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Fishing in Gulf Shores

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A getaway to Gulf Shores, Alabama promises to be an inspiring choice for travelers from across the map. This scenic and inviting vacation destination is one where it’s just as easy to get out and explore as it is to spend time on the sand kicking back in style! Whether you’re looking forward to time on the water, time on the shoreline or afternoons spent dining and shopping your way through a stay, Gulf Shores is a great place to find the very best of it all. If you happen to be an angler heading to Gulf Shores, you’re in luck as well! Gulf Shores has a reputation for being an amazing destination for those who love to spend their time away from the hustle and bustle casting a line and reeling in amazing catches year-round. Whether you’re an experienced angler or new to the sport, you’ll find there are plenty of options for fun and learning when it comes to fishing in Gulf Shores. The waters that surround this area are home to a variety of fish species and the gentle surf makes it a great choice for trying angling styles of all types. From in-shore adventures to deep sea excursions, it’s never hard to customize your time on the water when a focus on fishing is a priority.

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Gulf Shores Specialties

While it’s entirely possible to find a plethora of fish living under the waves surrounding Gulf Shores, there are a few that stand out as favorites amongst anglers from near and far. Among them is the red snapper! In fact, Gulf Shores is often fondly referred to as the Red Snapper Capital of the World with good reason. These incredible fish inhabit spaces off both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, offering up an abundance of opportunity to reel one in recreationally. Of course, before you head out into open waters, you’re going to want to be well aware of the Gulf Shores fishing seasons and catch quotas specific to red snapper. The season for red snapper kicks off June 1st of each year and offers recreational anglers’ options to cast a line four days of each week. The season officially comes to an end with private angler quotas are successfully met. Do keep in mind that the bag limit for reeling in snapper is two per person in this area.

Triggerfish and amberjack are two additional species that are readily caught in Gulf Shores. Those looking to reel in a triggerfish will want to be sure to plan their trip during spring catch season which runs from March 1st through May 31st. The fall and winter season is open to anglers with their eye on Triggerfish between August 1st and December 31st. When it comes to triggerfish, the bag limit is one per person. If it’s amberjack you’re determined to catch, the season runs from May 1st through June 1st. Winter catch season runs from August 1st through November 1st. For triggerfish, the bag limit is also one per angler.

Other Fish Species in Gulf Shores

While specialty species are quite evident in Gulf Shores, anglers headed this way year-round will find that that the waters offer up an abundance in the way of options. January, February, and March in Gulf Shores are great times of year to catch everything from black drum and sheepshead to grouper, mullet, and oysters. April, May, and June are ideal for reeling in Spanish mackerel, Atlantic croaker, brown shrimp and both hard and soft-shell crabs. July, August, and September see numbers of flounder and white shrimp on the rise, while the last three months of the year are popular for catching mullet, Spanish mackerel, and sheepshead as well.

Where to Enjoy Fishing in Gulf Shores

There are a variety of amazing options when it comes to picking the perfect Gulf Shores fishing spot for a day of Gulf Shores angling fun. Among the top choices, Gulf State Park Pier often makes its way to the number one spot on many angler’s lists. Little Lagoon is also a popular choice amongst experienced anglers and novice anglers alike. It’s important to note that a saltwater fishing license must be held by all anglers looking to cast a line within the waters of Gulf Shores or Orange Beach. Areas these covers include the back bays and Intracoastal Waterways. After an exhausting but fun day of fishing, come back to your cozy Gulf Shores condo to end the day with pure relaxation! Browse our Gulf Shores condos here!

Book Fishing Charters

While independent angling is always fun, those who are looking for a refresher, or could use instruction will want to be sure to consider booking a fishing charter while they’re in town. These charters are comprehensive half- or full-day experiences that often include all of the gear guests need while also meeting the license requirement hassle-free. A charter is a good way to maximize your time fishing in Gulf Shores while also learning something new from a local professional! A few of the many options in this area include Fins and Family Fishing, LLC, Gulf Shores Fishing, Little Lagoon Fishing, and Island Marine Charters.

Make the Most of Your Getaway to Gulf Shores Today

When you’re ready to turn Gulf Shores travel plans into a reality, the team at Poole & Associates has the vacation rental to meet the moment. Reach out today to learn more about our incredible property options in the area, from holiday rentals to homes for short-term stays, and to get started!

FAQs About Fishing in Gulf Shores

  • How good is the fishing in Gulf Shores?

    Not only is Gulf Shores known as the “Red Snapper Capital of the World,” the inshore waters are so filled with fish, they are an angler’s dream. Fish from the beaches, from the shores of bays and channels, and the catch of the day will be the meal of the night.

  • Do you need a fishing license to fish in Gulf Shores?

    For anglers aged 16 to 64 a license is needed, but if you are outside that age range on either end of the spectrum, be prepared to show proof of age. (Obviously, a 6-year-old won’t be questioned, but today’s 65-year-olds are looking younger every year, so carry your ID when dropping a line.) For saltwater fishing, however, the age requirements is 16 and older, meaning anyone over the age of 16 will need a saltwater fishing license. You can get your license from most sporting goods stores or online.

  • Where are the best spots to fish from in Gulf Shores?

    Pretty much any body of water in Gulf Shores is a good spot, but the Gulf State Park Pier is always a popular spot, offering the ability to purchase your fishing license and rent rod & reel, something travelers appreciate as it is difficult to pack and carry your own equipment during your travels. The pier is wheelchair accessible so fishermen and women of all abilities can enjoy a day drowning worms. It is currently closed, however, through the summer of 2024, as they do some repairs to the damage caused by the last hurricane, but by the time your summer vacation arrives, it should be open once again.

  • Can I fish near my Poole & Associates vacation escape?

    Our homes and condos are located everywhere you want to be in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fort Morgan, and that includes on the water. Rent a beachfront escape and savor the serenity of the sea as well as a few early morning hours fishing from the shore and then grilling your catch for dinner on the gas grills many of our sanctuaries offer.

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