This time of year of year the beach “starts calling” to my wife, Kids and Granddaughter so I deal with it by doing some fishing while they lounge around on the beach. I must admit a certain amount of anticipation for our upcoming trip to watch the tide roll in. Gulf Shores, although not as small and as quaint as I remember from childhood trips, is still a very nice place to spend some time along the ocean and take a break from the summer time grind I find myself in every year.
We will actually be staying in Orange Beach but, to me it is all a part of the Gulf Shores experience. My youngest son and and I will make a trip out to the blue water to do some bottom fishing for that star of gulf coast fishing, the Red Snapper. Most of the folks I have spoken with about the snapper season are raving about the number and big size of the snapper being hauled in. The Gulf Coast Fisherys Management Council has set the limit at 13.5 MILLION pound and they believe that amount will not measurably damage the snapper habitat. Wow, thats a lot of snapper! However, that is an aggregate total for commercial and recreational catches combined. It is possible that next season’s ABC (allowable Biological Catch will be lowered to possible as little as 10 million pounds but, 11.5 million is also listed as a real possibility.
Snapper season is set to expire at midnight on Saturday, so if you are planning on getting some for your freezer, you might want to hurry. There is going to be a discussion about a second season for snapper when The GCFM Council meets on July 17th in New Orleans to consider the matter. It would be great if a fall season did become a reality this year and I know lots of fisherman would welcome it.
The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is slated for July 19th through the 21st on Dauphin Island and they have a revised set of contest rules to make the event more competitive and more fun! If you like to tournament fish, this is a great event to particiapte in! When I lived in Mobile some 25 years ago, I tried the Rodeo out a couple of time with some buddies and while we never won any money, just being part of the event and catching lots of fish was a great memory I made. If you want find out about the rodeo’s sules and ticket prices, visit their web page. http://www.adsfr.com/ or visit their Face book page https://www.facebook.com/ADSFR
If the gulf is just too far, too much hassle and expense, the freshwater fish are biting early and late in the day and night fishing for catfish or crappie can be great this time of year. Just be sure to “spray down” with some good mosquito repellant, they can be tough at night!
This time of year it is also easy to procrastinate about fall hunting decisions. If you are looking for a hunting club or possible a hunting lease, drop me an email and I can provide some leads that might help you find a spot to bag that big buck this fall or winter! If not just putting some venison in the freezer is a pretty good thing to do!
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