Gulf Shores Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Gulf Shores Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores: 169 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(34 reviews)
Gulf Shores
Trips from US $350
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(67 reviews)
Gulf Shores
Trips from US $1,000
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Gulf Shores
Trips from US $350
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(439 reviews)
Gulf Shores
Trips from US $350

Deep Sea Fishing in Gulf Shores

Experience the deep sea fishing Gulf Shores has at its fingertips, and you won’t look back. This town is all about the water. From its white sandy beaches to the seafood in the restaurants, the ocean shapes the way life is lived in these parts. Charter a boat, and you will be able to live this life yourself.
 
Alabama may not have a whole lot of coastline for a state of its size. But if there ever was a case study of ‘making every little count,’ this is it. Look out to sea from Gulf Shores, and you won’t only be facing towards waves. The gradually sloping seafloor stretching out before you actually holds thousands of artificial reefs hidden beneath the surface. And if there’s one thing that fish really can’t resist, it’s a reef.
 
Thanks to the work of the state and local fishermen, the seafloor near Gulf Shores and Orange Beach has changed dramatically over the last 40 years. Now, there are thousands of public and private reefs here to attract tasty fish. And that’s just where the deep sea fishing story begins.

Where To Fish

If you're looking for a fun offshore fishing experience, you don’t need to travel far to get to the action out of Gulf Shores. King and Spanish Mackerel, Red Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, Triggerfish, and Sharks can be found anywhere from a few miles from the coast. While this doesn’t count as ‘deep sea fishing’ in the true sense of the word (the seas here are only about 70 ft deep), bottom fishing for Snappers and Groupers is commonly advertised as such. 
 
Longer trips will allow you to travel further out and explore waters with less fishing pressure, but it’s only once you take a trip lasting 10 or more hours that you will notice much of a change in the seafloor. Waters over 100 ft deep are a good 20 miles away and the continental shelf only drops for real around 35-50 miles from the coast. This is when you start to see an increased bite from pelagics such as Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi (Dolphin).
 
It may take some time for the seafloor to drop, but once it does, it takes its job seriously. Go due south from Gulf Shores for 50 miles, and most of that time your depth sounder will be reading well under 200 ft. Then, suddenly, you’re over 600 ft of water, and the bottom is dropping fast. Just 30 miles from the drop off, the seafloor is 3000 ft beneath the surface. Not only is this deep enough to attract some seriously interesting fish, these waters are also home to a string of offshore oil rigs, which serve up some of the best big game fishing in the whole of the Gulf of Mexico. 

Techniques

If there’s one thing fishing in Gulf Shores is famous for, it’s bottom fish. Anything from a five hour trip up can get you bottom fishing with live or frozen bait for a host of Snappers, Groupers, and Triggerfish. Popular choices include Cigar Minnows, Menhaden, Pinfish, and cut Squid. 
 
Try deep sea fishing in the true sense of the term, and you’ll be fishing 60 plus miles offshore. Here, you can deep drop for Snowy Grouper, Yellowedge Grouper, Golden and Blueline Tilefish, Longtail Seabass, and many more eye-catching and mouthwatering species. Electric reels are generally supplied for deep dropping charters. 
 
But it’s not just about the deep dropping, as much as that can result in some of the best table fare you’ve ever tasted. The deep waters around the oil rigs attract some of the world’s most prestigious sportfish, including, but not limited to, Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo. Kite fishing and trolling are the most popular methods for targeting these fish, while deep sea jigging for Blackfin Tuna and chunking and chumming for Yellowfin can keep you busy for hours. 
 
Oh, and did we mention that there’s a fourth Billfish to be found round here? Bring plenty of squid and some LEDs, because Swordfish can be enticed to your boat if you have the gear and the patience.

Gulf Shores Deep Sea Fishing Prices

Most charters fishing out of Gulf Shores will start with a four hour nearshore trolling trip. This is a great introductory option for beginners, but unlikely to result in anything more than Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, and Cobia. These can cost anything from $500 - $800 depending on the size of the boat.
 
