Deep Sea Fishing in Alabama
Alabama deep sea fishing charters will take you to some of the greatest fishing grounds in the Gulf of Mexico. The state may only have 50 miles of coastline, but that just means that all the boats are within easy reach. It’s a long ride to the best bluewater grounds, but the fish are well worth the journey. Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and more of you favorite pelagic fish hunt offshore. You’ll have to time your trip right to find them all at once, though.
Deep Sea Fishing Seasons
Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna can be found year-round, but the weather makes getting offshore unreliable. The season starts to get going in March, with large schools of Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna. By May, things really start heating up, with Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo joining the party.
What follows are five long months of awesome Billfishing. Blue Marlin arrive first, and peak in July and August. White Marlin show up a month behind them, and stick around in big numbers until October. Overall, August is the best month for Alabama deep sea fishing. All the state’s deep sea superstars are on fire. This is also the hottest and wettest month of the year, so getting to the fishing grounds early is key.
Deep Sea Fishing Spots
If you’re looking for serious pelagic species like Marlin and Sailfish, you’ll have to head 50+ miles offshore. You may even go as far as the De Soto Slope, where the seafloor drops thousands of feet to raw bedrock. It doesn’t really matter where you launch from on these trips. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have the most established charter fleets, but Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island also have plenty of boats more than fit for the task.
Deep Sea Fishing Techniques
With so much ground to cover, it should come as no surprise that trolling is the go-to tactic on most trips. You can also find a few captains who specialize in kite fishing, especially during Sailfish season. Tuna tubes are a rare sight in Alabama, but you’ll usually have plenty of brined Ballyhoo to put a bit more meat in your trolling spread.
The deep sea season may not be as long in Alabama as it is farther south, but when it’s good, it’s on fire. The advantage of having to travel so far is that captains who do get out here really take things seriously. The equipment is high-quality and the crews are first-class. So if you’re visiting the Heart of Dixie this summer, why not spend the day offshore? You definitely won’t regret it!
Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Alabama
- Size 5 to 20lbs
- Food Value Excellent
- Game Qualities Good
- Habitats Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck
What People Are Saying About Deep Sea Fishing in Alabama
"Hookmasters Are The Masters!"
fished with Hookmaster Charters on October 22, 2018
Took a trip with Captain Mac to fish in the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. Caught enough fish to be entered in the tournament and some extras. Captain Mac was conscientious to the weather, waves and fish activity to allow us to have a great time! Would do this trip again!
"Tough trip to top"
Mark Telle fished with Jus Cuz Fishing Charters on September 30, 2018
Sharing my love for deep sea fishing with someone for their first time is a pleasure, but when you get a captain and mate that can produce like this with their skill it makes for a tough trip to top.
"One day trip with Capt Sara "
Mitch Cieutat fished with Summer Hunter Offshore Fishing Charters on September 1, 2018
Our one day trip with Capt Sara felt more like a one day trip fishing with my family because they went out of the way to make me and my friends feel like professional fishing anglers of the deep blue gulf!!!
Top Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Alabama
Blue Water Charters – 22' Mako
Orange Beach • 22 ft • 10 persons
trips from US$ 295
Off The Hook Charters
Gulf Shores • 24 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 400
Salt Style Guide Service
Orange Beach • 24 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 400
Fishin Magician Charters
Orange Beach • 36 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 600
Emerald “C” Fishing Charters
Orange Beach • 25 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 350
Eagle Express Charters
Orange Beach • 52 ft • 15 persons
trips from US$ 1000
Sure Shot Fishing Charters
Orange Beach • 42 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 600
Riptide Fishing Charters
Orange Beach • 45 ft • 18 persons
trips from US$ 650