Water Color Is the Key to Gulf State Park Pier Fishing Success at Alabama's Gulf Coast
“There were about 50 redfish caught last Monday, June 17, on the Gulf State Park Pier in Gulf Shores, Ala., and maybe 20 or 30 king mackerel as well as some nice Spanish mackerel,” David Thornton, an avid pier and surf angler who helps people fish at
the beach, says. “Last Tuesday wasn't as good as Monday, but still a good number of redfish, king mackerel, big spadefish and flounder were caught.”
However, I was on the pier last Wednesday and found fishing not so good. “The success of pier fishing in June often is dictated by water color,” Thornton explains. “A lot of rain along the Mississippi River flood plain and a current or a wind coming from the west bring stained water from Mississippi to Alabama's Gulf Coast. The water usually clears up in a day or two, so we should have outstanding fishing again next week. The flounder fishing around the pier's pilings has heated up, and clear water should give pier fishermen exciting redfish, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and spadefish activity.
“Fishing on the Gulf State Park Pier continues to get even better as the summer progresses. We usually see big schools of redfish – often covering an acre – coming out of deep water and moving to within casting distance of the pier in the fall. However, big redfish schools are coming close to the pier now.”
One welcome new addition to the Gulf State Park Pier is the Pelican Sam's Roost restaurant under the pavilion, next to the tackle shop and the main gate that serves delicious food, provides a place to rest and relax and showcases spectacular scenery. Don't forget to bring your camera when you come to the pier, because pelicans won't mind posing for pictures with piergoers.
For more information about Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, visit www.orangebeach.com/fishing, our easy to access fishing information pages complete with marina and charter captain listings. For any questions, call Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism's vacation-planning specialists at 1-800-745-SAND (7263). For a list of cook-your-catch restaurants, go to www.orangebeach.com/dining-nightlife/restaurants.