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.
NOTICE!
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!
NOAA Announces Changes
For Recreational Angler
Greater AmberJack Season

Today, March 28, 2018, NOAA Fisheries
announces final ruling modifying the greater
Amberjack recreational fishing year and fixed
closed season in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Greater Amberjack recreational fishing year
will be August 1 - July 31 of the following year.  
The recreational fixed closed season will be
November 1 - April 30 and June 1 - July 31,
meaning recreational fishing for Greater
Amberjack will also be open May 1-31, 2018.
The new fixed closed season of November 1
through April 30 and June 1 through July 31 is
expected to protect the Greater Amberjack
population during peak spawning and still allow
for spring (May) and fall (August through
October) recreational harvest.
The intent of this closure for 2018 was to
provide the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management
Council more time to consider the most
appropriate recreational closed season.
The Greater Amberjack Fishing Year and
Recreational Fixed Closed Season
information may be found online at the NOAA
Fisheries Southeast Regional Office Website at
http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/2018/021/index.html
The Saltoogan squad catching some monster Sheepshead in Febrary- courtesy of KvartekMedia
Helpful Quick Links!
Our Fall Crystal River video fishing Report!!
Covering the Alabama Gulf Coast from Ft
Morgan to Perdido Key! Click on the OBAVR
logo above, or go to www.obavr.com
Improvements for access to local waterways!
Plans are underway to improve boaters access to our waterways. This 44 acre
location, located on the Intercoastal Waterway near the Beach Express, is
especially good for accessing either West towards Mobile/ Bob Secour Bay and
westward waterways as well as east including Wolf Bay Area where a private
ramp recently closed!
The facility will include 450 parking spaces and 14 ramps.
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!
Check out all of our videos at www.youtube.com/aboutscubasteve
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
Boat Launch Facility Closures in Our Area
Changes Concerning the  
2018 Red Snapper Season!
Get Your
Alabama
Fishing License
Here!
OnLine!
Its Required to
fish all inshore/
offshore
Alabama waters!
You can also get it on the
Outdoor Alabama Website
at:
www.outdooralabama.com
The Alabama Dept of Conservation is still
working on the Ft Morgan Boat Launch facility.  
The slabs for the ramps have been poured- and
should be slid into place soon. Also, I
understand that the old fishing Wharf, adjacent
to the launch, previously closed due to safety
concerns, is going to be remodeled and
re-opened. This project should be completed by
June, but no specific date for re-opening has
been given at this time.  
This should be an outstanding upgrade to this
facility, one of which will become greatly
appreciated come the next Red Snapper
season.  Updates on the project will be posted
on the ACNR FaceBook page.  For additional
information, contact the local Alabama
Conservation and Natural Resources office, or
Chris Denson at
(251) 968-7576, or Todd
Mize at
(334) 353-8596.
Elsewhere, as of the first of the year, the privately
owned Wolf Bay Lodge Boat Launch has been
permanently closed by the property owner. Being
the only facility on Wolf Bay, this will severely limit
access to this area.
What's Biting in May, 2018
As we approach Summer, we have had
reports of King and
Spanish Mackerel being
caught at local piers, as
long as you can keep
your catch away from
the sharks! LOL
Things are heating up
on the beaches, as
pompano, whiting and
speckle trout can be
had in the surf.
Offshore,Bonito and
some mahi on the troll, and even some
blackfin. It's open season on AJ this month
too, I've heard they're thick as thieves!
We do have reports of redfish, black drum,
flounder, and trout being caught inshore.
So- what are you waiting for?  Go by the
bait shop and get out to the water and
catch something!  :)
Update on Alabama's Proposed 2018 Red Snapper Management
Marine Resources Director
Scott Bannon gives us the
latest information on what
Alabama and the Gulf
States are doing to improve
red snapper management
and about the proposed
2018 Alabama Red
Snapper Season. Get the
latest red snapper
information delivered
straight to your email by
visiting:
outdooralabama.com
clicking the "sign up"
button, and selecting
"
red snapper season."
The Orange Beach Twelve Mile Buoy Is Back In Service
On October 27, 2017, a sea-tug reportedly ran into
NOAA Weather Buoy 42012, what we refer to as the
"Twelve Mile Buoy", taking it out of service.   Just a few
days ago, around March 15, 2018, a new buoy set on
that location was reported on station and operating.  We
don't know at this point if this is a permanent buoy, or
temporary.  But it seems to be lacking wave height
reports on the data feed. In any case, it must be a
welcome sight to mariners who utilize this instrument.
However, for those wanting to check on offshore wave
heights, you can refer to the OBA Community Website weather net- at  https://obawebsite.com/weather
for a wave height chart and other useful information.  And, as always, if we hear of any other information,
we will pass it on to you here, on our website- and/ or on our FaceBook page.
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!