When 5-year-old Elizabeth Boggs, daughter of Captain Randy Boggs of the charter boat, the “Reel Surprise,” stood next to a 70-pound wahoo, she had to look-Orange Beach Fishingup to see the wahoo’s tail. At Orange Beach, Alabama, the first weekend in October, fishermen were catching fish bigger than children. This giant wahoo was caught on Saturday, October 2, 2010, out of SanRoc Cay Marina about 30-miles offshore. The big wahoo took almost all the line off the reel before Captain Boggs could stop the boat and let Bryan Thomas of Daphne, Ala., begin to recover some of the line the wahoo had removed from the reel.

But monster wahoo weren’t the only big fish to come into the port of Orange Beach the first weekend in October. Captain Bobby Walker of the “Summer Breeze II” charter boat, based at Zeke’s Landing Marina, brought-in amberjack weighing from 30- to 50-pounds each for many of his anglers, as well as red snapper weighing from 10- to 15-pounds each. At Orange Beach Marina, Captain Johnny Greene on the “Intimidator” charter boat brought-in amberjack and red snapper that dwarfed many of his young anglers.

The special fall weekend red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico, at Orange Beach, Ala., was redOrange Beach Fishing hot this past weekend. Although 3- to 5-foot seas were predicted on Friday, the anglers who went out on Saturday found the seas had laid-down, the sun was bright, the wind cool and the fishing fantastic. The big fish didn’t stop biting. Most anglers threw back two to four times as many fish as they brought-in. Since most of the reef fish had experienced very little to no fishing pressure for the past 15 months, because of the oil spill last spring, the more than 5,000 artificial reefs, as well as the natural bottoms, were loaded with snapper. The deep-water fish, like the amberjacks, were stacked-up off Alabama’s Gulf Coast like cordwood, high in the water. “We left them biting,” says both Captain Walker and Captain Greene.

In addition to big wahoo, snapper and amberjacks, anglers were treated to bigger-than-average vermilion snapper, triggerfish and white snapper in October. The Orange Beach Fishingspecial fall weekend red snapper season started October 1 and continues until 12:01 am on November 22. For more information on fishing guides and charter boats, lodging accommodations, restaurants and entertainment on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, call Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism at 800-745-SAND (7263), or visit www.orangebeach.com. You also can get a fishing report three times each week by going-to the “What’s Biting?” column at www.orangebeach.com/fishing/biting/.

To fish with Captain Randy Boggs, call 251-981-7173, or email him at info@realsurprisecharters.com or visit www.reelsurprisecharters.com. To fish with Captain Bobby Walker, go to www.bobbywalker.com, call 251-981-6159 or 251-747-3575, or email captainbobbywalker@yahoo.com. To fish with Captain Johnny Greene, check out www.fishorangebeach.com, call 251-747-2872, or email fishorangebeach@alabamasnaturalcoast.net.

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