Spanish Mackerel are on the Alabama Gulf Coast for Annual Visit
Part of the What's Biting Series
What if I proposed this travel itinerary to you?
Leave the Florida Keys in late winter, make your way up the coast, and arrive in our area around the end of March or maybe early April. Spend all spring and summer along the Gulf Coast and then reverse
the trip sometime around October.
I'd feel pretty fortunate experiencing that trip one time, but what about doing it every year? Who could be so lucky to pull that off? It's not a group of fishing buddies, but rather one of our most popular migrating fish, the Spanish mackerel, and right now their annual journey has them here with us until the water cools in the fall.
"Just recently we have started to consistently catch them on our four-hour charters," said Captain Don McPherson of Getaway Charters in Orange Beach. "Like everything else, they were just running a little behind because of the cold spring.
" Captain Hollywood Shaver of Captain Bligh Charters agrees, "They just showed up at the pass, along the jetties, at the pier – they are finally here."
Spanish mackerel offer so much to our fishing community. Targeted nearshore means almost everyone has access to them. Whether it's on a boat, the jetties, or the Gulf State Park Pier, these fish provide outstanding fishing action for anglers of all ages.
"There is not a better fish for young kids than a Spanish mackerel," according to McPherson, who trolls spoons with planers and straw rigs along the beach on his trips. "The kids are able to catch the fish by themselves, and many times it is the first fish they ever catch."
Spanish mackerel offer so much to our fishing community