Greater AMBERJACK SEASON OPENS January 1, 2017
Amberjack are found through out the Gulf of Mexico. Amberjacks live around reefs an wrecks in waters over 60 feet deep. Amberjacks swim in schools and feed on bait fish, squid and crabs. Anglers typically use 50 to 100 pound test line, lighter tackle can be used in some situations. Amberjacks are not shy or picky eaters, So you can make all of the noise you want and use just about any lively bait fish. Commonly used bait fish include cigar minnows, grunts ,pinfish, pigfish and sand perch. Amberjack like to swim above the reefs, when Amberjacks get excited they will hit topwat baits as well as jigs, spoons and diving lures. Amberjacks are extremely strong and fierce fighters. Even the smaller ones can wear a person down. Its important to have the drag preset to match the strength of the angler to the equipment to prevent lost or broken off fish. Amberjacks strength and endurance can sometimes wear even the most salty angler down. If you're ever at the Gulf of Mexico, come out and test your endurance and strength against one of these bad boys.
Minimum size 34" Fork Length
Limit one per Angler
Legal Gear: Hook and line, Spears,
Gigs and Cast net
Gray TRIGGERFISH SEASONS OPENS January 1, 2017
Triggerfish inhabit hard bottom ledges and artificial reefs that exceeds 80 feet in depth. Because they prefer the same type of water depth they are almost always found in association with the Red Snapper. Triggerfish feed mostly on benthic invertebrates witch include crabs, sear urchins, shrimp, sand dollars and mollusks. Recreational anglers commonly catch Triggerfish on squid and cut bait but they are also taken with spear guns. Triggerfish and notorious bait stealers and commonly frustrate anglers that are trying to target the larger grouper or red snapper. Triggerfish have and hard bony mouth with teeth than can bite and anglers finger off so be very carful when taking them off the hook, you will need a small very sharp hook to catch them. Triggerfish average 2-5 pounds and have a delicious taste. Triggerfish get their name from two movable spinseon top of the fish. When the larger spine is upright, the smaller one behind it can drop down into place securing the first in place
Minimum Size 14" Fork Length
Limit two per angler
Legal Gear: Hook and Line, Spears and Gigs
Book Today! HOME OF THE
Deep Sea Party Boat Fishing Trip
4575 South Wilson Blvd. Orange Beach, AL 36561
Fun for the whole family!
First Time Anglers Highly Recommended
Daily Trips at 8:00AM!
Call To Find Out About 6 Hour and Afternoon Trips
Orange Beach, Gulf Shores Party boat fishing, strives to offer every passenger an exceptional fishing experience at an affordable rate. Our boats are big, safe, and reliable – and children are welcome! We can accommodate groups of 1 to 93 passengers from walk-on, shared expense, or private charter fishermen. The Explorer and the America II both have a large air conditioned cabin with two clean restrooms. Both of our vessels are equipped with the latest technology and are U.S. Coast Guard Safety Certified. Onboard you will feel right at home with the full galley and clean modern restrooms there for you. Our 4-hour trip is ideal for families and first-time fishermen. We have experienced mates on board to help you. They will provide you bait, help you handle the fish and show you how to bait your hook. Orange Beach offers some of the best snapper fishing on the gulf coast of Alabama and by far the best fishing in the Baldwin County area. On the way back to the dock, children are welcome to come up to the captain’s quarters, located in the wheelhouse, and help navigate the ship back to port! Be sure to let your mate know you are interested. Whether it is watching the dolphins play as you ride out into the Gulf of Mexico, the site of land on the horizon, the catching of grouper and snapper, or the making of new friends, your deep sea experience will be one you will want to tell your friends about.
We are equipped for first time fishermen, families, as well as experienced fisherman who are seeking a short, inexpensive fishing trip. Whether you're an avid angler or novice, a vacationing family or businessman, we can accommodate you. Our dock is located in Terry Cove, just in front of Perdido Pass, allowing us to reach the Gulf in just a matter of minutes! All of the bait, fishing license, and tackle needed to fish are included in the price. For those who are more interested in going along for the ride to take pictures and enjoy a cruise into the gulf, there is a large deck with benches for lounging located on the upper deck. Feel free to get a great view of all who are catching and reeling in the big fish from up above! The only thing you need to bring is a cooler full of any snacks and drinks you want to enjoy on board, sunscreen, and a hand towel! If you are prone to motion sickness, do not forget to bring either ginger tablets or dramamine to help prevent from being sick during your trip. We recommend you take one dose the night before and a second one when you wake up in the morning to allow for it to be in your system. Do not take it on an empty stomach. Ginger has been proven to work better for such instances, so if you are able to find that, it is what we suggest you use!
AMERICA II AND EXPLORER
DEEP SEA FISHING RATES:
(4) Four hour daily trips $59 per person; plus $5 fuel surcharge, +15% gratuity
(6) Six hour trips for $75 per person; plus $7.75 fuel surcharge, +15% gratuity.
Fish cleaning is 30 cents a pound Paid directly to the mates.
