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Old 07-24-2022, 11:00 AM   #1
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Ok have a flat We are going to try. Lots a finger mullet and bait with sand. So is it better tonight with low tide at 1030p or at 4am on a rising tide? Tried this morning and area I went had a couple fish on it but they were small
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Old 07-24-2022, 11:04 AM   #2
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I've always had good luck from change of tides to high tide. Once the water starts coming in the fish start moving in. On a falling tide I think they lay off the edges waiting for bait ti come off the flat.
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Old 07-24-2022, 11:07 AM   #3
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I always preferred an incoming tide.
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Old 07-24-2022, 11:50 AM   #4
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Incoming tide they push up on the flats, outgoing they fall off into the guts.
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Old 07-24-2022, 11:55 AM   #5
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Incoming tide they push up on the flats, outgoing they fall off into the guts.
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Old 07-24-2022, 12:52 PM   #6
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Incoming tide they push up on the flats, outgoing they fall off into the guts.
Well that makes perfect sense

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Old 07-24-2022, 01:02 PM   #7
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incoming but ive been successful finding them in most all conditions....as long as its not a slack dead tide
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Old 07-24-2022, 01:03 PM   #8
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We will try it tomorrow early. Worse thing that can happen is not find any and learn something
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Old 07-24-2022, 01:07 PM   #9
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See if you can find some mixed shell Glen. I had a gigging boat for years and they sure like mixed shell and grass lines.
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Old 07-24-2022, 01:10 PM   #10
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Where is your target spot glen?
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Old 07-24-2022, 01:15 PM   #11
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Watching. Love flounder gigging!
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Old 07-24-2022, 01:25 PM   #12
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Good luck Glen i love catching them

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Old 07-24-2022, 01:42 PM   #13
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Incoming always. It's a race to catch them sliding deep after the turn tides out. Have floundered same spots over an over again on rising tides as new fished moved in behind us.
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Old 07-24-2022, 01:55 PM   #14
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Old 07-25-2022, 10:21 AM   #15
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Well didn’t slay them but both stuck one keeper this morning before daylight. Learning every trip. May run across Aransas Bay and try outside St Joes. Or may drive around and look for some walk in spots.
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Old 07-25-2022, 10:24 AM   #16
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Glen, take you a little mesh drawstring bag when you go... This time of year and again in Spring if you're floundering and see a blue crab, touch it with the gig... If it's hard, it'll scoot away and you can hear the "tink" of the gig on its hard shell... BUT, you'll often find a soft shell one... Reach down and pick that sucker up and drop it in the bag and tie it to your stringer float... That's a for sure bonus!! I've had a few nights at POC where the soft shell crabs saved the night for us!!
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Old 07-25-2022, 10:31 AM   #17
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Where did you go Glen? Between the lighthouse and the shrimp boat Channel is a good sand flat. Had good luck there in the fall run but I've never been there in July.
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Old 07-25-2022, 10:42 AM   #18
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Great info being put out. Can “flats” be found by looking at charts of the bays?

Señor Glen, did you ever try to get after the shrimp with the cast net??
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Old 07-25-2022, 11:15 AM   #19
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I went in Little Cut and Doug stuck one there and I stuck one on the flat on the outside shoreline between Trout cut (Traylor Island) and the ICW. If anyone has someplace the recommend in the area I’ll go check it for you
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Old 07-25-2022, 11:27 AM   #20
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Old 07-25-2022, 01:22 PM   #21
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Glen, take you a little mesh drawstring bag when you go... This time of year and again in Spring if you're floundering and see a blue crab, touch it with the gig... If it's hard, it'll scoot away and you can hear the "tink" of the gig on its hard shell... BUT, you'll often find a soft shell one... Reach down and pick that sucker up and drop it in the bag and tie it to your stringer float... That's a for sure bonus!! I've had a few nights at POC where the soft shell crabs saved the night for us!!
Thats a pretty good idea Charlie. It was kind of weird though we saw very few crabs. I think I saw saw two the whole trip. Its been 5 or 6 years since I gigged but I remember seeing all kinds of crabs and shrimp in the lights. We saw mullet, piggies, a few other fish and a boatload of stingrays but no shrimp and just a couple crabs. Maybe has something to do with salinty level? Doesn't matter though we had a good time and there is flounder and a few trout to fry tomorrow night!
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Old 07-25-2022, 01:29 PM   #22
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Great info being put out. Can “flats” be found by looking at charts of the bays?

Señor Glen, did you ever try to get after the shrimp with the cast net??
I've found most of my flats over the years by driving across them and getting stuck, this usually equated to me either spending the night on my boat and drinking all my beer... or dragging some friends out of bed on a goose chase looking for me.

Obviously that was many moons ago, you can see them pretty good these days by looking at google earth.
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Old 07-25-2022, 01:35 PM   #23
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Soft shelled crab, flounder, and giant shrimp in cast nets...

