Orange Beach Inshore and Back Bay Fish Species
--photo by Captain Keith Powell
Redfishing for slot sized fish, offers a great year round fishery near Perdido Pass. The Fall and Spring of the year is especially good in Orange Beach and Mobile Bay.
Inshore fishing charters in Orange Beach is the place to start looking for a trip for the whole family. Our area encompasses Gulf Shores and Ft. Morgan, Al. Mobile Bay is a common place you will find us catching inshore fish.
Flounder: There are a couple of species of Flounder that inhabit our local waters in Orange Beach. Flounders are a flat fish with a dark brown back with spots and they have a white belly. The Gulf Flounder is one of the best eating fish in the entire ocean. Some people call them Halibut's cousin because they look similar. However, the Flounders found in our area are about 1 pound up to over 6 pounds.
Black Drum: Black Drum are also a great inshore fish species that we fish for in Alabama's inshore waters. They are big and offer anglers a great fight. These fish can be caught year round.
--photo by Captain Troy Frady
Spring Sheephead are a wonderful species of inshore fish to target. These fish have teeth that look like a sheep. They love a little live shrimp and they are a white meat that taste great and offers a good light tackle inshore fight.
Sheepshead: The Sheepshead fish are one of the most unusual inshore fish species that live in our waters. These fish are gray with wide, black vertical stripes on both sides of their body. They have teeth that look like a sheep. They feed on shrimp and crabs around the rocks and oil rigs in Alabama. The are most plentiful during the early Spring months when they school up at the Perdido Pass Jetties in Orange Beach. They create a bonanza for saltwater anglers and are an easy catch for inshore guides during this time of the year.
Lady Fish: If you love to feel a great fight, the Lady fish offers some of the best light tackle action available. These long skinny silver fish are of poor food quality. They do offer a jumping fight and pull like crazy. They are usually about 1 to 3 pounds. The are range from 18 to 24 inches.
Speckled Trout: There are many species of Sea Trout that inhabit the Inshore and back bay waters of Alabama. The most popular to catch is the Speckled Trout. These magnificent fish are beautiful and are identified by the black specks or black spots located on their backs and sides. These fish are mostly a pound or two but it is common to catch some up over 6 to 7 pounds. The other trout species located in our area are the sand trout and white trout. These are a little smaller than their cousin but offer anglers a wonderful fight. Trout can be caught year round. Fall and Spring offer some excellent opportunities for anglers.
Redfish: Redfish are also called Red Drum in our area. These game fish are available year round. They are caught almost everywhere. There are different patterns they follow but are a common inshore fish in alabama. They are managed by a slot of 16 to 26 inches. However, Alabama allows one oversized fish. The oversized fish are called Bull Reds and they live offshore in deep water during the summer months. These big fish move in during the Fall of each year and can be caught right off the beach where they school up by the thousands.
Tripletail Fish: These fish are one of the most awesome fish that can be caught in all Alabama's waters. They are found in Mobile Bay and out in the Gulf of Mexico. They like to hang around cover. We catch them around oil rigs, bouys, pilings and debris floating on the water. These fish can get to over 20 pounds. They are a strong fighter and are a blast to catch on light tackle.
Blue Fish: We all remember the Jaws Movie where Chief Brody ran out of the tower shooting his pistol at the dark shadow in the water. They were Blue Fish. The bluefish are of poor food quality but there are recipes for them. They have sharp teeth and are extremely aggressive and offer a great light tackle fight if hooked properly. Most people hook them and then lose them because they bite through the line. Blue Fish sometimes are caught with steel leader material to keep them from slicing your line. They school up in Perdido Pass and offer some great tugging action and a good fight. Just be careful and don't try to lip them.
If you would like to have any of your inshore fish mounted, please visit our saltwater taxidermy page for more information.