Alabama's Gulf Coast is one of the best saltwater fishing destinations in the South, with the waters off Orange Beach considered by many experienced fishermen to be among the best in the region. Whether you head east toward Perdido Key or west to Mobile Bay, you're in for a memorable trip.

Inshore, offshore and everything between

Catch a live one on a Gulf Shores fishing tripA lot of people come to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for multiple fishing options, whether they want to stay on land or charter a boat for an entire day or even overnight.

This area has many different species of fish, including speckled and white trout, red and black drum, croakers and flounder. If you're lucky, you may even catch migratory fish like Spanish and king mackerel, depending on when you visit.

Inshore fishing expeditions typically use smaller boats, which are ideal for intimate groups of up to six people. If you're an experienced angler, you can charter your own boat or enlist the help of a local guide if you're not sure where the fish are biting.

In Orange Beach—a major hub for chartered fishing in the gulf—you can rent a boat for an entire day of fishing with your family and friends, teaching your kids how to throw a line or catching the evening's dinner with your best buddies.

If you prefer the land rather than the sea, you can just as easily fish off the Gulf State Park Pier or try your hand at surf fishing.

Tastes of gulf seafood

The local businesses in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan (Alabama) and Perdido Key (Florida) use freshly caught fish in their dishes. In fact, some of the restaurants will even prepare your day's catch. After a day spent on the water, why not wander back into town to visit one of the fine coastal restaurants and enjoy the flavors of the gulf?

With friendly, knowledgeable guides and catching more fish than you could eat in a week, the memories of your Orange Beach vacation might just last a lifetime.