Editor’s Note: The water’s starting to clear-up, the weather’s nice, and the fishing’s fantastic at Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

Inshore Fishing:

Captain Gary Davis (251-942-6298) of Tidewater Fishing Service in Foley, Ala., reports that, “Right now the trout are moving out of the bay and up the coastal rivers. My charter-boat parties have caught a number of fish out of Fish River. We had a cold snap at the first of October, which pushed the trout up the rivers, following the baitfish. The bays are shallow, and the rivers provide deeper and warmer water for the baitfish. The speckled trout and the redfish always follow the food. Some of the most-productive river systems to fish are Wolf Creek, Fish River and any river or creek thOrange Beach fishingat flows into Perdido Bay or Mobile Bay. The speckled trout will be 16- to 18-inches long, and there will be plenty of them. However, the bigger trout seem to bite better in December and January. You’ll find the big trout in the same areas as the smaller trout, but they’ll be much harder to catch in October and November, because of the abundance of baitfish. We usually can catch 10 trout per person every day, which is the limit.

“We also have some good-sized redfish in the rivers on Alabama’s Gulf Coast at this time of the year. To catch the redfish, we’ll use live shrimp and live LYs (alewives), and fish for them like we fish for largemouth bass. The redfish will be found anywhere there’s structure. But when we fish for trout, we’ll primarily fish with artificial lures like Lunker City’s Fin-S lures and chartreuse-colored DOA Shrimp. Chartreuse and green have proven to be the best colors for me at this time of the year. I prefer artificial lures over live shrimp, because they’re easier to fish with and look different from the live bait that the redfish see every day. I fish both lures on 8-pound-test line. Early in the morning, the speckled trout generally will be holding in holes in the middle of the river, and as the day warms-up, the trout will move closer to the bank. The flounder bite will be good at Fort Morgan and Little Lagoon, as the flounder move-out of the estuaries and head to the Gulf of Mexico for the winter. We’ll catch flounder on live bull minnows. My favorite place to fish is at the mouth of Fort Morgan. You’ll also catch white trout, while fishing for flounder. We’ll have good fishing until about Christmastime, so come fishing with us.”

Offshore Report:

Captain Johnny Greene (251-747-2872, www.gulfshoresdeepseafishing.com) of the “Intimidator” charter boat based at Orange Beach Marina in Orange Beach, Ala., says, “You’ll never catch more fish off Alabama’s Gulf Coast than right now. At this time of the year, we’ll see a number of churches and non-profit organizations come to Alabama’s Gulf Coast to catch the fish they’ll need for a fundraising fish fry. With the variety of good-eating saltwater fish that we can produce right now, six to 15 people can go on an overnight trip and cOrange Beach fishingatch enough fish for a big fish fry. The water’s starting to clear-up, the weather’s nice, and the fishing’s fantastic. We just returned from an offshore trip. When we left port, we stopped and caught live bait in the 2- to 3-pound range for the triggerfish and the vermilion snapper we’d be targeting offshore. The magnum-sized triggerfish have moved-in now and weigh 5- to 8-pounds each. After we left the vermilion snapper and the triggerfish, we put-out high-speed trolling rigs and caught an 80-pound wahoo. Next, we stopped at an amberjack hot spot, and everyone onboard caught a 20- to a 30-pound amberjack. We continued to push further offshore until we reached the rigs right at dark and caught about four yellowfin tuna that weighed 50- to 115-pounds each. Then we concentrated on the whopper-sized blackfin tuna that were 15- to 20-pounds each. We had a box full of fish. You can feed a large number of people off the fish we caught on this one trip. The good news is that we’ll have this type of fishing from the first of October to December.”

The Orange Beach Fishing Association (www.obfishingassn.com) will be glad to find you and your family a captain and a boat that fits your needs. For accommodation and restaurant recommendations, contact Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism at 800-745-SAND, or visit www.orangebeach.com. To have your fresh fish prepared at the beach, go to www.alabamasnaturalcoast.net, click on restaurants, and check box for “Will Cook Your Catch.”

Glazed Broiled Flounder

A friend of mine shared this delicious recipe with us.

1 teaspoon salt
1/8-teaspoon black pepper
1/2-teaspoon oregano
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 tablespoon chopped capers
1/2-teaspoon parsley, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons mayonnaise – we prefer Hellmann’s
1 tablespoon olive oil

Place whole dressed flounder in shallow baking dish, fleshy side up. Sprinkle with salt, black pepper and oregano. Broil 15 minutes in oven. Prepare sauce. Mix garlic, prepared mustard, capers, parsley, lemon juice, mayonnaise and olive oil. Spread over broiled fish. Return to oven, and broil 5 minutes more.