“I had a fishing party out on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay near Fort Morgan, Alabama, last week, and we caught and kept 40 flounder weighing 3-to 7-pounds each,” says Captain Gary Davis of TidewOrange Beach chartersater Fishing Service in Foley, Ala. “We also caught several speckled trout and had a fantastic trip. The speckled trout have started to move in to Mobile Bay and many of the backwater estuary areas this month. As the weather cools-down, we’ll expect to see and catch more and more big speckled trout weighing 2-6 pounds through the second week of December.”

The federal government has granted Alabama’s Gulf Coast a fall red snapper season that runs each weekend from October 1 through November 21. The season is from Friday at 12:01 am until Sunday at 12:00 midnight, and early reports from captains who’ve been out sampling the stocks of snapper and other reef fish say that we should have one of the best catches ever of big red snapper. Many area anglers believe they may see the largest number of 12-30 pound red snapper ever landed at the port of Orange Beach, Ala. Numbers of fishing families are planning double-down weekends, including a day of charter fishing for snapper, grouper, triggerfish, vermilion snapper and other reef fish and a day of either inshore fishing in the back bays for speckled trout, redfish and flounder, or a day of fishing on the Gulf State Park Pier. Fall historically has been the time of year when the big speckled trout, giant bull redfish and oveOrange Beach chartersrsized flounder show-up on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. All these saltwater fishes are moving into the brackish waters of the coastal bays and waiting on cold weather to move-up into the river systems that feed the back bays.

Out on the Gulf State Park Pier, anglers are catching large numbers of big king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and flounder, and in the early-morning hours, trophy speckled trout weighing 4-5 pounds. (Call 251-948-7275 to learn more). Too, the fall run of big bull redfish just has begun. “We should have one of the best fall inshore seasons that we’ve had in many years in the back bays,” Davis reports. “There’s been very-little fishing pressure because of the oil spill last spring, and the fish are starting to move out of the Gulf of Mexico. With all the testing that’s been done, we’ve learned that these fish still are delicious to eat and pose no health hazards.” Whether you’re coming for red snapper season, or, the fall run of king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, bull reds and speckled trout on the Gulf State Park Pier, or, the inshore fishing’s fall run of speckled trout, flounder and redfish, make your plans now to fish with us on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. For information on the availability of boats, motels, restaurants and charter boats, contact us at www.orangebeach.com/fishing, or call 1-800-745-SAND (7263).