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.
WATCH US ON
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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Need to plan your accommodations? Then look
no further. Complete your bookings right here!
|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.
What do you know about the history of Orange Beach?
|Our Fall Crystal River video fishing
Report is coming soon, so Stay Tuned!
|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
|Happy Holidays, from our family to yours!
For more information on
the Alabama Snapper
Check, click on the logo
to the right, or go to:
Welcome to our website. This is where we share useful information, pictures, videos, and links- 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!
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|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
|We Wanted to Share A Few of the local Restaurants and
Businesses that we have found here in Coastal Alabama feel
to be of good quality place you might like to check out!
Previously known as Top Gun Tackle, the new Lost
Bay Tackle, at 25405 Perdido Beach Blvd- next to
Winn Dixie- boasts the largest live-well tanks for
their assortment of live fishing baits, such as shrimp
and bull minnows. Now under NEW MANAGEMENT,
they promise to bring the store back to its former
glory when Top Gun was in its prime.
But don't rush progress!! The new
management cautions that bringing
things back will take some time- and that
they are going to be open to their clients
In the meantime- "Surf Fishing" Seminars
are back in full swing! This Month- Capt.
Dusty Hayes will be offering tips on
shore based angling on December 16 at
10:00AM. There will also be door prizes
and storewide sale!! So come in and
check it out!
|Results of the Gulf of Mexico
Fishery Management Council
On Oct 06, 2017, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery
Management Council released decisions and
findings on the meetings held in Boloxi, MS.
You can read this release at the following link:
The council welcomed new member Phil
Dyskow (FL) and returning member Dr Bob
Shipp (AL). Also, Dr Greg Stunz (TX) is on for
another 3 year term, and the council re-elected
Leann Bosarge as Chair and Johnny Green as
vice chair for the next year.
Among the items discussed was the South East
Data Assessment, an alternative procedure to
the current process of stock assessment, and
discussed changes to regulations and seasons
on several fish species.
As this year draws to a close, the Gulf States are sitting on the edge of their seats
to see if NOAA and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will turn the
management of Red Snapper fisheries over to them in the coming year. Already
this year the Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, with the backing of several state
representatives, extended the 2017 Recreational Red Snapper season- but many
feared it would result in reduced future seasons. But, with the regular Red Snapper
Season not usually starting until June- we probably have a couple more months
before we'll hear about changes for the 2018 season.
Also, as released in the last Gulf Council meeting, they made announcements about
the changes to the Greater AmberJack season in 2018, keeping it closed until at
least May of 2018- affecting yet another recreational targeted species and
restricting the availability of harvestable fish species for anglers in the winter/ spring
months of 2018. Florida is already making changes to coincide with the proposed
federal season. I think we should have fishing seasons set up as to create an
availability of targetable species throughout the entire year, not just the summer.
My best advice is to continue to monitor the Gulf Council meetings, either in person
or VIA webinar, voice your views and opinions to them as well as to your
government representatives, support Alabama's Artificial Reef Program, and
continue to be a good steward of the Gulf of Mexico and our fisheries!
Its Required to
fish all inshore/
|The Speckle Trout Bite has been on fire! Dec 2017
|The local trout bite has been hot, and with the strong
cold front in the first part of the month could move them
into the rivers from the coastal beaches and bays.
|You can catch them on an
assortment of hard baits
and soft plastics, but as
you may know- live baits
will work best! For more
information- go by and ask
one of the guys at the
tackle desk of any one of
our local area shops!
...Like Chris V at Sam's
Stop & Shop on Canal Rd.
|What Is In Store For Us in 2018?
|Changes to the Greater Amberjack season has it
closed until later in 2018, restricting available
fishes to harvest for our winter/ spring of next year.