Another Fish Charters
I'm not sure how this favorite past time of mine has stayed out of the light for so long, but I am fixing to bring this thing front and center! After the sun goes down, and the darkness sets in, the flat fish start making their way torward the shallows to feed. Flounder are an ambush predator, both of their eyes are positioned on top of their head. They lay on the bottom motionless. Most of the time they will even bury their entire body. The only thing protruding from sand is the two eyeballs on the top of their head.
Sometimes you might spook one, but the majority of the time they will not move. They believe their camoflauge works that well. They are soon to discover their camo is no match for my eagle eyes!
I have seen dozens of different set ups, but let me give you the run down on what you need. I start off with a 12 volt battery and a 400 watt inverter. Some people use a generator, thats fine, but an inverter is so much more quiet, portable, efficient... Do I need to keep going? That inverter and battery will power three 110 watt daylight series light bulbs for an entire night. The right bulbs is very important. Get the energy efficient ones to prolong battery life. The day light series are important as well, some of the other bulbs will make the water appear stained. 12 volt bulbs will do the same thing.
Now for the pedastal. I took a piece of aluminum, about a foot wide and 18 inches long, and placed my three pig tails on it. I used large mayo jugs for water tight covers. Mount the lid of jug to aluminum and then just screw on the jug for a clear, water tight lens. I then took that piece of aluminum and welded it to some half inch tubing. I fabricated the whole thing so it would come on and off with little effort and nothing left behind to get in the way later. I used a pipe bender to set the angle just right. That small sweet spot will vary from boat to boat. Too high and the light will be a huge glare on the water, to low and the sediment in the water will absorb most of light. About an inch above water surface is ideal.
Now its game on! Find a dark, still, quiet stretch of beach and begin your approach. Don't come in to fast and wash the whole beach out with your wake. Approach slow and at a sharp angle to prevent your wake from washing away all the fish. Ultimately your wake stirs up the bottom and can prevent you from seeing into what was clear water. Just poll along slowly, scanning the bottom for any irregularities. Trust me, if you are not looking hard, you will not see these fish. Flounder gigging is a great way to expand you inshore fishing experience. The clear blue water in Orange Beach, Alabama provides an ideal spot to stick these flat fish almost the entire year! Flounder gigging provides plenty of family enertainment while producing wonderful table fare.