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Old 05-02-2008, 03:11 PM   #1
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Can anyone tell me a patern to start with to begin flounder gigging. I understand shallow water, but beyond that, should I start in the protected bayous (joes, rocky, boggy)or out on the open flats on the main bay (eglin afb, white point, shalimar)?

Also should I focus on a grassy bottom or sandy bottom?

Do most people use a trolling motor or a push pole?

Should I look shallow first then move to deeper water or vice versa?

I have never been before and would like just a little info to get me started in the right direction. I am looking really for a pattern more than asking for any hot spots. Any advice will be helpful and appreciated. Thanks,
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Old 05-02-2008, 05:53 PM   #2
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first off wellcome to the forum... personally i prefer to use a TM and only pole when i have to. i also like sandy bottom vs grass.
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Old 05-02-2008, 10:17 PM   #3
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I like to try shallow near the shorebut if they aint there try a little deeper.Got mine this past thursday in about 8"'s of water just off the beach.I'm no expert but if you go enough you'll find them! Good luck to ya and welcome to the club!
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Default RE: a few questions from a flounder newbie

Sooooo,

Start shallow, over a sandy bottom, using the trolling motor is OK......

Just a couple more questions:

Should I start in the main part of the bay or is it generally better in the bayous?

How bout around the creek mouths in bayou's where thereare some reeds and grass growing?

Thanks for the input guys!

Oh yeh, what do you use for your gig handles, and about how long?

And thanks for the warm welcome.
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Old 05-03-2008, 11:55 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum. Ill leave the answers to the experts.
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Old 05-03-2008, 12:12 PM   #6
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Right now they are scattered out some so the mouths of the canals produce a few and i have found some in midbay as well,i have been having better luck around shallow structure here lately though.As for gig poles i went and bought some big 1 1/4 dow poles at home depot and carved the end down to fit the gig head i use.I have one that is 12' and one that is 15' but most everyone i know uses one about 6 to 8'.Sea striker has some pre manned stainless gigs at boaters world around 70 bucks that you may like.Hope this answered a few of the questions.
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Like Last chance said they are still scattered out a bit. As the summer goes on they will make there way more and more to the heads of bays and near the mouths of creeks and rivers. The bottom I prefer to fish is sandy to boggy bottom that has structure. Structure being anything other than plain sand. Rocks, stumps, logs, tires,. It is very rare that I gig a flounder laying on grass but it does happen every now and then.
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You guys a great. I really appreciate the info and look forward to making my first trip soon. I'll be hooking up my lights tonight and then I'll start lobbying for a kitchen pass for an evening later this week. I can't wait to give it a try, hopefully I be asking for recipe suggestions next.
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Old 05-05-2008, 03:17 PM   #9
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always look on edges of sandbars also and where it looks like there is 2 types of sand that come together like a hard firm sand bed and a loose silty sand bed most of the time i will find them laying right on the edge but in the loose silty type sand
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