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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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 2019 !
|You can also get it on the
Outdoor Alabama Website
|The "Bay Watch" Weeks Bay 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
We are anxiously waiting on further
announcements on the boat launch facility
to be constructed on the north west side of
the ICW / Beach Express. Stay tuned!
The "Bay Watch" Boat
Launch facility is officially
open for your use! The
Alabama Department of
Conservation is continually
striving to maintain and
improve these facilities for
your use. Do your part!
By not gunning your boat
engine on the ramp-
causing washout and
eventual deterioration of
the ramp and "base".
Report any issues or
damage to ramps,
docks, lighting- or other facility
Be a good steward - for our children
and their children.
|Bait, Tackle, Fuel, Deli, and so much more
27122 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
|Florida Anglers are Permitted to Fish For Red
Snapper Fall Season According to the FWC
|Your Alabama Fishing / Hunting Licenses
Expired in August- Have You ReNewed Yet?
|The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
August 2019 Meetings Concluded- Awaiting Report
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting at the Hyatt Centric French Quarter in
New Orleans, Louisiana was on August 12-15, 2019. We are still waiting on the report
Public comment took place on Wednesday, August 14th, from 2:00 – 5:30 PM.
At this meeting, the Council was to 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 was to 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 should have been 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. Fall weather is
knocking on our door- 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 Record Greater AmberJack Caught
Your Alabama Fishing and Hunting Licenses expired 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
Brian Andrews, from Citronelle, AL, has broken a state record that stood for 38
years. Marcus Kennedy, of Mobile, who caught a big 127 pound 12 ounce
amberjack on June 19, 1981, will lose his place.
On Friday, August 2, 2019, Brian hooked into something very big- however, no
one suspected a record breaker "Reef Donkey" was at the end of the line!
“I was trying to be positive, but several people were telling me it was a shark,”
Andrews said. “He was pulling like a shark, but you never know. He made at least
three big runs. It took at least 30 minutes to get him in. When he makes a run, all
you can do is hold the rod and watch him go. When he starts peeling drag, you
just hold on. When he stops peeling drag, you have to start taking some of the line
The big fish measured 65 inches from its nose to the fork of its tail and had a 40-
inch girth- and weighed in at 132-pounds, 12.8-ounces, and takes its place in the
Alabama record books.
Greather Amberjack Season is scheduled to run through October 31, 2019.
“The red snapper season for Florida private recreational anglers and state for-hire operations in the Gulf of
Mexico will be open on the following Saturdays and Sundays: Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27.
Private recreational anglers may harvest red snapper in Florida Gulf state and federal waters. However, state
for-hire operations are limited to fishing for red snapper in Gulf state waters only.
These additional days would not be possible without the Gulf Reef Fish Survey. The Gulf Reef Fish Survey was
developed specifically to provide better data for management of red snapper and other important reef fish, and
has helped in allowing FWC the opportunity to manage Gulf red snapper in state and federal waters.
Planning to participate in the fall season? Don’t forget to continue the success of the Gulf Reef Fish Survey. All
Florida anglers fishing from private recreational vessels must sign up as Gulf Reef Fish Angler to target red
snapper and several other reef fish in Gulf state and federal waters (excluding Monroe County), even if they
are exempt from fishing license requirements. Sign up as a Gulf Reef Fish Angler at no cost at
GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or by visiting any location you can purchase a license.
Anglers can also share catch information with FWC electronically using the Angler Action Foundation’s iAngler
smartphone app. This app is available on your phone’s app store by searching for iAngler Gulf Red Snapper
for private anglers or iAngler Gulf Red Snapper Charter if you are a charter operation.
State for-hire operations must have State Gulf Reef Fish Charter on their license to target red snapper and
other reef fish in Gulf state waters. This can be done at no cost at a local tax collector’s office.
To learn more about the recreational red snapper season in Gulf state and federal waters, including season
size and bag limits, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Snappers,” which is
under the “Regulations by Species – Reef Fish” tab.
Alabama anglers that plan on fishing for red snapper during the Florida fall season are reminded they must
land their red snapper in Florida. Alabama does not allow the possession or transportation of red snapper in
Alabama waters while the Alabama season is closed. Alabama state waters extend out to 9 nautical miles for
reef fish. Fish that are legally landed in Florida May be transported into Alabama by land.
If you have additional questions you may contact the MRD offices at 251-861-2892 or 251-968-7576.