Fall Red Snapper Season October 1 - October 14
Since the close of red snapper season in early summer, the Orange Beach, Alabama, charter captains deliberately have dodged the artificial reefs with the most and biggest red snapper on them. But on October 1, captains will be targeting those reefs not
fished since the end of June and will see plenty of red snapper, weighing 8-12 pounds and 12- to 20-pounders, plus. Many red snapper have been holding on artificial and natural reefs that the anglers have had to practice catch and release for red snapper. During this fall season, you can catch and eat red snapper.
Three ways to get your share of fall's red snapper:
- Go on a party boat trip out of the marinas by calling a day or two before you want to fish. The expenses for the trip and the tackle and bait is divided up, making this trip less expensive for each angler.
- Come with six or more of your friends or family members, and book a private charter. Then you decide the number of hours you want to fish, and what other species of fish you want to catch to tailor-make each trip.
- Go to the Marine Resources Division webpage at www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/saltwater/fisheries/artificial-reefs for a list of more than 5,000 public reefs with the GPS coordinates, if you own your own boat or have a friend who does.
You'll also find vermilion, white and gray snapper; triggerfish; king and Spanish mackerel; and grouper will be available for harvest, if they meet the length and bag limits. Generally, the 8- to 12-hour trips will produce more big snapper than the shorter trips, but even short trips should yield 10-pound or larger red snapper. We hope to see you fishing with us during this two-week red snapper season. Y'all come.
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.