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Any Time’s a Good Time for Fishing in the Gulf

by S. Lynne on September 9th, 2013

As home to more than 200 species of fish, the Gulf of Mexico attracts thousands of anglers every year. In fact, there’s something biting year-round, all the way from Destin — known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” and boasting one of the largest charter fishing fleets in the U.S. —   to Gulf Shores — which annually hosts the popular National Shrimp Festival.

Any time of year, the catch of the day could include amberjack, grouper, redfish, sheepshead, and vermilion snapper. September is a great month for catching just about everything. It’s also the peak month for blue and white marlin. Spring is the season for cobia, the trophy fish popular with so many anglers. Spring through fall, catches may also include flounder, jack crevalle, shark, bluefish, and both blackfin and yellowfin tuna. Winter is the ideal time to catch bull redfish.

For visiting fishermen, there are plenty of charter services offering both inshore (back bays, bayous, and other waterways) and offshore (deep-sea) excursions. A charter is a great choice for novice anglers because it’s run by an experienced captain who will not only keep you safe but also knows all the spots where you’re most likely to catch fish. The charter company also takes care of licensing, bait, and equipment, and many crews will even clean your catch at the end of the day.

If you’re an experienced fisherman and opt to bring your own boat, make sure you have the proper license and know which areas are open to fishing. You’ll also want to keep an eye on the weather forecast and know the tide schedule before you set out.

Pier and beach fishing can yield great catches as well, at much less cost and with no danger of sea sickness! Check with local outfitters for equipment, bait, and advice on the best spots to fish. If your vacation rental is on the beach, you may be able to catch your dinner just a few steps away from your door!

For places to stay, lists of fishing charters, and other information to make your Gulf Coast getaway your best vacation ever, visit and check out our links for the destination of your choice.

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