Buccaneers were privateers who attacked Spanish shipping in the Caribbean sea during the late 17th Century. The term buccaneer is now generally used as a synonym for pirate. Originally, buccaneer is
derived from the French word "boucanier", which loosely translates as "someone who smokes meat" and which in turn comes from the native American "bukan". The Caribbean Arawak used this word,
"bukan" or "buccan" to describe a sort of grill which they smoked meat on, preferably Manatee. It was a wooden framed device was also used by French hunters to smoke meat like feral (wild) cattle and
pigs- they were called "boucanier".
In the first quarter of the 1600s, some Frenchmen who were driven away from the island of Hispaniola fled to nearby Tortuga. The Spaniards tried to drive them out of Tortuga, but the buccaneers were
joined by many other French, Dutch and English and turned to piracy against Spanish shipping, generally using small craft to attack galleons (sailing ships) in the Caribbean. They would often attack at
night, and climb aboard before the alarm could be raised. Buccaneers were expert marksmen and would quickly kill the helmsman and any officers aboard. Buccaneers' reputation as cruel pirates grew
until most victims would surrender, hoping they would not be killed. Finally they became so strong that they even sailed to the mainland of Spanish America and attacked cities.
English settlers occupying Jamaica began to spread the name buccaneers and associated it with the meaning of pirates. Viewed from London, buccaneering was a low-budget way to wage war on
England's rival, Spain. So, the English crown empowered buccaneers with letters of marque, legalizing their operations in return for a share of their profits. The buccaneers were invited by Jamaica's
Governor Thomas Modyford to base ships at Port Royal, located on Palisadoes on the south of Jamaca. The buccaneers robbed Spanish shipping and colonies, and returned to Port Royal with their
plunder, making the city the most prosperous in the Caribbean. There were even English navy officers sent to lead the buccaneers, such as Christopher Myngs. Their activities went on irrespective of
whether England happened to be at war with Spain or France.
Although we don't conduct privateering operations, we do like taking small craft and harassing scaley marine life and local waterways (so to speak). Puns and joking aside, we are strong supporters of
conservation and maritime courtesy. We hope you enjoy our website and may have learned something in the process. Mike
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You can also view this map in a new "tab" in full screen
for easier viewing and exploring the area- by clicking on
the "box" over the upper right hand corner of the map.
This map not only includes boat launches, but also good
kayak / canoe parks, beach access points, some bait
and tackle shops, and a few stores which sell marine
This is an interactive map, and a work in progress. Please contact
me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments, or
concerning any discrepancies.
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We are a Christian couple who enjoys our family and the outdoors (anything on the
water) very much.
This is a reminder about the
change to the "No Wake" zones
in the Orange Beach, AL, area.
In June of 2015, the area in
Cotton Bayou near Zekes
Marina was changed to No
Wake / Idle Speed, then almost
a year later, the last stretch of
waterway from Jubilee Landing
to the Florida state line on Old
River has been included as a
No Wake / Idle Speed Zone.
Now, as of this spring, 2019,
Terry Cove will be included in
the NO WAKE zoned area.
|Planning a trip to our area??
Need to plan your accommodations? Then look
no further. Complete your bookings right here!
|Covering the Alabama Gulf Coast from Ft
Morgan to Perdido Key! Click on the OBAVR
logo above, or go to www.obavr.com
Welcome to the Coastal Alabama Anglers Website. Providing all kinds of useful information- it is a work in progress, so
keep coming back to see what's been added. We also share some of our video adventures here.
|It's Our Responsibility, And It's The Law!
|Bait and Tackle Shop Locations
There are 3 places on the island that regularly sell live bait. But
be sure to call ahead, because availability might vary. These
bait and tackle shops are also on our interactive map (above).
Here is a listing of local tackle shops in Baldwin County.
- J&M Tackle, 25150 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL
(251) 981-5460, typically open 5AM- 5PM
Large variety of live and frozen baits
- Lost Bay Tackle, 25405 Perdido Beach Blvd,
Orange Beach, AL, (251) 981-3811
Winter Hrs- Open 6:00AM- 6:00PM 7 days a week.
