Mild temperatures and a subtropical environment along the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast make fishing or cruising ideal year-round.

Shore fishing is popular and simple for many. With this method, you could catch pompano, whiting, redfish, bluefish jacks, ladyfish and flounder.

Inshore/near shore fishing is an option, with plenty of places to drop anchor in the area such as Little Lagoon, Mobile Bay, Wolf Bay, Perdido Bay, Terry Cove and more. You could catch flounder, speckled trout, redfish, sheepshead, black drum, pompano, bluefish, and Spanish and king mackerel.

Offshore and deep-sea fishing is very popular, with the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast home to one of the largest charter fleets of fishing boats on the Gulf. More than 100 experienced captains are ready to help you reel in a catch of a lifetime. Deep sea fishing is an all-day experience where you might expect to catch bottom fish, red and black snapper, vermillion snapper, triggerfish, amberjack, king mackerel, grouper, tuna, marlin, swordfish and wahoo.

When you return to shore, many local restaurants will cook up your catch!

Get a crew together for a private charter, or opt to walk on to a head boat if your group is smaller.

Or, if you’d like to rent your own watercraft, there are numerous options ranging from Jet Skis and pontoon boats to standup paddleboards and kayaks.

A unique way to explore the water is to take a dolphin cruise. Touring scenic inland waters, several boats provide up-close access for boaters wanting to see dolphins jump and surf. Sunset cruises are also available.

Many charters and dolphin cruises dock in Orange Beach, where you will find condos and beach houses in a variety of sizes. Bring the entire family to enjoy the Gulf Coast and stay in a house with 5 or more bedrooms!