There's so much to do along the coast of Alabama's southern shore, from shopping and eating to hiking and spending a day at the beach. Because so many of these activities cater to families, moms and daughters can easily separate themselves from the men in the family and have a girl's day while the guys enjoy a bonding experience of their own.

On an Orange Beach fishing trip, fishermen and their families can head out to the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico with the hope of catching the biggest game of the day. Plus, with all the hours spent on the boat, father-and-son teams will have plenty of time to catch up.

First things first: Get a license

Bond with your son during a Gulf Shores fishing tripWhether you are fishing inland in fresh water or saltwater fishing from the pier, along the shore or in a charter boat, both Alabama and Florida require a fishing license for residents and non-residents. Boat captains will help you acquire licensing when you arrange your charter fishing trip, but if setting out on your own from the shore or your boat, do make sure you have the proper licensure. 

Where to fish

Thankfully, fishing is always in season on Alabama and Florida‚Äôs Gulf Coast - but for a great day in the sun, you might prefer to book your father-son bonding time for the warmer months, especially if it's the little guy's first time out. Marinas with more than 100 charter boats are located in both Orange Beach and Fort Morgan, so there will be no shortage of opportunities at any time of year.

Maybe you prefer a more stable surface below your feet. If so, walk out on the Gulf State Park Pier in Gulf Shores or surf fish from the sand in Perdido Key. No matter where you are, you can try your hand at pulling up a sweet catch.

Even if the fish aren't biting at your chosen location that day, you will still have enjoyed time together. Plus, after cleaning up at your vacation rental house or condo, you can take everyone out for fresh fish at one of many area restaurants.