When the Weather Cools, the Fishing Gets Better
When the dog days of summer are finally behind us, the fishing in the fall along the beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast may be the best time to fish all year.
The water temperature begins to cool, and the fish become more active. Instead of spending most of their time in the deeper pockets to find cooler water, the inshore species like speckled trout and redfish venture out onto the flats to feed on the shrimp and baitfish that are starting a transition that will take them into Alabama’s bountiful estuaries.
When the weather changes on the Gulf Coast, the variety of species available for anglers is outstanding. That includes the species that inhabit the surf and those who hang out several miles from the beach.
Spanish mackerel and king mackerel won’t start their migration until later in the fall, which means will have luck trolling spoons and cigar minnows for mackerel in nearshore waters.
When the first cool front of the year comes through, the whiting and pompano start biting better in the surf. Just a few degrees drop in water temperature will trigger the feeding frenzy.
You can catch pompano in the surf on pompano jigs or natural bait, like peeled shrimp, sand fleas and ghost shrimp.
Bait shops will fresh-dead shrimp and likely will have frozen sand fleas. For ghost shrimp, anglers will have to catch their own with a suction pump, available at the bait shops, in the sand at the surf line.
Use a small hook, like a No. 6 Kahle, when you’re fishing for pompano or whiting.