Surf fishing on Alabama's BeachesAnyone who has fished Alabama waters knows fall is an awesome time to reel in some great catches. And the benefits of fall fishing include the cooler temperatures, of course, as well as the less-crowded piers and beaches.

Ready to get that line wet? When you’re fishing saltwater, prepare to hook amberjack, Spanish mackerel, flounder, mullet, sheepshead and grouper. With an Alabama saltwater license, you can fish from piers or the shore, or take a boat out to deeper waters.

Where can you reel in the big fish? Try the Perdido Pass Bridge in Orange Beach or Dixie Bar just offshore in Fort Morgan. Redfish are especially plentiful in those spots and speckled trout move along the piers and docks.

Amberjack and grouper are fun to catch, offering a good fight. For those, plan an offshore fishing trip. Don’t have a boat? No problem – local charter captains can get you out to the fish.

As for bait, anglers say to use jigs in the surf where the water’s clear. Bait shrimp, sand fleas, minnows and cut bait are good, too.