Red snapper season will come to a close at 12:01 am on November 22. The fall of 2010 has been one of the greatest red snapper seasons that Alabama’s Gulf Coast ever has seen, with the average red snapper weighing 8 to over 20 pounds. Anglers have brought-in giant wahoo weighing 70 pounds or
more. As the weather cools, the wahoo fishing just heats-up and you can expect bigger and better wahoo fishing all the way through the spring of 2011. At Alabama’s Gulf Coast, the fishing light is always on, even after red snapper season closes. Orange Beach, Ala., captains will be doing deep-dropping for tilefish, snowy grouper and other deep-water species. The yellowfin tuna bite will continue strong through February. You can load your cooler with gag grouper, scamp, vermilion snapper, triggerfish, lane snapper, white snapper and other reef fish on charter trips this winter.
On the Gulf State Park Pier in Gulf Shores, Ala., king mackerel and Spanish mackerel should hold on strong until the area has really-cold weather, which hasn’t happened yet. November still will have quite a number of 70- and 80-degree days. One of the least-expensive fishing trips you can take is a day on the Gulf State Park Pier, the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico at 1,540 feet, where you’ll find plenty of action catching bull redfish weighing up to and often over 30 pounds. These fish move-in strong close to the beach all winter long and are fun to catch and delicious to eat. Most of the bull reds are caught out on the end of the pier, but there
will be days with plenty of these giant fish caught in the middle of the pier. Also in the middle of the pier, you’ll catch flounder and the sheepshead will start moving-in close to shore. Near the pier’s concession stands and on the beach, you’ll find ground mullet, whiting, an occasional speckled trout or redfish and sometimes a stray pompano will come by and take a live shrimp or a pompano jig.
The fall and winter months at Alabama’s Gulf Coast mean primetime back bay and Mobile Delta river fishing. As the weather becomes colder, large schools of speckled trout, redfish and flounder will move-up the river systems that feed the bays at Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. Many of the inshore charter captains know the deep holes and the shallow flats where plenty of speckled trout, redfish and flounder concentrate all winter long and produce some fast action, fun catching and delicious eating. Make plans now to head to Orange Bea
ch and Gulf Shores for the last weekend of red snapper season. If you ever in your life have wanted to catch a big red snapper, now’s the time to do it.
If you live up North, and you’re tired of shoveling snow and wearing heavy winter clothes and a hat to keep your ears warm, plan a trip to Alabama’s Gulf Coast now and throughout the winter months. Motel, hotel and condo rentals are less expensive, and you’ll find numbers of captains to take you fishing for the plentiful fish of Alabama’s Gulf Coast. You can have your catch cooked at the beach or take the fish home for a fish fry.
To learn more about fishing the Gulf State Park Pier, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call 251-948-7275. For more information about fishing guides and charter boats, lodging accommodations, restaurants and entertainment on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, call 800-745-SAND (7263), or visit www.orangebeach.com