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Traditional Saltwater Fishing Tackle in AlabamaBig Tackle Gag Grouper Fishing

When you think of deep sea fishing in Gulf Shores, Alabama, you probably think about traditional saltwater fishing tackle.  This type of saltwater fishing tackle has long been a staple of offshore, deep sea fishermen.  Seeing big rods and reels on an Alabama charter boat is almost an adrenaline rush and gives you the feeling that you might catch a fish that is so big, that only large, traditional tackle saltwater rod and reel will handle them.  This has been the mentality for many generations of meat hunters and charter boats.

Catching A Shark On Big Tackle

Like most of you that were born before 1970, I was raised up watching the Jaws movies where the scenes showed Captain Quint sitting on the back of a big fishing boat, eating crackers while waiting on a monster shark to bite the bait.  He used a 12 ought Penn Reel with braided fishing line on it.  He also sat in a fish fighting chair with thick leather straps to hold him in his seat while fighting a big fish.  Everyone remembers the clicking of the reel when the shark started feedin gon the bait.  Click....... Click..... Click and then it got a little faster.  The traditional big saltwater rod and reel was screaming out line and Quint started hollaring, "wet  the reel."   If the truth be known, most of all that clicking is drama.  We can get your heart pumping just as fast on our light tackle fishing gear as well.

Big Tackle Bull Shark FightBig Tackle Handles Big Fish

With that being said, not every fish in the Gulf of Mexico and the saltwater that is south of Gulf Shores requires heavy, traditional tackle.   Traditional tackle is great for catching Blue Marlin, Bluefin Tuna, Amberjack and some species of Grouper like the Gag Grouper or Warsaw Grouper.  All of these fish are more easily caught on traditional tackle because they allow you pull harder and try and horse the fish in faster than you could if you were to use light tackle fishing gear.

Traditional fishing tackle is not all big and bulky as compared to the one depicted on the Jaws movie.   To us, traditional tackle is 4.0 Penn, 6.0 Penn and 10.0 Penn Reels or similar other brands such as Daiwa and Shimano that are similar in size.  Traditional tackle to us is any reel that holds 40 pound test line or heavier.

Advantage of Using Traditional Tackle

The advantage to using traditional tackle is that is it heavier and allows even the most inexperienced family fisherman to easily horse in a fish without breaking the line.  It is also good for catching a lot of fish for the freezer.

Disadvantage of Big Tackle

The disadvantage to using traditional tackle is that as artificial and bottom fishing reefs see more fishing pressure, the heavy line on the traditional tackle will actually hurt your chances of catching larger fish.  Red Snapper and other reef fish that see a lot of fishing pressure will not bite heavy, traditional tackle as quick as they will bite light tackle fishing gear.

If you want to catch a lot of fish for the freezer, you can still have success using traditional tackle.  If you want to have more fun, be sure to fish with light tackle.

Booking a Traditional Tackle Fishing Charter in Alabama

Be sure to contact us directly by filling out our online reservations page after you have chosen the best fishing charter for you on our rates and pricing page

After you have submitted your request online, you may call us direct at 251.975.8111 and give us a credit card number to secure your trip. 

Remember, we do not require a deposit.  You may pay the day of your fishing charter.



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