Making me super hungry for seafood!
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Old 07-25-2022, 02:13 PM   #24
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I went in Little Cut and Doug stuck one there and I stuck one on the flat on the outside shoreline between Trout cut (Traylor Island) and the ICW. If anyone has someplace the recommend in the area I’ll go check it for you
I've caught quite a few flounder on the St Joe's shoreline this time of year and the outside of Traylor during the day on windblown shorelines. I think it would be worth a look.

I assume you are gigging out of the boat? I'd think the big inside area of Mud (they call it Lake something?) would be worth a look with any kind of south wind, but you need to run pretty skinny to get in there.
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Old 08-17-2022, 10:00 PM   #25
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I appreciate all the help. Started out with 2 cheap lights. One leaked and I ordered a mini swamp eye. Put it together today and will try it in the morning. It seems like the real deal. I haven’t been filling the boat but usually gig a few every time I try
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Old 08-18-2022, 07:43 AM   #26
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Like the new light. About an hour and half. Stuck two big flounder.
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Old 08-18-2022, 07:52 AM   #27
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Yea, Glen, way to go.
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Old 08-18-2022, 08:12 AM   #28
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I just bought a swamp eye. Good looking light.
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Old 08-18-2022, 08:18 AM   #29
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Those are nice flatfish.
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Old 08-18-2022, 08:24 AM   #30
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Man that is good eating
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Old 08-18-2022, 09:01 AM   #31
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Well didn’t slay them but both stuck one keeper this morning before daylight. Learning every trip. May run across Aransas Bay and try outside St Joes. Or may drive around and look for some walk in spots.
There are a lot of flounder guides that work those areas. You are going to have a lot of competition.

I love floundering, have not got to do much floundering in years. Hopefully in the next couple of years, we can get things set up so we can do some floundering.

Goose Island, used to have some good flounder in the area. I want to get back over there and try it out. Where the channel cuts through, under the pier, there is a good bit of oyster shell beds on either side of that cut or channel. We used to do pretty good right in that area.

They last few times we camped on Goose Island, one, we did not catch a single trout, or flounder. Which are the two fish we used to catch plenty of there, they were always big. That place had a lot of big trout, under the lights. In recent years, it's been noting but hard head and gaff top.

At night almost all night we would hear the flounder boats coming from the boat ramp near Goose Island. Then we would hear them run over to San Jose, all over that area, all night long.
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Old 08-18-2022, 09:23 PM   #32
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We’ve always had good success on the St. Joe shoreline.
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Old 08-18-2022, 09:33 PM   #33
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The flats along the shrimp boat channel always produce. Sometimes more than others. Incoming tide definitely seems to be best.
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Old 08-18-2022, 09:42 PM   #34
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Nice work Glen. Your getting it figured out, that's pretty cool.
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Old 08-18-2022, 09:45 PM   #35
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Congrats that’s some of the finest fish imo.
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Old 08-18-2022, 10:01 PM   #36
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Nicely done sir!
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Old 08-18-2022, 11:07 PM   #37
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Good flatties right there. It will only get better from here. East Flats right along the shore line is a great area. I have also had some decent success walking around Pelican Island. Make sure to anchor up opposite side of the ship channel as the water will suck out of there when ships pass. Water is a little deeper on that end but there are some blankets in there.
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Old 08-19-2022, 10:17 AM   #38
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When I worked as a tankerman we would go to Martin Harbor Island and load crude from 18 wheelers. The channel that runs parallel to 361, I am guessing it's the shrimp boat channel, would hold a lot of flatties. There were two docks back then at Martin. The pilings further to the north would produce the most fish. The bank is rocky so be careful, but some of the biggest flounders I have seen were stuck there at night. this would be on the west side of the channel.
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Old 08-19-2022, 10:37 AM   #39
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Memory maker for me! Went gigging with a friend back in my Corpus days. He had a nice small boat with an air motor and 4 lanterns rigged on the front. We put in along the shoreline at Redfish Bay and he showed me how to gig and put them in the box.
I moved up front and was enjoying the experience. We were in 8-12 inches of water cruising along nice and slow when I saw a pipe sticking up out of the sand. I thought surely we would clear it, WRONG! The boat hit the pipe and stopped. I went over the bow and took the lanterns with me. Landed in 8" of water on my hands and knees.
My buddy asked if I was okay and then had a good laugh when I said yeah. We gathered up his equipment from the water and headed for home. At least I didn't bust any glass, just the mantles.
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Old 08-19-2022, 10:52 AM   #40
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Anyone familiar with the Carancahua Cove area on the adjacent, east side of Jamaica Beach community? Staying there this weekend and thought about trying to walk out and wade-gig that area. Satellite looks like some pretty good sand edges
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