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Editor’s Note: Even under high-wind conditions, rainy or stormy weather, you still can fish inshore for flounder, redfish, and speckled trout. For more than 40 years, Captain David Brown has been guiding on the back bays.
Although our area had rain in mid-July, we still caught numbers of fish. For a 4-hour trip, we’re averaging 15 to 20 speckled trout, several redfish, and a flounder sometimes. We’re catching trout averaging 18 to 22 inches with a few 3- and 4-pounders and the biggest weighing close to 7 pounds on plastic jigs like the Finesse soft-plastic grub on a 1/4-ounce jighead or live bait. I use 10- or 12-pound test monofilament line and a No. 2/0 bronze Eagle Claw hook and free line the live bait out to the trout. To catch redfish around piers, I like a braided line with an 18-inch long 25-pound test fluorocarbon leader and the same trout hook.
The speckled trout are holding in 3- to 6-foot deep in the grass beds. When fishing for redfish, which are more structure-oriented, we’ll fish around piers, bridges, and jetties, near grass beds. The redfish will take live shrimp, other live baits, gold spoons like a Sidewinder or a 1/2-ounce Johnson Spoon in gold.
Usually, our party of two or three anglers leave Orange Beach Marina around 6:30 a.m. and return by 11:30 a.m. The Perdido area where we fish has protected, most often clear waters. Even with a lot of wind and rain, rarely does this region’s water become muddy. I take many families inshore fishing to teach them how to catch specks, reds, and flounder. The rain has made the water temperature cool, and the fishing good.
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.