Fishing along the Alabama Gulf Coast is popular in warmer months. But did you know winter fishing can also provide a great haul? During cooler weather, anglers reel in amberjack, Spanish mackerel, flounder, mullet, sheepshead, grouper and more.
Dip a line in waterways along Alabama’s Coastal Connection. A great place to start is the Gulf State Park Fishing Pier. Throughout the year, regulars line the pier with their rods, nets and buckets. There is a nominal admission fee, and if you need gear, rods and reels can be rented starting at $10 for four hours. You can even purchase an Alabama saltwater license at the bait store there.
Go surf fishing from the beaches of Dauphin Island to catch whiting; experts recommend using shrimp for bait. Among the great fishing spots on Dauphin Island are the free pier at Billy Goat Hole, jetties on the east end, and undeveloped beaches on the west end.
If you have access to a boat, launch from the Fort Morgan boat ramp at the historic site and head south to Dixey Bar, a spot just off shore that runs three miles. Bull redfish are on the prowl along the bar. Use a little heavier tackle, because some of these big boys will put up a fight.
Thanks to a temperate climate and bountiful fishing grounds, fishing is great year-round on Alabama’s coastal waters. Don’t wait for the next season – catch some fishing fun soon!