Orange Beach Alabama Fishing Charters
-- photo courtesy of Captain Troy Frady
Deep Sea Fishing in Orange Beach is fun. Come see what our fishing charter guides can do for you and your family. With us, you get to escape ordinary.
The 2013 summer fishing season is here and our offshore and inshore charter boats are ready to serve you and your family. What we do for you, is put you in contact with some of the most professional guides and charters on the entire Alabama Gulf Coast and let you choose which fishing trip is best for you. We offer solutions for those who want to escape ordinary and fish with some of the highliners in the charter fishing world.
We give you the information you need to be able to choose the right kind of charter for your group, friends or family. We tell you with everything you need to know about deciding on which type of saltwater fishing charter is best for you, your family and budget. The fishing charters and guides listed on this site are forward thinkers and are members of the Orange Beach Charter Fishing Cooperative. They have a proven track record of providing excellent customer service and quality fishing trips for first timers, families, kids and active seniors.
We help first timers, seasoned anglers and families, discover and experience charter fishing in Orange Beach by cutting out the middle man or charter booking office that takes a 15% cut off the top. With us, there is no cut. There is only good times and quality fishing trips in an environment that families feel comfortable in. Our fishing guides cut through all the fluff and don't focus on fancy bells and whistles to try and say, "Compare." What we actually do for you is give you peace of mind, save you money and put you with captains directly who will shoot straight with you and put your satisfaction ahead of their personal gain every time.
In Orange Beach, Alabama, your choices are deep sea fishing and bay fishing trips. We have up to date fishing reports and information and the ability to book private and shared expense trips available in our area through the reservations page on this site. For those of you who don't care to charter a boat to take you fishing, we have a surf fishing guide that will give you private lessons at your location or can arrange to meet you at a dock, pier or jetty.
Charter fishing with our boats, saves money, time and you will get the results you expect. Our service is free and offers value to those who use it. With us, you will know what to expect out of a fishing charter before you book it. You can find any size charter boat, for any budget and fishing specialty on this site. Nobody tries harder than our captains and guides do, to put you on the fish and show you a good time. We serve fishermen staying in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan and Perdido Key, Fl.
What Makes Our Fishing Charters So Popular
When it comes to deep sea fishing or inshore fishing on Alabama's Gulf Coast, we are just like you. We are parents, grandparents and because of that, we understand what you are looking for when it comes to getting good service and finding value added services. Whenever we go somewhere and want to experience an activity or find a good restaurant, we rely on reviews from third party trusted sites. We have all seen those form letters where only the names are different, but the reviews over exaggerate the service. Our mission is not to disappoint you. With us, we take customer service seriously and if at anytime you ever feel let down, we will make it right. That is who we are. With us, our goal is to create a good user experience and give you accurate and up to date information about fishing in Orange Beach. We live and breath on customer reviews and feedback from our past guests in order to grow our business each year. We understand you and hear your requests. This fishing site's success depends on us giving you, exactly what you expect from the information provided about your fishing trip.
Great Customer Service, Professional Friendly Crew, Clean and Well Maintained Boats are a few of the best reasons people like you, choose us. We give you up to date information about deep sea, inshore and sport fishing on the Alabama Gulf Coast. We answer your questions about saltwater fishing and chartering a boat, so you will know what to expect when you arrive. We also share definitions commonly used by anglers and guides in our area so you will know what we are talking about. We have also simplified the process of finding the best charter and ultimately, booking a fishing trip. We are also members of the OBFA and The OBFC.
Booking Your Fishing Charter Direct is Best
With us, you skip the middle man and go direct to the person who will be taking your reservation. Unlike some marina charter booking offices and similar charters require half the money up front, our charter boats do not charge deposits on day trips or less. Having to pay 50% of the price of the trip up front is common in the charter fishing industry, but we prefer to handle our reservations similar to the way a hotel does. Besides, coming up with that kind of money to secure your trip puts a burden on those who have not budgeted for the experience. With us, you get to keep your money in your pocket until the day of the trip. We only need a credit card number on file to reserve your trip. The only exception to this is when you book an overnight or multiple day trip. Because of the high cost of these trips and the difficulty in booking a multi-day trip if someone cancels at the last minute, a 50% deposit is required.
