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The southernmost settlement of Alabama, this popular resort town is aptly nicknamed "small town, big beach." Hop aboard any Gulf Shores fishing charter and discover great fishing, from the inshore shallows to the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico!
 
Although the city harbors an increasingly rewarding inshore fishery, reef and deep sea fishing remain the name of the local angling game. Around 17,000 artificial reefs dominate the local seafloor, making it a hospitable place for beauties such as Triggerfish, Grouper, Amberjack, and over half a dozen Snapper species, including the sought-after Red Snapper, to call home.
 
Head even further out in summer, and you could come into contact with some true monsters of the sea. Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, Mackerel, and Mahi Mahi can all be found in the deep waters of the Gulf, so settle in for a thrilling adventure.
 
You don’t need to head that far out, though, to get your hands on some exciting and delicious fish. Redfish, Black Drum, and Speckled Trout are available pretty much year-round inshore, while Pompano, Sheepshead, Whiting, and Flounder also add to the long list of fish that live in the Perdido Bay and its neighboring bayous and lagoons.
 
With so much fishing on offer, it’s no surprise that there’s a range of trips to cater to your needs. From a half day trip inshore to up to a few days on the water offshore, there’s something for all kinds of anglers. 
 

Rules & Regulations

Another bit of good news when aboard a Gulf Shores fishing charter is that your license is covered. Your experienced, professional captain will make sure that you’re fishing legally and sticking to all the latest size and bag limits.

Gulf Shores
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January

The weather may be cold, but don't be put off. Often, you'll find that the colder the weather, the hotter the fishing. We recommend sight fishing for Bull Redfish along the beaches on a clear day or targeting Grouper offshore.

February

Despite the cold weather continuing, Redfish and Sheepshead are still biting well in the bays. Shake the winter doldrums with the annual Black Drum run, which is an excellent opportunity to catch big fish on light tackle.

March

Celebrate Spring Break in style by catching Redfish and Trout in the bays and passes, and looking out for Amberjack and Grouper over the reefs and wrecks offshore. Cobia arrive at the end of the month, too!

April

As the waters heat up, the number of species available increases. Cobia fishing is on top form and will continue through May, and sight fishing for these big fish as they swim past the beaches is an unforgettable experience. 

May

The action in the deep is getting hotter as Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna are caught on long offshore charters. Bottom fishing is also on the rise, while Flounder and Spanish Mackerel are rewarding catches on light tackle.

June

June in the Gulf Shores is all about Red Snapper. With both state and federal waters usually opening this month, this is prime time to catch some great table fare, with Mahi Mahi on offer in the deep, too.

July

The town of Gulf Shores is at its hottest and the fishing is diverse. Try fighting a Shark in shallow water, or enjoy catching Pompano on light tackle, inshore. Meanwhile, Sailfish and Tuna can be caught offshore. 

August

With temperatures soaring, the best time to fish is in the early morning. Your best bet is to stay nearshore to troll for King and Spanish Mackerel or hunt for migrating Tarpon inshore, as Alabama bottom fishing bite is on fire.

September

Morning fishing continues to be the best option, as humidity is high. Enjoy the Kingfish migration, travel offshore for White Marlin, or have fun inshore with a strong Speckled Trout and Redfish bite – it's all going on!

October

The weather becomes cooler, with cold fronts changing up the fishing. On days that aren't affected by the infamous "Blue Norther," you can have a productive day bottom fishing or targeting Speckled Trout and Bull Reds.

November

Bull Redfish are gathering off the beaches and make for an amazing spectacle as they head to their breeding grounds. Weather conditions can put a halt to offshore fishing charters, so make sure to be flexible.

December

Bull Redfish are still appearing out of Gulf Shores. Sight fish on a clear day for some of the most exciting fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, with mild weather conditions giving you the chance to head out on the water.

