“Right now, we’re catching good numbers of speckled trout and redfish,” reports Captain Gary Davis from Foley, Alabama. “I have a 9-1/2-pound speckled trout in my freezer, caught by one of my customers, waiting to be taken to a taxidermist. We usually catch plenty of good-sized specks, reds and flounder all the way into November down here. Inshore fishing along Alabama’s Gulf Coast has always been excellent, but today it’s even better than in years past.”

Alabama’s Marine Resources Division (AMRD) has constructed 14-inshore fishing reefs, located in Mobile, Bon Secour and Perdido bays and Mississippi Sound, by utilizing concrete bridge material, culvert pipes, concrete roof panels and oyster shells. AMRD also has enhanced the fish-attracting pads around several gas-production platforms in lower Mobile Bay with crushed lime rock. And, the good news just keeps coming. AMRD has four additional reefs planned for Perdido and Bon Secour bays, which further will enhance inshore fishing opportunities for anglers along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. To locate these reefs, go to http://www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/saltwater/where/artificial-reefs. At this site, you’ll find not only the GPS coordinates for these reefs, but a map showing their locations and the boat ramps that make reaching these reefs easily accessible. When you’re fishing Alabama’s inshore artificial reefs, you can use your freshwater, bait-casting or spinning tackle to fish these reefs.

“I prefer to use 6- to 10-pound-test line and fish with live croakers, live shrimp, finesse grubs, DOA shrimp or MirrOlures,” Davis reports. “I’ve lived in this area my entire life, and I can honestly say that speckled trout, redfish and flounder fishing never has been better than right now.”

Where to Fish When You Can’t Fish:

One real concern for anyone planning a fishing trip is inclement weather. However, Alabama’s Gulf Coast homes some very-productive protected waters where you still can fish, even under adverse weather, including the Intercoastal Waterway and Little Lagoon, which opens into the Gulf of Mexico.

Don’t have a boat – no problem.

You’ll find great places to fish along the jetties at Perdido Pass near the Alabama/Florida border, at Fort Morgan, in Mobile Bay, at the mouth of Little Lagoon on West Beach and all along the beach, from Fort Morgan to the Florida line. “The speckled trout and redfish will be running the surf line all along the beach from now until about October,” Davis says. “Fishing with grubs, DOA shrimp and MirrOlures from the beach can be highly-productive, especially if you find the little ditches and cuts where specks and reds like to stay and ambush baitfish.”

Don’t have any equipment, don’t know where to get bait, and don’t have a boat – still no problem.

Alabama’s Gulf Coast has some of the finest inshore fishing guides in the nation who offer step-in, step-out service. They can provide rods, tackle, bait and even clean your fish for you, put them in Ziploc bags and place them in your ice cooler.

Don’t know how to cook your catch – no problem.

Many of the restaurants at the beach will take your fillets, prepare them any way you wish and add the side dishes you want for a nominal fee. You can come to Alabama’s Gulf Coast with nothing more than the dream of catching speckled trout, redfish and flounder, employ a fishing guide and eat your deliciously-prepared catch that night.

Don’t know how to fish – no problem.

Alabama’s Gulf Coast guides will teach you and your family to fish. Many of these guides specialize in taking families out who have never fished before. They’ll teach your family where and how to catch the plentiful inshore fish. If you’re searching for a family-fishing vacation spot, then Alabama’s Gulf Coast is looking for you.

You can find the locations of these inshore reefs and other public reefs at Outdoor Alabama.