Bay Flats Lodge announces July & August Flounder Gigging Trips.
Capt. Rick Hammond has been working with Bay Flats Lodge for 5-years now. He specializes in flounder gigging, and has all the equipment and expertise to make your gigging trip successful. Flounder gigging is done at night, with powerful lights to illuminate the bay bottom, and all the fish that live on the shallow flats. Flounder are usually found in shallow, clear water at night, and can be gigged in anywhere from 2″ of water to 4 feet of water. Flounder “bury” themselves on the bottom of the shallow flats, trying to ambush a meal. Because they are trying to ambush their prey, they do not run away when a boat with lights approaches. To gig the flounder, one simply stabs the fish with a multi-prong gig and throws the fish into the boat. Anyone can do this, it takes very little time to learn, and people from 4 years old to 95 years old have gigged fish aboard the boat.
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All of Capt. Rick’s gigging is done from his 22 foot flat-bottom custom flounder boat. There is no need to get in the water, and all the equipment is provided. The boat is complete with outboard, air-motor, full underwater / above water lights, and all of the latest GPS and safety equipment. The boat can accommodate up to 4 customers, and has full bucket seats for all passengers. When fully loaded with 5 people and gear, the boat still floats in 4 inches of water, making it easy to get where the flounder hide.
One of the most interesting things at night, is all of the marine life you can see from the boat. With the airmotor running and flounder lights on, the fish seem unaware of your presence, and the flats come to life with activity. On a typical night you will see the following species in large numbers: Flounder, Redfish, Mullet, Stingray, Needlefish, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout, Croaker, Blue Crab, Stone Crab, Shrimp, and Alligator Gar.
Flounder gigging is the best way to “beat the heat” during the summer. Capt. Rick offers flounder gigging trips during the months of July-August. This is the best time of year to consistently gig lots of flounder, and the weather is usually nice during these months. When you go gigging with Capt. Rick, you will need to bring the following items.
- Fishing license with saltwater stamp
- Bug spray
- Light wind breaker/rain jacket
Flounder gigging trips depart at sunset, and typically last 5-8 hours. The limit on flounder is 5 per person, with 14″ minimum, and the guide can not keep any fish. Black drum and sheephead are also legal to gig. Capt. Rick can also accommodate bow-fishing, but please bring your own equipment if you want to bow-fish.
FAQ (Frequently asked questions)
Q. What time do we need to arrive for this trip?
A. Check in is between 3-4pm, appetizers between 5-5pm, dinner between 6-6:30pm. You will depart around 8:30-9pm.
Q. How long do we stay out?
A. Typically trips last 5-8 hours.
Q. How much is the cost to flounder gig?
A. 1-3 people per boat is $600 add 4th $50
Q. How much deposit do you require?
A. A 50% non-refundable due at time of booking.
Q. How much does lodging & meals cost per person?
A. 3 meals $165 plus $6 hotel occupancy tax
Q. Who cleans the fish?
A. Captain Rick Hammond will clean them anyway you prefer at no cost.
Q. Is tipping included?
A. No, keep in mind tipping is based on your experience, and is greatly appreciated by the guide. Guide $75-$100 per trip. Lodge staff – $10 per guests per day.
Q. Can we gig our limit before midnight, and another limit after midnight?
A. No, the possession limit in Texas is 5 flounder, the same as the daily bag limit.
Q. What is the cost if we get there to the lodge, and the weather doesn’t permit us going?
A. We most likely will reschedule you before you leave your house, but if weather does get bad while your here, we will only charge lodging cost plus any meals.