- Hooked Up Bait & Tackle, 100 E 20th Street,
Gulf Shores, AL (251) 955-5550
Open 6:00AM- 7:00PM 7 days a week
- Sam's Stop and Shop, 27122 Canal Rd,
Orange Beach, AL (251) 981-4245
5:00AM- 9:00PM - NO LIVE BAIT, but quite an
assortment of frozen baits and lots of tackle
Information on NEW Reef
Deployments in 2018 !
|You can also get it on the
Outdoor Alabama Website
|The Fort Morgan Boat Launch is Open!!
|The Newest Addition to Alabama's Artificial Reefs!!
The Fairfield New Venture has finally been put down! After several delays, including
transport problems, equipment, strong currents and gusty winds... the New Venture
was sunk Tuesday morning, June 26, 2018. This project has been quite a task for all
those involved- and its been a little frustrating. However, the end product has made it
all well worth the effort! This is going to be a great location for both diver and angler!
It is located about 22 nm south of Perdido
Pass, Orange Beach, AL- thats just about
5.5 miles south of the LuLu, in the Don
Kelley North General Permit Zone of the
Alabama artificial reef system, the largest
artificial reef system in the US. The
coordinates are 29 54.052 North and
87 32.896 West.
This is an exciting addition to the already
massive artificial reef system the state has
However, plans are in the works for a
massive boat launch facility to be
constructed on the north bank of the ICW
on the west side of the Beach Express.
The Ft Morgan Boat
Launch facility is officially
open for your use!
Although, there is still
some work which still
needs to be completed,
which may require
temporary closure of
ramp(s). So this is still
considered an "active"
construction site, please
stay clear of / out of
"construction areas" and
off of the equipment for
Elsewhere, as of January 2018, the
privately owned Wolf Bay Lodge Boat
Launch has been permanently closed
by the property owner.
|A Look Back at The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Mgmt Council Meeting in
April 2019, and a brief overview of what was accomplished:
The Council took final action on Reef Fish Amendment 50: State Management for Recreational Red Snapper. The
Council chose to delegate management authority of the private angling component for recreational red snapper
fishing to each state. Each state will be allocated the portion of the recreational quota it initially requested in the
2018-2019 exempted fishing permit application, with the remaining 3.78% distributed between Florida and
The Council chose to set the red grouper annual catch limits and annual catch targets based on landings from
the 2017 fishing season. Last fall, the Council was presented with results from an interim analysis that could be
used to provide harvest recommendations for red grouper while awaiting the results of the stock assessment that
is currently underway. Landings in recent years have been significantly below the annual catch limits, indicating
that the stock may not be large enough to sustain current harvest levels.
The Council took final action on Shrimp Amendment 18, which considers increasing the amount of shrimp effort
allowed in the special area that is monitored for juvenile red snapper bycatch. The Council decided to reduce the
allowable shrimp effort to 60% below the baseline years and revise the framework procedure to allow future
changes to shrimp effort thresholds to be accomplished through the standard open framework documentation
process. The amendment will be transmitted to the Secretary of Commerce for approval and implementation.
The Council also reviewed a draft Framework Action that considers reducing the commercial greater amberjack
The Council directed staff to begin work on a document that would consider reducing the buffer between the red
snapper annual catch limit and annual catch target for the for-hire component of the recreational sector. In a
previous amendment, the Council reduced the buffer between the annual catch limit and annual catch target from
20% to 9% for the 2019 fishing year. This document would consider modifying the buffer on a more permanent
basis. The Council will be presented with a draft document at its next meeting in June.