Gulf Shores Fishing Calendar

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Check to see what fish are biting when you book. We caught a mess of White Trout on Nov. 10
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Check to see what fish are biting when you book. We caught a mess of White Trout on Nov. 10
Troy  G.
Troy G. Etterville, MO
Bring lots of sunblock and wear SPF clothing the sun is very strong for this time of year.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bring lots of sunblock and wear SPF clothing the sun is very strong for this time of year.
Robbie  B.
Robbie B. Frankfort, KY
We were first time fishermen. This was an awesome adventure. I recommend trying it everyone.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We were first time fishermen. This was an awesome adventure. I recommend trying it everyone.
Jennifer  W.
Jennifer W. Nixa, MO
Don't wait! Book a charter! We had a blast as first timers and plan to do it again. Look up Richochet Charter with Captain Jay Andrews.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Don't wait! Book a charter! We had a blast as first timers and plan to do it again. Look up Richochet Charter with Captain Jay Andrews.
Tammy  C.
Tammy C. Foley, Alabama
Enjoy the sights and appreciate the memories you will make together..ain't all about the big fish but they are fun to catch..
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Enjoy the sights and appreciate the memories you will make together..ain't all about the big fish but they are fun to catch..
Garry  S.
Garry S. Mount Washington, KY
Find a great Captain like we did. Conditions change and they know everything about these waters.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Find a great Captain like we did. Conditions change and they know everything about these waters.
Cory  G.
Cory G. Rowlett, TX
Get a hold of Off The Hook Charters-Miss Jaqlin for the perfect experience!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Get a hold of Off The Hook Charters-Miss Jaqlin for the perfect experience!
Angela  R.
Angela R. Carlisle, IN
Be open and transparent with the crew about it—I let my crew know ahead of time that my 3 sons had never been offshore fishing before and they handled them expertly and with patience.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be open and transparent with the crew about it—I let my crew know ahead of time that my 3 sons had never been offshore fishing before and they handled them expertly and with patience.
Michael  C.
Michael C. Madison, AL
Get a Charter that has a good rating with good equipment and that has success catching the fish you want to go after.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Get a Charter that has a good rating with good equipment and that has success catching the fish you want to go after.
Zack  N.
Zack N. Cedartown, GA
Yes Off The Hook Charter did a great job putting us on fish during our trip in the Gulf in July.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Yes Off The Hook Charter did a great job putting us on fish during our trip in the Gulf in July.
Joey  P.
Joey P. Manchester, TN
Be specific on what you want to fish for and schedule your charter appropriately!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be specific on what you want to fish for and schedule your charter appropriately!
Charles ( Trey ) Pender
Charles ( Trey ) Pender Bedford, KY
Summer fishing anywhere can be a grind but with such beautiful water and scenery it makes it tolerable.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Summer fishing anywhere can be a grind but with such beautiful water and scenery it makes it tolerable.
Anthony  A.
Anthony A. Gulf Shores, AL
The Snapper were smaller than they would have been a month earlier, but thy were biting. Great experience overall.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The Snapper were smaller than they would have been a month earlier, but thy were biting. Great experience overall.
Dustin  A.
Dustin A. Lanesville, IN
Be prepared for some rough water. Summertime storms can pop up quickly. Expect to get wet. Pay attention to directions from the captain and the fish are a lot stronger than you might think.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be prepared for some rough water. Summertime storms can pop up quickly. Expect to get wet. Pay attention to directions from the captain and the fish are a lot stronger than you might think.
Chris  A.
Chris A. Winder, Georgia
Call Captain Mike with Bama Slam inshore fishing he'll get you catching fish in no time.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Call Captain Mike with Bama Slam inshore fishing he'll get you catching fish in no time.
Daniel  D.
Daniel D. Toney, AL
First would be book Capt Brad, Nauti Fish Co. I would recommend checking what fish are in season. I also would recommend looking into state waters vs federal waters. I messed up and looked at seasons wrong or something i also was totally ignorant to all the regulations on state waters and federal waters. Brad thoroughly explained all this but i wish i had known all this before planning a vacation. I most likely would have came a week later or maybe even 6 weeks later.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
First would be book Capt Brad, Nauti Fish Co. I would recommend checking what fish are in season. I also would recommend looking into state waters vs federal waters. I messed up and looked at seasons wrong or something i also was totally ignorant to all the regulations on state waters and federal waters. Brad thoroughly explained all this but i wish i had known all this before planning a vacation. I most likely would have came a week later or maybe even 6 weeks later.
Mack  H.
Mack H. Loxley, Alabama
If you have a tendency to have motion sickness you might want to take something before you go.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you have a tendency to have motion sickness you might want to take something before you go.
Sheryl  H.
Sheryl H. Winder, Georgia
Great captain took the time to explain everything and made sure we had fun!!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Great captain took the time to explain everything and made sure we had fun!!
Bill  S.
Bill S. Mobile, Alabama
Come ready to catch some fish! Shrimp and artificial lures both seemed to work well
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Come ready to catch some fish! Shrimp and artificial lures both seemed to work well
Wil  S.
Wil S. Winder, GA
Check what is available to be kept, talk with your Capt. They know what they're doing
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Check what is available to be kept, talk with your Capt. They know what they're doing
Kevin  T.
Kevin T. Louisville, KY

