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Twenty to 30 Fish Per Hour on a 4-Hour Inshore Trip with Captain David Brown:

Editor’s Note: Captain David Brown of Brown’s Inshore Guide Service out of Orange Beach Marina says fishing is good in mid-October.

We’re catching a mixed bag of fish on each trip - mainly redfish, bluefish, pompano and Spanish mackerel. But, there are still plenty of white trout and a few flounder in the area. Orange Beach ChartersWe’re catching our 1- to 3-pound pompano using live shrimp and sand fleas (mole crabs). We seem to be finding the most pompano around Perdido Pass and along the front beaches. The Spanish mackerel are running 2-4 pounds, and we’re catching them on live bait, casting spoons or Gotcha lures.

There are a few slot reds around Perdido Pass, schools of bull reds off the front beaches and quite a few rat reds (small redfish) in protected waters in the Intracoastal Waterway. Right now, the bull reds are easy to find, if you can spot flocks of seagulls diving on baitfish along the front beaches. The bull reds push the baitfish to the surface, where the seagulls dive to catch and eat them. When we spot working birds, we try to get within casting range of the place where the birds are diving and cast 1/2-ounce chartreuse curly-tail grubs to the bull reds. We’re catching our slot reds at the bridge at Perdido Pass, along the jetties and the edge of the channel at Perdido Pass. The slot reds are being caught on bull minnows, live shrimp and small mullet.

We’re also catching some of the biggest bluefish of the year on live bait in shallow water and jigs in the deeper water at Perdido Pass, with the average bluefish weighing about 4 pounds. A few speckled trout have been caught on live shrimp and Finesse Jigs in the Intracoastal Waterway. We’ve only caught a few flounder as an incidental catch, because we haven’t really been targeting them. Some white trout are on the inshore reefs, and if you come down this week, you can expect to catch a mixed bag of 20 to 30 fish on a 4-hour trip.

You can reach Captain David Brown at (251) 981-6246, or toll-free 1-877-981-6246, or go to his webpage at www.brownsinshore.com.



Pier Report by David Thornton:

Editor’s Note: David Thornton of Mobile, Ala., who fishes Alabama’s Gulf State Park Pier at least one day a week, tells us what’s biting at the pier in Mid-October.

The Spanish mackerel have been heating-up at the pier with some weighing 4 pounds. Most of the Spanish mackerel are starting to fatten-up, are being caught on lures and seem to be getting together in large schools, moving to the east and to the south. Occasionally, a small school of king mackerel will come in close enough to the pier for anglers to catch them. But a huge school of kings may move in close to the pier also. The fishing is phenomenal. You’ll see red minnows (baitfish)Orange Beach Fishing schooling-up, and the seagulls will be screaming and diving on the red minnows. Spanish mackerel will be jumping out of the water and splashing on the surface, and you can catch them on white rigs and small Missouri lures. Every rod on the pier will be bent. Bubble rigs also have been very-effective for catching the Spanish. The bubble rig is a small, clear, plastic oval that you fill half-full of water. I usually put 2 or 3 small BB shot leads inside the bubble. Then when I jerk it, the bubble rattles. I put about 3 feet of heavy monofilament leader below the bubble, attach 6 inches of small-diameter wire leader to the monofilament and add either a 3-inch piece of a plastic straw or a piece of hollow rubber, like the kind that’s used to hold sunglasses on your head. I use bright green, fluorescent, yellow or orange rubber and slide it up the wire. Finally, I attach a treble hook. Since the bubble rig has the water and the shot lead in it, I can cast this rig much further than I can conventional lures. When I start retrieving the bubble rig, the plastic straw or the rubber from the sunglasses holder will slide down and stop just above the treble hook. When the mackerel attack the lure, the treble hook catches the fish right in the side of the mouth. King mackerel fishing was a little slow at the first of last week (the second week in October), but they started biting better on Thursday and through the weekend. Very-little bait has been holding on the end of the pier.

Flounder fishing has picked-up. We’re starting to see more schools of speckled trout. Whiting and pompano are being caught near shore, and the sheepshead are moving into the pilings of the pier. The big bull red run hasn’t materialized yet on the pier, but we have reports of quite a few bull reds being caught at Dixey Bar and along the beach at Fort Morgan. So, we believe the bull reds should start showing up here any day now.

For more information on fishing the Gulf State Park Pier or the beaches, call David Thornton at 251-458-2775, e-mail him at pierpounder@alabamasnaturalcoast.net, or go to his webpage at www.orangebeachsurffishing.com.



Offshore Report:

Editor’s Note: Captain Troy Frady of the charter boat “Distraction,” based out of Orange Beach Marina, tells us what’s biting offshore this week.

We had a cold front come through on Friday that seemed to slow-down the king-mackerelOrange Beach Charters bite when we went trolling that morning. But, the Spanish mackerel were biting really well, and we caught a good number of them. As the temperature warmed-up during the day, and we moved further offshore into deeper water, we caught plenty of king mackerel that weighed between 5 and 10 pounds, on our way out to go bottom fishing. We caught some nice vermilion snapper and caught and released some big triggerfish and big red snapper with the biggest weighing about 16 pounds. As we started trolling back to Orange Beach Marina, we caught a 16-pound blackfin tuna. We were only 8 miles from shore when the tuna started biting. Fishing has been very good trolling offshore, bottom fishing and on the longer trips of 10 and 12 hours.

To contact Captain Troy Frady and Distraction Charters, go to www.distractioncharters.com, or, call him at 251-975-8111.

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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