It sure has been a cold winter so far..... Hopefully the worst is over and the bays around Port O’Connor can warm up soon. The water around here is shallow and most of the flounder migrate to the gulf for the winter. Once the water warms up, the flounder will be back, and they will be hungry. We typically get started gigging again around mid to late February through December. Spring break is right around the corner and the warmer weather will have customers starting to book trips and fill up the schedule. Don’t wait till the last minute to get your next trip on the calendar.
October continues to be a great month despite the ever changing weather and extreme high tides. Big flounder making appearances each night as we fill the box with solid flounder. The last several trips have yielded full limits and I partnered with Captain Dustin Rabenaldt a few nights ago for an 8 man trip with great success. The end of October is quickly approaching and we will be forced to sit out during the November shutdown. December dates are still available and I'm offering $100 off for trips during December 1-14th when we are only allowed 2 flounder each. This will be the time to target trophy flounder in the 25"+ size range. Limits return to 5 each on December 15th Call text or email to setup your gigging adventure Captain Shawn Harvey Captainshawnharvey@gmail.com 3617812161
It's been a while since my last post. After hurricane Harvey, we had a lot of runoff water dirty up the bay and made conditions very difficult to find clear water. After a couple weeks the water receded and the bay started to clear up. Lately we have been plagued with strong winds that switch direction every couple of days and recently the tides have been super high - several inches over the ramp at Froggies. Even with all that - the flounder gigging trips have been impressive lately. Several larger flounder showing up each night 22-26" with increasing numbers as of last night. Not every trip is a fast one, but the rewards for a little grinding are well worth it. With a busy schedule and an approaching cool front coming next week, October looks to still be a great month for us. There is no gigging allowed during November We will return gigging in December *Dec 1-14th - we are only allowed 2 flounder each, limits return to 5 each on the 15th. This is the time to target trophy size flounder 25-30" Till next time.... Captain Shawn Harvey Gofloundering.com 3617812161 Captainshawnharvey@gmail.com
Another successful weekend of gigging in POC. We found the flounder have started to show up in areas that haven't produced well in the past year or two. Many of these areas have changed a bit according to my memory, but once I dialed them in, we made quick work to fill the limits. Keeping log books and referencing the previous years when tides were at a level closer to what we have now have definitely been handy. 2015 & 2016 gave us some high tides that stayed all season long and with the much needed rain, the sea grasses really took over the flats and choked out the sandy pockets that were a go to for most of the season. Now that the tides have returned to a normal low during late summer, the grass is getting burned up and drifting off giving way to the sand below. This helps in some areas and causes problems as it gets packed into other areas. As I mentioned in my previous post, this is just a phase as we start to transition into the fall season. We still have a few weeks to go before any noticeable changes occur - unless the weather cooks something up for us. (Hopefully not). It won't be long and we will be planning around the cool fronts and gigging big flounder in super clear water.
Flounder gigging in POC over the last couple of nights has become a little difficult. With increasing winds at night, runoff from recent heavy rains, and a strong outgoing tide, each night became harder to locate good water holding fish. Instead of finding several flounder holding in an area or a pattern to follow, most areas were only giving up 1-2 flounder at a time. It has been solid limits for a long while up until last night.... I partnered up with Captain Dustin O'Connell for a 10 man trip. We covered lots of ground and worked many different types of shorelines and ended up with a 7 man limit and a pair of bonus sheepshead. Not too bad giving the conditions we were working with. As with anything fishing related, this was just a cycle, similar to extreme tide, wind, or moon phases - the flounder were just scattered out so thinly that we simply ran out of time to get the full limits. Conditions will realign and we will get back to full limits quickly, weather it be new areas or just different patterns. I pride myself on giving clients the best experience I can provide and nights like last night can get under my skin and make me feel like I didn't deliver on my end. However, too many times we get caught up in grading ourselves on how many fish we can harvest or how fast we can do it. ( both are great ) but the bottom line is to have a great time, share an experience and make memories. Last night's clients are already looking at dates for their next trip - a true sign that they enjoyed themselves and the trip was a success. Dates are filling in quick as we approach the fall season. With less than 90 days left before the November close out. *note- gigging is not allowed in November - we must stop on October 31 at midnight and will resume gigging Dec 1st Dec 1-14 we are only allowed 2 flounder each, this is the time for trophy flounder as many will be in the 25-30" range. Cooler temps will give up super clear water and quick big flounder action. Dec 15 we resume the 5 flounder each limit through October 31.
