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If you’re searching for variety on your fishing trips, look no further than the Yellowhammer State. Featuring some of the finest reef fishing in the world, as well as amazing inshore and deep sea angling, Alabama fishing charters offer it all. All that’s left for you to do is to get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

This corner of the South is often referred to as the “Red Snapper Capital of the World,” and it’s no exaggeration to call it so. During the Snapper season, anglers return to land with full limits of these delicious fish. Of course, other reef fish such as Triggerfish, Amberjack, and Grouper are also on the menu.

Outside of the Snapper season, or for anglers who like to mix it up, many captains offer trolling trips. Depending on how far offshore you go, these trips will net you King and Spanish Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Tuna, and occasionally even a Blue Marlin.

If you’re bringing your family and prefer a more relaxing trip, staying close to shore will hook you up with Redfish, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, Flounder, and more. You can also give freshwater fishing a try, with lakes such as Guntersville and Wheeler featuring outstanding Bass fishing.

Half day and 3/4 day trips will give you the chance to experience the inshore and nearshore waters. For offshore fishing, you’ll need more time. Charter captains can be found all along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, with Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Dauphin Island, and Fairhope being the hot spots.

Rules & Regulations

If you’re fishing aboard a charter boat, your captain will take care of the licenses. Solo anglers between the ages of 16 and 65 will need to purchase fishing licenses whether they plan on fishing in freshwater or saltwater.

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January

Rough weather can make offshore trips unreliable in January. Stay inshore and enjoy peak Sheepshead season instead! These guys are a local favorite, and make for great table fare.

February

Sheepshead are still biting hard inshore. If you somehow get bored of them, there are plenty of Trout, Red and Black Drum, and Gray Snapper around. Offshore, the Tuna bite is warming up.

March

Triggerfish is open for harvest in March, and everyone wants a piece of these tasty little guys! Each spring, Cobia migrate along the Alabama Coast, giving you even more reason to hit the reefs.

April

The bluewater bite really picks up in April, with Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna, and even the occasional Sailfish showing up. Inshore, it’s your last chance to catch Sheepshead.

May

Amberjack are sometimes open for harvest in May. Even if they’re not, you’ve got plenty of reasons to fish the reefs, with Cobia, Vermillion Snapper, and the last of the Triggerfish.

June

It’s Red Snapper season! Boats all around the Gulf head offshore in search of delicious bottom fish. You need to book these trips well in advance, but you’re pretty much guaranteed to catch your limit!

July

The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo sees thousands of anglers head offshore for Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Yellowfin Tuna. Inshore, Redfish and Tripletail are biting.

August

Amberjack is open for harvest, and Vermillion Snapper are in their prime. You’ve got the full cast out in the bluewaters and plenty of Trout and Redfish inshore. Face the heat, and you’ll be rewarded.

September

The Tarpon have moved on by September, but you’ve still got a ton of Redfish, Trout, and Flounder to fish for. Further out, you have Tripletail, Amberjack, Vermillion Snapper, and more.

October

While it’s no longer the prime time to hook into Blue Marlin, there are still a few White Marlin left. October is your last chance to keep Amberjack, and your last real chance to bag Tripletail.

November

Trout are back with a vengeance in November, and there are some monster Black Drum around, too. Both these guys are tastier than Turkey, so get out there and get some!

December

Sheepshead fishing starts to pick up in December, and Redfish, Seatrout, and Flounder are all on form. Throw in cool weather and fewer mosquitos, and you’re looking at perfect flats fishing!

