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Reeling ’em in!

fishing the gulf coast

With their southernmost borders meeting the Gulf of Mexico, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores are ideal recreational locations for avid fishermen and boat owners. Gulf waters are known for the abundance and variety of fish and other marine species and excellent year-round fishing.

The largest artificial reef program in the country can be found here. Alabama boasts more than 17,000 reefs placed in 1,200 square miles of reef area, making it one of the most productive recreational fisheries in the U.S. It’s no wonder coastal Alabama has built a reputation as one of the best fishing spots on the Gulf Coast!

Orange Beach is home to one of the largest fishing fleets on the gulf, with captains specializing in all types of catches. While summertime and its signature red snapper fishing experience are coastal Alabama’s main drawing card, the most knowledgeable fishermen know there are many more fishing adventures to be found here any time of year.

Bottom fishing for snapper, grouper, amberjack and trigger is always popular, as is offshore fishing for tuna and billfish. The seasonal hunt for migrating cobia offers a spring challenge. And in all seasons, anglers can find excellent inshore opportunities to bring home flounder, specs and reds.

Fishing brings excitement for spectators, as well. Orange Beach is a well-known stop on the Blue Marlin Grand Championship and home to the Orange Beach Billfish Classic. These events bring avid anglers and big money prizes to The Wharf in Orange Beach each year. Spectators gather for the daily weigh-ins and to hear the stories of reeling in the biggest catches.

Area marinas include long-term and transient dock space as well as excellent dry dock facilities. Many also offer charter booking services, repair operations and excellent waterfront dining.

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The gulf coast of Alabama is home to numerous charter fishing tours including inshore and offshore fishing.

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Be prepared for your day of fun and fishing, use these tools to help you pack accordingly. Click the “Wind” button on the top right for all weather options. 

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fish in the gulf

Search by location or enter one of our local areas to learn about the different species, the best time to fish for each species, and recent logged catches.

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 Did you know only 22% of anglers purchase their fishing license online? Seems low in a day and age when you can do everything from purchase groceries, make a dinner reservation and get a lift somewhere with just one or two clicks. Get your fishing license or boater registration today.  

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