If you want to bottom fish, you should choose anything from a five to an eight hour trip. These will take you fishing the reefs for Snappers, Groupers, and Triggerfish and will cost between $650 and $1000.
 
Serious deep sea fishing trips are best for experienced anglers. These trips can last anything from 10 hours to several days. 12 hour trips are generally recommended for people who want a good chance at catching Tuna, Wahoo, and other pelagics 50+ miles offshore. Trips lasting 24 hours or more will allow you to get out to the oil rigs offshore, where you can fish for Tuna, Marlin, Swordfish, and Tilefish. 12 hour trips cost between $1800-$2500, while 24 hour trips will be closer to $3000. Some charter operators charge extra for fuel on these trips, so make sure to check this with your captain before heading out. 
 

When To Go

The main deep sea fishing season in Gulf Shores runs between late spring and early autumn. Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Swordfish, and some Marlin can be caught during this period, with Marlin peaking in August and September. 
 
Most Gulf Shores charter boats focus on Red Snapper fishing during this popular fish’s open season, which runs from June to mid July in Federal waters. 
 
Most Gulf Shores deep sea fishing charters leave from Orange Beach, which is 7 miles east along the coastline.
Gulf Shores
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 28,728 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Gulf Shores

This is not a deep sea charter, so know that you are not going to catch a fish like what you see on TV such as a 60lb sword fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This is not a deep sea charter, so know that you are not going to catch a fish like what you see on TV such as a 60lb sword fish.
Stressed Out Charters 2
Stressed Out Charters 2
Book with Ronnie if you want to catch fish. Saw others with no where near what we caught
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Ronnie if you want to catch fish. Saw others with no where near what we caught
Another Fish Charters – Gulf Shores
Another Fish Charters – Gulf Shores
Use this captain. Phone him to see what is the best species to fish for in a particular month. Let him know if you are interested in inshore, near shore, or offshore fishing and your wave tolerance.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use this captain. Phone him to see what is the best species to fish for in a particular month. Let him know if you are interested in inshore, near shore, or offshore fishing and your wave tolerance.
Sunrise Charters - Gulf Shores
Sunrise Charters - Gulf Shores Rockford, MI
Go fishing!! The captain and crew are very knowledgeable, patient, instructive if needed. It’s a great day out on the water. The boat was comfortable, had a suitable bathroom and enclosed air conditioned sitting room. We even saw dolphin right up close to the boat! Wear a hat, bring your lotion sunscreen, light snacks, plenty of water/drinks, your camera and a pair of binoculars. You’ll have a blast!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go fishing!! The captain and crew are very knowledgeable, patient, instructive if needed. It’s a great day out on the water. The boat was comfortable, had a suitable bathroom and enclosed air conditioned sitting room. We even saw dolphin right up close to the boat! Wear a hat, bring your lotion sunscreen, light snacks, plenty of water/drinks, your camera and a pair of binoculars. You’ll have a blast!
Nauti-Nurse Sportfishing
Nauti-Nurse Sportfishing
We fished in Pensacola FL. This had wrong address for marina. *This was NOT Fort Morgan or Gulf Shores*
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We fished in Pensacola FL. This had wrong address for marina. *This was NOT Fort Morgan or Gulf Shores*
Lost Bay Guide Service
Lost Bay Guide Service "Catch Fish Guarantee"
This was 6 deep charters with Bill and Nikki was a really good time. They’re really good at what they do they’re professional in every way I would recommend them and I would take them on my next charter also.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
This was 6 deep charters with Bill and Nikki was a really good time. They’re really good at what they do they’re professional in every way I would recommend them and I would take them on my next charter also.
6deep Charter Fishing
6deep Charter Fishing
If you fishing the morning, expect cooler weather and dress appropriately. The wind can be cold, even if you fish inshore.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
If you fishing the morning, expect cooler weather and dress appropriately. The wind can be cold, even if you fish inshore.
Reel Fishin' Charters 2 – Captain Jordan
Reel Fishin' Charters 2 – Captain Jordan
Find a good Captain. They are not only great to fish with but can also help you with information on solo adventures from shore. Like what's bitting, what bait to use, etc....
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find a good Captain. They are not only great to fish with but can also help you with information on solo adventures from shore. Like what's bitting, what bait to use, etc....
