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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.

Top Gulf Shores Fishing Spots

  1. Trysler Grounds
    4/13/2011 4:18:33 PM - The Trysler Grounds consist of natural hard/live bottom and streches across a large area. 

  2. Old Bob Sikes Bridge Fishing Pier - North
    6/9/2012 11:50:19 PM -

  3. Three Mile Barge
    5/6/2011 11:54:21 PM - Flat Deck Steel Barge 25'W x 66' L

  4. A
    5/6/2011 11:49:53 PM - A (23467) is a gas/oil platform built by Cox Operating, L.L.C. and installed on 01/01/1996. A is considered a minor platform that stands in 50 feet of water and may provide ha

  5. Scott Barge
    5/6/2011 11:50:24 PM - Wooden Hopper Barge used to haul wood chips, Donated by Scott Paper Co.

  6. Perdido Pass Farewell Buoy
    5/6/2011 11:53:20 PM - Perdido Pass Farewell Buoy

  7. PEGGY G
    4/17/2012 10:43:47 AM - Attributes RECRD 2659 VESSLTERMS PEGGY G FEATURE_TYPE Wreck - Submerged, dangerous to surface navigation LATDEC 30.200203 LONDEC -88.016661 GP_QUALITY High DEPTH 0 SOUNDING_TY

  8. A
    5/6/2011 11:50:08 PM - 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

  9. Perdido Pass Barge
    4/13/2011 4:18:15 PM - Perdido Pass Barge
    30.265233333 -87.558316667

    5/6/2011 11:49:19 PM - 29.9437 -88.0416666666667

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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. Anchovy

  2. Anchovy

    There is a 18.94% catch rate for Anchovy, based on 4294 Anchovy counted.

    Gulf Shores Anchovy Counts Chart


  3. Spotted Seatrout

  4. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 12.5% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 2834 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Gulf Shores Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart


  5. Vermilion Snapper

  6. Vermilion Snapper

    There is a 10.49% catch rate for Vermilion Snapper, based on 2378 Vermilion Snapper counted.

    Gulf Shores Vermilion Snapper Counts Chart


  7. Atlantic Croaker

  8. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 9.97% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 2260 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Gulf Shores Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  9. Red Snapper

  10. Red Snapper

    There is a 7.71% catch rate for Red Snapper, based on 1748 Red Snapper counted.

    Gulf Shores Red Snapper Counts Chart


  11. Pinfish

  12. Pinfish

    There is a 6.16% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 1396 Pinfish counted.

    Gulf Shores Pinfish Counts Chart


  13. Sheepshead

  14. Sheepshead

    There is a 5.78% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 1311 Sheepshead counted.

    Gulf Shores Sheepshead Counts Chart


  15. Grey Triggerfish

  16. Grey Triggerfish

    There is a 4.08% catch rate for Grey Triggerfish, based on 924 Grey Triggerfish counted.

    Gulf Shores Grey Triggerfish Counts Chart


  17. Red Drum

  18. Red Drum

    There is a 3.39% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 768 Red Drum counted.

    Gulf Shores Red Drum Counts Chart


  19. Gulf Kingfish

  20. Gulf Kingfish

    There is a 2.97% catch rate for Gulf Kingfish, based on 673 Gulf Kingfish counted.

    Gulf Shores Gulf Kingfish Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 77 species of fish and 22673 fish counted for December around Gulf Shores.

To date, there are 160 species of fish and a total of 726900 fish counted for Gulf Shores and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1853 (169 years).

Last Update: 12/8/2022 2:54:57 AM

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.

View full Gulf Shores Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Gulf Shores Fishing Reports

  • Sand Trout, Croaker, and Whiting
    11/24/2022 6:03:00 PM - Evening fishing picked up. We caught a Sand Trout, Croaker, and some more Whiting.

  • Whiting on the beach
    11/24/2022 5:07:11 PM - Catching some whiting in the surf this afternoon.

  • Red Drum, Black Drum, and Sheepshead
    11/24/2022 12:16:00 PM - Fished the jetty and caught a nice slot Red Drum. Released a under slot drum. Also caught a couple Black Drum. Kept 1 and released the other. Caught some Sheepshead as well.

  • Pinfish
    11/22/2022 1:28:00 PM - Caught lots of Pinfish. There is also a few Mangrove Snapper under the bridge.

  • Offshore 3 day trips is it the fish or the fun?
    4/30/2022 6:26:57 PM - The 3 day trips have gained popularity over the past couple of years and photos like this when everything goes just right are a great way to showcase what it’s about. These de

  • Fuel prices effective March 8 2022
    3/8/2022 5:37:23 PM - It’s no big secret that fuel cost are up all over the country and Orange Beach Marina is no exception. The cost of a deep sea fishing trip with us includes fuel gratuity and f

  • Fuel surcharge on charter fishing trips 2022
    2/24/2022 8:26:21 AM - This time of year I always try to answer the telephone as it could be a potential charter fishing trip which is kind of a no brainer. However yesterday in discussing the trip

  • Boat yard 2022 is under way
    2/6/2022 6:08:37 PM - If you don’t think this boat is big look at this.. Charterboat Intimidator!

  • Winter time work continues
    1/24/2022 2:47:07 PM - The wintertime work continues on the charter boat intimidator. I have been working on the fish box over the last month basically rebuilding all of the lids replacing the hinge

  • Charter Boat Intimidator
    1/21/2022 5:00:33 PM - The morning time is my favorite time of the day. This is what it’s all about to me

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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

    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. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  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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Latest Fishing Spots

Queen Snapper 063

Coney Grouper 15780

Gag Grouper 14071

Gag Grouper 14069

Gag Grouper 14066

Gag Grouper 14064

Gag Grouper 14044

Red Grouper 15323

Black Grouper 15447

Black Grouper 15445

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Bouy Conditions

Station 42012 - ORANGE BEACH - 44 NM SE of Mobile, AL
December 8, 2022 7:10 pm CST
Location: 30.06N 87.548W
Wind Direction: SW (230°)
Wind Speed: 5.8 knots
Wind Gust: 7.8 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.18 in (1021.9 mb)
Air Temperature: 69.8°F (21.0°C)
Dew Point: 69.1°F (20.6°C)
Water Temperature: 71.2°F (21.8°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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