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Gulf Shores Fishing

Gulf Shores Fishing

Gulf Shores, Alabama started off as a fishing village in the early 1800’s. With the addition of the Intracoastal Waterway in 1937, the opening of Gulf State Park in 1939, and home of the National Shrimp Festival since 1971, Gulf Shores has grown as a popular tourist attraction. Gulf Shores offers excellent inshore and offshore fishing for many anglers.

Fishing the inshore waters around Gulf Shores allows anglers to catch many different species of fish, including Black Drum, Bluefish, Flounder, Pompano, Redfish, Sheepshead, Tarpon, and Whiting. Red Drum and Speckled Trout are around any many numbers most of the year.

Nearshore and offshore of Gulf Shores has the world’s largest artificial reef system that is home to some of the best Grouper and Snapper fishing in the world. Bottom fishing these reefs will produce good catches of a variety of reef fish, including Gag Grouper, King Mackerel, Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper (Black Snapper), Red Grouper, Red Snapper, and Vermillion Snapper. There is also excellent King Mackerel fishing over the reefs much of the year and Amberjacks, Barracuda, and Sharks are also frequently caught.

Fishing offshore of Gulf Shores provides anglers with lots of Mahi-mahi and Wahoo. Around the rigs and along the edge of the Desoto Canyon, there is good tuna fishing, including Blackfins, Skipjacks, Yellowfins, and occasionally Bluefins. There is also good billfishing with Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish, and White Marlin to be caught.



Gulf Shores Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Gulf Shores, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Spot Croaker

  2. Spot Croaker

    There is a 16.36% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 17123 Spot Croaker counted.

    Gulf Shores Spot Croaker Counts Chart
    Spot

    ENLARGE GULF SHORES SPOT CROAKER COUNTS CHART


  3. Atlantic Croaker

  4. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 14.74% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 15429 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Gulf Shores Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart
    Atlantic

    ENLARGE GULF SHORES ATLANTIC CROAKER COUNTS CHART


  5. Anchovy

  6. Anchovy

    There is a 11.23% catch rate for Anchovy, based on 11760 Anchovy counted.

    Gulf Shores Anchovy Counts Chart
    Anchovy

    ENLARGE GULF SHORES ANCHOVY COUNTS CHART


  7. Red Snapper

  8. Red Snapper

    There is a 10.61% catch rate for Red Snapper, based on 11109 Red Snapper counted.

    Gulf Shores Red Snapper Counts Chart
    Red

    ENLARGE GULF SHORES RED SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


  9. Pinfish

  10. Pinfish

    There is a 5.88% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 6150 Pinfish counted.

    Gulf Shores Pinfish Counts Chart
    Pinfish

    ENLARGE GULF SHORES PINFISH COUNTS CHART


  11. Gulf Menhaden

  12. Gulf Menhaden

    There is a 5.12% catch rate for Gulf Menhaden, based on 5358 Gulf Menhaden counted.

    Gulf Shores Gulf Menhaden Counts Chart
    Gulf

    ENLARGE GULF SHORES GULF MENHADEN COUNTS CHART


  13. Vermilion Snapper

  14. Vermilion Snapper

    There is a 4.95% catch rate for Vermilion Snapper, based on 5181 Vermilion Snapper counted.

    Gulf Shores Vermilion Snapper Counts Chart
    Vermilion

    ENLARGE GULF SHORES VERMILION SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


  15. Sand Seatrout

  16. Sand Seatrout

    There is a 4.67% catch rate for Sand Seatrout, based on 4893 Sand Seatrout counted.

    Gulf Shores Sand Seatrout Counts Chart
    Sand

    ENLARGE GULF SHORES SAND SEATROUT COUNTS CHART


  17. Grey Triggerfish

  18. Grey Triggerfish

    There is a 2.93% catch rate for Grey Triggerfish, based on 3071 Grey Triggerfish counted.

    Gulf Shores Grey Triggerfish Counts Chart
    Grey

    ENLARGE GULF SHORES GREY TRIGGERFISH COUNTS CHART


  19. Whiting

  20. Whiting

    There is a 2.89% catch rate for Whiting, based on 3023 Whiting counted.

    Gulf Shores Whiting Counts Chart
    Whiting

    ENLARGE GULF SHORES WHITING COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 111 species of fish and 104677 fish counted for April around Gulf Shores.

To date, there are 183 species of fish and a total of 1355066 fish counted for Gulf Shores and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1853 (171 years).