Off The Hook Charters – Captain Perry
Off The Hook Charters – Captain Perry
Yes. We booked a 6 hours off shore trip, but due to weather conditions Capt. Jake pivoted to a 4 hour in shore, which was the right call.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Yes. We booked a 6 hours off shore trip, but due to weather conditions Capt. Jake pivoted to a 4 hour in shore, which was the right call.
Lost Bay Guide Service
Lost Bay Guide Service "Catch Fish Guarantee"
Check the weather ahead of time. If it windy you are absolutely going to get wet.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the weather ahead of time. If it windy you are absolutely going to get wet.
Addicted 2 Fishing Charters
Addicted 2 Fishing Charters
Absolutely. Just be sure to ask the guide question about what to wear and what to expect. They know what is going on and will advise you on what to do. Dress warmer than you would expect and have rain gear ready.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely. Just be sure to ask the guide question about what to wear and what to expect. They know what is going on and will advise you on what to do. Dress warmer than you would expect and have rain gear ready.
Addicted 2 Fishing Charters
Addicted 2 Fishing Charters
Weather and water rough due to storm - maybe a March thing, not for anyone with motion sickness or if you don’t want to get sea spray.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather and water rough due to storm - maybe a March thing, not for anyone with motion sickness or if you don’t want to get sea spray.
Off The Hook Charters –Capt. Hunter
Off The Hook Charters –Capt. Hunter
We booked a morning trip, so it was a little chilly. It was very windy, but once the sun came out, the weather did not take away from the fishing experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We booked a morning trip, so it was a little chilly. It was very windy, but once the sun came out, the weather did not take away from the fishing experience.
Addicted 2 Fishing Charters
Addicted 2 Fishing Charters
In March, bring a hoodie. The clouds pop in front of the sun and it gets a little chilly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
In March, bring a hoodie. The clouds pop in front of the sun and it gets a little chilly.
Stressed Out Charters 2
Stressed Out Charters 2
Bring some warm clothes it's a little cold in March, if you plan on taking fish home bring a large cooler with you, bring some snacks and drinks you may be out on the water longer than you expect.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring some warm clothes it's a little cold in March, if you plan on taking fish home bring a large cooler with you, bring some snacks and drinks you may be out on the water longer than you expect.
NiCole Fishing Charters – Jus Chillin
NiCole Fishing Charters – Jus Chillin
I would recommend you go to the marina a day before the day you’re supposed to fish and understand how the marina and guided fishing works. It’s fun to watch them, clean the fish and see how excited the people are.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend you go to the marina a day before the day you’re supposed to fish and understand how the marina and guided fishing works. It’s fun to watch them, clean the fish and see how excited the people are.
Reel Fishin' Charters – Gulf Shores
Reel Fishin' Charters – Gulf Shores
Remember it is called fishing, not catching. Just because you may be looking to catch a certain fish doesn't mean it will happen that particular day. Don't miss the forest because of the trees, take what is bighting that day and make memories.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember it is called fishing, not catching. Just because you may be looking to catch a certain fish doesn't mean it will happen that particular day. Don't miss the forest because of the trees, take what is bighting that day and make memories.
Red Eye Charters – Lil Red
Red Eye Charters – Lil Red
It was a beautiful day a little colder than we are used too when we come down here.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a beautiful day a little colder than we are used too when we come down here.
Addicted 2 Fishing Charters
Addicted 2 Fishing Charters
Yes it was a very good charter for a family, and kids. Caught fish, and had a great time. Would recommend to anyone wanting a great time, and looking to catch fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes it was a very good charter for a family, and kids. Caught fish, and had a great time. Would recommend to anyone wanting a great time, and looking to catch fish.
Gulf Coast Charters
Gulf Coast Charters
Just sit back and enjoy the experience. First time for us, loved it all! Catch was amazing, from start to finish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just sit back and enjoy the experience. First time for us, loved it all! Catch was amazing, from start to finish.
Freebird Charters
Freebird Charters

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Gulf Shores