Winter Surf Fishing on Alabama Gulf CoastCool-weather fishing can produce some great catches along the Alabama Coastal Connection. 

It’s a great time for catching amberjack and grouper. The bull reds start running when the temperatures drop, too.

Take a four- to six-hour charter fishing trip just off shore and enjoy a good fight from the redfish. In fact, the best time to catch redfish is just after a cold front has passed, because it pushes the baitfish a little closer to shore.

Pompano and sheepshead also make appearances this time of year. Pompano like the cold-water conditions. Use live shrimp, sand fleas or a pompano jig to fish the passes that lead into the Gulf of Mexico.

Sheepshead are attracted to the same type of bait, and they usually gather around pier pilings, docks and jetties.

To enjoy great fishing, choices include booking a charter trip or just casting a line from the shore or a public pier along the Alabama Scenic Byway.