Last Update: 4/9/2024 12:17:25 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Gulf Shores are the following:

  1. Trysler Grounds
    The Trysler Grounds consist of natural hard/live bottom and streches across a large area. 


  2. Unknown Wreck
    Unknown Wreck


  3. Underwater Cypress Forest Hole
    This underwater cypress forest is estimated to be 52,000 years old. They were buried in sediment, but were likely uncovered by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.   The


  4. Scott Barge
    Wooden Hopper Barge used to haul wood chips, Donated by Scott Paper Co.


  5. A
    A (24218) is a gas/oil platform built by Cox Operating, L.L.C. and installed on 10/03/1996. A is considered a minor platform that stands in 65 feet of water and may provide ha


  6. Bama 45


  7. Fish Haven
    Fish Haven


  8. Bama 51


  9. CAIS.#1 - REMOVED
    CAIS.#1 (299) is a gas/oil platform built by Fieldwood Energy SP LLC and installed on 11/24/1998. The structure was removed on 08/29/2015 and verified as clear on 09/12/2015.


  10. TENSAW BRIDGE REEF #2
    29.9437 -88.0416666666667


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Top Gulf Shores Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Lost Bay Tackle And Guide Service
    Orange beach Alabama's premier bait & tackle shop. Full-Time Guide Service fishing waters surrounding Pensacola, Perdido Key, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach.

  2. Sam's Stop N Shop
    Your one stop shop for everything you need in Orange Beach!

  3. J & M Tackle
    Our 15,000 square foot facility includes a fully stocked tackle showroom, clothing sales floor, warehouse, custom rod shop, and cold storage for frozen natural baits. This is the site of J&M Tackle mail order operations, where orders are shipped

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Top Gulf Shores Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. BLUE WATER CHARTERS, LLC.
    We love fishing and sharing our fishery with others. We have great inshore fishing including night trips to the famous dock lights around Ono Island. Near shore trolling trips targeting King Mackerel and Spanish are exciting for anglers who may be

  2. Intimidator Sportfishing
    Intimidator Sportfishing is the premiere saltwater sport fishing charter service for Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama. Since 1996, we have logged hundreds and hundreds of charters and provided many exciting sport fishing opportunities to thousan

  3. Lost Bay Tackle And Guide Service
    Orange beach Alabama's premier bait & tackle shop. Full-Time Guide Service fishing waters surrounding Pensacola, Perdido Key, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach.

  4. Action Charter Services
    Capt. George Pfeiffer & The CAT of Action Charter Service, Coast Guard certified for up to 30 passengers, can accommodate your vacation fun in comfort and style. Conveniently located in Orange Beach, Alabama at Sportsman Marina.

  5. Ugly Fishing
    Inshore fishing guide and charter service. I have been fishing the Mobile Bay and Mobile River Delta for the past 25 years. Specialize in anything that bites when we go fishing however I enjoy speckled trout and flounder fishing the most. Target spec

  6. Miss Brianna
    Deep Sea Fishing charters in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Alabama. Red Snapper, Amberjack, Grouper, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo and Marlin. Overnight Trips to the Oil Rigs, Deepwater Grouper

  7. Distraction Charters
    Distraction Charters is different than any other offshore fishing guide service in Orange Beach, Alabama. “We keep your poles bent and smiles on your faces.”Instead of focusing on catching only red snapper, we take you to catch fish that are biting.

  8. Cool Change Charters
    We offer Private fishing charters for your group up to 17 passengers. Bottom fish for Red Snapper, Amberjacks, triggerfish, a variety of other snappers(in season) fish year around

  9. Getaway Charters
    Come enjoy deep sea fishing Orange Beach along the beautiful Gulf Shores of Alabama. You may choose a 3 hour fishing charter to a full day charter. The 6 hour charter for red snapper is the most popular trip in June and July. This 6 hour charter is f

  10. Cool Breeze Charter Fishing
    Cool Breeze Charters located in Orange Beach AL, where we offer Offshore Deep Sea Fishing and/or Inshore fishing with Captain Rob Gams, a local USCG licensed professional charter fisherman.

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Top Gulf Shores Marinas

  1. Zeke's Landing Marina
    Zeke’s Landing Marina is a six-acre complex located on Cotton Bayou in Orange Beach, Alabama, less than 10 minutes by boat from the Gulf of Mexico. The complex features complete marine facilities and is home of Zeke’s Charters, which has the Gulf Coa

  2. Romar Marina
    From boat lifts, wet slips to 60 feet and inside and outside dry storage, a dock store, a marine fuel dock with competitive pricing and in-house repairs and maintenance. What more could you ask for? Stop by and visit Romar Marina and let us show you

  3. Hudson Marina & Watersports
    Your one-stop spot for affordable water sport entertainment

  4. SanRoc Cay Marina
    Whether you enjoy unique courtyard events, shopping, dining, learning, pampering, dolphin cruises, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, diving, parasailing, jet-skiing, or simply spending a day on our beautiful Gulf water… Everything you need and more is ri

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Bouy Conditions

Station 42012 - ORANGE BEACH - 44 NM SE of Mobile, AL
April 14, 2024 6:40 am CDT
Location: 30.06N 87.548W
Wind Speed: 0.0 knots
Wind Gust: 1.9 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.20 in (1022.6 mb)
Air Temperature: 67.8°F (19.9°C)
Dew Point: 63.3°F (17.4°C)
Water Temperature: 68.9°F (20.5°C)


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