When the temperatures cool down and the weather clears, anglers head to the Texan coast for the annual Flounder Run. Flounder usually migrate from the bays into the Gulf of Mexico after the first cold front of the year, when water temperatures drop. This makes November and December an ideal time to target flounder.
One of the most popular methods of catching flounder is by treading, but they can also be easily taken with a traditional rod and reel. A gig is similar to a spear and has a long shaft and a pointed end that can be used to move the fish in shallow water. Flounder prefer shallow water where they can hide on the sandy bottom. Flounder fishing is a great option for anglers who don’t want to venture too far into the gulf for a delicious meal.
Flounder can be found in all of Texas’ bay systems from Sabine Lake to Lower Laguna Madre. Some anglers prefer night fishing, where they can wade through the water with the help of lanterns. But the choice is yours!
Before you set off, note the special rules and regulations for flounder at this time of year:
- From November 1st to December 14th the pocket limit is 2 fish per person per day
- In November, you can ONLY use one rod and reel to catch flounder
- From December 1st to December 14th, you can use any legal device, including an appearance
Don’t forget to get your TX fishing license before planning your next fall fishing trip.