by Capt Mullet
This year's flounder run was awesome. Plenty of big fish and lots of them. The run was still going strong in to the first week of December. We weren't catching them like the week before Thanksgiving but 20 to 30 flounder a day was still easy to do through early December. We caught flounder on almost every flounder rig I had in my box. Gulps caught most of my fish but I did catch a few on Flounder Pounders and I even caught some on the Chicken Boy lures that a client had given me to try out. Actually my first cast with a chicken boy was a 5 lb'er. Go Figure!! For customers who didn't have the skills a tandem rig of gulp and shrimp seemed to do the trick.
For those who are serious about catching trophy flounder then now is the time to go. Some of the biggest flounder of the year are caught during the month of December and January. Don't expect to kill'em but that 8 lb'er is out there waiting for you no doubt. Tight drags, heavy line and fan casting to cover a lot of ground is the key to finding them. I like structure and lots of it. This is definitely not the time to take the kids down to Sea Wolf Park or the Galveston ship channel area to have a great day of floundering. Right now is for the hardcore, trophy chasing, flounder enthusiast only. I will be looking for that 10 lb'er this winter myself.
Mr. Wayne Pedigo was generous enough to purchase one of my donated trips at the West End Anglers Charity Tournament earlier this fall. He had been entered in Chester Moore's Flounder Revolutions Catch photo and release tourney and was hoping for that big girl to weigh-in. Well he got his wish and the last time I spoke to him he told me he ended up in a respectable 5th place. Wayne was a really good fishermen and a big flounder enthusiast like myself. His big flounder shown above was 24 3/4 inches long but a little skinny which is why she only weighed a little over 6 pounds.
I love pictures of important firsts in fishing. The pic above is his first flounder and first time using artificial lures. A 5 lb. doormat is extremely impressive for his first ever!