June 21, 2019
Gulf Shores, Alabama is one of our favorite Gulf of Mexico cities to fish. On the southern tip of Alabama and practically spitting distance from the Florida border, Gulf Shores feels more like Florida than Alabama. Although don’t tell that to the people of Alabama: Gulf Shores is a favorite among tourists and locals alike. And with the option to fish the Gulf of Mexico, Bon Secour Bay, Mobile Bay, or the intercoastal waters, it’s an easy choice for one of our top fishing charter destinations.
Gulf Shores is a proud city that offers all kinds of outdoor recreational activities, but the fishing charters here tops our list every time. Apart from the world class fishing, there’s also boating, eco-tours, watersports, or visiting the beaches with your family. Once you fall in love with the area and decide to go fishing: we recommend booking a fishing trip with a FishAnywhere Professional Charter Captain or Fishing Guide. The Captains on this website have spent many years becoming familiar with the feeding habits and migration patterns of the fish inhabiting Gulf Shores’ coastal waters, you won’t be able to find a more qualified Captain Anywhere else!
Gulf Shores is neighbors to Orange Beach, Alabama – and both are top-rated fishing charter destinations. If you’re looking for a great Red Snapper fishing trip, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are two of the hottest destinations in the country. Other bottom dwelling fish species such as Groupers and Amberjacks are also angler-magnets in these parts. With the many reefs and wrecks just off the coast of Gulf Shores, it’s no wonder why this beautiful city is such a draw for fishermen and women.
Mobile Bay and Bon Secour Bay can be found just west of Gulf Shores, and are both wonderful estuaries filled with freshwater and saltwater fish species. And let’s not forget the bountiful waters that give Gulf Shores its namesake: the Gulf of Mexico. With access to the Bays and the Gulf, there are lots of fish ready for your hook while fishing Gulf Shores. Here are just some of the fish available:
Fishing in Gulf Shores is a year-round event. And while the summer is definitely the busiest time of year due to the tourist industry, there really isn’t a bad time to fish these waters. The thing to really keep in mind is the TIME of your Gulf Shores fishing charter. Whether the tide is IN or OUT has a lot to do with the best times to fish Gulf Shores. Your Charter Captain or Fishing Guide will know best time for your Gulf Shores fishing trip.
Another thing to keep in mind: some fish species have seasons to consider. While the Red Snapper is a big draw, just keep in mind that in Alabama state waters the Red Snapper is available only for harvest during certain times in the summer (for example: in 2019 the season is weekends only from June 1 to July 28). And 9 miles out, where federal waters begin, there’s a whole other set of regulations. Again, your FishAnywhere Fishing Guide will know what the regulations are, and when it’s best to catch-and-release or harvest your catch.
Bottom fishing is probably the most popular fishing technique in Gulf Shores thanks to the region’s artificial reef program; just off the coast of Gulf Shores is one of the nation’s largest offshore reefs and wrecks. But that’s not to say you won’t find some anglers trolling, spinning, jigging, or drift fishing. Pier fishing and shore fishing are also quite popular for those unable to charter offshore. And let’s not forget inshore fishing: great for casting or fly fishing. We recommend checking out Mobile Bay, Wolf Bay, Perdido Bay, Little Lagoon, or Terry Cove to name a few of the many places to go inshore fishing in Gulf Shores.
Whether you want to spend an hour or two fishing from the coast of Gulf Shores, or spend an entire day on the water: there is a Gulf Shores fishing charter for you! Before you set out, you will need to purchase a valid Alabama state fishing license (easy to find either online or at a local marina). One of our favorite parts of fishing Gulf Shores: usually what we harvest we’re able to have for dinner that night. Just take your catch to a local restaurant, and they’ll gladly cook your catch. Everything about your fishing trip in Gulf Shores is aimed towards a great day on the water: From a knowledgeable Captain to a great dinner afterwards. Don’t wait… your Gulf Shores fishing charter is awaiting your arrival!
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