Depending on the size of your group, you might have enough people in your party to do a private charter at an affordable price. Call to get pricing for corporate or large group trips of 40+ people.
Offering In-Shore Fishing Trips Daily!
In-shore fishing - 4 full hours of fishing in the bay and/or near shore - $350 (for a 2 person private trip) and $50 for each additional person (we can take up to 6) plus gratuity, and fish cleaning. We will put a group together for you if you are a smaller party! Inshore fishing is in the bay area and around the jetties in the Pass. If the time and good surf allows, your captain will also take you trolling along the beachfront. We are currently catching Red Fish, Sheephead, Flounder, Speckled Trout, and White Trout which are all great fish for eating! Call today to set up your Inshore Fishing Trip in Orange Beach, AL. Morning, afternoon, or evening are available; it is your choice which time of the day you would like to go! Depending on availability.
What Makes Us Different
● Our mates will show children how to work the reel in order to help them catch fish. Let them know if you would like additional help!
● When we start to head in, weather permitting, the kids on board are welcome to tour the wheelhouse and drive the boat with the Captain. Parents are welcome to come also and take pictures of the kids with the captain. Keep in mind that if the surf is too rough, this option will not be allowed due to safety issues.
● Safety, a great passenger experience, and comfort are paramount to our captain and crew. Children 8 and under are required to wear a life vest which we furnish. Any infant must bring their own life jacket.
● We love to see you catch fish… it shows in our attitudes.
● Our business is designed to assist your family in having a pleasant and safe experience!
● Friendly family owned and operated charter fishing business that has departed from Orange Beach, AL. Since 1985.
● Laurie Jones, Owner and Business Manager - Rodney Jones, Owner, Boss, and Captain
Their son Willie Jones, Hudson Marina Manager- and their daughter Linden Jones, Activities Coordinator of Hudson Marina
● The crew members aboard the America II and Explorer are friendly and knowledgeable. We are always willing to give assistance to the novice or first time anglers. Let your mate know!
● We always strive to make the locals and out-of-towners alike, feel right at home. We look forward to sharing your next fishing experience with you!!
Fish We Catch Off-shore
Family Lutjanidae, SNAPPERS - Lutjanus campechanus
Description: color pinkish red over entire body, whitish below; long triangular snout; anal fin sharply pointed; no dark lateral spot.
Similar Fish: vermilion snapper,R. aurorubens.
Where Found: OFFSHORE on the continental shelf, more plentiful off the panhandle than in south or middle Florida.
Size: to 20 pounds.
Remarks: juveniles occur over sandy or mud bottoms and are often taken in shrimp trawls; adults may live more than 20 years, and attain 35 pounds or more; sexual maturity attained at age 2; spawns June to October; feeds on crustaceans and fish.
Family Seranidae, SEA BASSES AND GROUPER Mycteroperca microlepis
Description: Brownish gray in color with dark worm-like markings on sides; strong serrated spur at bottom margin of preopercle, less noticeable in large specimens; fins dark, with anal and caudal having white margin. Often confused with black grouper; tail of gag is slightly concave, black is square; gag has white margin on anal and caudal fins, black does not; under 10 pounds, gag's spur on preopercle is distinctive, where black is gently rounded.
Similar Fish: Black grouper M. bonaci.
Where Found: Adults OFFSHORE over rocks and reefs; juveniles occur in seagrass beds INSHORE.
Size: Common to 25 punds.
Remarks: Forms spawning aggregations in water no shallower than 120 feet in Middle Grounds area, January through March; current research to identify similar aggregations off Atlantic coast is ongoing. young gags are predominantly female, transforming into males as they grow larger; feeds on fish and squid.
Family Carangidae, JACKS and POMPANOS - Seriola dumerili
Description: dark stripe (variably present) extends from nose to in front of dorsal fin and "lights up" when fish is in feeding mode; no scutes; soft dorsal base less than twice the length of the anal fin base.
Similar Fish: other Seriola.
Where Found: OFFSHORE species associated with rocky reefs, debris, and wrecks, typically in 60 - 240 feet of water; sometimes caught NEARSHORE in south Florida; juveniles associated with floating objects and may occur in water less than 30 feet deep.
Size: common to 40 pounds.
Remarks: largest of the jacks; thought to spawn OFFSHORE throughout most of the year; feeds on squid, fish, and crustaceans.
You Hook It & They Cook It!
Do you want to enjoy the taste of a fresh fish dinner that you caught?? Relax and enjoy your vacation by having a chef prepare your personally caught fish for you! Catch your own Alabama deep sea fish and have it prepared grilled, blackened, or the good ‘ole southern fried way!
Have one of these recommended local restaurants cook your catch!!
Shipp's Harbour Grill
27842 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Everything is made from scratch using fresh local seafood and Certified Angus beef. Waterfront dining and live entertainment on weekends. Sunday Brunch from 11a.m-3p.m. Open 7 days a week. Catering available.
Doc's Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar
26029 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Laid back. Almost famous "sho'nuff" seafood. Great gumbo and famous fried shrimp. Great local stuff.