About Fishing

Local Favorite Guides and Fishing Spots


large shark caught by Russell's Coastal Fishing Charter in Gulf Shores AL
Captain Richie Russell is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed fishing captain who has been delivering fantastic fishing experiences to locals and guests for decades. While Capt. Russell is known locally as the "Shark Whisperer," he is adept at putting his anglers on every type of saltwater game fish there is. As this writer has experienced personally, Capt. Russell's laid back demeanor is welcoming, his knowledge is unmatched, and his determination to make sure you have a successful fishing trip is ferocious. Great for adults and kids alike, Capt. Russell specializes in offshore and inshore saltwater fishing.

guests of Russell's Coastal Fishing Charters holding large fish in Gulf Shores AL
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three fishermen with large Redfish caught on Addicted 2 Fishing Charter boat in Gulf Shores AL
Addicted 2 Fishing Charters stands out as a beacon of excellence, offering an unparalleled adventure on the open waters. Combining the expertise of Captain Marty with a commitment to customer satisfaction, their fleet of well-maintained vessels is equipped with top-notch gear, ensuring that even the most avid anglers are equipped for success. Prepare to embark on a journey that combines the thrill of reeling in a prized catch of speckled trout, redfish, red snapper, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, and more with the tranquility of witnessing a mesmerizing sunrise on the Gulf Coast. 

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three men holding a large fish caught by Distraction Charters in Orange Beach AL
Distraction Charters
 in Orange Beach, AL specializes in family friendly deep sea fishing charters. All trips are private, which means your family or group is the only one on the boat. They can accommodate up to 6 passengers per trip and have a professional crew with the owner of the company, Troy Frady, as your Captain. Capt. Troy prides himself on offering a "G" Rated atmosphere for your family. Specializing in half-day fishing charters for bottom fishing and trolling trips for SnapperGrouperRedfishMackerelJacks and more, they will also provide you with a full day charter by request (reserve early!) where additional fish species can be targeted.

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Want to fish from the beach? You can have a great time casting your line from the beach in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fort Morgan, AL without risking getting seasick on a charter boat. Great for kids and adults alike, Beach Bum Outdoors in Gulf Shores offers guided beach fishing trips that include rods & reels, the correct baits, and lessons on how to catch a variety of fish species from the shore.
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Gulf State Park Pier Fishing
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There is a wide variety of fish that can be caught from the pier including Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, Pompano, King Mackerel, Redfish, Whiting, sharks, and more. You can bring your own fishing tackle or rent tackle at the pier. A saltwater fishing license is required, which you will need to purchase in advance (see link below for details). If you hook something too big to reel up, just yell for help from a local who has a lift basket designed for that purpose. They’ll be happy to help you land your fish – especially if you offer to give it to them after you get some pictures ;) If you really want to learn something, the Gulf State Park Pier offers a pier fishing Angler Academy for beginners that you can attend. It costs $15 per person and lasts about 2 hours. Angler Academy is by reservation only, so contact them in advance to set it up (see link below for complete details).

The pier is open for fishing 27/7, but if you need to rent fishing equipment, you’ll need to go during the hours it is staffed (6AM-10PM). There is a restaurant and concessions are available if you get hungry or thirsty, too. 

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