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We would definitely recommend Max Drag Fishing Charter services for all your fishing adventures!!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We would definitely recommend Max Drag Fishing Charter services for all your fishing adventures!!
Skye  B.
Skye B. Star City, AR
Try to go when the wind is calmer. We could not go as far out to the better fishing area fir fish in season. We caught a huge amount of snapper that was not in season. Lots of fun though.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Try to go when the wind is calmer. We could not go as far out to the better fishing area fir fish in season. We caught a huge amount of snapper that was not in season. Lots of fun though.
Jim  B.
Jim B. Madison, MS
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
I loved fishing in October. It was a pleasant day on the water and not many tourists (except me fishing).
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I loved fishing in October. It was a pleasant day on the water and not many tourists (except me fishing).
Eric  P.
Eric P. Alexandria, KY
Great week in Orange Beach. Enjoyed the trip and all the staff was great. Would make it a must the next time in town!!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Great week in Orange Beach. Enjoyed the trip and all the staff was great. Would make it a must the next time in town!!
Gregory  B.
Gregory B. St. Petersburg, FL
Call captain Mike at sure shot. His crew will put you on the biggest and best fish.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Call captain Mike at sure shot. His crew will put you on the biggest and best fish.
Jimmy  F.
Jimmy F. Pall Mall, TN
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
Captain Ritchie is great with first timers. My daughter and granddaughter (14) had never been sea fishing before. He took great care of them while providing instruction and encouragement!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Captain Ritchie is great with first timers. My daughter and granddaughter (14) had never been sea fishing before. He took great care of them while providing instruction and encouragement!
Glenda  T.  B.
Glenda T. B. Atlanta, GA
Weather was amazing! Marina crew was super nice! Day was perfect with Captain Pat!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Weather was amazing! Marina crew was super nice! Day was perfect with Captain Pat!
Casie  H.
Casie H. Milton, FL
Book a good charter to help ensure you have the best chance at catching fish and having a good time!
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book a good charter to help ensure you have the best chance at catching fish and having a good time!
Rick  B.
Rick B. Brandon, MS
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
Start with the six hour trip . Although you may want to fish all day six hours is a long time on the boat with women and children. It can get pretty hot. And six hours of action will wear you out
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Start with the six hour trip . Although you may want to fish all day six hours is a long time on the boat with women and children. It can get pretty hot. And six hours of action will wear you out
Callaway  H.
Callaway H. Carrollton, MS
Be open to just enjoying the catching. We didn’t end up with any fish we could keep or eat but catching was the fun of it. And releasing it directly to a friendly dolphin was more fun anyway!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be open to just enjoying the catching. We didn’t end up with any fish we could keep or eat but catching was the fun of it. And releasing it directly to a friendly dolphin was more fun anyway!
Lizzie  T.
Lizzie T. Newport Beach, CA
book a private charter to get the more one on one experience and take something for motion sickness
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
book a private charter to get the more one on one experience and take something for motion sickness
Pamela  P.
Pamela P. Vergennes, IL
I would probably try to fish during red snapper season we were a few day late.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I would probably try to fish during red snapper season we were a few day late.
Jeff  P.
Jeff P. United States
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
Set realistic expectations, prepare for hot weather, bring enough food and drink, sunscreen, towelettes, tip money- don’t expect sport fishing, trolling, or in shore experience.
3.7 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
Set realistic expectations, prepare for hot weather, bring enough food and drink, sunscreen, towelettes, tip money- don’t expect sport fishing, trolling, or in shore experience.
Richard  W.
Richard W. Alexandria, VA
The checking time was confusing , there were not signs that we were supposed to do it . The captan was very sweet and friendly ! Overall we had fun !
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The checking time was confusing , there were not signs that we were supposed to do it . The captan was very sweet and friendly ! Overall we had fun !
MARIA  M.
MARIA M. Madison, Mississippi
Great trip. Cost efficient. Good trip to take for first time fishers in orange Beach.
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
Great trip. Cost efficient. Good trip to take for first time fishers in orange Beach.
Greg  N.
Greg N. United States
Find a reputable marina and captain. Read multiple reviews before you make your choice. Talk to your captain and make sure yall have the same expectations for the trip.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Find a reputable marina and captain. Read multiple reviews before you make your choice. Talk to your captain and make sure yall have the same expectations for the trip.
Henry  C.
Henry C. Reserve, LA

