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Breadman1 is a guide and from all reports one of the good ones. Look him up, he will put you on fish, primarily the topsail area and new river (I think). Offers gigging trips and sight casting to drum if I'm not mistaken. I doubt you'll get specific areas from him since his livelihood depends on finding fish that aren't spooked. However, he's very free with help

And I'd like to add, those are some pretty fish. I'm going to hire you out one day, I swear.

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I know I'll catch heat for this but it is, after all, just my opinion.
I fully understand the attraction for fishing artificials of any kind but I can't understand the attraction for gigging. Once you find the fish and have a little experience in spotting the fish there is nothing sporting about it.
Just sayin.

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I know I'll catch heat for this but it is, after all, just my opinion.
I fully understand the attraction for fishing artificials of any kind but I can't understand the attraction for gigging. Once you find the fish and have a little experience in spotting the fish there is nothing sporting about it.
Just sayin.

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Have you ever been gigging? It's actually the cleanest form of harvest if you have a good eye like breadman does.
 

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I know I'll catch heat for this but it is, after all, just my opinion.
I fully understand the attraction for fishing artificials of any kind but I can't understand the attraction for gigging. Once you find the fish and have a little experience in spotting the fish there is nothing sporting about it.
Just sayin.

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I'm guessing that you don't deer hunt....ill leave it at that
 

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I don't deer hunt but only because I'm allergic to red meat from receiving too many tick bites.
I don't know what one has to do with the other?
As I said, I knew I would get some heat but it's really misdirected. I was just voicing my opinion which is that gigging is not angling. Everyone should agree with this.
I have no issue with people that gig flounder. I'm not judging anyone or anything because I am just another man. I respect the opinion of those that enjoy gigging and there is no need to get defensive as my remark was not aimed at anyone. I just thought I'd be so bold as to say I don't think of gigging as much of a sport when compared to fishing hook & line. No big deal.
Come to think of it deer hunting has two "camps" if I may use a broad stroked brush. One hunts with dogs and one still hunts. Maybe there are more ways but for the sake of a non argument let's say it's just these two types. I know some guys that still hunt, as I've done prior to becoming unable to enjoy venison, that look down on guys that hunt with dogs. Maybe guys the run dogs look at still hunters as folks that are doing it all wrong. My point for using deer hunting is that I was not making the same kind of comparison as the two deer hunting camps.
Stick them flounder if that's what you enjoy. Personally I'll keep trying to catch fish with a rod and reel.
Thats because I'm and angler in NC.

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I don't think anyone got defensive, maybe one post?

You expressed your opinion, others expressed differing opinions. It's all fine.

Gigging is not angling, but both are fishing. I've never gigged, but I'm sure it has its own sets of challenges, just like angling. Do what you enjoy. I think taking my family for a gigging trip with bread man would be a blast.

I'd much rather see a commercial gig fishery than the net industry we have.

Now I've stepped in it.


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Any way you look at it, flounder gigging is putting some of the best eating filets on the dinner table. Everybody likes flounder, even if they don't normally eat fish. So I look at it as a meat hunt so to speak. But as mentioned it is very cool and peaceful on the water at night. No boat traffic, no scorching sun, quiet and you get to see a lot of other marine life under the water. Kids and adults normally have a blast, especially the first time. But it can also be some very hard work if you really go at it hard.

Now on the other hand nothing beats the pull of a trout or drum on the end of the pole. Many of these are released to fight again and again. The two are totally different, but both are very rewarding in their own separate way.
 

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I know I'll catch heat for this but it is, after all, just my opinion.
I fully understand the attraction for fishing artificials of any kind but I can't understand the attraction for gigging. Once you find the fish and have a little experience in spotting the fish there is nothing sporting about it.
Just sayin.

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I have had a passion for flounder fishing since I got hooked on saltwater since the mid 80's. You are right that it is
a lot easier to gig a limit than to catch one. I am sure there were many days that jimmy price or his clients didn't limit out. With that said, I also have a passion for eating flounder and just took my first gig trip a couple weeks ago with allen and had a blast. Been rigging a small rig to go on my own. Thinking that the more you like flounder on the table the more you will enjoy gigging.
 

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I don't think anyone got defensive, maybe one post?

You expressed your opinion, others expressed differing opinions. It's all fine.

Gigging is not angling, but both are fishing. I've never gigged, but I'm sure it has its own sets of challenges, just like angling. Do what you enjoy. I think taking my family for a gigging trip with bread man would be a blast.

I'd much rather see a commercial gig fishery than the net industry we have.

Now I've stepped in it.


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Any way you look at it, flounder gigging is putting some of the best eating filets on the dinner table. Everybody likes flounder, even if they don't normally eat fish. So I look at it as a meat hunt so to speak. But as mentioned it is very cool and peaceful on the water at night. No boat traffic, no scorching sun, quiet and you get to see a lot of other marine life under the water. Kids and adults normally have a blast, especially the first time. But it can also be some very hard work if you really go at it hard.

Now on the other hand nothing beats the pull of a trout or drum on the end of the pole. Many of these are released to fight again and again. The two are totally different, but both are very rewarding in their own separate way.
wvlheel and AHODGES21 - both well "spoken" replies IMO.

Maybe I am just plain envious at people that can make it past midnight. I'm sawing wood at 10-11:00PM at the lastest every night. There is no way I'd be able to stay awake until 2-3AM.
I do like the idea of being out on the water without the sun roasting me to ashes though. Lord knows if there is no breeze or if it at my back while paddling I am soaking wet and hot as blazes. I even had to cut a trip short last week because I forgot my gallon of water at the kayak ramp.
 

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Great pics! Nice to see photos of big, healthy trout after a couple winters of fish kills. I have seen dozens of trophy bass dead and bloated on the surface of our farm pond with the smell of death...complete with buzzards sitting in trees surrounding the bank after an oxygen deprivation fish kill. Heartbreaking thing to see. I have never been flounder gigging but its something i would love to experience. I would much rather catch a five pounder on light tackle that stick it with a gig but there is something really special about being on the water after dark. My question regarding gigging is how do you determine if a fish is legal size prior to sticking it? May be a dumb question...i guess you pass up ones that you are not sure about?
 

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Any way you look at it, flounder gigging is putting some of the best eating filets on the dinner table. Everybody likes flounder, even if they don't normally eat fish. So I look at it as a meat hunt so to speak. But as mentioned it is very cool and peaceful on the water at night. No boat traffic, no scorching sun, quiet and you get to see a lot of other marine life under the water. Kids and adults normally have a blast, especially the first time. But it can also be some very hard work if you really go at it hard.

Now on the other hand nothing beats the pull of a trout or drum on the end of the pole. Many of these are released to fight again and again. The two are totally different, but both are very rewarding in their own separate way.
Will you teach me how to catch fish like that?
 

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My question regarding gigging is how do you determine if a fish is legal size prior to sticking it? May be a dumb question...i guess you pass up ones that you are not sure about?
Not a dumb quetion at all. And it is a problem with rookies or people who just don't give a rat's behind about the resource. Experienced fishermen & guides can estimate size probably within a half inch, and they'll pass if it's questionable. Also, they make laser pointers for gigs--kind of like the laser levels you'd use for carpentry, except a twin beam that you can calibrate to a specific size. Never used one, but I've heard they're pretty accurate.
 
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