Orange Beach Fishing Gearing-Up for Stellar Summer Season in Waters Not Affected By Oil Spill

Orange Beach, AL – 5/14/10 – You’ll never find fishing better off the coast of Orange Beach, Alabama, than right now. Anglers who are fishing in the abundant Gulf of Mexico or inshore waters are pulling-in monster fish daily in waters unaffected by the oil spill. Only about 5 percent of the federal waters are closed in the Gulf, and all other Gulf waters – especially those frequented by the Orange Beach charter captains – are open for fishing.

Captain Johnny Greene of the charter boat “Intimidator” docked at Orange Beach Marina explains: “We have more than 20 miles from shore that we can fish, and we’re catching plenty of reef fish, as well as mackerel, cobia and other saltwater fish. I’m keeping my customers up-to-date on the oil spill situation, and so far, we’ve had no problem with oil here at Orange Beach.”

Meanwhile, the fishing action in the back bays and bayous is just as hot according to inshore fishing guide Gary Davis of Foley, Alabama: “We’re catching some of the biggest speckled trout we’ve caught all year now in the late spring and early summer. We generally catch at least one or two speckled trout that will weigh from 5- to 7-pounds each every day.”

Alabama’s Gulf Coast has plenty of boats and captains available, as well as numbers of fish, and the fishing pressure is low. To make fishing more available to more people, many captains offer 4-, 6-, 8-, 10- and 12-hour fishing trips, as well as 2-day fishing trips. You can design a trip that best suits the needs and the schedules of you and your family and friends.

“On an overnighter, we fish for grouper, snapper, amberjack, triggerfish and other reef fish,” says Captain George Pfeiffer of the charter boat “Island Spirit.” “Then, we deep-drop for snowy grouper, tilefish and other deep-water species. When we can, we’ll also fish for tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi and other big-game species. We’ll finish the trip fishing for reef fish again. On a 2-day trip, we can bring-in a 2-day limit of fish per person. People can sleep, eat and have a great day of fishing.”

Inshore fishermen like Captain Kathy Broughton go out each morning and fish for redfish, speckled trout, flounder and pompano on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. On a 4-hour trip, they’ll catch plenty of inshore species that will put smiles on faces, make drags squeal as the fish run and provide delicious saltwater fish for the table.

As the oil scare continues to flood the news media, the story not being told is that the sport fishing along Alabama’s Gulf Coast is now as good, if not better, than ever. Those sugar-white beaches for which Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have been known for are still white and clean, and the water remains free from oil sheen. The State of Alabama has worked diligently putting-up barriers to thoroughly protect the inshore estuaries and especially the fisheries. Alabama has a large number of inshore artificial reefs created by the State to increase the habitat and the number of fish produced in the back bays, the lagoons and the bayous, all of which are being protected should effects of the oil spill reach this area.

To enjoy the freshest seafood the Gulf of Mexico can provide at reasonable prices and have a great day of fishing, either inshore or offshore, visit www.orangebeach.com/fishing, or call 1-800-745-SAND (7263). Also stay informed on the Gulf oil spill with verified and accurate information, specific to the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area at www.orangebeach.com/issues.