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
Now, as of this spring,
2019, Terry Cove will be
included in the NO WAKE
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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keep coming back to see what's been added. We also share some of our video adventures here.
|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
- Lost Bay Tackle, 25405 Perdido Beach
Blvd, Orange Beach, AL, (251) 981-3811
Winter Hrs- Open 6:00AM- 6:00PM 7 days a
- 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
|Work on Rebuilding the old Ft Morgan Fishing
Wharf is Underway!
|You can also get it
on the Outdoor
|The New ICW Boat Launch Facility is in the Planning Stages
|August 7, 2020
Closed in Sept 2014, just a few months after a terrible accident which
claimed the life of a local Foley, AL, man (BJ Johnson) who fell off the
structure and drown, March 28, 2014. Which brought attention to its
unsafe condition and dire disrepair. The Ft Morgan fishing pier is part
of the Ft Morgan/ Alabama Historical Commission, not the Department
of Conservation, like the boat launch next to it. So, the funds from the
historical commission required to make it safe enough to be used
again- was understandably not on their "top priority" list.
|Bait, Tackle, Fuel, Deli, and so much more
27122 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
|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.
Latest news on the making of the largest boat
launch facility on the Alabama gulf coast! The
County now owns this property adjacent to the
Foley Beach Exoley Beach Express Bridge and
is proceeding with plans for the large public
boat launch thanks to state GOMESA funding.
Hopefully this project will be quick in
It appears this may be at least a 2 stage
project- with the construction of the ramps and
phase 1 parking, finger piers, picnic and car
parking to be completed first (no date given),
and the 2nd phase to provide additional
parking for both cars and vehicle/ trailers with
a secondary restroom facility and additional
We will share more details as they become
|Alabama Recreation Anglers Will get a
Second Chance at Red Snapper
August 6, 2020
By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Just when it appeared that the 2020 red snapper season was a wrap, private
recreational anglers are likely to get one more opportunity to fish this year.
Scott Bannon, Director of the Alabama Marine Resources Division (MRD),
said the preliminary harvest numbers for the private recreational sector
indicate about 100,000 pounds remain in the quota of 1,122,622 pounds.
The red snapper season for private recreational anglers (which includes
state charter vessels) was originally set to last 35 days, beginning the Friday
of Memorial Day weekend. However, the season had to be shortened to 25
days to ensure the quota was not exceeded.
One of the ways MRD conducts those surveys and other management
practices is through a variety of funding sources, one of which is the Gulf
Reef Fish Endorsement that was implemented for the 2020 season. Bannon
said 22,755 endorsements were obtained. The funds will be used for reef fish
“I feel like we had really good compliance on the Gulf Reef Fish
Endorsement,” he said. “This year, our Enforcement Officers were just
making people aware they needed the endorsement, which helps us identify
just how many people are participating in the fishery in addition to providing
funding for all aspects of reef fish management. Next year, a person may
receive a citation for not having it.
“Also, for the fishing seasons after January 1, 2021, we’re adding greater
amberjack and gray triggerfish as mandatory species for recording in
Snapper Check. They are two valuable species to Alabama anglers, and we
want to develop better landings data.”
Bannon said anyone interested can visit www.outdooralabama.com/2020-
red-snapper-landings-summary and view the catch data as well as the chart
that shows the angler participation rate compared to the average wave
height. The catch data in the chart has been updated to include additional
The timing of the extra day or two of red snapper fishing this fall has not
been determined. You can check back on the OutdoorAlabama.com website,
request email notifications, and follow MRD on FaceBook!
|Alabama Gulf State Park Announces Closure of the Gulf Shores
Pier May 10, 2020, for renovations & Repairs!
April 14, 2020
Gulf State Park has announced that the Gulf Shores fishing pier will
undergo a major 2 million dollar renovation project that includes
replacing the 10 year old wooden decking and handrails, creating a new
850 sq ft handicapped accessible observation deck over the main
octagon, renovation of the office, store, and restroom's, and installing
new turtle-friendly lighting! This renovation is being funded by a federal
grant through the Natural Resource Damage Assessment program of
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The pier will
close on May 10, 2020, at 10:00PM and is targeted to reopen in
mid-August. The work was originally scheduled for earlier in the
off-season, however, appropriation of funds had not become available
as expected, pushing back the start date. But the management
guarantees once completed, the results of this work will make
everyone's visit to the Gulf Shores Pier a much more enjoyable
experience. During the closure, the state will provide progress
updates on our website and social media channels: Facebook,
Instagram and Twitter.
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 grade fuels. This is an interactive map, and a work in progress.
Please contact me at email@example.com with any comments, or concerning any discrepancies.
|Ask for Chris Vecsey at the tackle
counter in back!
|Update the Outdoor Alabama
Smartphone App Before
Snapper Season Begins
Improvments and updates include:
• Improvements in the way the app
responds in low or no connectivity
settings - like when offshore.
*The option to select powered vessel,
un-powered vessel, shore or pier.
• Optimized for more device screen sizes
Don't delay- Do it today!
Even Though the Gulf Shores Pier is
Closed- You must still Follow the "Rules".
Did you know?- There is a 100
yard minimum distance any
vessel must keep from a
public fishing pier. Some
states may require more!
And even though the
Gulf Shores fishing pier is
closed for renovation, this law
is being enforced!
Photos courtesy of Ellis Cattan. Follow him
on his FaceBook group “Cajun at GS Pier”
|Later, in 2018, again we were told that it was
getting much needed repairs in order to
re-open using BP Oil funds- which never
came to pass. At that time, research into
making the structure (which was built on/
around old wooden barges on the site more
than 40 years prior) estimated the cost
between $350,000 to $800,000.
Now, word that the project is back
underway- still said to be using funds left
over from the BP oil spill, currently about 5
years behind - with a price tag of about
2,000,000. In any case, lets hope the "rubber
meets the road" this time and this project
will see the Ft Morgan fishing wharf re-open.