Orange Beach ChartersAlabama’s Gulf Coast offers some of the finest fishing in the world. Since the 1950s, private-boat captains, charter-boat captains, conservation groups and Alabama’s Marine Resources Division constantly have been building artificial inshore and offshore reefs for you to enjoy fishing. According to Scott Bannon, Chief Enforcement Officer of the Marine Resources Division, Alabama has more than 17,000 offshore reefs and more than 28 inshore reefs where the public can fish free of charge. To see the locations of these reefs and get GPS coordinates, go to www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/saltwater/fisheries/artificial-reefs/ where you can download files containing GPS coordinates and reef materials used. At this writing, plans are being made to build more inshore reefs in state waters within 3 miles of the beach.

Before you fish the reefs, you’ll need to know where to launch your boat. You can go to www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/saltwater/where/ to find all the boat ramps in Mobile and Baldwin counties on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. If you plan to bring your boat to the Gulf during Spring Break, you may want to store your boat at one of the coastal marinas. Go to www.orangebeach.com for a list of marinas in the Orange Beach/Gulf Shores area.

Orange Beach FishingEven if the weather’s bad, this region encompasses productive, protected waters along the Intracoastal Waterway and many of the back-bay areas. Even during a driving rainstorm, you can fish under the bridges over the canal. For fishing regulations, including the size, the number of fish and the species you can keep, go to www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/saltwater/regulations/. For even more boating and fishing information, go to www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/.

For more information about Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, visit www.orangebeach.com/fishing, our easy to access fishing information pages complete 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). For a list of cook-your-catch restaurants, go to www.orangebeach.com/dining-nightlife/restaurants.