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
Questions, comments, or just want to send us an email??
mike@badonskybuccaneers.com,  or   teresa@badonskybuccaneers.com.
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 mike@badonskybuccaneers.com 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.
Earlier in June of 2015, the area
in Cotton Bayou near Zekes
Marina was changed to No
Wake / Idle Speed.  Now,
almost a year ago now,  
December 2015, 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.  So, now ALL of Old River
in Alabama waters to the state
line is NO WAKE.
Planning a trip to our area??
Need to plan your accommodations?  Then look
no further. Complete your bookings right here!
Ever wonder what it looks like at those old Liberty Ship reefs off of the Alabama coast?
Helpful Quick Links!
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
Several of you have asked "Hey Mike, where can I get
some Live Bait?  Well, 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).
- 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
Greater AmberJack Season Closes
12:00AM November 1, 2018 !
Changes Concerning the  
2018 Red Snapper Season!
It's that time of
year! Your Alabama
Annual fishing
license expires
August 31, 2018
Get Your Alabama
Fishing License
You can also get it on the
Outdoor Alabama Website
The Fort Morgan Boat Launch is Open!!
Looking for some new fishing equipment
or terminal tackle? How about sunglasses
or apparel? Cold drinks or a hot lunch?
Then stop by Sam's Stop & Shop
27122 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL
(251) 981-4245
Your methods of
reporting your red
snapper catch are
changing, with the
introduction of the new
Outdoor Alabama smart
phone app, available on
IOS and Android
platforms. Our
suggestion is to upload
the app and try it out
BEFORE you head out
on your trip, to make
sure it works properly on
your phone.  As with
most new programs,
there may be some
"bugs" to work out of the
system.  If you do
experience any issues,
contact the Alabama
Marine Resources
Division at (251)
861-2882, or message
them on their FaceBook
page, so they can look in to it. You are required to report
your catch before you "land" your boat.  However, if you
are experiencing issues with the app, you can also use the
paper forms available at most of the public launches.  
Also, the AMRD has put out an advisory on fishing
neighboring state red snapper seasons.  You cannot
possess any red snapper in Alabama waters during closed
days.  To say- if you fish Florida Snapper Season on days
Alabama waters are closed to harvesting Red Snapper,
unlike previous years, you CAN NOT transit Alabama waters
with your Florida Red Snapper catch in possession.  So, if
you want to fish another Gulf State Red Snapper Season,
you need to trailer your vessel to that state, or otherwise
arrange to fish out of that state.
For more information on the
Alabama Red Snapper Season or
use of Outdoor Alabama Snapper
Check reporting system, contact
the Alabama Marine Resources
Office at (251) 861-2882.
Remember, reporting your Red
Snapper harvest can only help
future seasons! And its the law!
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
invested in.
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
your safety.
Elsewhere, as of the first of the year,
the privately owned Wolf Bay Lodge
Boat Launch has been permanently
closed by the property owner.
The recreational
harvest of Greater
Amberjack in Gulf
of Mexico state
and federal waters
closes Nov. 1 and
will remain closed
through April 30,
"The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources, Marine Resources Division (MRD) announces the
closure of Alabama state waters to the harvest of red snapper
by private anglers and state-licensed commercial party boats at
11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2018.  The quota of 984,291 pounds
issued under NOAA Fisheries’ Alabama Recreational Red
Snapper Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) is expected to be met
by the closure date.
“Alabama anglers fished extremely hard on the good weather
days during the season,” said Marine Resources Director Scott
Bannon. “That level of effort, coupled with larger average-sized
fish harvested this year as compared to last year, resulted in a
daily harvest rate two times higher than 2017, which prompted
an earlier than anticipated closure.
“The purpose of the EFP was to demonstrate Alabama’s ability
to establish a season and monitor landings within a fixed quota
and I think we have shown we can do that,” said Bannon.

Now that the Alabama Red Snapper season is Closed- anglers
are reminded of the following:
-Possession of red snapper in Alabama waters while state
waters are closed is prohibited regardless of where the fish
were harvested.
-Alabama anglers may fish in federal waters off the coast of
Alabama (outside of 9 nm) and land in a state that is open to
        the landing of red snapper, but they must adhere to the
open state’s rules and not transit in Alabama state waters with
red snapper on board.
-The season for federally-permitted charter for-hire vessels will
close at 12:01 a.m. July 22.

In-season landings estimates were calculated through the use
of Snapper Check, the program established in 2014 to collect
mandatory trip reports from anglers, and this monitoring tool
was a key component of the EFP.
Marine Resources Division staff will review the complete 2018
season effort and landings data to develop a plan for the 2019
season. Summary data from the season and information about
the EFP can been found at www.outdooralabama.com/saltwater-
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."
The New Snorkel Reefs Are Becoming a Reality!
The snorkel reef deployments we wrote about earlier last year are finally becoming a
reality.  The "jack-ship" some have seen off of the local Orange Beach, Alabama, State
Park Locations is a platform for deploying these "artificial eco-reef" systems just a few
hundred feet off of the shore.  When finished with all 166 modules, they will provide an
excellent habitat for a large variety of marine animals- as we have seen at similar projects
at Johnson Beach and Pensacola Beach, Florida. The 3 park locations they are being
deployed at, as seen on pictures on the right, will be the main Alabama State Park
Pavilion, Romar Beach, and Perdido Key park sites.  Yellow / Red pilings due north on
the beach at these parks will make the reefs easy to identify from shore and water, and
they will identify the "center-most" position of the reefs.
According to the Alabama Marine Resources Division, these reef zones will NOT be
restricted areas- meaning boaters are allowed into the areas, but must be wary of
swimmers, snorkelers, and divers.  Spearfishing will be allowed (provided
"spearfishermen" obtain and posses valid license).  Divers are required by law to display
a Diver Down flag within 50 ft of their location- and vessels transiting the area are
required to stay 100' away.  Also, it is NOT REQUIRED by law, but we strongly suggest
snorkelers display a "Dive" flag for their own safety while on these reef sites.
The GPS coordinates for these sites are:
Perdido Key (shell parking lot) N30 16.420"   W87 32520"
Romar Beach  N30 15.621"    W87 36.361"
Main Park Pavilion N30 15.083"    W87 38.643"
For more information on the Alabama Artificial Reef System, visit the website at
Please do your part in any way you can to help the victims of Hurricane
Michael along the Florida panhandle and the west Florida coast.  The
devastation is extreme and widespread.
We plead with you to contribute in some way, no matter how small- either
monetarily through a reputable relief and support agency, or by making
supply contributions (drinking water, toiletries, diapers, cleaning supplies,
etc)- or by volunteering time and labor.  
If trying to take supplies or in trying to volunteer your "labor"- Please be a
part of an organized effort and refuse the temptation to just load up and
head over without knowing where to go to. A lot of areas are still without
power and basic necessities. So being part of a group or in knowing
where vital supplies are needed or area a work force is best to be
deployed to- well, you get the idea.
And a special request for everyone - Pray for our friends, families,
neighbors- and all those affected by this catastrophic storm.
Finally- don't fall prey to those who would take advantage of this situation
to collect donations in the name of good will- but really only seek to "line
their own pockets"!  And if you are not sure, ask for identification and/ or
contact local authorities if you suspect someone is trying to scam you.
Thank you