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Fishing in Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan fishing charters are within easy reach of every major habitat in the Gulf. Climb the impressive walls the Fort Morgan area is named after, and you will see mile after mile of fish-filled waters in all directions. Bon Secour Bay will keep you busy for days, exploring protected backcountry and grassy shallows. Head towards the deeper parts of Mobile Bay, and you can find a dozen different reefs full of Flounder, Redfish, Grouper, and more.
 
And that’s just half the picture. Fort Morgan has access to the whole of the Gulf of Mexico, and local guides definitely make the most of it! There are endless reefs offshore, each full of big, hardy bottom fish. Blow past these spots and into the deepest waters, and you could hook into Sharks, Tuna, and even Marlin. Alabama’s Gulf Coast may only be 50 miles long, but they sure pack a lot into it!

Types of Fishing

You have a lot of options when fishing in Fort Morgan. From light tackle experts to big game warriors, every angler will be put through their paces here. Here are some of the many ways you can spend your day.
 

Inshore Fishing

Fort Morgan has access to a year-round fishery of your favorite inshore species. Flounder are probably the most famous here, with both Gulf and Southern Founder swarming the shallow creeks over summer. As the waters cool down in the fall, these tasty flatfish head south in dribs and drabs. You can find Flounder pretty much everywhere during these months. The most consistent place to catch Flounder is around the many jetties sticking out into the bay.
 
So it’s all Flounder? Oh no, not by a long shot! Big bull Redfish and monster Seatrout can also be caught year-round. These guys are about as good as inshore sportfishing gets, and can be caught all around Fort Morgan’s stunning nature reserves. If that’s still not enough for you, Fort Morgan has some of the finest Pompano fishing you could ask for. Mother nature really is playing favorites here!
 

Bottom Fishing

There are well over 100 reefs and rock piles within reach of Fort Morgan Marina. The closest action is actually within the bay itself. The cluster of gas platform reefs in the mouth of the bay makes for excellent Triggerfish, Sheepshead, Flounder fishing with a view of Mobile Bay’s twin fortresses. You can also find Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish swimming about here as an added bonus.
 
Journey out to the deeper reefs offshore, and you could hook into Amberjack, Red and Scamp Grouper, and of course, Red Snapper. Red Snapper is easily the most famous fish in the Gulf and anglers travel from far and wide to enjoy its brief summer season. Deep-water bottom fish like Scamp Grouper are just as tasty, though, and can be caught throughout much of the year.
 

Deep Sea Fishing

Amberjack not putting up enough of a fight for you? Looking for something tastier than Snapper? Head out 60+ miles to the depths of the Gulf of Mexico and you could be in for the fight of your life. White and even Blue Marlin can be found out here, as can Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and a variety of pelagic Sharks. 
 
But the real reason many anglers venture this far is the Tuna. Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna can theoretically be found year-round in these waters. By the middle of summer, you’ll be sailing out to one of the most underrated big game fisheries in the gulf. Think Destin, just without the huge hotel bills.

Fishing Techniques

Most Fort Morgan inshore fishing charters use light tackle and live or artificial bait, depending on the target species. Plastic worms are a magnet for greedy Flounder, while Trout are often taken with minnow-style jerkbaits. Local guides use plastic grubs tipped with fresh shrimp to attract the biggest bull Reds in the bay.
 
Out in the Gulf, you will be using heavy tackle and cut bait to bring in reef fish like Amberjack and Grouper. Set your sights on Tuna or Marlin, and you will usually be trolling whole Bonito or spreads of dressed baits like Ballyhoo. Depending on your captain’s fishing style, these could be mixed with a variety of lures and teasers.

Need to Know

You don’t need a license to aboard registered Fort Morgan fishing charters. If you’re fishing on your own, you’ll need a saltwater license for anyone aged 16 to 64. Bear in mind that different fish often have closed seasons which may change every year. Fishing with a guide is the easiest way to stay within the law. If you’re going it alone, be sure to check in at a local tackle shop to get up-to-date info before you fish.
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Fort Morgan Fishing Seasons

Cool weather and low rainfall make for ideal conditions when sight fishing around the bays. Redfish are biting like crazy this time of year, so head out there and bag yourself some dinner!

Redfish are still inhaling baits and lures in the shallows in February, and there are always a few Flounder and Speckled Trout around, too. The first of the Cobia begin to show up this time of year.

The season really starts to get going in March, with Pompano, Triggerfish, and Spanish Mackerel showing up inshore. Tuna are around in decent numbers offshore.

With so many species to choose from, you would be a fool not to go fishing in April! The Cobia migration is in full force this time of year, and the Tuna bite has hit its peak. 

Head down the coast and sign up for the Orange Beach Billfish Classic. This event kicks off the summer tournament season in style, with monster Marlin and serious competition.

There are a lot of things you could be doing in June, but we all know where we will be. It’s Red Snapper season, and everyone is heading out in search of these delicious bottom fish.

The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is the biggest event in the state, maybe even the country! This tournament has been going since 1929, and now attracts around 75,000 spectators each year.

August is the hottest month of the year in Fort Morgan, and even the hardiest anglers are having a hard time concentrating. Beat the heat by heading out at night for a Flounder gigging charter!

The Redfish are back in force this time of year, joined by their good friends, Speckled Trout. It’s Flounder that the locals are going crazy for, though. Bag them before they start to make their way south.

October is a great month to fish for Pompano around Fort Morgan. Otherwise, head offshore to land bottom species like Grouper, Snapper, and Amberjack. There are still some Blackfin Tuna around.

Can’t face eating another turkey this year? Hit the bay and enjoy a feast of Trout, Redfish, and Flounder instead. The fishing’s so good in fall, you will bag more than enough to go around.

Get your dose of seasonal cheer at the Gulf Shores Christmas Parade! Once you’re done, you can hit the shallows to enjoy light tackle action against hard-fighting Redfish.

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What People Are Saying About Fort Morgan

"Snapper Slam with Captain T"

Denise D. fished with Captain T's Fishing Offshore Trips on June 15, 2019

Snapper heaven. Best and most prolific Red Snapper haven on the planet. More structure in Alabama state water than all other gilf states combined. Dauphin Island is the Snapper capital of the world!

"A.M. trip with Captain Praytor "

Jonathon R. fished with Shallow Intentions Fishing on June 8, 2019

Book with Shallow Intentions Fishing and you'll catch all the fish you want.

"Fishing with Todd"

Walter P. fished with Sunrise Charters - Fort Morgan on June 4, 2019

Todd Brice was great taking us out to fish .we enjoyed our trip we released the fish we caught .he was very nice and helpful. I well definitely book with him again.

"Awesome Experience Fishing with Capt. Chance!"

Will M. fished with Shallow Intentions Fishing on June 2, 2019

Dauphin island is a great area to fish. Find a good knowledgeable Captain and you will have a good experience and catch fish.

Top Targeted Species in Fort Morgan

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Redfish

Redfish

Snapper (Red)

Snapper (Red)

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Flounder

Flounder

Cobia

Cobia

Spotted Seatrout

Spotted Seatrout

Amberjack

Amberjack

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