Offshore and Deep-Sea Fishing Charters
--photo by Captain Troy Frady
Brian's nephew, Justin shows off a nice Amberjack caught on a 12 hour deep sea fishing charter in Orange Beach. These Amberjacks are also called Sea Donkeys by those who fight them.
Deep-Sea Fishing is also known as offshore fishing in Orange Beach, Alabama. This is because we have to go further offshore or away from shore to catch certain saltwater fish species. Some species can be found near the shore but most of them are found out in deeper water.
We offers deep-sea, offshore and nearshore family fishing trips for everyone. Depending on the time of the year you want to go fishing, we can catch fish. Some species are migratory in nature. That means that they pass through during certain times of the year and may not be available during other times. An example of this is the Spring Cobia run that begins during the middle of March each year and continues until the end of April. The rest of the year, these magnificent game fish can be found further offshore on reefs or oil rigs but are seldom found right off the beach like they were during the spring. Spanish Mackerel are also highly migratory and move in during March of each year. After the spring migration, these fish are spread out in smaller numbers along the near shore waters.
Deep Sea Fishing and Reef Fishing
The most popular fishing available in the waters south is known as deep-sea fishing or reef fishing. Everyone who knows anything about Alabama's saltwater fishery has certainly heard about our artificial reef building program. Alabama's waters primarily cover a sand or mud bottom or ocean floor. This habitat used to be uninhabited by most reef fish. With the implementation of the reef building program, tens of thousands of artificial reefs have been built and remain on the floor of the gulf. These reefs range in size but most are about the size of a Passenger Car, School Bus, Army Tank, WWII Liberty Ships, Tug Boats, Empty Barges, Chicken Cages, Concrete Pipe, Concrete Pyramids and anything Steel or Heavy. The State of Alabama now prohibits the building of reefs by using cars, trucks or anything painted that may be toxic or harm the environment. The good thing about having so many reefs is that they produce a habitat for reef fish.
--photo by Captain Troy Frady
Dr. John Bennett from Tuscaloosa, Al., brought his son John jr, Don and Terry with him on a 4 hour King Mackerel Trolling trip. They caught Several Kings and Spanish Mackerel on today's trolling trip in Orange Beach.
Offshore Trolling charter fishing Trips
The first offshore fishing we would like to define is trolling. Offshore trolling trips are fun and exciting for even the most experienced anglers. Trolling is a technique used to catch migratory fish like Mackerel, Crevalle Jacks, Tuna and Marlin. This method is used by pulling baits behind the boat at a slow or high rate of speed. Not everyone fishes at the same time. You take turns fighting fish as they hit or strike. High speed trolling is used going offshore and returning home. These high speed trolling trips produce fast swimming fish like Mackerel and Wahoo. Slow speed trolling is used to catch Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, Tuna and Marlin. The Marlin, Tuna and Wahoo are usually found further offshore in deep water. The water depths are are greater than 200 feet and gets better the deeper you get.
Offshore trolling trips for Mackerel, Jack Crevalle can be accomplished on trips as short as 4 hours in length. Sometimes these short trips stay nearshore or end up 8 to 10 miles out. Trolling trips for Wahoo, Tuna and Marlin are usually full day or multi-day in length. That is because you have to go way offshore to or to deep seas to get to where they live. The ride out to Wahoo and Tuna country in Alabama is 3 to 6 hours or more in length depending on the boat you are on. As you can see, in order to fish for certain fish, you have to spend more time getting to where they live. So, if your interested in a trolling trip, please tell us what you would like to do in the reservations section of this website. It will help us understand exactly what you are looking for in a trolling charter.
--photo by Captain Troy Frady
Brian Nelms shows off a 40 pound plus Cobia caught on the Distraction Charter Boat in Orange Beach. Cobia move through Alabama waters during the months of March and April each year on their annual migration. They are caught by sight fishing.
Sight Fishing For Cobia and Bull Reds
Another type of offshore fishing is called sight fishing. These trips can be a lot of fun. The Cobia is the first fish that comes to mind. They move through during the months of March and April each year. Cobia fishing is like guided Turkey hunting. You may ride for hours and see nothing. Just when you think you might not see anything, there he is. The Cobia may be alone or with two or three more similar sized fish. We use live eels to cast to them and try to get them to bite. They are 20 to 100 pounds each.
The Bull Redfish school up by the thousands during the winter months of November, December, January, February and part of March each year. We look for birds diving and we let you cast your lure into them and hook them up for a fight of a lifetime. Bull Redfish weigh between 18 and 40 pounds each.
Deep-Sea Fishing Charters Offshore
Deep-sea fishing is commonly known as reef fishing or bottom fishing. These types of offshore fishing trips are where the charter fishing boat stops and holds the boat directly above the reef. This is the trip where everyone on the charter boat lets their lines and baited hooks down below the boat in order to get a bite. In Alabama, most of the reefs are artificial. However, there are some rocks and ledges that we fish. We do not have coral reefs like you see on television. The reef fishing is a lot of fun. You never know what you will catch. As with any type of reef, many different species of fish live there. You have bait fish that stay close to the wreck for safety. You have larger fish that feed on the bait fish. You also have bigger fish that move around from reef to reef in order to feed on the reefs inhabitants.
Orange Beach's common reef fish include Shark, Snapper, Jacks, Grouper, Porgies, Eels, Barracuda, Triggerfish, Tile Fish, Ribbon Fish, Tomtate and Sea Bass. It is not uncommon for the migratory fish like Mackerel and Wahoo to show up and feed at the reefs.
Booking Your Offshore Fishing Charter Boat Is Easy
Offshore fishing in Alabama encompasses both trolling, reef fishing and sight fishing. If you are interested in going on one of our offshore fishing charters, please visit our reservations page and let us know what you would like to do. We have private charters, inshore fishing and a party boat to choose from.