One of the most consistent species inshore anglers can target is the hard-charging and tasty redfish. This fish is a member of the drum family that inhabits the inshore and nearshore waters of Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast.
The rebound of the redfish populations along the Gulf of Mexico is an amazing success story. When late New Orleans Chef Paul Prudhomme introduced the world to blackened redfish, demand for the saltwater species skyrocketed, and commercial harvest decimated the species. However, strict management was instituted, and redfish responded quickly. Now, redfish are abundant in the bays, estuaries, front beaches, and nearshore waters of Alabama.
For those who want to test their fishing tackle, take a little boat ride about a quarter mile off the beachfront, looking for schools of reds. Make sure to go down the beach to Dixey Bar, just yards off the Alabama coastline at the tip of the Fort Morgan peninsula.
With a depth that varies from 5 to 10 feet, Dixey Bar is a shallow sand bar on the east side of the Mobile Bay ship channel just off Fort Morgan. On the west side of the bar is the Mobile ship channel, which has plenty of deeper water. On the east side is the Gulf of Mexico. Dixey Bar, named after an 1860 ship that ran aground and broke up during a storm on the bar, is about three miles long. Its width varies greatly, from about two miles wide near Fort Morgan to only a few hundred yards wide as it blends into the Gulf on the south end. When redfish are on the prowl, they move up onto the bar, searching for anything edible. Bait choice isn’t really that important if the fish are hungry.