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All the captains at Orange Beach had exciting reports for the first week of October’s fishing.

Offshore:

Seth Wilson, captain of the charter boat, “Riptide,” out of Zeke’s Marina just returned from a 6-hour charter the end of the first week in October and gave us the this report. “We caught a 30-pound gag grouper about 20-miles offshore, while fishing for Orange Beach Chartersamberjacks. We were fishing with live pinfish, and the big grouper came up high in the water to get the pinfish. We had four, nice 19-20-pound amberjacks too, as well as a good mess of vermilion snapper.” You can call Captain Wilson at 251-981-1500 or go to www.fishriptide.com.

Johnny Greene of the charter boat “Intimidator” from Orange Beach Marina says that,”We had a 2-day trip that was unreal the last days of the first week in October. We started off catching big vermilion snapper, white snapper and scamp, with some of those pushing 20 pounds. We put out our high-speed trollers and experienced an unreal king-mackerel bite. After we boated 10 of them, our anglers had all the king mackerel they wanted to catch. Going further offshore, we caught a 40-pound gag grouper and a limit of 35-to 45-pound amberjacks. Once we reached the deep-water rigs, the tuna bite was great. We took eight yellowfin tuna, weighing 75- to 80-pounds each, and then topped off our fish box with 15- to 18-pound blackfin tuna. We caught all these fish by midnight on the first night, and our fish box wouldn’t hold any more fish. We also had a crew of tired fishermen. So, after our anglers went to bed, we headed back to land.” Call Captain Greene at (251) 747-2872, email intimidatorcharters@yahoo.com, or go to www.fishorangebeach.com.

Captain George Pfeiffer on the “Emerald Spirit,” based at Sportsman‘s Marina, says, “We’ve been going out about 22 miles on our walk-on trips, catching a lot of really-pretty white snapper, nice-sized vermilion snapper, an occasional lane snapper and a few scamp. Today, on October 5th, we caught a nice blackfin tuna on one of our trolling lines. But the real secret Orange Beach fishingout here is the king mackerel bite. The king mackerel are on-fire right now. We’re not only catching them trolling on the way out and the way in to shore, we’re also catching them on drift lines when we stop to bottom fish. Most of these king mackerel are weighing about 25 pounds. We saw some other boats that caught wahoo in the same general area where we were fishing.”

“I did a 12-hour trip a few days ago, and we caught some very nice 25- to 30-pound gag grouper, 8- to 10-pound red grouper and scamp weighing up to 10-pounds each. Too, we had three or four amberjacks that were between 60 and 70 pounds, and the other amberjacks we caught were between 30 and 40 pounds. We’ve got lots of nice amberjacks here off Alabama’s Gulf Coast right now.“ Contact Captain Pfeiffer at 1-888-558-3889 or visit www.orangebeach.ws/fishingcharters/1107-emerald-spirit.html.

Inshore Report:

Captain Gary Davis of Tidewater Fishing Service in Magnolia Springs, Ala., reports that, “The redfish on Dixey Bar in Mobile Bay are stacked-up so tight, you almost can walk across their backs. We just had a trip go out that caught and released nine bull reds, weighing from 15 to 30 pounds. If you want to catch big redfish, now’s the time to fish the Fort Morgan area andOrange Beach Charters especially Dixey Bar. On October 5th, we caught about 50 speckled trout from 1-1/2- to 2-1/2-pounds each. These specks were holding in Weeks’ Bay and the upper end of Mobile Bay. The trout are just about ready to move into the rivers. But I’ve been surprised, because the flounder don’t seem to have made their big move out of the rivers and bays yet. The white trout bite is still good, and I expect the flounder will start moving at any time.” Call Captain Davis at 251-942-6298.

Captain Brent Shaver, also known as “Hollywood” or “Captain Bligh” of the “Captain Bligh,” based at Zeke’s Marina, had been fishing Perdido Pass on October 5th when “What’s Biting” talked with him. “At the Alabama Point Bridge, we caught redfish on live bait, pinfish and spots. These six slot redfish weighed 5 to 15 pounds. We also caught two flounder, weighing 2 to 2-1/2-pounds each. However, I saw some other boats with flounder that weighed up to 6 pounds. Many captains are catching flounder, but these fish really haven’t made their fall run yet. One of the guides from Zeke’s Marina caught 22 flounder one day the first week in October, but that’s unusual. We’re catching the flounder on live bait also. But the big news at Alabama Point is the bluefish. We kept 10 of the biggest bluefish we caught. The bluefish we’re catching right now are some of the biggest bluefish we’ve ever caught. These bluefish will weigh 3-4 pounds and also are eating live bait. That certainly wasn’t a bad day’s catch for a 4-hour trip. I really believe that right now, fishing live bait is the secret. Orange Beach fishingThat’s why I catch fresh, live bait every day before my trip. We kept bent rods almost all day long.” You can call 251-747-0220 to learn more about Captain Shaver or check-out www.mofishin.biz/charter.

For more information about Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, visit www.orangebeach.com/fishing, a fishing hub with marina and charter captain listings. For any questions, call Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism’s vacation-planning specialists at 1-800-745-SAND (7263).

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