Gulf Shores Charters Frequently Asked Questions Page
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What is a private trip?
A private trip is a simply a small group of people who have elected to charter a boat for them and their group and do not want to be on the boat with other fare paying people. This is by far and away the best way to go fishing! There are head boats around if you are looking for that type of fishing but we do not put groups together! Ever!
When is the best time to charter a boat in Gulf Shores?
Charter fishing is good year round in Gulf Shores, Alabama. However, the Summer months are our busiest because of all of the people on vacation. The weather is usually more stable and we have fewer cancellations because of bad weather. Fall, Winter and Spring are the best fishing that we have to offer. The weather causes more frequent cancellations during these seasons but, we do have a mild climate and do get to make most of our charters. We also have a fishing definitions page to help you understand everything about charter fishing in Alabama.
Why does you pricing say from 1 to 10 people?
It is just a flexibility option that we can offer to you since our boat is so big and diverse. click here for more information on this
Do you offer walk on fishing trips?
NO - All of our charters are private meaning only you and your group will be on the boat at the time of your trip. There are smaller boats in town and offer reduced rates in comparison to us.
When do we need to book a fishing charter?
The urgency of booking a charter depends on you and the boats availability. Summer months, Holidays, Weekends and Fishing Tournaments create our biggest rush of charters. A lot of you plan months ahead for your vacation or weekend escape to ensure you get a room. Fishing is the same way, you need to plan early so you get the date of your choice. During the Fall, Winter and Spring, fishing slows a bit but we still experience high volumes of bookings during weekends.
How long of a charter do we need to book?
There are a lot of factors involved in this process. Our offshore trips range 6 hour bottom fishing trips for Red Snapper, Triggerfish, etc. Our overnight to multi-day Tuna and Marlin trip are great for those who want to experience something unique. The full day (10 and 12 hour) bottom trips are for those who want to be on the water all day and or, keep a few fish for the freezer. Overnight trips are for more serious anglers and groups that want to fish for larger species of fish that live further offshore. If you have kids or you have never done it before, you might want to start with 6 hour trip but we have more and more first timers venturing out on the full day trips too. If you have been deep sea fishing before, I would suggest the longest possible trip you can.
How far offshore will we go on our fishing trip?
Offshore fishing or deep-sea fishing is one of those things that the distance traveled is determined by the length of the trip. A 4 hour trip usually stays near shore for King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia and Winter Redfish or within 8 miles of land. This is dependent upon the fish bite. Yesterday we were catching fish right off the beach. Tomorrow, we may have to go further out to get them. These fish swim in schools and move around. 6 hour trips will usually get you from 12 to 18 miles offshore and catch Red Snapper, Triggerfish and Mackerel. Full day trip (10-12 hour trips) will get you 20 to 40 miles offshore and those are the trips where you can target Grouper and Amberjack. Overnight trips will get you from 60 to 100 miles offshore. Multi-day or 3 day trips can get you out as far as 200 miles.
How long do we get to fish on a typical trip in Gulf Shores?
As a rule of thumb, bottom fishing in Gulf Shores consist of a ride from the port to the fishing reefs and back. This ride can be as short as an hour or longer, depending on the length of the trip. Most charters are usually divided into 50% ride (trolling fishing heading out and back) and 50% fishing. There is also time spent driving between reefs that counts as riding. We try to troll between spots that are further than 3 miles apart. However, most charter boats high speed troll while heading offshore as high speed trolling can produces big fish frequently during the late Spring, Summer and Fall months.
Will we catch Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Grouper and Amberjack on our fishing charter?
The reality of catching Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Grouper and Amberjack is dependent upon the length of the fishing charter taken. In recent years, these species have been over fished and seasonal closures and increased size limits have been put in place to stop over harvesting of these species. With that being said, you can catch them on trips as short as 6 hours. The truth is that you need to take at least a 10 or 12 hour charter or longer to be able to catch a lot fish to keep. Fishing for Grouper and Amberjack is usually better during the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. This is a time when these larger fish move closer to shore and there is less fishing pressure on them. In the Summer, plan on a full day charter to increase your odds. If you want to catch Yellowfin Tuna, Blackfin Tuna or Blue Marlin, you need to plan on an overnight fishing trip or longer.
