Fall is a beautiful time of year for a visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast. The air feels crisper, the sky looks bluer and the days are still warm. It’s also a good time for fishing on the coast.
The cooler temperatures of fall bring out the best of Gulf State Park pier fishing. Try your hand at catching saltwater favorites such as king mackerel, bull redfish and Spanish mackerel in the deep water at the end of the pier. In the shallower water near the shore, you may find pompano, whiting, flounder and speckled trout.
Check with local tackle shops for the best bait. Catching your own bait can be fun. Grab the tackle you would use for bass fishing and bring in just as many fish as the anglers using the heavy tackle. Again, local tackle shops can point you in the right direction for spool size and proper line strength.
If you prefer to get out on the water, consider taking an inshore charter fishing trip. Inshore fishing is a great family adventure. The smoother water provides a different variety of fish just waiting to be caught. This time of year, redfish can be found near Perdido Pass and the Dixey Bar in Mobile Bay off Fort Morgan. For a fun fight, speckled trout start moving in the fall and can be found around the mouths of rivers and around piers.
When booking your inshore charter, be sure to let them know if you will have kids on the trip and their ages. For a list of area charters, visit our website.