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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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
This is an interactive map, and a work in progress. Please contact
me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments, or
concerning any discrepancies.
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If you're in the Orange Beach area looking for
tackle or just some fishing tips, be sure to stop by
27122 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL
and see Chris!!
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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.
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|Changes to the Alabama
State Waters May 3, 2017
Alabama Anglers! An important announcement,
and just confirmed- the temporary legislation to
extended Alabama State waters to 9 Miles was
just made permanent! The state has been
working on provisions to permanently extend the
state waters to 9 miles for a couple years now,
and thanks to the tireless efforts by our
representatives it has finally come to pass! I
wanted to give Rep Bradley Byrne and Senator
Richard Shelby's Offices a big thank you for all
of their efforts in this endeavor!
For more information,
Also, in speaking with our local Alabama
Conservation Office- I was reminded how
important it is for all anglers to report their Red
Snapper catch landed / brought into any
Alabama marina or port for the purpose of
providing more reliable numbers for NOAA and
GCFC than what they currently have. This can
be done on the Outdoor Alabama website, or
on your smartphone, available on the Pocket
Ranger app for IOS and Android.
|Over a million dollars in new public reef deployments are
being planned for the next several months. This includes
new "near shore" snorkel reefs off of Gulf Shores as well as
new pyramid fishing reefs off of Baldwin AND Mobile
counties in the near future. This will also include a new ship
deployment, the New Venture (photo right), 20 miles south of
Orange Beach! Stay up to date on all the new artificial reef
deployments and "enrichment" projects. Files are updated
as public reefs are completed. Offshore and near shore reef
coordinates can be found at:
Go to the website, Right click the files and select "SAVE" to properly download them,
then transfer them to your SD card or other transferable media.
The Saltoogan squad catching some monster Sheepshead in Febrary- courtesy of KvartekMedia
|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
Live Webcam from Turquoise Place, Orange Beach, Alabama
For more information on
the Alabama Snapper
Check, click on the logo
to the right, or go to:
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!
|The Alabama Department of Conservation & Marine Resources is
Constantly Adding to and Improving Our Offshore Reef System !
|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
How to improve your Pompano Game!
Equipment varies, depending
on your style of fishing and the
bait you intend to use. An 8
to 12 ft medium weight rods
works well (longer ones for surf
fishing, shorter for pier or boat),
with a matching spinning reel-
about 6000-8000, with 6-14 lb
Typically you want to fish early
morning or evening- either the
first or last 2-3 hours of daylight.
When looking for a spot to fish,
study the beach and surf to see
if you can see any deep troughs
or cuts running through the sandbar, points or even little
islands that may peek out at low tide. You are looking for
features that will force the fish into one area- any trough
of deeper water that they have to travel through- your
target area to fish. Also, you ideally want to fish the high
As far as baits go, you might try a little variety if you have
never fished pompano before. Among popular baits go,
you can try small bits of peeled shrimp, sand fleas, ghost
shrimp, or small cuts of “Fish Bites”. If trying Fish Bites,
try the pink shrimp flavor, orange / white sand flea flavor.
You can use the “store bought” “pomp rigs”- or make your
own, just make sure you use a 3/0 circle hooks- best size
and style for pompano fishing.
Now- everyone surf fishing thinks they have to cast as far
as they can to catch the fish! First, work the troughs and
edges of the sandbars. If that doesn't produce a bite,
bring a bait in closer to the beach. On calmer days the
fish might be working right along the edge or “drop-off” at
the water’s edge feeding on sand fleas.
Also, on calmer days and / or if fishing from a pier, you
can try a pompano jig- maybe tipped with a bit of peeled
shrimp or Fish Bites. And pink, orange, or white colored
jigs are popular. They just would not be very effective in
*Remember, pompano are a member of the jack family,
and a larger one can give you a run for your money.
Try these tactics to up your pomp game- and be sure to
share your results with us on our facebook page!
Its Required to
fish all inshore/
|You can also get it on the
Outdoor Alabama Website
The Alabama Dept of Conservation will be
closing the Ft Morgan Boat Launch facility on
about Feb 12, 2018 for renovation and
expansion. You will not be able to access the
ramp during the construction, which should be
completed by June, but no completion date
has been given at this time.
The work includes construction of 2 double
lane ramps and 3 finger piers, which should
help reduce congestion during the summer.
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, Feb/ March 2018
As of the end of
February, we have had
reports of early King
Mackerel being caught
at local piers, as well
as an occasional
Even though we've
had a few near record
cold snaps, the
inshore action has
heated back up with
the recent warm tempretures. We have
seen lots of redfish, black drum, and trout
being caught in the flats and sheepshead
around the pilings, bridges, and jetties.
On the beaches, we have seen some early
pompano, whiting, and "beach" drum!
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
straight to your email by
clicking the "sign up"
button, and selecting
"red snapper season."