What is flounder gigging, and how is it done?

What is flounder gigging, and how is it done?

Flounder gigging is in my opinion a very unsporting method of catching fish. For me the whole purpose of fishing is the sport of the activity. I like to use equipment that matches the fish I seek. In a sense giving the fish a chance and enjoying the fight they put up when on your hook. Sure I occasionally take some to eat but the vast majority of the fish I catch live to fight again. Back to the topic at hand. Gigging is another word for spearing. The gig is a long stick with several prongs on the end of it. Each of these prongs has a very sharp barbed hook. The idea of gigging is to simply impale the unsuspecting fish with the gig and bring it onto the boat, or if fishing near shore bringing it to your site. There is no fight involved it is a simple matter of locating a fish and stabbing it. Gigging is generally done at night when the Flounder are not active. The captain of the boat will turn on very strong halogen lights at the front and sides of the boat. He will then slowly move the move through the very shallow water area Flounder inhabit. Your job is to peer into the water in search of a fish. When you see one you simply raise your gig and thrust it down into the water and kill the fish. I hope you will agree that, while legal, gigging is a very unsporting method of fishing and should be avoided for more traditional and fair methods.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

One Response to “What is flounder gigging, and how is it done?”

  1. Dan,
    Allow me to offer you a trip on my flounder boat, so you can see that it’s not as easy as you say it is, you ever gig sheephead or drum? they don’t lay waiting on the bottom … and another thing-release to fight another day? The life cycle of a flounder is only about 6 years, at 6years they weigh somewhere between 9 and 12 lbs. stick a gig (barbless) into one of those babies and your in for a fight of your lifetime… I’ve been (gigging) for thirty years, and there’s never a dull moment out there, I probably land about 50 percent of sheephead and drum, and believe me , you can miss flounder when gigging, especially when the moons up, come to Rockport and let me convert you! Capt. Dan

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