FLOUNDER SEASON IS STILL ON!!
By Capt. Joe Clouse Call: 361-463-3247
Hello Folks – Ready for Some Flounder Gigging Time?
Hurricane Harvey – a Hard Act to Follow…. but all Flounder Gigging Captains also know that “the show must go on.” Since flounder gigging is my passion, I am here to report that Harvey (now one month later) has actually improved the quality of flounder gigging here in the Texas Coastal Bend. New channels were opened near Cedar Bayou allowing more water to flow freely into the back lakes and flats – where the flounder love to hide just below the sandy bottoms. Also, the fresh water that poured into the bays has eased now and the salinity is returning back to normal.
All in all I feel extremely fortunate to have not suffered any loss. My heart goes out to my fellow fishing captains who did not fare as well but we are made of courage and we will overcome – that is my wish for everyone affected. We will pick-up the pieces and move forward but it’s going to take time.
EXCELLENT FLOUNDER GIGGING IN PROGRESS!
This whole year has been super-charged with fish of every variety and size – with incredible and continuous limits on Flounder for all my trips! In spite of the storm, the flounder gigging continue to get better and better as we move toward the end of this year. It’s phenomenal, I tell you – like nothing I’ve witnessed before! I hope that some of my past customer will come back this fall/winter as well as some new folks that want to experience a whole new way of fishing – flounder gigging at night, under a big moon is so exciting and fun!
NOW HERE’S A GEAT FISHING TALE – YOU’LL WANT TO READ:
I had the pleasure of taking-out a group of 12 US Marines – that were here to help with clean-up efforts – for some awesome flounder gigging and it was absolutely amazing! They were from California and a fun bunch in spite of Harvey’s wrath to the area. See the photo below so you can experience the uplifting trip we had – and we all needed that kind of stress relief/time-out as we came to grips with the aftermath of Harvey. The next day, we got together for a massive fish fry – it was like a feast and served as a moment in time that raised everyone’s spirits, renewed our souls, and gave us the gift of fortitude so that we could face the road ahead with strength – overcoming adversity. The recovery of our beautiful Texas Coastal Bend area will take time, but with everyone’s commitment and teamwork, I know that we will all be back – better than before. A positive attitude is a great thing to keep in your back pocket and it can pull a person thru just about anything. My hat is off to these marines who had all outstanding character and the ability to give hope to many. Thank you so much from all of us here in Rockport-Fulton and being with you made me proud to be an American! You did me a world of good!!
SO THIS IS WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW:
We’re still seeing some debris in the back-bays and flats so I am extra careful navigating around those items. Secondly, the bottom contour of the bays was changed with the storm, making deep cuts and new channels. Almost all or the steep banks and sand bars remained in good shape and that’s welcome news for all “Flounder Gigging Enthusiasts!” I DO HAVE OPEN DATES IN OCTOBER – SO CALL TO RESERVE NOW! One consideration in booking your trip is securing lodging. Many of our hotels at present are completing their repairs and will be open very soon. For the time-being, you can stay in neighboring cities like Corpus Christi, Sinton, Kingsville (all short drives away). There are many towns nearby that were not affected by Harvey.
On a final note, I would like to thank all the companies and people for their donation to our area. Those donations are helping thousands of us get back on our feet, restoring our faith in the “power of people” and leaving a lasting impression as to when folks work together they can move mountains. Thank you America!