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Hunt Family Afternoon Six Hour Red Snapper Trip on Distraction Charters. June 23, 2008.

Distraction Charters has a fishing conservation mission to promote family fun by offering light tackle deep sea fishing while promoting voluntary restraint. They use gentle circle hooks that do not harm the fish. They are a responsible charter fishing company. They measure their success by the smiles on your faces, not by the pounds in a cart. They want you to catch fish. They let you catch fish. For those of you who don't want to keep a lot of fish, you'll be encouraged to " Keep the best, release the rest." . Captain Troy's Distraction Charter Boat is a 41' custom built Hatteras. It offers casual elegance and a clean sitting and sleeping area. It has a kitchen and a modern bathroom. It has a climate controlled sitting area where you can escape the action and cool down. call at any time
ph 251.975.8111

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December 2007, Captain Walter McNeil

 Well, the weather has been cooling down but the inshore fishing is staying hot. The Redfish are cruising just off the beach. If you see the birds diving and fish busting the surface there is a good chance it is a school of Redfish. The White Trout are still biting in the bay and some Sheepshead are showing up around structures close to the beach. 

The offshore fishing is as good as it gets right now with the exception of Red Snapper. The Snapper fishing is good but you have to release them due to the closed season. 2008 Snapper Season will open up in May and they should be very thick and easy to catch. 

Right now the target fish are Trigger Fish, Grouper, Vermillion Snapper, and Amberjacks. There are still some King Mackerel hanging around some of the artificial reefs and rigs off Fort Morgan. Don't forget The Red Snapper World Championship will be held when Snapper Season opens in 2008. 

We were out fishing for triggerfish on Dec. 10th and hooked into a Mako Shark about 12 ft long. The fight lasted about 2 minutes until it jumped completely out of the water right beside the boat and broke the line. Talk about an adrenalin rush ! 

Just remember, if you have any questions about fishing the area in general -- or would like to book a fishing trip, please call me (251) 213-0023. 

Good Fishing and Be Safe, Capt. Walter McNeil

You can see his website at
He offers 4 and 8 hour fishing trips and 1 1/2 hour dolphin and sightseeing tours. 
Wanna see SOME FISH !! Look at his recent photos !

For Perdido Key Charter Fishing Trips contact
Holiday Harbor Marina--850/492-0555, Perdido Key
Perdido Oyster Bar & Marina, 850/492-5600 or 800-265-9468--Perdido Key
Rod & Reel Marina, 850/492-0100, Perdido Pass
Southwind Marina 850/492-0333, Perdido Pass
SanRoc Cay--251-981-5423 or 1-888-386-4853, Orange Beach
Bear Point Marina--251-981-2327, Orange Beach
Zeke's Landing Marina--251-981-4007, Orange Beach
Orange Beach Marina--251-4207, Orange Beach
Adventure Perdido--850/492-9321 or  800/492-9321, Perdido

Book cover of "Fishing the Local Waters, Gulf Shores to Panama City, Third Edition" by Jim Hoskins.

"Fishing the Local Waters...Gulf Shores to Panama City" is the book you want to order if you are headed here to fish.

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In The Barefoot Fisherman Guide To The Emerald Coast, Gregory Dew reveals forty very special spots to fish along the Gulf Shores, Alabama, to Apalachicola, Florida. Also included for the angler is a wealth of sound advice on rigging an outfit, basic angling techniques, special fishing techniques, picking a prime location (considering tides, currents, wind, water, and geography), fish species and habitats, even local recipes! The Barefoot Fisherman Guide To The Emerald Coast is enhanced further with a chapter dedicated to resource websites, addresses, telephone numbers, tackle shops, and selected fishing charters. If you are planning a fishing trip anywhere along this spectacular Gulf of Mexico shoreline, begin with browsing through Gregory Dew's The Barefoot Fisherman Guide To The Emerald Coast!
Sport Fish of the Gulf of Mexico

This book is an excellent reference guide for identifying gulf and bay fishes, and contains very little "how-to" information. Fish are separated into families. Each fish has a detailed color illustration, common name(s), and scientific name, plus a short description of each of the following categories: physical description, range, habitat, typical sizes, food value, game quality, typical tackle and bait, and a very short description of typical fishing methods. 185 fish are pictured in all, including sharks, stingrays, baitfish, and a number of other fish that may be encountered even though they are not normally thought of as sportfish.

The Pelican Guide to the Florida Panhandle

One reviewer said:

I had no idea that the Florida Panhandle had so much to offer. This author definitely knows the territory - I felt like I got all kinds of inside tips on where to go and what to do --- plus I couldn't find any other source of information specifically dedicated to the Panhandle.
With Alabama's Gulf Coast right on the same stretch of land, you know that much of the information here applies to us too !

Little Warning Here:
State waters extend into the Gulf of Mexico three miles south of Alabama's coastline from Florida almost along a straight line due west along the Ft. Morgan peninsula and Dauphin Island to Mississippi. The line, however, curves southward three miles from Sand Island. A rule of thumb when leaving Mobile Bay: if you are south of Farewell Bouy , you are in federal waters. Mississippi and Florida also require salt water fishing licenses. Florida's state waters extend nine miles south of the coastline. You can be fined for straying into another state's water with fish caught in Alabama or federal waters.

Approximately 1,200 sq. miles of dedicated artificial reef bottom promote fishing for  Alabama's off shore anglers. Some of the commonly caught reef fish include Red Snapper, Lane Snapper, Grouper, Atlantic Spadefish, Scamp, Triggerfish, Amberjack, & Barracuda.

One of the first fish to arrive off our coast in the spring is the Spanish Mackerel, a popular sport and commercial fish.  In the early spring the Spanish mackerel migrate up the west coast of Florida.  The arrive off the Perdido Key  Alabama & Florida coast in March & early April.  They prefer the shallow shelf waters rather than the deeper parts of the Gulf.  Spanish mackerel spawn several times during the spring and summer near the shore. The commercial fishing of Spanish mackerel is done mainly with gill nets and is closely regulated. Recreational fishermen catch Spanish mackerel with silver spoons, jerk jiggers and live bait. They can be caught from both boats and the fishing pier at Gulf State Park between Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. If you catch one, better eat it fresh rather than freezing it as it is an oily fish and it is said they don't freeze well. Try them grilled outside with lemon and garlic.

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