The tackle shops in the area offer a variety of live bait available throughout the year. If available, try bull minnows, menhaden, and alewives. Depending on the time of year, using live shrimp can be an expensive proposition, but during the warmer months, everything dines on shrimp, including those aggravating pinfish and other bait stealers. So, if you’re going to use live shrimp, take plenty. The good news is that when the water cools in the fall, the bait stealers are less active and live shrimp can be the bait of choice. For artificial lures, try minnow-imitation plastic jigs, Gulp shrimp, MirrOdine crankbaits or topwater baits, like Zara Spooks.
For those who want to do a little wade fishing near the pass, head over to 1660 West Beach Blvd in Gulf Shores to Lagoon Pass Park, and the sandy bottom makes for easy access. It’s also a spot where flounder like to hang out.