|Do you want to have a great time and catch some fish? I'll explain how to gig flounder like these in a series of three posts, starting today.|
Hopefully, all my writing about gigging has encouraged some people to go out and give it a try. It is getting a little late in the year for gigging, but that means I'll be out on the water less and have more time to write. When I started the blog, we were already in the middle of the flounder run, so I just posted reports. Now that the run is over, I'll post three more entries about gigging (1) Gear for Gigging, (2) When and Where to go Gigging, and (3) How to make some equipment. You will have all winter to get your gear assembled because the flounder won't start coming back until spring. Also, I'll be writing about wadding. Methods for gigging off a boat might be a little different, but this information may still be useful.
|Rugged sandals are the ideal footwear for wading, but if you are a frugal gigger, you can do just fine with old sneakers.|
|This is the gig head I use, but there are many different styles. This one has just been sharpened.|
|Here you can see my flounder light. The red wire runs to my backpack where I carry a 12V battery.|
If you are going during the fall run, you will also want some warm clothes. I usually have a fleece jacket and a waterproof shell. I also carry a wool beany. Basically, hypothermia is real, even in Florida! Don't be stupid; dress appropriately. End of story.
The final piece of gear, that often gets overlooked, is a fishing license which is required in most states. It shouldn't cost much, plus the amount of fish you will catch in a year, combined with the hours of entertainment you get while fishing will definitely offset the cost of a license. Besides, the license money will go to your state biologists who work hard to maintain sustainable fisheries.
Oh yeah, you will also need access to some water, but I'll talk about that in another post.