Mother Nature sure changed things around for us lately. We went from high tides to real low, but what we lacked in water was made up with strong south to ssw winds after sunset. But even so, the show must go on and we have to adapt. The higher than normal tide of the past 2 years has finally let go, returning the water levels back to where they should be. Relying on experience and dusting off the memory of years past has paid its dividends lately with full little limits on each trip. We were forced to look at areas away from the banks and get out in some open water flats to hunt down the flounder. As the winds progressively increased with each passing night, so did the gigging action, with quicker limits and better quality flounder showing up. Getting away from the banks put us right on some bonus black drum and sheepshead for those customers that were interested. We also saw dozens of redfish each night working the flats. I fully expect the flounder gigging to continue its upward trend in action. As we approach the fall season, the window for open dates is rapidly closing. Don't wait too long to book your next gigging adventure in Port O'Connor - hunting season and holidays will be on us soon.
Gigging still going strong here in Port O'Connor. Calmer winds lately have helped with the lower tides, allowing us to gig in areas far from the bank. Feels good to gig on the grounds that we worked a few years ago before the tides came up and stayed for what seemed like 2 years..... Many areas have lost their sandy bottoms due to the grass taking over, but the flounder don't seem to mind. The hot spots are still working as we jump from spot to spot picking up 3-4 or 10-12 flounder on each stop We had to delay last night's departure as a storm blew in right at dark. After it passed we had slick water and quick action as the water was cooled off and the flounder were stacked in the one spot we looked at. Gigging should remain strong as we head into the dog days of summer. August is almost full and September will be quick to fill in as well.
With the summer heat bearing down on us in full force, now is the perfect time to book a night of flounder gigging fun. Trips start at sunset when the day is cooling off - avoid the sunburn and heat exhaustion while touring the bay at its quietest time. The night air is cool, the stars are bright, and wildlife is very active after the sun goes down. The last 4 nights have been good despite the high winds and tide levels dropping everyday - making some areas inaccessible that were holding good numbers a few days ago. The flounder continued to follow their recent pattern of grouping up in clusters of 3-5 at a time with sand being the dominant producer. I had some large parties recently that required the use of some other local guides to accommodate entire party. Everyone did well and all of the clients left with great memories, smiles, and plenty of fish for family cook outs. Many of these customers have been returning for several years and we look forward to their next visits. If you are looking for new experience or want to beat the heat, look into a flounder gigging trip and join us in a traditional and highly productive way to harvest flounder with top quality gear and equipment.
Summer officially started this week and the gigging is red hot. Recent weather has made for some interesting nights on the water lately. It seems that every evening brings in a different weather scenario with winds blowing hard and from every different direction or no wind at all. The tides have been way high due to TS Cindy pushing us up into previous dry salt flats and very marshy areas of the bay. But with all that, the flounder have remained very consistent yielding full boxes each night. Flounder gigging is a great way to make some memories with friends and family. No experience or fishing knowledge is needed when booking a gigging trip with Gofloundering.com. Everything is provided for you and with years of experience and countless hours spent on the bay, you are guaranteed to have a great time on your trip. There are a few nights still open for July and we are now booking August and September Call, text, or email to set up your next trip!
Strong winds lately couldn't stop us from filling box with limits of flounder. The falling tide night after night added to the challenge as well. Each night I found more and more areas that were too shallow vs the night before. Focusing on the small drains in protected areas of the far reaches of the bay held consistent for us. Some spots had 5-6 flounder at a time while other areas only gave up 1 at a time. The quality of the flounder have been nice as well, with an average size of 17-18" with a handful going 20" lately. We are in prime gigging season now with better conditions coming. Now that school is out, the dates are flying off the calendar. I still have some openings for July so get your date set before I'm all full
Flounder gigging has been impressive lately. The flounder are present in a variety of shorelines throughout the bays. Recent trips are yielding and average size of 16-17" with a few larger ones mixed in. As the water continues to warm up, so will the gigging action. The better months for gigging in this area are late February through December (with the exception of November) Now is the time to book your trip as the calendar will fill quickly once the fishing buzz gets ahold of everyone.
