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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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What People Are Saying About Inshore Fishing in Gulf Shores

"Great day on the water!"

Robert Jaworski fished with Lost Bay Charters-No Catch No Pay!! on October 25, 2017

We fished inshore on a nicely equipped boat. We were hoping to run into some redfish but our timing of the trip was too early. We caught plenty of red snapper and Spanish mackerel. Good trip and the captain was very engaging and knowledgeable.

"6 hr trip "

Heath Fant fished with Lost Bay Charters-No Catch No Pay!! on September 5, 2017

Even though we did not go out with the booked captain inshore as planned. Cause inshore was just not happening. He did offer the opportunity to go offshore with captain Doug Adams and we took it. We all caught fish and had a good time . All in all good trip .

"Trip got changed"

Thomas Duncan fished with Lost Bay Charters-No Catch No Pay!! on June 10, 2017

The captain booked us with another captain (Craig). Due to weather we were not able to do the half day off shore and instead did a 4 hr inshore trip. Captain Craig was very personable and very dedicated to giving us the best trip possible. We ended up catching our limit of bonito.

Top Targeted Inshore Fishing Species in Gulf Shores


King Mackerel (Kingfish)


Spanish Mackerel

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