Freebird Charters
Freebird Charters
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 105 reviews
Had a great time being out on the water with Captain John despite fish not biting much due to cold weather. He gave us ample warning and opportunity to reschedule if we desired, but only being in town a few days we kept the trip. Went to a few different spots to catch - caught some trout, mullet, croakers, and blue crab.
Makayla  B.
Makayla B. Green Cove Springs, FL
Gulf Coast Charters
Gulf Coast Charters
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 138 reviews
We had a great trip with Captain John. It was our first trip with three kids ages 7-12. They were awesome with the kids, had great local knowledge and were fun! It was a great experience, we’ll definitely do it again!
Leslie  S.
Leslie S. Mt. Juliet, TN
Bama Slam Inshore Adventures, LLC
Bama Slam Inshore Adventures, LLC
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 81 reviews
Captain Mike worked tirelessly to locate fish for us. He was kind, patient, helpful, and a great host. We’d highly recommend him for any future excursions. Great captain, conversations, and a fun day on the water.
Matthew  A.
Matthew A. GREENWEL SPGS, LA
Mobile Bay Charters – Gulf Shores
Mobile Bay Charters – Gulf Shores
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 153 reviews
I took my 8 year old son fishing for trout for the first time. He is addicted! Lee did an awesome job making the experience a great one. He knew where the fish were and help explain to my son how to reel them in. Will definitely book again next time I am in own.
Jonathan  H.
Jonathan H. Ruston, LA
Mobile Bay Charters – Gulf Shores
Mobile Bay Charters – Gulf Shores
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 153 reviews
Was a fun and beautiful morning. Caught more than 10 fish, great experience.
Delanya  T.
Delanya T. Loxley, Alabama
Mobile Bay Charters – Gulf Shores
Mobile Bay Charters – Gulf Shores
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 153 reviews
We booked with Lee from 12pm til 5pm. He was prompt and communicated very well. We are a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids ages 12 &14) and there was plenty of room on his boat for us all to have room to fish, cast and move freely. We caught loads of fish and lots of pretty scenery along the way. Highly recommend this guide. Lee is friendly and very easy to get along with. Our kids had a blast catching tons of fish!
Debbie  C.
Debbie C. Smithville, MO
Stressed Out Charters
Stressed Out Charters
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 94 reviews
This was our first charter ever. Had a great time. Will be going with Stressed Out every time we visit Gulf Shores.
Troy  G.
Troy G. Etterville, MO
Stressed Out Charters
Stressed Out Charters
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 94 reviews
Captain Scott put us on the White trout right away. Also caught Red snapper, a catfish and flounder. Hooked a few sharks but we’re not outfitted for them. Awesome experience altogether!
Robert  B.
Robert B. Sedalia, MO
Mobile Bay Charters – Gulf Shores
Mobile Bay Charters – Gulf Shores
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 153 reviews
The 1/2 day trip with Captain Robinson could not have gone any better. We were able to catch enough fish for a few meals and then had fun catching and releasing the rest. Captain Robinson was professional and knowledgeable and got on fish right away. We had an absolute blast on this adventure and would recommend it to anyone! Thank you Capt. Lee!!
Stephanie  C.
Stephanie C. Evansville, IN
Ricochet Charters
Ricochet Charters
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 57 reviews
We went out for Red Snapper and Jay the Captain was an animal. He took us to several locations until we found the size and action we were looking for. He worked hard for us. His deck hand worked hard as well and took good care of us.
Tracy  T.
Tracy T. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Bama Slam Inshore Adventures, LLC
Bama Slam Inshore Adventures, LLC
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 81 reviews
