With its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay, the Fort Morgan area of the Alabama Gulf Coast is a well-known fishing paradise. Several charter boat services dock in the Fort Morgan area, and their experienced captains and crew know exactly where to go to reel in the best catch.
Here are three charter boat fishing companies that dock at Gulf Shores Marina at Fort Morgan.
Dottie Jo Knows Where To Go
Dottie Jo Charter Service offers two charter boats.
A roomy, 32-foot center-console Century is perfect for inshore or offshore fishing, while a 27-foot inshore boat is perfect for fishing the back bays.
Aboard the Dottie Jo, the fish you’ll catch include white trout, speckled trout, flounder and red fish.
Dottie Jo’s boats are headed up by Captains Joe and Robert Garris, two respected local fishermen who know where to drop a line.
You Won’t Get Tired Aboard Red Eye Charters
Red Eye Charters is a full-service, half- or full-day charter service specializing in bottom fishing, trolling, tuna fishing and deep dropping.
Seasonally operating out of the Gulf Shores Marina at Fort Morgan, Capt. Gary Bryant has consistently proven his abilities as a top-notch charter captain.
Typical catches include red snapper, king mackerel, cobia, grouper, amberjack, tuna and wahoo.
Bryant’s boat can accommodate from one to six guests.
There’s A Real Attraction To Reel Attraction Charters
Reel Attraction Charters offers its services to both large and small groups.
For large groups, the service can accommodate multiple vessels with experienced captains working together to keep your group close to each other.
A unique service provided by Reel Attraction is that multiple video cameras are mounted on the vessel to provide an edited version of your personal fishing charter. Capt. Ronnie Black will offer this option before the excursion begins.
Some of the popular fishing spots Reel Attraction loves to show off include Mobile Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and even the famous Dixey Bar.
Let’s Pull Up To The Dixey (No, Not “Dixie”) Bar
Dixey Bar (often misspelled “Dixie”) is a shallow sand bar on the east side of the Mobile Bay ship channel just off Fort Morgan. The bar is named after the clipper ship Robert H. Dixey, which disintegrated on the bar in 1860 when a hurricane caused it to break free from its anchor lines in Mobile Bay. The storm broke the wooden-hulled ship apart and 18 sailors lost their lives.
With a depth that varies from 5 to 10 feet, Dixey Bar is what could be called a dinner table for the bull redfish in the area. On the west side of the bar is the Mobile ship channel, which has plenty of deeper water. On the east side is the Gulf of Mexico.
Dixey Bar is about 3 miles long, but the width varies a great deal, from about 2 miles wide near Fort Morgan to on a couple of hundred yards wide as it melts into the Gulf on the south end.
The Adventure Starts At Gulf Shores Marina
Located at 1577 State Hwy. 180, Gulf Shores Marina at Fort Morgan is the area’s newest full-service marina.
The marina’s location means you are only 1.5 nautical miles from the Gulf of Mexico and within minutes from some of the area’s finest fishing spots, including the Dixey Bar.
The marina offers everything from live bait and a dock/grocery store to the onsite Tacky Jacks 2 Restaurant.
Now That You’re Back On Terra Firma, It’s Time To Eat!
Once your fish are cleaned and fileted, it’s time to eat and watch the sun set just steps from the dock at the Gulf Shores Marina.
Just a half mile from historic Fort Morgan, Tacky Jacks 2 offers casual waterfront dining. Take the chef your catch of the day, and he’ll prepare it to your specifications before you head back to your Fort Morgan vacation rental for some shut eye!