Bad Wind Brings Good Fishing to the Gulf

Bad Wind Brings Good Fishing to the Gulf
Bad Wind Brings Good Fishing to the Gulf
Bad Wind Brings Good Fishing to the Gulf

From The Outdoor Wire

Twenty mile per hour north winds historically have impacted fishing negatively in Mobile Bay on Alabama's Gulf Coast. "But I was glad to see the wind blowing," says Captain Erik Davis with Tidewater Fishing Service in Foley, Alabama. "As long as that north wind blows, we believe it will keep the oil out in the Gulf of Mexico. Generally a south wind is really the best for fishing the Mobile Bay area. However, a south wind will move that oil closer to us."

On Thursday, May 27, Davis caught speckled trout that weighed as much as 5-pounds each under the guns of Fort Morgan on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. "We only caught 18 trout this morning because of that rough north wind," Davis reports. "On a calm day, we usually can limit-out on both speckled trout and redfish."

The speckled trout have moved into the bay within the last month from the coastal rivers where they've spent much of the winter. Anglers never will find fishing better. "We've been catching limits of 2- to 5-pound speckled trout all spring long," Davis explains. "However, because of the north wind, fishing conditions were a little rough today."


Davis and his client fished around the shallow-water oil and gas rigs inside Mobile Bay and caught all their trout on a Fin-S soft-plastic lure in the chartreuse-ice color, with a 1/4-ounce lead-headed jig on 10-pound-test line. Davis fishes primarily at Dixey Bar at the mouth of Mobile Bay. This sandbar runs from 6-foot deep and drops-off into the channel that's 50-foot deep.


"We usually catch redfish that will weigh from 10 to 20 pounds, either fishing with live menhaden and letting the bait drift with the tide or trolling Mann's Stretch 25 crankbait in the blue-and-silver color on 15- to 20-pound-test-line," Davis explains.


Dixey Bar, one of the premier redfish hotspots on the entire Upper Gulf Coast, homes big bull reds that anglers can catch all year long under almost any weather and water condition. "We generally release the really-big bull reds after we catch them," Davis says. "Some of those fish will be 10- to 15-years old, will put up good fights and will make great pictures. Then we release the bulls, so other anglers can enjoy catching them."

As you can see from this fishing report, fishing is open, and the catching is fast and furious on Alabama's Gulf Coast. But a new battlefield may be found at some time in the future in the waters under historic Fort Morgan's battlements.

"If the oil comes ashore and gets into Mobile Bay, the fishing will shut-down," Davis reports. "However, right now, fishing is great, the water is clean, and the State of Alabama has called in the troops. The National Guard is here at the mouth of the Bay putting out sand barriers that will trap oil and block the oil from coming into the Bay. They've also put poles across the Bay to run booms on to protect the estuary, if oil does come ashore here. But right now, and for the foreseeable future, we've got terrific fishing and plenty of fish. All we need is folks to go fishing with us."


To reach Davis, call (251) 979-1224. For more information on fishing inshore or offshore and for a list of captains and boats available, go to www.orangebeachfishingtrips.com. For more information, contact the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-745-SAND (7263).

Contact:
Kim Chapman
Public Relations Manager
Alabama Gulf Coast CVB
kchapman@gulfshores.com
1-800-745-SAND (7263)

Continue to monitor the Gulf Oil Spill here on OutdoorChannel.com


Recommended for You

You can catch bluegill faster with these strategies. Panfish

Find and Fish Bluegill Beds Efficiently

Terry Madewell - May 22, 2019

You can catch bluegill faster with these strategies.

 Several factors need to be evaluated before reaching a conclusion about what fly, lure or bait Trout & Salmon

How to Catch the Biggest Trout in the Stream

David Paul Williams

Several factors need to be evaluated before reaching a conclusion about what fly, lure or...

Chiggers might be tiny little critters that are hard to see but they sure bring big-time misery Other Hunting

Keep Itchy Chigger Bites at Bay This Summer with Chigarid

Lynn Burkhead

Chiggers might be tiny little critters that are hard to see but they sure bring big-time...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Costa and Captains for Clean Water

Costa and Captains for Clean Water

With the company's heavy involvement in initiatives like Kick the Plastic and Captains for Clean Water campaigns, Costa's Amanda Sabin tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead all about the sunglass maker's unwavering commitment to help the freshwater and saltwater environment.

Abu Garcia Virtual Rod with Bluetooth

Abu Garcia Virtual Rod with Bluetooth

Pure Fishing's Andrew Wheeler tells Outdoor Sportsman Group writer Lynn Burkhead all about the brand new Abu Garcia Virtual rod that integrates Bluetooth technology through a free ANGLR smartphone app.

Berkley

Berkley's Frittside Crankbaits

World Fishing Network show host Chad LaChance had a chance to visit with legendary crankbait master David Fritts about his new Frittside crankbaits from Berkley. LaChance, host of the Fishful Thinker on WFN, also got a few cranking tips from Fritts, the former Classic and Forrest Wood Cup champion.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Fishing for nighttime crappie gets you out of the summer heat and puts more fish in the cooler.

By Other Freshwater

6 Tips for Nighttime Crappie

Keith Sutton - June 19, 2017

Fishing for nighttime crappie gets you out of the summer heat and puts more fish in the...

Unlike many game fish, catfish can be harder to catch during the spawn. Here are some strategies. Catfish

Understanding Catfish Spawning

Keith Sutton - June 06, 2006

Unlike many game fish, catfish can be harder to catch during the spawn. Here are some...

North Dakota Game & Fish Department said the 16-9 walleye doesn't qualify for record. Walleye

Record-Sized Walleye Was Foul-Hooked, Agency Says

G&F Online Staff

North Dakota Game & Fish Department said the 16-9 walleye doesn't qualify for record.

See More Stories

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×