For more information, see the press release: http://gulfcouncil.org/press/2019/april-council-update
|Bait, Tackle, Fuel, Deli, and so much more
27122 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
|AMRD Announces Temporary Closure of
"Bay Watch" Boat Launch for Repairs
The Alabama Marine Resources Division (MRD) will temporarily close the Bay Watch Boat
Ramp for repairs on Monday, May 13, 2019, at 7 a.m. The boat ramp is located adjacent to the
U.S. Highway 98 bridge at the mouth of the Fish River in Baldwin County, Ala. During the
closure, the existing finger pier for the launch ramps will be replaced. Construction activities
are expected to be completed in approximately two weeks after the project begins, weather
Public access to the
site will not be
Ramp at the
southern end of
Road 1 will remain
open for local
access to the Fish
River area. For more
information on the
location of public
boat launches, see
the map below.
|Your Alabama Fishing / Hunting Licenses
Expire Soon- Here's what you need to know!
|The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
August 2019 Meeting Approaches!
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet at the Hyatt Centric French Quarter
in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 12-15, 2019. You can attend the meetings in person, or
Public comment will take place on Wednesday, August 14th, from 2:00 – 5:30 PM.
At this meeting, the Council will be presented with two applications for Exempted Fishing
Permits- the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Red Drum EFP, and Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission Lionfish EFP. The Council will take testimony on those
permits and make a recommendation to NOAA Fisheries regarding whether or not the projects
should be approved.
Also- following is a brief summary of some of the issues that will be discussed:
The Council expects to take final action on an amendment that considers setting or revising
values that will be used to determine stock status for gray snapper and adjust the annual catch
Modification to the Recreational For-Hire Red Snapper Annual Catch Target Buffer
The Council plans to take final action on a Framework Action that considers reducing the buffer
between the federal for-hire component annual catch limit and annual catch target.
Recreational Greater Amberjack
The Council will begin work on an action that considers modifying recreational management
measures that will allow recreational harvest in both spring and fall.
For-Hire Trip Limits
The Council will work on a framework amendment that considers modifying the two-day bag limit
allowance for multi-day federal for-hire trips.
Red Snapper Allocation
The Council will continue work on Reef Fish Amendment 52 which considers reallocating the
red snapper annual catch limit between recreational and commercial sectors.
Status Determination Criteria
The Council will continue to work on an amendment that aims to define, and in some cases
modify, existing biological reference points for reef fish and red drum.
Modifications to Commercial Individual Fishing Quota Programs
The Council will review a draft of Amendment 36B, which considers modifying the commercial
individual fishing quota programs with the intent to assist small participants and new entrants to
the IFQ programs, reduce discards, and increase access to shares to actively fishing, eligible
|Summer is Slowing, and Fall
Approaches- What's Biting?
Our "Summer" season is drawing to a close- but
the fishing is just getting started. We still have
several weeks of summer weather and all that
comes with it.
We are seeing some good trout bite inshore- and
the action on the dock lights at night is just crazy!
The black drum bite around some of the marinas
and docks- just awesome!
At the Gulf Piers, its been a little "hit and miss"-
but there are a few king mackerel, some spanish
mackerel, and bluefish being caught on the deep
end. And the Tarpon have still been making a
showing. On the shallow end, there have been
speckle trout, redfish, and some pompano.
Offshore, Greater AmberJack season is open. Go
hookup on some reef donkeys! Other than that,
the stormy weather has kept some from traveling
too far, and the "blue water" has been pushed out
due to the deluge Louisiana has received.
Reef/ Wrecks of course- producing Ajs, mingos,
and those overfished trigger fish. LOL
But! Stay tuned!- With the "Fall" comes some of
the best fishing for our area.
|A Word of Caution When "Observing"
There seems to be some recently posted videos on social media
of people attempting to interact with local dolphins in the Coastal
Alabama Area. Even though there may seem to be a mutual
curiosity between us and them- a word of caution.
1- They are wild animals. You may think it's a harmless interaction,
but don't be confused to the fact they have the ability to hurt or
attack for any unknown reasons. Even if just by mistake-
They might think, for example, for some reason your finger is a
minnow or piece of bait. You might inadvertently get too close to
a juvenile or mate which could provoke an attack.