It has been a great summer! Full to near full limits on each trip. With the fall season closing in, things are about to heat up big time. I'm predicting a very nice fall run as the flounder population is doing very well this year. I have no weekend dates left for September and October. As conditions get better I will start to offer 2nd half of the night trips. No flounder gigging in November -black drum and sheepshead only. December is wide open at the moment This is the time of year to focus on trophy size flounder
Spring is in full swing here in the Port O'Connor area. The bay's are warming up and coming to life with bait, crabs, and plenty of flounder. Our most recent trips have produced nice fish with an average size of 16-18" This year is off to a great start and I personally feel that we will see not only more flounder this year, but better quality as well.
Now that the November off season is over, we are back at it. This time of year is when the bigger females are running to the gulf. From December 1-14 we are only allowed 2 flounder each, but this is a great time to target other species. Black Drum and Sheepshead are easier targets in the cooler water. On December 15 the flounder limit returns to 5 each until November 1, 2016. Duck hunting trips available starting December 12th. Be sure to ask about a blast and gig combo. Call or text to book your next trip.
Flounder season is in full swing here in Port O'Connor. With much-needed rain and plenty of bait The flounder are feeding aggressively on the flats right now. Things are looking up for a good season this year. Good numbers of fish are coming steady each night and it will only get better heading towards fall.
We are currently in the off season for flounder gigging. The majority of flounder have moved to the gulf and deeper waters for the winter and will start to return late February-April. Spring break has been a good starting point for spring flounder gigging. Right now we have super clear water and gigging black drum and sheepshead are the main target with the occasional flounder or two showing up as a bonus. Now is also a good time for bow fishing, if you have the gear and want to try something different, give us a call.
Flounder gigging is in good shape right now and should continue through October. I'm limited to just running in the weekends now, but I have several contacts that can accommodate a weekday trip if needed. Please check the calendar for open dates for gigging with me. If the day you need is booked, call anyways and I'll see if I can't get you hooked up with another guide.
The summer heat is almost upon us and the gigging is in full swing. The flats are full of life, from the small bait fish on up to the dolphins feeding at night. We are seeing plenty of drum and sheepshead as well giving us the opportunities to to fill the box with a mixed bag of species. The summer and fall seasons are busy and bookings will likely fill fast. Book your next gigging adventure with us for a fun filled night for all to remember.
Warmer weather is finally here! The water is warming up and the shallow water is coming alive again with fish. Flounder, redfish, trout, black drum and others are becoming more plentiful along the flats and shorelines that we run. During the Spring warmup the flounder begin to return from the gulf, known as the Spring run. During the Spring run we can expect to see some flounder over 20" showing up more consistently each night. For the next couple of months we can expect a lot of weather changes and a lot of wind. The challenge will be timing our trips when the conditions are right for some excellent gigging.
Gigging trips still available for black drum and sheepshead with some bonus flounder mixed in. The water is never clearer than it is when it's cold. Ducks Plenty of Redheads, Pintails, Scaup, and others are being taken on each hunt. Call for more info.
Still waiting for a good cool front to get the fall run started. As the weather cools down the bigger flounder will begin their migration to the gulf. High tides and rain have hindered are results lately and hopefully as conditions stabilize the flounder will follow. There's no gigging allowed in November, so we will switch gears and target ducks out on the bay. We will resume gigging in December 1st and duck hunt through January
Better conditions yield better results Conditions improved for flounder gigging in POC late last week and into the weekend. Water levels came up just a bit, the water was clear, and winds were workable throughout the night. We found that the drains from the marsh areas proved to hold more fish with the outgoing tide and the sand bars/pockets gave up some fish when the tide turned to incoming later in the night. Still picking up a nice size average around 18" and thick. And we continue to see large numbers of juvenile flounder from 2"-3" up to the 12"-13" range. One flounder was almost double camouflage. I have seen photos of flounder with complete camo on both sides, but this is as close as I have ever seen in person.
