This looks interesting. I have to head down to Gulf Shores to try some of the great fishing they have to offer in their area. With the oil spill behind them, charter captains and guides are now back in the fishing mode and the fish are waiting.
I added in a bunch of photo of a Red Snapper tournament. Can you imagine catching monster fish like this? Holy Cow, one of them can feed an army. Red Snapper can be kept in October to late November. For help in making a trip down there, call the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 1-800-745-SAND (7263), or visit www.gulfshores.com Read on for more details.
“Tons of Healthy Red Snapper Ready for Catching and Eating on Alabama’s Gulf Coast
The Gulf of Mexico has been stockpiling red snapper ever since the federal government closed
fishing after the giant oil spill out in the gulf in the spring. But now, you can go and catch those beautiful red snapper that fight hard and taste delicious starting October 1 until midnight on November 21, because of a special fall snapper season just approved in the last few days. However, during this special fall season, you only can catch and keep red snapper from 12:01 am on Fridays and return to port with your catch no later than 12:00 pm on Sundays. If you book a 2-day charter within that time frame, then you may come-in with a 2-day limit of snapper.Some sportsmen have had concerns about the safety of eating fish from the Gulf of Mexico, however, government researchers have studied those fish and have declared them safe for human consumption. Dr. Bob Shipp, a marine scientist and the president of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, reports that he and his colleagues have examined the livers of red snapper caught off Alabama’s Coast and have found only healthy fish. Ship mentions that fish, as opposed to crabs or oysters, efficiently can excrete PAHs, the dangerous compounds contained in oil.
October and November’s red-snapper aren’t the only fish you can look forward to catching this fall, according to Captain Johnny Greene of the charter boat, “Intimidator.” “We’re catching some really-big amberjacks right now that weigh from 20 to 50 pounds or more.
Usually we don’t find amberjacks this large in the fall of the year. The triggerfish, vermilion snapper, lane snapper and white snapper are big too. But the Gulf of Mexico has had almost no fishing pressure all summer long, giving the fish more time to grow larger and to congregate more on the artificial reefs off Alabama’s Gulf Coast. During this special fall season, even 4-hour and 6-hour charters probably will catch their limits of red snapper as well as all the other tasty reef fish available off Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
Gulf Coast anglers also know fall as mackerel season, when Spanish mackerel weighing from 3 to 7 pounds move-in heavily along the
Gulf Coast. Fishermen will catch 40- and even 50-pound king mackerel too during October and November.
“We expect to have record numbers of king mackerel caught off the Gulf State Park Pier in Gulf Shores, Ala.,” says Pete Aguon, one of the regulars who fishes this longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico almost every day.
“We’ve seen speckled trout in the 4-5 pound range being caught just before daylight from the pier as well as plenty of Spanish mackerel and king mackerel. Normally, our biggest run of king and Spanish mackerel occurs in October and November. During the fall, the pier also produces loads of flounder, sheepshead, mangrove snapper and plenty of big bull redfish that often will weigh over 20 pounds.”
The back bays will begin to see the migration of speckled trout, redfish and flounder from the gulf to the back bays during the fall too with some of the best inshore fishing of the year occurring during the fall.
“I recently had a party of five people who caught 40 flounder in onehalf day of fishing out of Fort Morgan on the Alabama Gulf Coast,” says Captain Gary Davis of Tidewater Fishing Service in Foley, Ala.
“Large numbers of speckled trout and redfish should be showing-upany day now.”
For more information, call the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 1-800-745-SAND (7263), or visit www.gulfshores.com. For fishing information, go to http://www.gulfshores.com/fishing/biting/.