Editor’s Note: Brian Wood of Mountain Brook, Alabama, always had taken his family fishing in Destin or Panama City, Florida. But on the recommendation of a friend, he decided to fish with Captain Johnny Greene on the “Intimidator” chOrange Beach fishingarter boat, based out of Orange Beach Marina in Orange Beach, Ala. This week, Wood will tell us about his first-time offshore fishing trip at Orange Beach.

I took some of my relatives, along with my son and his college friends, down to Orange Beach, Ala., to fish with Captain Johnny Greene on the “Intimidator” charter boat. We’d chartered a 10-hour offshore trip with Captain Greene, and what a day we had! We caught triggerfish, vermilion snapper, amberjacks and plenty of big red snapper. I caught 10 big red snapper and almost everyone else caught about the same amount of red snapper. We had bent rods every time we stopped the boat, except once. Each time we moved to a new location, we didn’t have to travel more than a mile or two, and the fish were biting so fast that we could hardly keep up. The red snapper were nice-sized, with some weighing about 15 pounds, and I caught some of the biggest red snapper I’ve ever caught in my life. However, because red snapper season was closed, we had to release them. But the snapper were fun to catch and produced great pictures.
When we’d stop, and Captain Greene would tell us to put-down our lines, the resulting scene would be chaotic. There were bent rods, numbers of fish coming on-board, young men with muscles straining and a deckhand busy rounding-up all the fish, taking the hooks off and putting the fish in coolers. We had a good time all day, especially when we got into big amberjacks. Several of us were catching amberjacks at one time, and those amberjacks really fought. Captain Greene showed us how to catch the amberjacks on jigs and spoons. We were reeling the jigs and the spoons really fast and then jerking-up those artificial lures. That’s the first time I’d ever caught aOrange Beach chartersmberjacks on artificial lures, and I had tons of fun. We brought a number of fish home from our trip, and I’ve already grilled some of those delicious amberjack. This was one of the best fishing trips I’ve ever had, and everyone else on the boat felt the same way.

After this trip I decided that I’d much rather go to Orange Beach than Destin or Panama City. Not only was the fishing fun, but the food was great. We were in a hurry to get home after our trip, but someone recommended we stop and eat at Doc’s Seafood Shack and Oyster Bar on the canal. They would have cooked our catch for us, but we were in a hurry to get on the road, so we ordered off the menu. That fresh seafood was wonderful. This was my first trip offshore at Orange Beach, but it won’t be my last. I’d fished in the back bays with Captain Gary Davis out of Fort Morgan, Ala., and had some great trips in years past. And this deep-sea fishing trip was one that we’ll remember forever.

To fish with Captain Johnny Greene on the “Intimidator,” based at Orange Beach Marina, visit www.fishorangebeach.com, call 251-747-2872, or email fishorangebeach@alabamasnaturalcoast.net. You can learn more aboOrange Beach fishingut other charter boats, attractions, accommodations and restaurants available in Gulf Shores by calling Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism at 800-745-SAND (7263), or by visiting www.orangebeach.com. To have your delicious catch prepared at area restaurants, go to www.alabamasnaturalcoast.net/dining-nightlife/restaurants, and check the box at the top of the page that says, “Will cook your catch.”