W hether you choose to drop a line inshore, offshore from a pier, or from a chartered boat you are sure to experience the bounty of what lies beneath the emerald green Gulf Coast waters.
With the largest artificial reef program in the country, there are more than 17,000 reefs placed in 1,200 square miles of reef area. The reefs are home to many fish species and offer a world-class destination for fishing trips. Venture further offshore to reach the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico for a chance at a fisherman’s dream of catching a big game sport fish.
The fish are biting on the Gulf Shores. You are likely to catch speckled trout, red drum, tripletail, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, bluefish, pompano, red snapper, amberjack, triggerfish, grouper, blue marlin, tuna or wahoo.
Many charter boats are helmed by an experienced captain and helpful deckhands. They know the Gulf Coast waters and want you to go home with not just your limit, but big fish worthy of your next profile picture.
On the Alabama Gulf Coast, you have the opportunity to fish in the Bay, Bayou Delta or Nearshore. Each venue provides a variety of fish. Short fishing trips (4 hours) as well as all-day fishing trips are available. Some captains offer night fishing, gigging and bowfishing trips. Each boat provides bait, tackle and fishing licenses.
Nationally recognized as one of the best marinas in the United States, Orange Beach Marina is a full-service marina located in a fully protected harbor in the center of Alabama’s beaches, bays and bayous.
At this sport fishing and boating paradise, you will see over 200 million dollars worth of the finest fishing yachts in the world. There is also on-site boat and yacht sales, inshore and offshore charter boats, water sports, a yacht repair yard, marine electronics outfitters and a Dock Store for nautical clothing. Orange Beach Marina is home to the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club and ten annual big game fishing tournaments.
No need to pack away your fishing rod after summer ends. Fishing at the Gulf Coast is year-round.
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F ishing can be fun or serious competition here.
The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, a Project of the Mobile Jaycees, is the largest fishing tournament in the world. Founded in 1929, the fishing rodeo now attracts over 3,000 anglers and 75,000 spectators. The total awards package is valued up to one million dollars in cash and prizes and anchored by a boat, motor and trailer packages.
The 3-day event features 30 categories with prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all categories. One Master Angler is also awarded along with cash prizes for King Mackerel, Speckled Trout and Big Game Jackpots.
IF you can’t catch ‘em, toss ‘em.
The Flora-Bama's Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party is legendary. Participants in a variety of age brackets throw a dead mullet over the state line of Florida and Alabama to see who gets the farthest.
It’s no fish tale. Hotels book months in advance as people travel from all over the country to see this unique event.
R eady to reel ‘em in? Here are some helpful tips for fishing in Gulf Shores:
• Everyone between 16 and 64 needs a license to fish in any of Alabama's waters. Separate licenses are needed for saltwater and freshwater fishing.
• Gulf State Park Pier is one of the longest on the gulf and is the perfect spot to try your luck casting a line. It’s also a prime spot for intel on what’s biting where. The pier is open 24 hours a day.
• To learn more, go to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website for all the regulations and more information about fishing on the Gulf Coast.