Hook Underutilized Species for a Day of Fishing Fun
Many times when you head out into Alabama’s fertile estuaries and Gulf waters on a fishing trip, your initial plan to catch the more popular species like speckled trout and redfish may go awry.
That’s when you adjust to take advantage of what you can discover, which could be anything from ladyfish to bull croakers to gafftopsail catfish to jack crevalle.
The ladyfish is sometimes called the poor man’s tarpon because it provides the acrobatics or a tarpon in a miniature size. Ladyfish will hit live shrimp or a jighead and are mostly found along the beautiful beaches on the Alabama coast.
While you’re on the water, make sure you’re on the lookout for any kind of animal or fish activity, like birds diving for bait or shrimp jumping out the water.
When you spot an area with the water worked into a froth on top, it’s a sure sign a school of fish is ambushing baitfish or shrimp, so be ready to take advantage of what Alabama’s saltwater offers.
Sometimes the schooling fish will be Spanish mackerel, which is a popular fish species along the Alabama coast. However, just as common, it could be a school of the hard-charging jack crevalle, which is one of the underutilized species when it comes to consuming after catching
Experienced anglers on the Alabama coast know to always have at least one rod in the boat that will handle one of the larger species that roam the coastal waters. A heavier spinning rod and reel loaded with at least a 20-pound test line will usually do the trick.