Stuck em good!

Discussion in 'Salt Water Fishing' started by baitchunker, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. baitchunker

    baitchunker New Member

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    me and my uncle mike went out gigging last night. the water was beautiful and clear. we didnt stick a bunch maybe 20-25 flounder, but they were quality flatfish. the average was 3#. the best (which i gigged) was 5.5#. it was agreat night. now i have to go fillet flounder instead of going to lunch. oh well, such is the plight of a fisherman.
     
  2. willcat

    willcat New Member

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    as the saying goes " it's a messy job but somebody has to do it"---that's a pretty good night!!!
     

  3. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Sounds like a fun night J.D. I've never ate one are they pretty good eating?
     
  4. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    Now I want some flounder.
     
  5. Creteus

    Creteus New Member

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    Think of it as you're making lunch other than takin lunch.:wink:
     
  6. Scott Daw

    Scott Daw New Member

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    WOW what a haul. I love fresh flounder. It goes well with everything & is awesome stuffed with crab meat or fried.
     
  7. MattShannon

    MattShannon New Member

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    Too bad WV doesn't have salt water.
     
  8. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    With the strict regs up here 20-25 flounder is about 2 seasons worth. Seventeen and a half inches up here before ya can keep em.
     
  9. Ruger 454

    Ruger 454 Member

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    Chopped roma tomato
    McCormiks mediterrainean sea food seasoning
    lemon juice
    olive oil
    butter
    flounder
    salt & pepper
    Put some oil in glass baking dish,sprinkle tomato in bottom,season fish & lay on top,sprinkle more tomato on top squeeze lemon on fish,put thin pats of butter on,a little salt & pepper and bake at 350 until done.:002:
     
  10. baitchunker

    baitchunker New Member

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    down here we really dont have a creel limit. as long as they are 12 inches or longer.

    that sounds like a good recipe, i might give that a try. has anyone ever grilled a flounder? i have had it, but never tried doing it myself.
     
  11. janzaldo

    janzaldo New Member

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    Hi J.D, please excuse my ignorance, is gigging the same as spearing? How exactly is it done?

    Jaime
     
  12. baitchunker

    baitchunker New Member

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    i guess its kinda the same.

    what i do is use about a 15' 3/4 dowell rod with a 3 prong stainless steel curved gig on the end, kinda like a really long handled pitch fork.

    i have a piece of plywood that slides onto a homemade bracket on the front of my boat. it has 2 light sockets that i screw 2 100 Watt 12 volt light bulbs into. i run them off of my trolling battery. as long as the lights stay under water they wont get too hot and bust.

    then all i do is go pole the boat around the flats and channel edges in the delta and bay at night. usually in 2.5 ft of water or less. flounder show up pretty good against the bottom, so when i see one, i pole over to it. push my gig about 8-10 inches above his head. stab him really hard in the gill plates, and sort of pitch him into the boat.

    its a helluva good time. i like it because it combines hunting/stalking with fishing. plus flounder are pretty dang tasty.
     
  13. chillywater

    chillywater New Member

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    baitchuncker,

    just starting to look into doing some red fishing. i have a carolina skiff j16 with a 25 hp, do you think this would be alright to go out to dixie bar.
    just looking for a good place to start doing some saltwater fishing close to montgomery.
     
  14. baitchunker

    baitchunker New Member

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    on a calm day it should be ok. but, i have to tell ya that is a great boat for fishing the flats and bays of the lower delta. the reds, specks, flounder are just as plentiful in the northern end of the bay and lower half of the delta. (depending on conditions of course i.e. salinity, temp. etc.)

    if i were you i would start the hunt for redfish on the north side of the bay maybe around the causeway, battleship, or in blakley river, tensaw, mobile, apalachee, where they pour out of the delta into the bay. then i would slowly work my way south towards the big water. let me know when you plan on heading this way and we will try to hook up. i might be able to put yopu on some local hot spots.
     
  15. fshnutz

    fshnutz New Member

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    What a catch! How shallow is the water your in? Iv'e never heard of giggin' anything but frogs. Sounds like fun.
    Linz
     
  16. baitchunker

    baitchunker New Member

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    i usually try to stay 2.5 ft. up to 6". i havent been in a couple weeks, ya know... deer season an all. it is a lotta fun. but i prolly wont get a chance to go again untill christmas, and by then all the good ones will most likely be back in the gulf for winter.
     
  17. chillywater

    chillywater New Member

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    thanks for the tips. still trying to learn how to red fish. i have heard of people fishing for the reds with shrimp on the bottom. thought i might give this a try.
    just want to make sure i have a good grasp on what i am doing before i head out.
     
  18. baitchunker

    baitchunker New Member

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    here are a couple of basic methods to help get you started.

    if you fish shrimp on the bottom, use 3/4 ounce wieght and let the tide/current do its thing. i like to target the edge of channels and cuts that move out through the flats. maybe going from 3-5 ft to 10-15 ft.

    popping corks work good too. the idea being that you retrieve the cork kinda like a surface plug for bass. it sorta slaps the water and attracts the fish. i usually do that in 6-3 ft. of water. or on the flats.

    a good gold colored spoon will work wonders through the grass beds.

    any grub, cocahoe minnow, or shrimp immitation soft plastic lure will catch them by bumping the bottom on a jig head. i like D.O.A.'s and berkley gulps. on about a 1/4 ounce jig head. stick to the basic colors--white-tuxedo-smoke-chartruese-rootbeer-maybe electric chicken. white and rootbeer are my fav.s..... i like fishing jigs around mid depth structure, say anywhere from 4-12 ft. deep.

    moving water is key with redfish. north side of the bay hit the falling tide.
    south end hit rising tide. i like to fish the flats up here when the water is falling because the shrimp, crabs, and minnows are being sucked out of the grass, and oysters into the small channels, and the reds will really stack up.

    on the south end, i like to catch a rising tide around the end of piers, warfs, and some of the small inshore reefs.

    allways remember! for redfish action you will never forget, follow the birds. when the gulls start grouping up and diving, your in the $.

    p.m. me when your headed this way and i will try to get you a good fishing report, or go out with ya. either way. best of luck to you bro.
     
  19. chillywater

    chillywater New Member

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    thanks,
    i will let you know when we are heading down your way.