What I Love About the Gulf State Park Pier
The Gulf State Park Pier is one of those places I stumbled upon during my drive along the beach highway on my first visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast. During that trip, I took a stroll on the Gulf Shores pier and observed fishermen skillfully casting their lines and reeling in their catch. My home state is Iowa, and I quickly realized these fishermen fished differently than folks in the north.
On a return visit, it appeared the same bird I had photographed on my first visit, was perched on “his” post on the pier. I have developed a love of birding and the Gulf State Park Pier offers fantastic birding opportunities, as well as fishing Alabama.
The local fisherman are some of the most helpful people I’ve encountered in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. On one of my visits, I opted to purchase an Alabama fishing license and try my luck at catching a fish or two. It took me a few minutes to find my spot on the pier and once I did, a local angler lent a hand to this novice fisherwoman from the north.
I had purchased shrimp as bait for fish, which is different from fishing in Iowa. When we fish in the north, we use worms and we hope to catch a walleye for supper. I went to bait my hook and I quickly learned that it’s not ok to put the whole shrimp on the hook. The local fisherman informed me he would show me how to do it, and he did. In the long run, he saved me a lot of money, by not using a whole shrimp on each hook. I look forward to a return visit, as I still need to catch a fish!