MARCH 2018 FEATURED ARTICLE BY CAPT. JOE CLOUSE
FLOUNDER LOVE THE NIGHT LIFE!
Hi everyone! Finally March is here – It’s my favorite month for flounder gigging!!
I thought this month I’d tell you about my FLOUNDER GIGGING MACHINE! I’ve been customizing and installing some cool upgrades to the boat over the winter months. It was great before, but I can honestly say now that it’s one of the best flounder gigging vessels on the bays now!
I had 300 pounds of aluminum removed from the boat and a new lighter deck installed that has helped immensely. For starters, it helps the boat float so much lighter in the shallow water. It also takes pressure off the engine because the decrease in weight offers a much smoother ride and it move with ease over the water, it’s faster, more fuel efficient, and the ride is so much more quiet when using the airboat motor. In addition, pulling the boat was much easier on the trailer bearings which helped my truck fuel/MPG improve as well!
The boat still handles beautifully and provides my customer with a smooth, dry ride. There’s plenty of room to stretch you legs and walk around – it’s a one-of-a-kind, passenger, flounder-ready vessel!
I also installed an electric wench for the underwater rack which really made it easier to lift and lower down into the water. I installed some new deck lights so that walking around the boat at night, greatly lessens any type of accidentally slipping or falling; handrails are very secure to make sure my passengers are safe!
IT’S A FLOUNDER GIGGING MACHINE FOR SURE!
When flounder gigging, people often ask how I see the fish, and what I’m looking for and how you gig them – which are great questions. First of all, years of experience can’t be taught in a night. but usually I look for that unique shape first. It’s usually dark when gigging flounder so not always is the sandy bottom of the bays clear – but most of the time it is. Flounder have a pointy nose and a wider flat tail. Once I see ’em, it’s time to gig ’em!!!!
Generally speaking when you are gigging flounder, you want to aim your gig towards the head, just behind the eye – like if it had a neck – that’s where you’d aim for. About 3″ to 4″ from the nose should put you near the gills and when you do stab the fish, make sure and push down real hard, becuase when you go to lift the fish up to put it in the boat, sometimes they will slip right off of the gig. It’s a technique that doesn’t take too long to master and you’ll get the hang of it quickly!
After a successful night of gigging the fish, the fish needs to be cleaned and there’s two, preferred ways to do this: 1) you can fillet the fish or 2) you can leave the fish whole and just clean out the guts, remove the head and scale the fish. The first method is great for grilling, frying or broiling the fish and the second is better for baked and stuffed flounder. Remember that flounder is delicious cooked any way you want and many consider it the best tasting fish in the world!
So when you’re ready to experience a beautiful night on the water, gigging these exceptionally tasty fish, give me a call and let’s go get some! Weekends tend to fill-up fast, but I gig throughout the week nights to accommodate all my customers.
Please click HERE to visit Capt. Joe’s Flounder Ventures to see photos, learn more about flounder and your trip – plus my rates are very competitive too! Just a small deposit holds your reservation date.
FLOUNDER LOVE THE NIGHT LIFE! CALL ME TODAY AND RESERVE YOUR SPECIAL EVENING ON THE WATER! PH: 361-463-3217
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