Offshore Report:

“We’ve added a new option to our party-boat trips this fall,” says Captain Randy Boggs of Reel Surprise Charters (251-981-7173, out of SanRoc Cay Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama, and a member of the Orange Beach Fishing Association (OBFA). “We’re offering both 6- and 8-hour trips. Our 6Orange Beach fishing- hour trips leave at 8:00 am and return at 2:00 pm. Our 8-hour trips leave the dock at 7:00 am and return at 3:00 pm. On our 6-hour trips, we’re catching lots of triggerfish, vermilion snapper, scamp, white snapper and a few amberjacks. On our 8-hour trips, just about everyone onboard catches their limit of vermilion snapper and triggerfish, scamp and some king mackerel. Most of our fishermen get off the boat with 30 or 40 pounds of fish per person. On our private charters, we’re catching numbers of big amberjacks with some weighing 80 to 100 pounds. Plenty of 30- to 60-pound amberjacks are also being caught. Fishing is as good as I’ve ever seen it here at Orange Beach. The 6-hour trips go out every day, and the 8-hour trips usually run on Wednesdays and Saturdays. All you have to do is call ahead and make reservations.”

Inshore Report:

Captain Erik Davis (251-967-1224) fishes the oil rigs and the inshore artificial reefs in Mobile Bay out of Fort Morgan, Ala. Davis says, “We’re catching plenty of speckled trout that will weight 2 to 5 pOrange Beach fishingounds on 2- to 4-inch-long live croakers. On a 4-hour trip, we’ll usually catch our limit of speckled trout and a few white trout. I like a Carolina rig with 12-pound-test line, a 1/2-ounce slip sinker up the line, a barrel swivel below the sinker, 12 inches of 12-pound-test monofilament coming from the second eye of the barrel swivel and the end of the leader tied to a No. 6 Sea Striker hook. I’ll hook a croaker through the nostrils, cast it out and let the weight go to the bottom. As the line slips through the weight, the croaker swims just below the bottom.” Davis also explains that his clients are catching quite a few blacktip sharks and spinner sharks as well as sand sharks. “But the well-known bull reds on Dixey Bar right now are a hit-or-miss proposition,” Davis says. “Some days they’re there, and others they’re not. In September, the flounder will start moving out of the creeks, rivers and bay, which should mean we’ll have good flounder fishing then.”

Pier Report:

Pete Aguon reports from the pier, “Night fishing’s really been good on the pier. At night we’ve been catching 2- to 5-pound speckled trout and nice-sized flounder and a few pompano that are too small to keep. We’re catching the flounder on bull minnows and the speckled trout on live shrimp. The real secret to keeping your bait alive in this very-hot weather is to use battery-operated aerators. Once you arrive at the pier, you can plug the aerator into the electrical outlets there. Anglers are catching the speckled trout and the flounder about 200-feet from the pier house. The king mackerel and the Spanish mackerel have been fairly slow, not because the fish aren’t there, but because most of our fishermen don’t want to battle the heat. According to my records that I’ve been keeping over the years, we can expect the Orange Beach fishingking-mackerel bite to pick-up at the pier the third week in August as well as the pompano and redfish with good fishing at the pier until the last week of October.”

To learn more about fishing the Gulf State Park Pier, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call 251-948-7275. The Orange Beach Fishing Association will be glad to find you and your family a captain and a boat that fits your needs. The good news is that you don’t have to leave your wife and children at home when you visit Alabama’s Gulf Coast. There’s plenty to do and see. For accommodation and restaurant recommendations, contact Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism at 800-745-SAND, or visit To have your fresh fish prepared at the beach, click here.

Citrus Marinated Fish

This recipe gives anglers a different, yet delicious, way to prepare fish, including vermilion snapper, speckled trout, white trout and scamp.

3 tablespoons orange juiceOrange Beach fishing
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons lime juice
3 red onion rings
2 garlic cloves
1 fresh thyme sprig
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
1/8-teaspoon fennel seed
1/8-teaspoon coarsely-ground pepper
4 fish fillets (6-ounces each)

In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first 12 ingredients. Add the fish, seal the bag, and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, turning occasionally. Coat the grill rack with cooking spray before starting the grill. Drain, and discard the marinade. Grill fish covered, over high heat. Or, broil the fish 4-inches from your oven’s heat for 5-10 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.