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Inshore Report – Redfish, Black Drum, Flounder and Pompano:

Editor’s Note: Our inshore report this week comes from Mike Weaver, who owns Navigator Inshore Charters, based out of Zeke’s Marina.

I mostly fish around Alabama Point at the bridge and along the jetties. If you fish right-up next to the pilings on the bridge here at the end of October, you’ll finOrange Beach Chartersd that the redfish are biting, especially on the middle pilings. We’re catching 5- to 8-pound redfish on LYs (alewives), shrimp and bull minnows, and these are good-sized slot redfish you can take home and eat. The baitfish are moving out of the back bays now, but the bait shops in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have plenty of bull minnows. My boat is an inshore boat, and to get out on the front beaches I need a very-calm day. But some of the boats that have been fishing the front beaches have been catching some really-big bull reds between 15 and 20 pounds, with the best fishing between Perdido Pass and the Florabama Bar.

We’re also catching numbers of delicious black drum, primarily on shrimp, and they’re really fighting. We caught a 16-pounder on my last trip, took some pictures and released it, since it was too big to keep and eat. Some black drum weighing up to 40 pounds are being caught, however, our fishermen keep those to eat weighing 2-4 pounds. Too, we’ve started catching a few pompano, and as the water temperature starts to cool-down, the pompano bite will get better.

We’ve also been catching flounder near the pass when the tide is running fairly slow, either when the tide is just about to come in or when it’s about to go out. I like to fish around the Caribe Resort condos, the docks and the concrete walls in front of the condos, around some sand islands and around the west jetties. The flounder are on their way out of the bays now and schooling-up around Perdido Pass. I use a Carolina rig by putting an egg weight up the line with a barrel swivel below it and using about 18 inches of monofilament leader and a No.1 hook. I prefer to catch my flounder on LYs, but the fish also will eat live shrimp and bull minnows. I’ve talked to some people who’ve been jigging flounder at night, and they’ve been catching some 5- and 6-pounders. Most of the flounder we’ve been catching have been about 12-inches long.

To contact Captain Mike Weaver, call 850-232-4251, email mikew611@alabamasnaturalcoast.net, or visit www.captainmikeweaver.com.


Pier and Beach Report – King and Spanish Mackerel, Bull Reds, Bluefish, Flounder and Pompano:

Editor’s Note: David Thornton guides on the Gulf State Park Pier, along the beaches, the jetties and other inshore locations.

Last week, the weather was a little rough with a lot of wind. But, we had good catches of king mackerel and Spanish mackerel last week. Over the weekend, the Spanish mackerel really caught fire early in the mornings and more than 200 were caught - most on bubble rigs but also on cigar minnows and white 1/2-inch locally-produced jigs. You can buy the jigs at J&M Tackle and other bait shops in the area. One day last week, over 40-king mackerel were caught. Even when the Gulf of Mexico was a little muddy because of an east wind, pier fishermen still were catching 12-15 king mackerel each, per day. We also had a neap tide toward the end of last week that didn’t help things out. So, fishing should get better during Halloween week. With the cool snap that was predicted for the first of the week, bull red fishiOrange Beach Fishingng should get better. Last year, we had some of our best fishing for king mackerel and bull reds in November, and that good bite held-up until Thanksgiving. I think we’ll have that same kind of fishing this year. Once the water temperature dips down below 70, the king mackerel will leave, and we’ll mainly be catching bull reds.

We had a good catch of pompano last week. I also fished Little Lagoon Pass last week, and we caught a lot of good fish, but lost one flounder at the net. The bluefish are hitting small, live bait, and if you put a pinfish on the bottom they’ll eat it. When weather gets rough, cut bait is your best bet. The flounder bite has really picked-up, and one fellow caught a flounder that weighed almost 5 pounds. So, we’re starting to see more of the bigger flounder being caught.

For more information on fishing the Gulf State Park Pier or front beaches with David Thornton, call 251-458-2775, e-mail pierpounder@alabamasnaturalcoast.net, or visit www.orangebeachsurffishing.com.


Six Hour Trip – Amberjacks, Gag Grouper and Various Snapper:

Editor’s Note: Gary Goodwin is the captain of “Jamie G,” docked at Zeke’s Marina.

We enjoyed a good 6-hour trip and caught a limit of amberjacks and one 40-pound gag grouper. We also caught two-dozen vermilion snapper and one African pompano. We caught a lane snapper and caught-and-released about 20 red snapper.

For more information, go to www.jamiegcharters.com, or call 251-942-2020.


Near Shore Report - King Mackerel, Various Kinds of Snapper and Triggerfish:

Editor’s Note: Eric Rochester is the captain of “Another Getaway,” based at Zeke’s Marina.

We had a 6-hour trip toward the end of last week, and because the weather was a little windy, we stayed close to shore. We put 5 kings on the boat that weighed 13- to 25-pounds each, but we had three that got off that weighed 4-pounds-plus each. We saw some bull reds up near the beach, but they were too shallow for us to try to move in and catch. Next, we moved further offshore, did some bottom fishing and caught and released about 24 red snapper and triggerfish. Another day this week, we had a 6-hour trip and went to the Trysler Grounds where we caught numbers of white snapper, 8-10 vermilion snapper and several really-nice king mackerel on the drift lines.

To learn more, visit www.getawaygulffishing.com, or call 251-981-8047.


Offshore Report – Wahoo, Amberjacks, Scamp, Gag Grouper, King Mackerel, Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna:

Editor’s Note: Captain Johnny Greene on the charter boat “Intimidator,” based at Orange Beach Marina, had two back-to-back 10-hour trips and then an overnight trip this week.Orange Beach Charters

On our first 10-hour trip, we caught a 65-pound wahoo, a limit of 30-pound amberjacks and scamp weighing up to 15 pounds. The next day, we had another 10-hour trip and we caught our limit of amberjacks and six, 20- to 40-pound gag grouper. We caught two 15-pound king mackerel on our way out. On our overnight trip, we hit the jackpot on scamp with 20-25 scamp weighing 10- to 30-pounds each - one of the best catches of scamp I’ve had. We caught six gag grouper that weighed 30- to 60-pounds. We landed eight yellowfin tuna that weighed about 90-pounds each and had plenty of blackfin tuna, weighing 12 - 20-pounds. Now, these fish are just the ones we kept. We caught and released a lot of other fish. We had 3 great days of fishing. If the weather holds-up, we can expect this kind of fishing all winter long.

To fish with Captain Johnny Greene, call 251-747-2872 or go to www.fishorangebeach.com or www.gulfshoresdeepseafishing.com.

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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