Note: Years ago, many people fished on party boats where they each paid a
certain amount of money to get on the boat and fish with a party of people. You
could fish alone or with family or a group of friends. You didn’t need a
certain amount of people to hire a charter. Today, there’s been a resurgence of
party-boat fishing and “Zeke’s Lady,” based out of Zeke’s Marina,
is a new party boat docked in Orange
Beach, Alabama. Captain
Butch Tucker often runs two fishing trips a day on “Zeke’s Lady.”
Captain, what’s “Zeke’s Lady”?
It’s a 58-foot newly-built party boat docked at Zeke’s Landing in Orange Beach.
We do private charters, but we primarily take parties of one, two, three and four
people out for a 1/2-day of fishing. We offer walk-on trips (4 to 6 hours),
private trips (up to 12 hours) and cruises.
How much does fishing cost on a party boat?
Depending on the time of year and the length of the trip, the cost is $55 to
$85 for adults and $35 to $45 for children.
What type of fish do you catch?
We catch all the reef fish. Until the first of June, when red-snapper season
starts, we have to release all the red snapper we catch. However, we catch several
other species of snapper that are fun to catch and good to eat. Too, we catch
scamp, triggerfish, grouper and an occasional amberjack. We may even catch a
king mackerel or a cobia. In April this year, we caught a mako shark. Although
we don’t target game fish, like mako sharks, king mackerel and cobia, we catch
This month, what will your customers most likely catch?
We’ll catch all the bottom feeders, as well as king mackerel. We caught a king
mackerel on our most-recent trip. Many times when we’re catching lane snapper or
vermilion snapper, the king mackerel will come along and eat the snapper on the
line. Then the fisherman will catch the
king mackerel, instead of the snapper.
What types of sites do you fish?
We try to fish places that don’t hold red snapper, which in years past has been
very easy. Now fishing areas where the red snapper aren’t concentrated is very
difficult. There are so many red
snapper off the Alabama
that you can run and hide, but you can’t get away from those red snapper.
What kind of snapper do you catch and keep in May?
We catch white snapper, lane snapper, vermilion snapper and mangrove snapper, as
well as triggerfish, two or three-different species of grouper, scamp and an
How many people do you take out on your trips?
On a 6-hour trip, we need a minimum of 16 fishermen. On a 4-hour trip, we need
the equivalent of 20 adults. When we have good weather, we usually go out twice
a day, every day. A party-boat trip is a good way for a family to sample the
type of fishing we have at Orange
Beach, and our trips are
very affordable. In this down economy, more people are opting to take a party-boat
trip to find out if they really like deep-sea fishing and because they’re more
economical. The 4-hour trip also fits many families’ schedules. This way, they
have a 1/2-day to fish and the remainder of the day to go to the beach and see
other attractions. We also have private charters available for large groups of
people where we can fish all day. Generally, on a day of fishing, we catch
nice-sized fish, and everyone has a good time.
fish with Captain Butch Tucker on “Zeke’s Lady,” call Zeke’s Marina Landing at
800-793-4044, or visit www.zekescharters.com.
Snapper with Crabmeat Stuffing
can prepare this flavorful dish with any type of snapper.
– 7 pounds snapper of any kind and size
pound fresh shrimp
large onion, chopped fine
tablespoon parsley, minced
tablespoon chopped celery
cloves garlic, minced
small green pepper, chopped fine
slices white bread
shallots, chopped fine
teaspoons parsley, minced
and clean the shrimp, and cut into small pieces. Sauté the onion and garlic in
oil until clear. Add the shrimp, and sauté for about 10 minutes. Dampen the
bread, mash it, and add to onion and shrimp mixture. Add the green pepper,
parsley, crabmeat, celery and seasonings. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring
constantly. Place the stuffing inside the fish, and sew up the opening or
fasten with skewers.
the fish in a greased baking pan. Pour 1 cup of wine over it, and bake in a
preheated 400-degree oven, with a piece of aluminum foil over it for the first
15 – 20 minutes. Remove foil. Dust
lightly with flour. Baste from the pan occasionally, and bake until the fish
flakes to a fork and is crusty brown. Remove the fish to a heated serving
platter, and keep warm. Make sauce by sautéing shallots and parsley for a few
minutes in melted butter. Add crabmeat, and gently stir. Pour over fish and