With us, you have access to the top rated charters in Orange Beach. Try our easy to use online booking process and stop worrying about trying find the right one for you. By submitting a reservation request online, does not lock you into a trip. It is simply an inquiry to see if the charter boat you want is available. The request is sent to the captain and he will email you back quickly and will let you know if that date is available. At that time, you can let him know if you want to reserve that date. You can relax and experience charter fishing the way it was intended to be.
Choices of Fishing Charters are Private and Shared Expense
Private Charters - Our best boats offer private trips only. Private charters can be on both inshore and offshore boats. Being private means only you and your group will be on the boat. On offshore trips, there will be deckhands or mates on board to serve you. The deckhands on these trips are there right beside you at all times and take care of your every need. The mates take time to educate and demonstrate different fishing techniques that you might not learn on a walk on or party boat trip. Your deckhand is paid in the form of a tip or gratuity and that runs about 20% minimum of the price of the charter that you paid. Our private charters offer offshore fishing and inshore fishing. As mentioned above, our fishing guides offer some of the best service in the world and have the reputation of being responsible, accountable and professional at all times with your family. All of our boats are independently owned and operated. Our captains run their own boats. Remember this. A captain running his own charter boat is important because you know what type of service you can expect from him. Vessel owners and captains, have a vested interest in ensuring you get a fishing charter that lives up to their reputation.
Private charters range anywhere from 4 hours to 4 days. The most common deep sea fishing trips are 6 hours and most boats offer two trips or more every day. The ideal trip for families or first timers are these short trips. More serious anglers need to look at full day trips or longer. The most common inshore bay fishing trips are 4 to 6 hours in length. Inshore fishing charter boats can only carry a maximum of 6 people per trip.
Shared Expense Charters- We do have a party boat and they offer walk on or shared expense charters. These trips are where you join others or get put on a list until the boat has the minimum number of people signed up. All shared expense trips or party boat trips are either 4 our 6 hours in length. They take you deep sea fishing or what we call bottom fishing only. There are no shared expense inshore or bay fishing trips. These trips are ideal for those who do not want a private charter as mentioned in the previous paragraph. Party boats are also called head boats or overload boats. That is because they carry a lot of people on them. If you have only one or two people in your group and can't afford a private charter, then this is the best option for you. There are a few differences between party boats and private charters. Party boats carry as many as 40 or more different people with them each trip. That is why the cost is considerably less than a private charter. Also, the service you get on a party boat is not as personalized as it is on private trips. The two deckhands stay busy and have to take care of everyone else and seldom have time to stay right with you at all times.
Fish Species Caught in Orange Beach
Alabama is famous for it's artificial reef system that covers over 1200 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico. Until these man made reefs were built and better navigation aids were available, fishing for fin fish species like Shark, Red Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Triggerfish, Lane Snapper, Porgy, Vermilion Snapper, Red Porgy (white snapper)and Cobia was almost unheard of. The Gulf Shores area, all the way to Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island have long been known for their great King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel fishing. When we were kids growing up, most of the fishing we did along the Alabama Gulf Coast was near shore trolling for these two species of pelagic fish (migratory - non reef fish). As fish finding technology improved, we were able to build artificial reefs were able to re-locate them each trip in order to make bottom fishing relatively easy and have some consistency to it.
The coastal Alabama area south of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores is mostly shallow and has a muddy or sandy hard bottom. Seven miles offshore you get to about 70 feet deep and 20 miles offshore, you are only in about 100 to 110 feet of water. There are some reefs that were built closer to shore that hold reef fish like Red Snapper, Grouper and Amberjack, but they see a lot of fishing pressure and are often hard to get a bite. However, if you take a 6 hour deep sea fishing trip, you have enough time to get far enough offshore to where the fishing pressure is less and the fishing is better.
The oil rigs you see off of Alabama's Coast are in what we call shallow water and hold some fish around them. They are too far to run too out of Orange Beach. Our artificial reefs produce better fish than the close in oil rig platforms. If you want to go after Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mai (Dorado) or Wahoo, you need to go at least 60 to 120 miles offshore to where the deep water oil rigs are located. To get out there, you need to take an over night fishing charter to a two day charter to have a chance to catch these species. Our artificial reefs simply don't hold game fish species like the deep water rigs do.
