Skip to main content

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


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

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

RIO Slickcast Fly Lines

RIO Slickcast Fly Lines

Chris Walker, with RIO Products, talks with Editor/Publisher Ross Purnell of Fly Fisherman magazine about the new SlickCast lineup of fly lines for 2020.

New from Old Town: Sportsman Autopilot 136 and Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman

New from Old Town: Sportsman Autopilot 136 and Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman

Brand ambassador Ryan Lilly highlights the features of the Old Town AutoPilot 136 motorized kayak and the Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman canoe.

Daiwa Dark Water Rods

Daiwa Dark Water Rods

From barracuda to wahoo to kingfish to sailfish and beyond, these new Daiwa saltwater rods rely on HVG technology (that makes them 50% lighter), soft tips to protect leaders as big fish make strong runs, and strong backbones to help anglers crank up hard-fighting species from below.

Thomas and Thomas Contact II Fly Rod

Thomas and Thomas Contact II Fly Rod

Joe Goodspeed, rod designer at Thomas & Thomas, tells Fly Fisherman editor Ross Purnell about the six new models of Contact II fly rods, including a 10-foot 2-weight and a 10-foot 3-weight. Constructed from five types of premium carbon and fiberglass fibers bonded by a proprietary aerospace resin, these rods are stronger and yet capable of making, short, delicate casts.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Field Skills: Want to be a better shooter? The first step is perfecting your release.6 Steps to the Perfect Trigger Pull on Your Compound Bow Hunting How-To

6 Steps to the Perfect Trigger Pull on Your Compound Bow

Jace Bauserman - August 27, 2020

Field Skills: Want to be a better shooter? The first step is perfecting your release.

Here's how to get your rig ready for archery deer season.19 Ways to Get Your Crossbow, Compound Ready for Opening Day Bows

19 Ways to Get Your Crossbow, Compound Ready for Opening Day

Bob Robb - August 21, 2020

Here's how to get your rig ready for archery deer season.

As most catfish anglers know, blue cats, channel cats and flatheads will eat darn near anything that fits in their mouths.5 Ways To Catch Catfish on Lures Catfish

5 Ways To Catch Catfish on Lures

Keith Sutton

As most catfish anglers know, blue cats, channel cats and flatheads will eat darn near...

More adjustability and improved balance make these nine compounds even easier to shoot.The Best Compound Bows for 2020 Bows

The Best Compound Bows for 2020

Jace Bauserman - August 24, 2020

More adjustability and improved balance make these nine compounds even easier to shoot.

See More Trending Articles

More Stories

As the official zone maps of Pool 8 were handed out for the Championship Round of the 2016 Summit Cup on the Mississippi River, the six finalists scoured the maps like scratch-off lottery tickets, hoping their numbers would come up big.Past Experience Squashed by Fishing Zone Boundaries for Championship Stories

Past Experience Squashed by Fishing Zone Boundaries for Championship

Rob Newell, MajorLeagueFishing.com

As the official zone maps of Pool 8 were handed out for the Championship Round of the 2016...

Various companies show appreciation to frontline defense – healthcare professionals – against the pandemic with special giveaway.Outdoors Industry Honoring Healthcare Heroes: COVID-19 News

Outdoors Industry Honoring Healthcare Heroes: COVID-19

April 27, 2020

Various companies show appreciation to frontline defense – healthcare professionals – against...

A father-son fishing outing for bass culminated into a catch that tied a state record for yellow perch in Tennessee.Father-Son Outing Results in Tied State Record Stories

Father-Son Outing Results in Tied State Record

Game & Fish Online Staff - August 08, 2018

A father-son fishing outing for bass culminated into a catch that tied a state record for...

There's no reason you can't be prepared if you catch a state-record fish.Think It's a State Record? Now What? Stories

Think It's a State Record? Now What?

M.D. Johnson - March 26, 2020

There's no reason you can't be prepared if you catch a state-record fish.

See More Stories

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

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

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now