2- Attempting to interact only encourages them to approach
vessels. This could cause repercussions when they approach
vessels who don't want their interaction- like fishing boats.
3- It is illegal to interact, attempt to interact, or feed most marine
Here is what NOAA says about it...
Viewing marine animals in their natural habitat can be an exciting
experience—watching a group of dolphins leaping across the water,
seeing a sea turtle nesting on a beach, or encountering a colony of
seals basking in the sun. Although it can be tempting to try to get
close to these marine animals, it’s always best to view them from a
safe and respectful distance for their safety—and yours. Learning
how to interact with and observe ocean animals can help you make
the right decisions when you encounter them by water, land, or air.
Regulations and guidelines have been developed with specific
recommendations and distances for viewing whales, dolphins,
porpoises, seals, sea lions, sea turtles, and other marine animals.
These guidelines and laws can vary by state and by species, so know
the rules before you visit our coastal waters.
The Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act
do not provide for permits or other authorizations to view or interact
with wild marine mammals and sea turtles, except for specific listed
purposes such as scientific research. We maintain as policy that
interacting with wild marine life outside of permitted research
should not be attempted and viewing marine mammals and sea
turtles must be conducted in a manner that does not harass the
animals. We do not support, condone, approve, or authorize
activities that involve closely approaching, interacting, or attempting
to interact with whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions, and sea
turtles in the wild. This includes attempting to swim with, pet, touch,
or elicit a reaction from the animals.
*Do not feed, or attempt to feed, any marine mammals. It’s harmful
*Do not swim with, ride, pet, touch, or attempt to interact with
marine mammals or sea turtles in the wild.
*Do not chase, encircle, or leapfrog animals with any watercraft. Do
not "trap" animals between watercraft or the shore.
Laws on interactions with marine life may vary from state to state,
so if you are not sure, contact your local marine police or
conservation and wildlife office before you get on the water.
|Alabama Announces Two Additional Days of
Red Snapper Season for Private Anglers
After completing a review of the 2019 private angler red snapper season through
August 5, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has
determined two additional days can be added to the private angler recreational season.
The additional days will begin 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2019, and run until
midnight on Sunday, September 1, 2019.
Landing estimates are derived from mandatory angler reports submitted through
Alabama’s Snapper Check Program. Anglers are reminded that greater amberjack is
available for voluntary reporting through the Snapper Check app.
Detailed red snapper landing information from the 2018 and 2019 seasons is available
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise
stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four
divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater
Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com
Your Alabama Fishing and Hunting Licenses will expire on August 31,
2019- BUT WAIT! Here is what you need to know about renewing them!
You can handle the renewal process online- but you can not get your
2019-20 Alabama Hunting/ Fishing Licenses until after Monday, August
26, 2019 at 12:00 AM. BUT WAIT- there is something else.....
A NEW Reef Fish Endorsement will be available for purchase with all
recreational saltwater angler licenses beginning August 26, 2019. *Commercial license sales will
begin on September 16, 2019. The Reef Fish Endorsement will be required for any person
possessing, taking or attempting to take any gulf reef fish species listed in Rule 220-3-.46 (see
below). This endorsement is required for all resident and non-resident anglers 16 years of age and
older, and includes disabled, veterans appreciation, 65 and older, lifetime license holders, pier
licenses, annual saltwater licenses, trip licenses, commercial fishermen, and charter boats.
So- those who plan to fish the last 2 days of the Alabama Red Snapper Season (August 31-Sept 01,
2019), your old license is good for Saturday (August 31, 2019). However, if you plan to fish for Red
Snapper (or any other "reef fish") Sunday, Sept 01, 2019- you will need your new Alabama Saltwater
Fishing License WITH the new $10 Reef Endorsement.
Also- do not forget to report your red snapper AND Greater AmberJack catch on the "Alabama
Snapper Check" mobile app- before you load the boat!
Click here for more information about the Reef Fish Endorsement and a list of the gulf reef fish species in Rule