Do we offer lodging while in town?
We do not offer lodging at this time. We do have plenty of hotels, motels, condos and beach houses that you can rent. Orange Beach and Gulf Shores have several local hotels as well. We do recommend going through a condo rental agencies like Meyer Realty, Kaiser Realty and Brett-Robinson to ensure a great stay.
We have kids. Do you have life jackets for them?
All boats must have life saving equipment on board. We carry children's life jackets that are USCG approved for children. Alabama law requires children 8 years-old and younger to wear a PFD while on-board. If you have your own life jacket that is more comfortable for your child, you may bring it as long as it is USCG approved.
Do we have to buy a fishing license in Gulf Shores?
You do not need to buy an Alabama Saltwater Fishing License to fish on the Intimidator. The state of Alabama offer charter boats the option to purchase your fishing license for you while on board. Most boats will purchase the license annually and it covers the anglers who fish on the boat. If you fish from shore or from a dock, you do need to purchase a license from a local tackle shop or go to the State of Alabama's Outdoor website here and purchase a license online.
Will I get sea sick?
Motion sickness is real and effects about 10 to 15 percent of all saltwater fishermen. Some people choose Dramamine but it can make you sleepy. If so try non-drowsy Dramamine or Bonine over the counter medicine and take as directed. Some people get a prescription patch from your local doctor as this is the very best you can do to prevent this from happening.
Are Gulf Shores fishing charters safe?
The charter boat is safe and safety at sea is paramount. Fishing is not an exact sport then you mix in hooks and fish that have sharp teeth with needle like fins. We fish in the open water of the Gulf of Mexico where waves may cause you to hold on while moving around. We care about your safety. We do not want you to get hurt in any way.
Do all charter boats have restrooms?
We have two private, air conditioned restrooms with real commodes. One is located in the v berth and the other is out side with easy quick access while fishing
May we bring our own fishing tackle?
Sure you may bring your own fishing tackle. However, saltwater fish fight hard and your gear may not be suited to handle the fight We will not be held responsible if your tackle fails.
Do we offer a catch and release program?
Yes we do offer catch and release. We promote catch and release as part of our program. Not all species are catch and release friendly. However, we do have a lot of species that are a lot of fun to fight, photograph and release.
If I catch a nice fish, can I get it mounted?
Saltwater fish mounts are replicas which means you can either keep your fish to eat or release them to be caught another day. All we need is a 50% deposit, name of the fish, length to get your order started.
Do I have to pay for a rod if it breaks or I lose a lure or bait?
We use new tackle and well maintained fishing gear. If a rod and reel fails on it's own, you will not be charged. If you drop one overboard, you will be expected to replace it at current values. Now, we do lose lures, hooks and gear all of the time but you will not be charged for the loss of lures or bait.
May we bring alcoholic beverages? Can we smoke?
Yes you may bring your favorite beverage with you. However, we do not allow glass bottles. We ask that you drink in moderation as excessive drinking and intoxication may lead to accident or injury. I am USCG licensed and will go through a extensive safety brief with you before we leave the dock and expect you to adhere to all safety rules and regulations. You may smoke outside in the cockpit area only.
What do we need to bring on our fishing charter?
Depending on the length of your charter, you need to bring the basic such as non-slip shoes, food, drink, snacks, hand towels, protective clothing (hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, rain gear, etc) and camera.
Do you fish in bad weather or high seas?
We do fish in the rain but we do try and avoid it if possible. I really do not like fishing in rough seas or high winds and will advise you of that before the trip. We try to stay away from lightning storms at all times whenever possible The charter boat has state-of-art live satellite color radar on board to see storms coming. This boat is massive and can handle any weather but we always aire on the side of safety
Do we have to keep the fish we catch?
Absolutely not! In fact most people on Vacation do not keep a fish! You can release all that you catch, keep just a few for dinner or keep what the will law will allow. The choice is yours, just let the mates know during the trip. As we never like to waste such a valuable resource