Saturday night I went out with my dad on his 16' Land Au boat to gig some flounder. We have a pretty simple set up. Two lights hang down from the front of the boat into the water, they connect to the generator. We have a couple smaller lights that connect to a battery so we can see around inside the boat. This was the first time that I've been this year, and I believe only the second time for my dad. We used to go almost every weekend. We didn't except to see much due to all the rain. We were wrong. We saw lots of small flounder that were only a few inches long to just undersized, a small sea turtle, and some kind of eel or sea snake. In the state of NC, flounder have to be 15 1/2" from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail. If you are floundering on the ocean side, it's only 14". It seems like only last year the size limit was 14" in the Inter coastal waterway and something like 13" for ocean side. Anyway this is what we came home with:
I had slight difficulty getting it inside the cooler. It took both of us to get it inside the boat.
The tape reads around 25"
The other ones look so small
One mullet literally jumped into the boat at some point, the other...well I gigged it. One we are going to try to eat, the other is going to be used as bait for red drum.
Hope to have either some fried or grilled flounder this weekend! I got them filleted Sunday afternoon (yes I can fillet a fish, paper thin to be exact).