Deep Sea Fishing and Bay Fishing Choices
We have two distinct places to fish on the Alabama Gulf Coast. They are either inshore or offshore. I will take the next few paragraphs and break them down for you and will give you a simplified explanation of each.
Deep Sea Fishing - is best described as fishing in the deep sea or in deep water. Deep sea fishing is usually broken down into two sub categories of trolling or bottom fishing. Trolling is where the boat keeps moving and anglers drag lines with baits behind the boat waiting for a fish to strike. These fish are usually migratory in nature. Migratory means they live in open water or are free swimmers. They can be found anywhere there is ample amounts of food to eat. Trolling fish commonly caught off of Alabama include King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo, Tuna, Billfish, Bonito and a few more. When trolling, anglers are either dragging baits on the surface or below the surface of the water. Trolling can be done in any depth of water and in any area. The areas we mostly troll are right off the beach, all the way out to depths of over 5,000 feet and anywhere in between. Bottom Fishing is when the captain navigates and takes you out to a GPS location where artificial or natural reefs are located. He holds the boat still or anchors while you bait your hooks, stand on the edge of the boat and drop your lines beneath the surface of the water toward the bottom (hence bottom fishing). Anglers mostly fish on the bottom, but in recent years reef fish populations have recovered so you can often catch reef fish just beneath the surface or high in the column of water. The artificial reefs you are fishing on, are either public (built with public money) or they are private (built by the captain or boat owner). Public reefs are just that. Everyone who has access to the water can easily find the published GPS waypoints and go fish the spots. Private reefs are like personal bank accounts of fishermen. They are built by captains in order to have fish to catch when fishing is tough on public reefs. Having a private reef to fish nearby is like having insurance so your customers or family can easily catch fish. The most common baits used while deep sea fishing are either live or frozen. Live baits include, Cigar Minnows, Pin Fish, Alwive's and Tomtates. The most common frozen bait is either Cigar Minnows, Spanish Sardine, Cut Squid or Menhaden (Pogies). Any size boat can go deep sea fishing. In Orange Beach, most of the deep sea fishing boats are large (36' to over 65') and are designed to operate in that environment. Most of them have two engines, have air conditioned cabins and restrooms on board. For safety reasons, if you are heading offshore to go deep sea fishing, please choose a boat that has two engines.
Inshore Fishing - is best described as fishing in bays, coves, channels, near jetties, underneath bridge pilings or near inshore artificial reefs. Most inshore fishing is done by using light tackle or spinning rods with 6 to 20 pound test. The best inshore fishermen fish for Speckled Trout, Flounder, Red Drum (Redfish), Black Drum, White Trout, Pompano, Sheep Head, Lady Fish and Tripletail (Blackfish). The baits commonly used are either artificial, cut bait or live bait. The most common live baits used are shrimp and Croaker's and Alwive's fish. Anglers usually cast their baits to the area they are fishing. Inshore bay fishing consists of fishing on the bottom or on the surface and anywhere in between. In recent past, because of intense fishing pressure during peak seasons, some inshore guides have found themselves moving offshore into a big boat world and have been fishing for what was traditionally known as a deep sea fishing area. One big difference is our inshore guide moves his operation to Mobile Bay whenever the fishing gets tough in Orange Beach.
-- photo courtesy of Captain Troy Frady
Fighting a monster Mangrove Snapper while deep sea fishing on the Distraction Charter Boat.
Booking Your Deep Sea Fishing or Inshore Charter is Simple
Booking your 2013 Alabama Offshore and Inshore fishing charter is easy. All you have to do to book your charter is decide what type of trip you want to go on. Then you need to decide on a date you want to go. The third step is choosing a boat that fits your needs. The fourth and final step is submitting a reservation request so we will know what you want to do. Submitting a reservation does not lock you in to a charter. It tells us what you are interested in. We check our calendar and will return your email quickly with availability. You then need to give us a credit card number to hold it. After your initial contact request, the captain of the boat you want will reply to you.
We promise to get back in touch with you quickly.