for two nights.
The first night, we left the dock at about 8 pm. It was so foggy and windy, not the best conditions for a gigging trip. The wind was blowing 20-25 mph and the visible was about 1/8 of a mile. We left the dock knowing it was going to be tough, but everybody was willing to give it a try. As we pulled up on one shoreline, the water was dirty and muddy, absolutely horrible. We were lucky enough to gig two fish there. So I ran to another one of my spots, and it was on! Clear water and lots of fish. Even with less than perfect conditions, we managed to limit out on flounder. We made it back to the docks around 1 am.


It was definitely a privilege to have Brad & Tim call me up and ask if I was able to take them again. Luckily, I had an opening and we were ready to roll. During the second night, we set out for Aransas Bay around 8 pm. It was pretty much perfect conditions - calm winds and zero fog. We had our limit of flounder with one sheepshead. We were back at the dock by 10 pm.

 

          
 

We usually head back to the dock after we have our limit of flounder, or when the customer says "Time to go". Once back at the dock, we unload the boat and if my customers oblige, I like to get their pics with the catch of the night for Facebook photos and my website - www.surrenderatsunrise.com!  After a few pics have been taken, I clean their fish and chat for a while. I get everything loaded-up and then

get ready  to do it again the next night.

A flounder gigging trip is FUN for the whole family - young or old, big or small, short or tall! Everyone is welcome to enjoy an experience to last a lifetime. My youngest customer has been about 6 years old, and the oldest was close to 80 years young.

Make sure to "LIKE" Surrender At Sunrise - Flounder Gigging Trips on Facebook for recent photos!

Capt. David Dupnik
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