Welcome to our website.  This site is where we share our adventures with our family & friends.  This page has some
useful information, pictures, videos, and links- it is a work in progress, so keep coming back to see what's been added.  
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.
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Remember, all ARS caught  and
brought into Alabama State waters /
into Alabama Jurisdiction will have to
be reported on the Alabama Snapper
Check.  This includes all snapper
caught in Florida / out of state waters
and brought into Alabama.  This
program is designed to help account
for our harvest for this year in hopes
of producing a better stock
assessment for the future of this
fishery. For more information, click
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If you're in the
Orange Beach
area looking for
tackle or just
some fishing
Be sure to stop

27122 Canal Rd, Orange
Beach, AL
and see Chris!!
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For more videos, go to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/aboutscubasteve
Our 2015 Fall Crystal River Trip
We are a Christian couple who enjoys our family and the outdoors (anything on the
water) very much.
Holy Mackerel!!!  We're giving away FREE STUFF!!
There has been another change to the "No
Wake" zones in the Orange Beach, AL, area.
Earlier in June of this year, the area in Cotton
Bayou near Zekes Marina was changed to No
Wake / Idle Speed.  Now, in 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. Even though there may be several who
will complain about this- I, myself, have seen
far too many accidents and near accidents in
this area, and hope this change will be for the
better in keeping lives safe while everyone
enjoys our local waterways.
We have included this map to give everyone
an idea of the No Wake zones in the Orange
Beach area.  
I hope this is helpful, and that everyone will
practice safe AND courteous boating.    MDB
They're Here!! The
30 oz Yeti Ramblers-

laser etched with our logo-
and we are giving them
away to SOMEONE who has
liked and shared our
Badonsky Buccaneers
facebook page!
So, "LIKE", and "SHARE"
our page for a chance to
win- win- WIN!!
To qualify, you must "LIKE" our
facebook page- (by clicking on the
"LIKE" button on the top of the
page)  at
then "SHARE" it with your friends!  
Once we have reached 1000 likes,
we will randomly draw ONE name-
and announce the winner on our
page and this website!  
For more information and rules,
see the post on our facebook
Our April 9, 2016 Crystal River Trip
So, What's Biting?
...what's in season?!
Aug 2016

With all the rain, the inshore is kinda sketchy?
Bit you can fins some Speckle Trout, Flounder,
and Redfish if you look.  
Offshore, with the extended closure of Greater
Amberjack and Gray Trigger fish- and Red
Snapper now off the table for Alabama until next
year- things might look kinda restricted!  But,
you can still catch and harvest Lane, Vermillion,
and Mangrove (Gray) Snapper- not to mention
near-shore and offshore mackerels.  We
frequently catch nice king Mackerel at the
Twelve Mile Bouy (south of Perdido Pass, OB).  
If you are looking for "Blue Water"- you are
going to have to travel up to 150 miles offshore-
but if you have that kind of range- you can find
some nice pelagics (wahoo, billfish, and mahi),
                                and tuna!!
Here is a one of our videos on our YouTube Channel!
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The Alabama Marine Resources is
deploying some new reef materials!

New material and pyramids are being set almost everyday. This  includes 50
new ecoreefs within the newer Minton Reef Zones, only about 3 Miles
offshore.  We have  heard there are also plans for new deployments off of
Dauphin Island in the near future.
Stay up to date on all the new reef deployments in the offshore and
nearshore artificial reef zones. Files are updated as public reefs are
completed. Offshore and nearshore reef coordinates can be found at:


Right click the files and select "SAVE" to properly download them.