fishing in the Gulf of Mexico

Fresh seafood is available year-round along the Gulf Coast. From Orange Beach to Bayou La Batre, you have your choice of reeling it in yourself or buying it from local markets. 

Amberjack, red drum, grouper, sheepshead and so much more are caught and served fresh throughout the year. 

In March and April, bluefish, cobia, flounder, black drum, kingfish, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, pompano and sea trout all start biting. If cobia is your fish of choice, be sure to visit in April during peak season. 

Visit in the summer to find dolphin (mahi mahi); They really start biting in June, but they remain in season into October. Amberjack, Spanish mackerel and pompano are great summer fish, while king mackerel peak season hits in August and September. 

If catching your dinner is not your idea of fun, head to local seafood markets for truly fresh options to grill or fry up while in town. They will also be happy to pack it up so you can continue to enjoy the local flavors of the coast from your home kitchen!