When you think of fly fishing in saltwater in Gulf Shores, Alabama, you probably think you need to be on a low profile, inshore style fishing boat. You also might think about fishing flats and oyster beds in Mobile Bay or Wolf Bay. The neat thing is, you can go saltwater fly fishing in Gulf Shores on an offshore, deep sea fishing charter boat like a Hatteras and catch nice fish.
There is nothing better than bringing your fly rod and reel and charter our fishing boat. Alabama has some phenomenal saltwater fly fishing charters available that most people do not even think about. The culture around Gulf Shores is mostly centered on deep sea fishing with traditional fishing tackle like Penn and Daiwa reels with stiff rods that are about 6 feet in length. Most people associate fly fishing or fly fishermen as being conservation oriented or a different breed of fishermen. Fly fishing fits right into the path we are heading. Fly fishing is part of the future of deep sea fishing.
Not all fish you catch while deep sea fishing are on the bottom of the gulf. There are a lot of saltwater reef fish species like Red Snapper and Mangrove Snapper that are easily caught with a fly fishing rod on or near the surface with ease. We have to use chum or use what we call chumming fishing to get the fish to the top and you can sight fish for them or let your sinking fly drop below the surface and get a strike that way. You may also choose to go and fish for seasonal fish like the Bull Redfish that show up just off the gulf shores during the winter charter seasons from November through February each year.
These bull reds school up and can be caught on the surface while sight fishing or we may have to troll until we find the pod of Redfish. Redfish weigh between 15 and 40 pounds each.
Another seasonal fish that migrates through the Gulf Shores salt water is the spring Cobia run. The Cobia is also called Ling or Lemon fish. They weight between 20 and 90 pounds each. They swim just under the surface heading to the west. The best time to fish for them is during the month of April each year. We ride along the beach with our angler in the tuna tower looking for these majestic fish. When we see one, we stop the boat and you will have a chance to cast your fly jig to them to see if they will eat it. The bite is usually soft and the fish dives down and you count to 10 and set the hook.
You are welcome to bring your Sage 6000 series fly reels with an 8, 10 or 12 weight line. You are also encouraged to bring and try your new TCX, 9 foot, four piece rods to see if you can bend it over on such a large game fish.
As with all sight fishing, you need to be patient. Sight fishing in the Gulf of Mexico off of Gulf Shores is a challenge. It is also rewarding.
Be sure to contact us directly by filling out our online reservations page after you have chosen the best fly 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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