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
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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
For current "No Wake"
areas in the Orange
Beach, AL area, see the
interactive map above
|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.
*Due to changes in the Yahoo/ Abaco website building services as of April 1, 2021, this website will no longer be updated, and eventually shut down.
|Bait and Tackle Shop Locations
There are 5 places locally that regularly sell live bait. But 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
-Capt Fraiser's Live Bait Kiosk- 24 hrs a day.
19905 Co Rd 10, Foley, AL- behind the Shell gas
|You can also get it
on the Outdoor
|Bait, Tackle, Fuel, Deli, and so much more
27122 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
| Those dreaded wind knots!!
What produces them?- And how do you
keep from getting them?-
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!
Our Friend Christopher Vecsey had this to say on those irritating
“Wind knots are caused by several factors and the party that
contributes the most is the angler.
A wind knot is caused by loose coils of line, usually underneath
the top layers. Sometimes they’re there from improper tension
while spooling, especially with braid. Other times, and very often
the case, it’s from improperly loading the rod during a cast
especially when using rods that are rated for heavier baits and
lures. The angler often compensates for the lighter lure by
whipping the rod faster on the cast. The rod still doesn’t load
well despite the faster cast and the lure accelerates very rapidly
and decelerates rapidly. As the lure slows and the line backs
onto itself, it pushes loose coils on the underlying layers. On top
of that, many anglers won’t close the bail right when the lure is
about to land which means the first turns of the handle will take
on several extremely loose coils of line. It’s that next cast when
it happens. That light lure or that whippy cast or that loosely
packed line cause those underlying coils to throw all at once and
“THWAT” that dreaded sound of a man-made spiderweb lol.
Solutions are easy:
-Don’t overfill your reels. You don’t need that extra 20yds for that
big bad speckled trout. He ain’t gonna spool you. Leaving a good
1/8” gap between spool lip and line helps tremendously.
-Pay attention to your rods ratings. If throwing braid, use lures
that are in the top half of the lure weight ratings, not the bottom
half and definitely don’t throw lighter than the lowest suggested
-Close your bail (by hand) when the lure is almost touching down.
This puts tension on the line immediately which means your
retrieve isn’t soft packing the line.
-STOP DOING THOSE WHIPPY CASTS!!!! Jesus.....
You’ll throw further and more accurately using smoother, more
This is a common question we get in the shop a lot so I figured
Chris is an excellent fishing guide and source for all things
aquatic- and can be found at Sam’s Stop and Shop, 27122 Canal
Beach, AL- the
Fish Guru! This
is an excerpt
from his post on
check them out!!