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OCTOBER 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

by Capt. David Dupnik   Call: 361-790-3271

VISIT: SURRENDER AT SUNRISE FLOUNDER GIGGING SERVICE

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...SURRENDER AT SUNRISE

 

 

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 something different.

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 be.

Get in on the FALL FLOUNDER RUN action and RESERVE your trip!

Call Capt. Dupnik - 361-790-3271 or visit: www.surrenderatsunrise.com!
Weekdays still available in October and dates in December too!
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Thank you for reading!
Capt. David Dupnik   Call: 361-790-3271

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