Our Guide To The Best Gulf Shores Fishing Charters

The Gulf Shores, Alabama area is a great place for a family friendly vacation. Whether diving into the bright blue waters or strolling the sandy beaches, you’re sure to find something amazing. It truly is the place for people who enjoy the shore and all that the Gulf has to offer. But one of the crown jewels of the area is fishing. If you crave the outdoor life, and if it’s fishing you love – whether casting from the beach or deep-sea fishing – you’ve found paradise. 

One of the best ways to experience Gulf Shores fishing is with one of the many Gulf Shores fishing charters – and 1-2 bedroom rentals in Fort Morgan with us are the best way to be close to all the action.

Let’s take a closer look at some great options for Gulf Shores fishing, so you can choose the charter that’s right for you.

A man enjoying a fishing charter in Gulf Shores

About Gulf Shores Fishing

Before you head to the water, there are some important things to know. Keep reading to find out about fish are in the area, as well as a little more information on fishing licenses. 

What Fish Are in the Area?

Gulf Shores is home to a huge variety of fish. That means no matter how many times you cast your line, you’ll always be surprised when you reel in your catch. Inshore, you can find shallow water redfish or speckled trout. If you’re in season, red snapper may be on the hook, but you can also bring in cobia, amberjack, and kingfish. If you’re looking for big game fish, you can haul in tuna, sailfish, yellowfin, and many more!

Fishing Permit

Saltwater fishing licenses are required for all saltwater areas of Alabama for those age 16-64. Annual and seven-day trip licenses are also available. Licenses range from $3.05 cents for the disabled to $24.35 for an annual license. Pier licenses are available for $6.40. If you book a charter before you buy a license, be sure to check with your charter host, as licenses may be included or exempted.

Fishing Charters To Take in Gulf Shores

The best way to book a fishing trip in Gulf Shores is with a charter. The captains of these boats know the local waters best and can get you right to the best spots for all the angling action. To help you pick the best charter company for you, we’ve listed some of the most popular companies in the area, many of which feature family-friendly options. Be sure to contact them directly with any questions to ensure you have the right trip for you!

Fins and Family Fishing Charters

Serving Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, family-owned and operated Fins & Family Fishing offers inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing for everyone in your group. This is a father-son-run company, with USCG licensed master captains. All charters include clean boats, Penn rods and reels, an Alabama saltwater fishing license, bait and tackle, and boat fuel. Rates range from $200 (one-hour inshore charter for two adults and two children) to $1300 (6 hours of offshore/deep sea fishing for one to six people). Telephone bookings require a minimum $100 deposit, and refunds are available with a 14-day notice. 

Finatics Gulf Shores Fishing Charters

Finatics services Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, and Orange Beach, and has locations out of Dauphin Island and Mobile Bay. Finatics boasts experienced captains, “most of whom have spent their entire life fishing on Mobile Bay system…” Ninety-minute sunset tours are available from $300 dollars, and inshore fishing tours start at $600 for one to three people. Prices go all the way up to $3950 for a 24-hour overnight offshore excursion for up to six people. There is a one-week cancellation policy, with rebooking available for cancellations within one week. If you are in Mobile, plan a road trip from Mobile to Fort Morgan and Gulf Shores!

Summer Hunter Fishing Charters

Captain Sara Griffin brings her 16 years of experience to Summer Hunter, and her goal is to make great memories and to create a “charter family.” Summer Hunter offers a variety of inshore and offshore packages, with multiple trips running from daylight to dark, with no overnight trips. Fishing rates are $200 per hour for up to six people on all trips, with a 3-hour minimum. Three- and four-hour trips feature trolling for bull redfish, sheepshead, mackerel, and more. Bottom fishing is available from January through December for snapper, triggerfish, grouper, and amberjack.

Shallow Stalkers Bowfishing & Fishing Charters

Shallow Stalkers is a bowfishing and fishing charter service for Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama, as well as Pensacola, Florida. For bowfishing, they target stingrays, flounder, and other non-game fish species. For traditional fishing, they look for sharks, redfish, snapper, mackerel, amberjack, and many more. The adventures take place on 20-foot aluminum flat bottom boats with LED lighting that “makes the water come alive at night!” Bowfishing trips under four hours go for $125 per hour for up to four people with a two-hour minimum, while four-hour trips are $475 for up to four people, with $75 for each person after that (up to six total). Inshore fishing is $475 for up to four people, and $75 per person after that (up to six total). Two-hour sunset cruises and eco tours are available for $250 for up to four people (and $50 per person after that up to six people). Shallow Stalkers provides fishing licenses, bows and arrows, rods and reels, bottled water, bait, and life jackets. A $100 deposit is required to book, and credit and debit are not accepted. At the end of a long day on the boat, check out one of the best spots for wine and beer drinkers in Gulf Shores!

Nelson Inshore Fishing

Billed as the charter for “family focused, relaxing, and secluded fishing,” Nelson Inshore Fishing features fishing trips, nature tours, and wild dolphin tours.  All captains are USGC licensed, and “have been fishing and operating boats since they were children.” This company offers various family-friendly excursions, so there’s an adventure for everyone in your group! Four-hour inshore tours targeting redfish and trout start at $375 for two people, with $50 per person after that (up to four people). A two-hour, kid-friendly inshore trip starts at $250 for two kids, with $50 per additional child (up to six people). This excursion features catch and release for any kind of fish in the area, as well as cruising to find dolphins and other local wildlife. Two-hour dolphin cruises are available for $150 for up to six people, and two-hour nature tours to explore secluded marshes and creeks are $150 for up to six people. Make sure to bring a camera!

Plan Your Stay

If you are going fishing, you need the right Gulf Shores vacation rental! We have rentals that offer space, boat slips, a pool, whatever you’re looking for.

There are so many ways to experience the Gulf Shores area, and so many amazing things to see and do. Enjoy the best coffee shops and cafes in Gulf Shores, or an ice-cold beer, explore local museums, or simply relax on the beach. Our Gulf shores vacation rentals put you right near all the action – so all you have to think about is casting your line. And if you have a furry companion who is always by your side when you’re out on the water for the day, Fort Morgan pet friendly rentals have what you need.

Whether you’re looking for a one-bedroom private retreat or five or more bedrooms for everyone to come along, we’ll help you find the property you want, at the price you want, with the amenities you need to make your Gulf Shores vacation perfect. Happy fishing!