Fishing in the fall: Your guide to what's in season on Alabama's Gulf Coast

Heading to Alabama's Gulf Coast for a fishing getaway with your family or group of best buddies? You may want to know what's biting before you start packing your tackle and gear - who knows, you just might catch the biggest king mackerel of the season!

Fishing in the fall: Your guide to what's in season on Alabama's Gulf Coast

Fishing is always in season on Alabama's Gulf Coast, but some species aren't available throughout the year. While oysters and black drum are teeming in the waters during the winter, summer fish like soft-shell crab and flounder rarely come into the bay as the gulf cools down. You won't want to show up with the wrong gear, now, would you? With this handy guide, you and your fishing buddies can rest assured that you'll not only know what's biting, you'll know exactly where to catch the best game of the year.

October's options

Flounder come into the area beginning late summer, thriving in the warm Gulf Coast waters. This Orange Beach staple makes its way to nearly every restaurant menu along the coast, satiating appetites for residents and guests in Gulf Shores beach house rentals.

After a long summer away from the coast, the Spanish mackerel makes its way back to the waters surrounding Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan and Perdido Key. These fish are perfect for family adventures, particularly because they only reach about 10 pounds.

November's finds

Along with flounder and mullet, you can expect to find oysters and sheepshead in November. As the largest oyster processor in the United States, Alabama is the hub for harvesters - and you can most assuredly join in the fray. The Eastern oyster is the only variety in the area, and with the cooler water comes thicker and juicier meats.

Schedule your charter fishing trip with those in the know. After all, Orange Beach is the Charter Fishing Capital and boasts more than 200 boats. The knowledgeable captains and crew can help you catch your fill of the season's most delicious offerings. 

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