It’s called flounder gigging and it’s arguably the most effective way to catch flounder on the Texas coast.
Unfortunately, commercial fishing, weather, and certain types of gigging have put a hurt on Texas’ flounder. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is trying to stem the decline of flounder in Texas with a breeding program and stricter bag limits on flounder, and it seems to be working.
“I’m seeing a big increase in numbers,” says Captain Dan, who was a Gulf Coast commercial fisherman for 30 years before starting his own guide service three years ago.
Texas’ flounder breeding program is the only one of its kind in the Gulf. It started, in earnest, around 2008, says Shane Bonnot, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department hatchery manager at Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson.