Editor’s Note: Captain George Pfeiffer, captain of the “CAT” charter boat docked at Zeke’s Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama, has fished in the Gulf of Mexico for 35 years and has owned his own charter boat since 1995.

Right now, everything’s biting in the Gulf of Mexico. There are plenty of nice-sized vermilion snapper, white snapper, triggerfish and amberjack to be caught. The snapper are biting really well, and we’re still catching plenty of grouper. We still can catch two red snapper per person in Florida waters, which is only about 9 miles from Perdito Pass at Orange Beach, until the end of October. Too, almost half the charter boats in Alabama are licensed in Florida, so you don’t have to purchase an additional Florida fishing license.

To get snapper and other fish into your boat in a 12- to an 18-hour trip, I recommend you catch offshore fish first. Then move to Florida waters for snapper, and finally, fish Alabama state waters before you return to the dock. On an 18-hour trip, we’ll fish for tuna and big amberjacks on the close-in oil and gas rigs. We’ll catch grouper, scamp, white snapper and triggerfish in 200- to 300-foot-deep waters and then head to Florida waters for red snapper. On a 12-hour trip, we’ll catch amberjacks, grouper, snapper, triggerfish, white snapper and red snapper.

In September, not much fishing pressure exists because schools has started, and not many boats are on the water fishing for snapper, grouper and amberjacks. However, the fish have gathered back-up, the water’s cooling off, making the bite more active, and the fish are hungry. So, at this time of year, keeping rods bent all day is easy.

If you book a fishing trip on the “CAT” charter boat, we’ll have time to run to Florida waters to catch snapper and return to Alabama waters for other species of fish. But to get more value for your money, plan a 12- to an 18-hour trip to have time to stop for live bait for offshore fishing. Although we’ve caught numbers of scamp lately, the scamp are finicky, only preferring smaller pinfish and pogies. If we don’t get smaller-sized baitfish, we’ll have a more-difficult time catching scamp. When we catch the right-size bait, we’ll catch nice-sized scamp.

We also deep drop fish offshore with electric reels and polypropylene line in water depths of 300 to 400 feet, catching yellowedge grouper, scamp, tilefish and other deep-water fish.

September is a great month to plan a trip in the Gulf of Mexico. The weather’s cool, and the tropical storms have turned to gentle breezes. Last time I fished with a family during this month, the water was so calm and slick that the small children were able to stand on the deck beside their parents and fish. So, if you’re thinking of visiting the Gulf this year, September is the most-productive month.

To plan a trip with Captain George Pfeiffer on the “CAT” charter boat, call (888) 558-3889, or visit www.fishorangebeach.net.