Hard nights in POC This past weekend put up a real challenge for flounder gigging with the strong south to southwest winds, low tides (real low) and murky water. We were able to find some workable water and some flounder that cooperated with our efforts. It wasn't a high numbers game, but it doesn't always have to be about getting a limit. "That is just the bonus to a good time" quoted from one of my clients. The bay looked like a different place with all of the shallow flats and reefs now exposed out of the water. Many areas that have navigable routes through shallow areas looked like a mud flat with a creek cutting through it. Cross reef looked to be the size of a small parking lot. Conditions look to be better towards the end of the week. Calmer winds and hopefully a little more water will be in store for the next adventures
Floating on a breeze The SSE winds lately have been brutal at night and the switching to S and SW has put most of the bay in a sandy fog along many shorelines in POC. Little pockets of clear water and exposed sand bars from recent low tides seem to be the ticket for gigging lately Strong outgoing tides at night offer many spots to work in with a flowing current. we are picking up nice fish with the average size flounder hanging around 18" currently and the bonus fish (black drum and sheepshead) offer up a good challenge as well. Last night we made quick work of what was available and got in early as my clients had fished all day and plan to get after it again in the morning. We're not too far away from the calm winds and the summer heat. Then we will start getting ready for the fall.
It's been a while since my last report, so I thought I should at least give an update on the night scene in POC. Gigging this year has had it's ups and downs with the weather. Most importantly the wind, probably the most important factor for a successful night. Next is the water clarity, and because of the strong and switching winds, has been fun to pattern as well. Many of the areas that always hold clear water are consistently sandy and off color, forcing us to travel to other grounds. Some nights we are working areas with deep water near by that has clear water moving and other nights we are heading to the marsh areas chasing workable water. Flounder lately seem to be concentrated in small groups of 5 or so with 1 or 2 scattered in between. The average size lately is around 17-18" with the occasional one going in the low to mid 20's I've had the pleasure of of entertaining many returning customers lowering my need for constant advertising. Due to recent demand, I will start posting more reports. (I'm surprised and happy to run into so many folks that ask about the reports,etc... Didn't realize that many followed my reports.)
Crazy winds lately have made for some less than ideal nights in the water here in POC. Areas that are protected now look similar to the surf a few days ago. But with any type of fishing, if you waited for everything to be perfect, you would limit yourself to just a handful of trips per month. And when it is an eleven year old's birthday, you just have to go and try. We found fish at each stop, just not many that wee grouped together. It's nice to have five or more at each stop, but sometimes one or two is all you have to work with. So, you just keep moving and trying different shorelines and structure looking for the secret formula. We ended up with 13 and a couple sheepshead to finish the night. As the weather continues to warm and summer approaches, I expect to see more and more flounder moving up into the traditional shorelines for gigging
After last weeks norther finally let up we got back after it this past weekend. Conditions were not perfect but we made the best of it coming close to full limits each night. Water clarity is still in great shape and we found fish in almost every area of the bay. Plenty of juvenile flounder scattered everywhere and empty beds of larger fish that had moved on was present as well. As the water temp increases the fish will hold longer in the shallows at night giving us more of a selection to choose from. Looks like another round of north winds and chances of rain for the upcoming week. As soon as it clears out we will be ready to go again.
Gigging in POC has been good lately. Higher tides and clear water is giving us access to areas usually too shallow to float. As the water temp is increasing, so is the quantity and size of the flounder we are seeing. Last night we had a couple if them up to 22" and saw the signs of many larger ones that had already left the area. We still have the cool fronts and strong winds to deal with, but on the nights the weather lets up, the gigging action is in full swing.
Crazy winds have stumped my scouting efforts to see if we are set to go for the Spring season. As soon as I get some decent weather and get on some good fish, I will give everyone an update that we are ready. I'm Looking forward to this year's Spring run.
Big flounder continue to fall victim during the last couple of nights. It hasn't been quick limits lately, but the quality has made up for it. The flounder are larger and much thicker this time of year. There have been a lot of giggers out lately and the results have varied from very good to not so good. Seems you need to be on them right away or wait for the tide to help push larger ones in to the shallows. Still anticipating some cooler weather to really heat up the run.
October was a great month for gigging. There is no gigging allowed during November. We will resume charters in December and you can expect to see some big flounder then. We didn't get enough cold weather to really start the flounder fall run during October, so December should be excellent for getting the bigger ones.
