Gulf Shores Inshore Fishing Charters

Gulf Shores Inshore Fishing Charters

Best Inshore Fishing Charters in Gulf Shores

Top Inshore Fishing Charters in Gulf Shores

Inshore Fishing in Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores is an inshore angler’s dream. From sheltered lagoons to protected wetlands to wide, open bays, you can find every major shallow-water habitat within easy reach of a half day trip. Gulf Shores inshore fishing can get you on a huge range of species, too. Iconic game fish like Red Drum, Speckled Trout, and Spanish Mackerel share the shallows with great table fare like Flounder. Add seasonal visitors like Pompano and Tarpon to this already star-studded cast and you have one of the best inshore fisheries on the entire Gulf Coast.

What to Expect from an Inshore Fishing Charter

With a name like Gulf Shores, it should be no surprise that the area has awesome shoreline fishing. You can troll for Spanish Mackerel along the mile after mile of beachfront, and find Tarpon moving along here in the summer, too. The best action is in more sheltered waters, though. Little Lagoon is the first port of call, with Redfish, Flounder, and Speckled Trout, as well as lots of Pompano during the spring and summer.
 
Launch out the other way from Gulf Shores, and you can enjoy the productive waters of the Oyster and Bon Secour Bays. The creeks and rivers which feed these waters draw huge stocks of baitfish, tempting in Sheepshead, Whiting, Speckled Trout, Red and Black Drum, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, and even Kingfish.
 
Whatever you’re after, you can rely on a seasoned charter captain to show you the best places to fish. There are endless spots to hit around here, and your guide will always have hidden favorites for when the bite is slow in well-known areas.

Fishing Techniques

Red Drum, Flounder, and Speckled Trout, can be reliably caught with live bait and light tackle. Mullet and Minnows are both great options, depending on what’s in season. If you fancy something with a little more finesse, light spinning tackle and lures can also bring in trophy fish. Soft plastics work best for Flounder, while topwater lures and jerkbaits are irresistible to Redfish and Trout. Fly fishing can be outstanding here in Gulf Shores, especially during the summer months when Pompano and Tarpon are both in town.

Need to Know

Fishing licenses are not required when fishing from a registered Alabama fishing charter. If you’re planning on going it alone, you’ll need a saltwater fishing license for anyone aged 16 or over. Get yours online before you get to town, or swing by a local approved vendor to get the skinny on what’s in season and where the bite is hot.
 
Live bait is almost always included on local charters. It’s normally prepared ahead of time, but you may catch it during your trip. It won’t take long, though, and can be great fun for kids. Remember to bring protection against the hot Alabama sun, as well as an extra layer - it can get colder than you’d think when you’re out on the water.
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Reviews of Fishing in Inshore Fishing in Gulf Shores

Fishing with Mike
Anthony A. fished with Bama Slam Inshore Adventures, LLC on July 20, 2020
Summer fishing anywhere can be a grind but with such beautiful water and scenery it makes it tolerable.
Half Day Trip with Cpt. Jake
Dustin A. fished with Lost Bay Guide Service on July 18, 2020
The Snapper were smaller than they would have been a month earlier, but thy were biting. Great experience overall.
July fishing trip
Chris A. fished with Capt. Lynn's – Gulf Shores on July 5, 2020
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.
2hr trip with Captain John
Wayne W. fished with Gulf Coast Charters on July 2, 2020
Specify the type of fish you want to catch ahead of time!
Fishing with Captain Mike
Daniel D. fished with Bama Slam Inshore Adventures, LLC on June 3, 2020
Call Captain Mike with Bama Slam inshore fishing he'll get you catching fish in no time.
CAPT BRAD
Mack H. fished with Nauti Fish Co – Gulf Shores on May 30, 2020
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.
Great time with Captain Rick
Sheryl H. fished with Alabama Girl Fishing – Gulf Shores on February 17, 2020
If you have a tendency to have motion sickness you might want to take something before you go.
6hrs plus
Mike J. fished with Sunrise Charters - Fort Morgan on August 6, 2019
Go with no expectations and an open mind.

Top Targeted Inshore Fishing Species in Gulf Shores