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Captain David Dupnik's Flounder Charter,
Aransas Pass, Texas
Fishing With A Twist
by Rhonda Burnham
Recently, on our visit to Corpus Christi we went on a floundering trip with Captain Dave Dupnik. We left the dock near Rockport around 8 pm and got out to a marshy grassland area with large areas of shallow water just before dark.
An underwater wonderland was slowly revealed to us. We saw large schools of mullett skittering across the surface of the water. A few crabs ambled sideways beneath us. There were lots of needle-nose gar ranging in size from a few inches to a few feet. Small perch were also plentiful.
As the night progressed we saw sheepshead, jellyfish and sea turtles. The sea turtles seemed almost flourescent in the light because of the moss growing on their backs. We were amazed at the number of sting rays we saw throughout the night. This was one reason we would much rather be floundering from a boat than wading amongst them risking a nasty sting from their tails.
Capt Dave expertly steered us around the edges of the bay and was always the first to spot the camouflaged flounder. A blue heron joined us for part of the trip. He stayed a short distance ahead of us and gobbled down mullet as we stirred them up. The heron swallowed them whole and we could see the fish still flopping as they made the journey down his long throat.
Flounder trips leave around dusk and stay on the water as long as a group wants. The flounder come in the most when the tide comes in. The cost is $175 per person with a maximum of 3 people. For the trip, the only items needed are snacks/drinks and a fishing license.
We would like to thank Captain Dupnik for assisting with our feature.
Captain's David Dupnik's Flounder Gigging Charter
836 S. 11th St.
Aransas Pass, TX 78336 Google Map