Last night was tough despite the near perfect conditions. Light north winds and miles of clear water in certain parts of the bay. We saw many flounder beds (100s) but not many fish hanging around the shorelines. We moved to several different parts of the bay. Some areas were still murky and areas that were clear only gave us more empty flounder beds. It appears as if there was a mass feeding sometime before sunset on Sunday We did manage to pick up 10 flounder with one going just under 24" and weighing 6lbs 15oz We called it quits around 1am. There were plenty of areas that I would like to have tried, but we still have murky water lingering throughout parts of the bay. Hope to have better luck tonight.
We took advantage of the calm north winds Saturday evening to see if the flounder would be out. It was a good gamble after moving around a few times in the bay to find clear water. We didn't have any record breakers, but the average size was much better than last week. We filled the 3 man limit with several over 20" Looks like good weather for the next couple of days and hopefully a strong finish for Oct.
Flounder continued to stack up in one of my pre-run spots. Another night of easy limits as we gigged the same spot as the previous couple of nights. It is truly awesome to see them coming out in large numbers before the big weather change. If only we could read Mother Nature to the same degree as the fish can. Tides are running high and the winds were calm from the SE. That's all about to change as the norther is quickly approaching and hindering my efforts for Friday night. Water levels will drop, sandbars will be exposed and all of the current flounder grounds will be flipped upside down. Time for a break. Next week should be good after the front, maybe some of the doormats will present themselves before we are closed out for the month of November
Another great night of fast action gigging here in POC We started at sunset and had the 4 man limit by 9:30pm Not ready to go in so early, so we motored around and picked up some sheeps to make a full trip out of it.
Last night the winds slacked off to around the 10mph range and the flounder came out to feed right at sunset. We started picking up fish right away and had the 4 man limit around 8:30pm We then decided to pick up some sheepshead that were hanging out in the area before heading in. We were working an area that had plenty of water movement and finger sized mullet present. They were scattered on sand pockets, grass and scattered shell bottom. The flounder run is not in full effect right now, but some nights several of them can be found grouped together and feeding in the same spot.
Monday night was a little bit of a challenge as we still has some strong SE winds Water clarity was fair, but the fish seem to have been spread out pretty thin. We rounded up the 2 man limit just after midnight and picked up some bonus fish along the way.
Sunday night was even more of a challenge. We had the same SE wind of 15-20 mph but the flounder just did not come out to play. We ended up with 6 and missed 2. We did pick up some bonus fish before calling it quits. Looks like we may get another chance to see some of the early start of the run with some cooler weather at the end of this week. ??? Who knows?
Saturday night was a challenge. The wind just doesn't want to cooperate. 15-20 mph from another direction every other day. We were able to grind out a 4 man limit as the flounder decided to move in a little later in the night.
That was quick! Left Froggies around 7:45pm and headed into the bay. After watching several flounder boats leave before me, I was worried most of my spots would be occupied. I settled in on a spot with boats nearby, but working a different area of the bank away from everyone. We hit the fish right off the bat, and got selective for the last 5 fish. We ended with the 3 man limit at 9:30pm. Today was my birthday and my clients had to drive home, so we were all happy with the quick ending. Not sure if it was luck or if this front got em moving, as we only stayed in one spot.
Another good night here in POC. The winds really laid down to nothing as the night progressed. It wasn't a super quick night, but not a bad one at all. We had to weed through several smaller flounder to find the keepers. We are still in the early stages of the fall flounder run and need some cooler weather to push the bigger ones up. Most of what is running right now are the smaller male flounder. We did see a lot of beds of all sizes, but the average last night was a little smaller than last weeks average. More to come.
Last night I had the pleasure of taking an outdoor magazine crew along with a 2 man charter. We got a little later start, but came in with a 4 man limit around 12:30am. Flounder gigging continues to stay strong despite the windy conditions. I am looking forward to the article coming out next spring.
Tuesday night was another good night of gigging here in POC. The flounder were stacked up nicely giving us a four man limit by 11pm. Several of them were in the 4-5+lb range.
Gigging with good folks.
Friday night I had the pleasure of taking a great group of guys that make sure there is never a dull moment. You know the crowd, constant jokes at each others expense, sarcastic remarks, and plenty of laughing. I don't think I have ever laughed so much on a charter. I am looking forward to their return in December.