Great Southern Fishing Charters
Great Southern Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Orange Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
Amazing Captain and great day of fishing. Very knowledgeable and helpful along with great personality. We hope to book again in the near future. This was the highlight of our trip.
Donna  C.
Donna C. Lake View, AL
Reel Fishin' Charters
Reel Fishin' Charters
Fishing charter in Orange Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 301 reviews
Captain Rick put us right on the fish. Our 4 hour offshore fishing trip was spent reeling in red snapper literally every 5-10 minutes. We caught over 50 good size red snapper and trigger fish and a couple of other species. The boat is comfy. His equipment is good and he handled everything in accordance with our needs. Couldn’t have been any better. Highly recommend.
Tammy  W.
Tammy W. Chattanooga, TN
Southern Sun Inshore Charters
Southern Sun Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Orange Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 86 reviews
Professional. Helpful. Knowledgeable. Nice. Could not have had a better outting. Fish kept jumping in the boat. Strongly recommend.
Thomas  K.
Thomas K. Houston, TX
Max Drag Charters
Max Drag Charters
Fishing charter in Orange Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 153 reviews
We had an awesome fishing trip!! Boat was super nice!! Weather amazing. Dennis was the best deck hand ever!! He was super friendly and helpful with all of our fishing needs! Captain Curtis really put us on some nice fishing!! We tore the red snapper up!! We really enjoyed Co-captain JC’s fishing stories and tips too!! We will definitely use their charter services next time we come down to the beach!!
Skye  B.
Skye B. Star City, AR
Black Flag Company
Black Flag Company
Fishing charter in Orange Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 112 reviews
They went above and beyond to give us a chance to catch fish. We had a great time. Will definitely be back for a longer trip.
Ira  M.
Ira M. Owasso, OK
Reel Fishin' Charters
Reel Fishin' Charters
Fishing charter in Orange Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 301 reviews
Great offshore fishing experience with Richard. He was very knowledgeable and knows the hot spots. As soon as the line was in the water we were pulling in the fish weather it was snapper trigger or etc. highly recommend!!
Christopher  Y.
Christopher Y. Charlotte, North Carolina
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
Alabama Coastal Charters
Alabama Coastal Charters
Fishing charter in Lillian
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 96 reviews
The fish weren’t butting but Capt Steve made our trip enjoyable anyway Both Capt Steve and Capt Mitchell kept us informed from the day I booked till we got on boat Very impressed with Steve’s knowledge of boating and fishing
Curtis  L.
Curtis L. Pensacola, Florida
Salt Style Guide Service
Salt Style Guide Service
Fishing charter in Orange Beach
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 185 reviews
Captain Abbott was knowledgeable and great with the fishing party and great with kids. This is our second trip with his company and I will book again.
Jessie  A.
Jessie A. Decatur, AL
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
Southern Sun Inshore Charters
Southern Sun Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Orange Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 86 reviews
Charlie was an extremely knowledgeable captain and was great with the kids. We had a wonderful time on the water and caught a ton of bull reds. Can't wait to book our next trip.
Michael  A.
Michael A. Saline, MI
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
Southern Sun Inshore Charters
Southern Sun Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Orange Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 86 reviews
We came here for our honeymoon- both never experienced anything like this and Captain Charlie gave us a great experience even with It being a crazy day. He’s a friendly guy and made It a trip to remember.
Sierra  J.
Sierra J. Pine Knot, KY
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
Southern Sun Inshore Charters
Southern Sun Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Orange Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 86 reviews
Had a great time and they got us on the fish all day! Highly recommend going fishing with them. Great people and a great time.
Brady  L.
Brady L. Yukon, OK
Jus Cuz Fishing Charters
Jus Cuz Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Orange Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 245 reviews
Me and my buddies had an amazing time with capt Albert fishing was great will definitely make another trip with him very informational lots of common interests great all around man
Logan  B.
Logan B. Murfreesboro, TN
Show N Tail Fishing Charters
Show N Tail Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Dauphin Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 37 reviews
Great day! Boat was amazing. Captain put us right on the fish. Highly recommend.
Robert  R.
Robert R. Maple Heights, Ohio
Southern Sun Inshore Charters
Southern Sun Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Orange Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 86 reviews
Captain Charlie and Johnna are fantastic! Caught the biggest bell red of my life! Book them!
John  H.
John H. Westover, AL

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Alabama

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Alabama costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $625, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,302. 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 Alabama is 30 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Mobile Bay Charters – Gulf Shores, Great Southern Fishing Charters, and Southern Sun Inshore Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Alabama. Full list of top fishing charters in Alabama.

Mobile Bay Charters – Gulf Shores, Great Southern Fishing Charters, and Southern Sun Inshore Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Alabama.

The best way to experience fishing in Alabama 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 Alabama.

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

Sheepshead fishing starts to pick up in December, and Redfish, Seatrout, and Flounder are all on form. Throw in cool weather and fewer mosquitos, and you’re looking at perfect flats fishing! Check availability for local fishing charters in Alabama.