We had a great morning with Captain Mike and had a big catch! We are definitely going to book with him again!
David  K.
David K. Trussville, AL
Freebird Charters
Freebird Charters
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 105 reviews
Captain John was very knowledgeable about where the fish are. We all had a great day and will go with him again.
Roe  H.
Roe H. Red Bank, TN
Stressed Out Charters
Stressed Out Charters
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 94 reviews
Scott and his wife Jennifer were amazing. We went on this charter with our kids ages 7 & 10. Scott was super knowledgeable and was very accommodating. We will be back for sure and can’t wait to book another charter with Scott!
Amanda  S.
Amanda S. Mobile, Alabama
Mobile Bay Charters – Gulf Shores
Mobile Bay Charters – Gulf Shores
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 153 reviews
Had a wonderful time with my buddies and Captain Lee! Captain was very helpful and patient with us and a lot of fun!
Royce  C.
Royce C. Deepstep, GA
Ricochet Charters
Ricochet Charters
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 57 reviews
Captain Jay and Jamie newly licensed Captain aboard the Ricoshet boat were amazing, friendly and really good at finding the fish. Would highly recommend this charter. We will be back again for sure!
Marcie  F.
Marcie F. Sparta, WI
Bama Slam Inshore Adventures, LLC
Bama Slam Inshore Adventures, LLC
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 81 reviews
Our group of six had one of the best fishing experiences to date. Captain Mike tailored his approach to the various fishing skill levels. He was very engaging and made our adventure simply fantastic.
BJ  M.
BJ M. Parker, CO
Stressed Out Charters
Stressed Out Charters
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 94 reviews
Very knowledgeable of the waters and the best spots. Patient and friendly. Highly recommended
Nicole  H.
Nicole H. Daphne, AL
Capt. Lynn's – Gulf Shores
Capt. Lynn's – Gulf Shores
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
Captain Lynn kept us on the fish. Only moved a few times caught lots of fish, many not pictured.
Troy  H.
Troy H. Foley, Alabama
Mobile Bay Charters – Gulf Shores
Mobile Bay Charters – Gulf Shores
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 153 reviews
Great Trip! Captain Lee was on point. My 12 year niece and 6 year old nephew had a blast.
Jeremy  Q.
Jeremy Q. Little Rock, AR
Stressed Out Charters
Stressed Out Charters
Fishing charter in Gulf Shores
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 94 reviews
Great experience. He knew exactly where to go and what to recommend. The 2 hours flew by after the fish started biting. Once the tide was right, every cast was a fish.
Jeremy  D.
Jeremy D. Fisherville, TN

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Gulf Shores

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Gulf Shores costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $510, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $940. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Gulf Shores is 26 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Mobile Bay Charters – Gulf Shores, Hookmaster Charters, and Darknite Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Full list of top fishing charters in Gulf Shores.

Mobile Bay Charters – Gulf Shores, Hookmaster Charters, and Darknite Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Gulf Shores.

The best way to experience fishing in Gulf Shores is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, King Mackerel (Kingfish), and Snapper (Red). Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and trolling. Nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and wreck fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Bull Redfish are still appearing out of Gulf Shores. Sight fish on a clear day for some of the most exciting fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, with mild weather conditions giving you the chance to head out on the water. Check availability for local fishing charters in Gulf Shores.

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