Last night after a day of high winds the water was stained pretty bad. We made several moves in search of clear water. With nothing looking great, we had to just grind out what was available and hope for the best. We got our limit and some bonus fish, but we had to earn them. We finished up around 2am - just about the time the winds started to lay.
Last night was my first flounder gigging charter for the busy month of October. Weather conditions were perfect, cool with little to no wind. Water clarity was off in some areas, but when it was clear, the flounder were set up nice. We gigged our 3 man limit before midnight with 4 nice flounder over 20". The largest was over 23" and weighed almost 6.5 lbs. We are in the early stages of the famous fall flounder run and it looks to be a good one.
Last night I welcomed back some shark fisherman that were competing in the sharkathon in Corpus. Our goal was to fill a cooler full of stingrays and mullet to use as bait. We also decided to gig any flounder that may show up along the way. We ended up getting 30+ stingrays, several mullet, and a couple sheepshead to use for bait. We also managed to get 16 flounder with the largest one going 23". It was a blast and the cooler was completely full.
Gigging conditions continued to stay pleasant through Saturday night here in POC. The winds did shift to the SE and the water clarity was great. We passed on several juvenile flounder and got the 3 man limit before midnight. We even took a photo of a turtle hanging out. I am looking forward to the next couple weeks of gigging.
Last night the conditions were nice once again. The winds were out of the east, but not very strong. We had plenty of clear water to look at and the first spot had 7 or 8 small flounder right off the bat. We even saw one laying on top of another one. We moved around a couple times picking up a few at each spot until we got the 3 man limit. Flounder gigging should continue to improve for the next few weeks leading up to the fall run.
The conditions lately have been nice, sunny skies, light cool breeze, and a little less humidity. Last night the flounder seemed to be off their game as they were not picking up on my patterns. We bounced around the bay for a little while, then the flounder found us. We picked up 17 nice ones with one going 23" and another around 21.5". We picked up a couple bonus fish along the way and took some pictures of a huge black drum cruising the shallows 40"+. We also saw several large reds hanging up tight to the grass in about a foot of water.
Yesterday evening the feeling of Fall was in the air as we headed out. The temp was a little cooler and the winds were light. Water looked beautiful in the bay, but with the recent rains, water movement was sandy colored. The tides were up a bit as well, pushing us up close to the banks and into the grass. We struggled up until around midnight, then just like a light switch, it turned on. We gigged our limit of fish (minus one, we had a miscount) in 2hrs. We also had 9 sheepshead and 2 black drum. We are slowly getting closer to the peak of flounder season. Just waiting for a cool front that will pack a punch and get things started. Weather looks to be nice after Monday for the rest of the week. As the temps start to cool off, remember to bring some light jackets or a long sleeve. The air temp was in the 70s last night. I was comfortable, but a long sleeve would have been better.
Switching winds and rain showers made for some dirty water gigging last night. We managed the two man limit before 1am, but it felt like a slow night. Average size around 17". This weekend may be a challenge if the weather doesn't act any better. Once this front pushes through the gigging should really heat up as the water clears up.
Last night conditions looked bad with 20mph east winds and slack tide approaching. We decided to take gamble and see if the weatherman's prediction of calm winds after 10pm would come true. We tried a few spots and couldn't find any workable water. Then around 10:30 the winds laid and the tide began to push into the bay. We gigged 19 flounder, 5 black drum, and one sheepshead before calling it a night at 1am. We saw several nice flounder that didn't like the presence of the boat and swam away before we got to them. It was a good night and I was glad to see the weather do as predicted.
Yesterday evening the conditions couldn't look any better. The winds were fairly calm out of the north, but very hot! The air felt like standing in front of an oven almost all night. The water was calm, but with the strong out going tide, the bay was murky all over. We did manage to find some decent water and get 10 nice flounder. The folks last night were shark fishermen and wanted to gig some rays to use as bait. Well, we did good there too. We got 12 rays and one good size one 25lbs or so. It was interesting to go after a different species and the larger rays give more of a challenge compared to flounder. It was a fun night, but I am more than anxious to do some gigging with a cool north wind.
Captain Shawn Harvey