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JANUARY 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

by Capt. Dan Pike  

Flounder Gigging Specialist  - Rockport & Port Aransas, Texas  

CALL: 361-386-3219

VISIT: CAPT. DAN THE FLOUNDER MAN'S WEB SITE NOW!

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FLOUNDER GIGGING WITH A PASSION

Hello South Texas Giggers and Anglers!

I'm Captain Dan Pike, a second generation commercial fin fisherman turned guide

and my passion is Flounder gigging...there is nothing else like it!

 

 

I started out in 1981, after meeting a couple of local guys in Port Aransas who taught me the ropes, as they say.  First, I learned how to set a gill net and gained valuable knowledge about when and where to catch fish.  Second, they taught me the joy and know-how of successfully gigging flounder under the lights - at night.  Along with that, the when and where to go.  Next was how to identify flounder & other species. 
 

So to date , I do what is needed to make EVERYONE who wants a flounder adventure to be the best time of their lives - making memories that they will never forget!  that folks, is my goal each and every time I pull anchor and take off with my customers.  Plus there's an abundance of aquatic life, nature and excitement that go hand in hand with flounder gigging and fishing in general for that matter.  Fishing and Flounder Gigging are sports that people from all ages and walks of life enjoy - and they come back for more! 

Don't be surprised if we catch a some trout and redfish too!

 

HOW ABOUT YOU AND I GET TOGETHER, GIG SOME FLOUNDER

AT NIGHT AND HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE DOING IT! 

My boat is specially equipped with underwater lights that allows us to see the

flounder and other fish at night!  It's really something else!!
 

 

Lately, myself and the other flounder guides are trying to get used to the  Texas Parks and Wildlife's new regulations that went into

affect in December of last year.  There seems to be a lot of confused folks, so let me explain it all in easy-to-understand terms:

  5 Flounder per person, 5 Black Drum & 5 Sheepshead - per day.

(TPWD 2014 Flounder Regulation: November's reduced bag limit will be extended into the first two weeks of December, with fewer restrictions on fishing methods. The daily bag limit for all species of flounder is

5 fish except November 1 to December 14, when the daily limit is 2 fish. In November, flounder may only be taken with pole and line. From December 1-14, flounder may be harvested by any legal means.)

 

VISIT MY FLOUNDER GIGGING AND FISHING GALLERY NOW!

I'm also a Certified Bird and Wildlife Guide...the South Texas Coastal Bend offers some of the best birding in the world!

 

Typically, my trips are bringing in flounder limits pretty darn quick (and large girls at that)!!  Then we re-focus and spend time going after sheepshead and black drum.  Catches this season and throughout the year have been great and all my customers leave happy - that's what it's all about...seeing those smiling faces after a trip is the greatest reward for me.  It also tells me that I've done a good job for those who put their trust in me to find the fish and give them the most enjoyable and memorable experience possible!

 

I'm usually booked in advance and weekends tend to fill up fast,

but if you call now, we can get our trip scheduled and on the books!

Phone: 361-386-3219


Right now, it' s not real cold (South Texas winters are mild) and the flounder (girls) are moving-out to the deeper water, slow and steady.  We're getting limits every night  and upon occasion, my customers enjoy themselves so much, that they ask me to take them on a second trip back out - after midnight.  This is perfectly legal of course since the calendar date changes at midnight.  In this way they can take home 2 more
flounder per person!  No kidding!!!

 

I hope that many of you reading this article will give flounder gigging a try soon! 

Honestly, it's a very unique, fun and productive way to catch fish!  

Bring the Whole Family - Kids Over 12 are Always Welcome!

 

Fish on Friends!
Capt. Dan Pike - The Flounder Man  

Flounder Gigging Specialist  - Rockport & Port Aransas, Texas  

CALL: 361-386-3219

VISIT: CAPT. DAN THE FLOUNDER MAN'S WEB SITE NOW!

CHECK OUT MY CURRENT FISHING REPORT NOW!

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