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April Fishing’s Heating-Up on Alabama’s Gulf Coast

By: John Phillips

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Inshore Report:

Editor’s Note: Captain Rick Murdoch of the “Alabama Girl” is an inshore fisherman out of Romar Harbor Marina in Orange Beach, Ala.

“The sheepshead bite is still going strong,” Murdoch reports. “We’re catching and keeping 10 to 12 sheepshead per 4-hour trip and probably catching and releasing 10 to 12. We’re also catching redfish, speckled trout, flounder, black drum and pompano. Although we’ll fish for any species our customerOrange Beach fishings want to catch, most of our anglers want bent rods for 4 hours, and the sheepshead offer that opportunity. The speckled trout, redfish, drum and pompano are incidental catches, while we’re fishing for sheepshead. But, we can target those species if that’s what our clients want to do.

“The Spanish mackerel bite also been good off the jetties. We’re catching most of our fish along the jetties, under the bridge, inside Perdido Pass and along the Intracoastal Canal. As the speckled trout, redfish and flounder continue to move into Perdido Pass, we’ll be offering night trips for these species. Baitfish gather-up under the dock lights in Perdido Bay and around Ono Island, and the fishing there can be fast and furious, not only with live shrimp, but for the fly fishermen too. If you want to see what we’re catching each day, call 251-424-0144, or go to or to the Alabama Girl Fishing Facebook page, where we post pictures every day of the fish our anglers catch.”

Party Boat Report Inshore and Offshore:

Captain Randy Boggs of the charter fleet at SanRoc Cay Marina Orange Beach reports, “We’ve had a lot of catch-and-release snapper this past week. We’ve been catching vermilion snapper weighing from 3/4-pound to 2 -1/2-pounds and caught some really-nice triggerfish that will weigh up to 6 pounds. We’ve been catching a few amberjacks, with some of them undersized, which meant we’ve had to release those, and good numbers of king mackerel that are extremely-large for this time of the year. Our average king mackerel are from 12 to 20 pounds with an occasional 30-pounder. Too, four of our inshore boats have brought-in from 1/2-dozen to a dozen flounder, from 4-hour trips, so the flounder are moving inshore now in April, and the fish are biting good.”

Offshore and Blue-Water Report:

Captain Johnny Greene of the charter boat “Intimidator” out of O range Beach Marina reports, “We’ve caught some really-nice triggerfish this spring as well as white snapper and

Orange Beach charters

vermilion snapper. The good news is grouper season opened April 1, and we’ve caught some nice-sized scamp grouper and red grouper, even though the gag grouper season is closed.”

“Offshore, the amberjack fishing has been as good if not better than I’ve ever seen, and it’s open from now until May 1,” Boggs explains. “If you book a 10- or a 12-hour trip, you can expect to catch amberjacks that weigh from 20 to 50 pounds or better. We’ve also had good catches of both yellowfin tuna and blackfin tuna, and the wahoo bite has been outstanding. We caught a 50- pound wahoo just last week. The red snapper we’ve been seeing will weigh from 4 to 20 pounds. So, we should have an outstanding red snapper season.”

Zeke’s Landing Marina Reports Monster Snapper Caught and Released:

Tad Stewart, PR director for Zeke’s Landing Marina reports, “The cobia bite has been real-good offshore. We’ve had a phenomenal trigger bite this spring, and the amberjacks offshore are biting really well. The ‘Class Act’ charter boat out of Zeke’s caught and weighed a 40-pound American red snapper and then released it. So, we’re expecting a phenomenal red snapper season this summer. Inshore, the speckled trout are starting to move-in, and the sheepshead bite is still the most-consistent bite. The pompano have been hit-and-miss. All of our captains are saying this year’s grouper season should be really good.”

Gulf State Park Pier Report with David Thornton:

“Some really-nice king mackerel are being caught at the pier right now,” Thornton reports. “We had one day where 50 to 75 king mackerel were brought on the pier, and the king mackerel bit all-day-long. TheOrange Beach fishing following day, there were a few caught in the morning, but a lot were caught in the afternoon - about 20 I’d say. The speckled trout are starting to show-up and are being caught at night and in the mornings, and pier anglers also are catching pompano that will weigh up to 3 pounds. Only a few flounder are being caught, but that may be because we don’t have many people fishing for flounder right now. Come on down, and fish with us at the Gulf State Park Pier in Gulf Shores.”

To learn more about the Gulf State Park Pier, call 251-967-FISH (3474). The Orange Beach Fishing Association will be glad to find you and your family a captain and a boat that fits your needs. The good news is that you don’t have to leave your wife and children at home when you visit Alabama’s Gulf Coast. There’s plenty to do and see. For more information on fishing guides and charter boats, lodging accommodations, restaurants and entertainment on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, call Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism at 800-745-SAND (7263), or visit

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