This Weeks Weather outlook and fishing forecast

January 27th through February 2nd, 2022

Lite Easterly flow Thursday will strengthen and shift from the North by Friday as the next front closer to the coastal area. Northerly winds will strengthen over the weekend bringing higher seas and rip currents.

Thursday- January 27, 2022. Sunrise at 6:43AM. Mostly sunny skies. A high temperature of 60°, and a low of 42°. East-Northeasterly winds around 10-15 kts, seas about 3-4 ft, inshore waters may be choppy. Tides at Alabama Pt, Low tide at 4:23AM, High Tide at 4:19PM, Low tide at 5:35PM, High Tide at 6:10AM. Sunset at 5:22PM.

Friday- January 28, 2022. Sunrise at 6:43AM. Partly cloudy skies with a high temperature of 51°, and a low of 32°. North-Northwest winds around 15-25 kts, Gusts of 30-35 kts. Seas about 3-4 ft, building to 5 ft Friday night, inshore waters choppy. *Small craft should exercise caution! Tides at Alabama Pt, Low tide at 4:55AM, High Tide at 7:10AM. Sunset at 5:23PM.

Saturday- January 29, 2022. Sunrise at 6:42AM. Sunny skies and a high temperature of 47°, low temperature 36°. Northwesterly winds 15 to 20 kts, gusts to 30kts. Offshore seas about 3 to 4 ft, protected waters may be rough. Tides for Alabama Pt, Low tide at 5:28AM, High tide at 7:56PM. Sunset at 5:24PM.

Sunday- January 30, 2022. Sunrise at 6:41AM. Sunny skies and a high temperature of 59°, low of 45°. West-Northwesterly winds around 10-20 kts, shifting Southerly later in the day. Seas about 2-3 ft, building to 4 ft Sunday night, inshore waters choppy. Low tide at Alabama Pt Sunday Morning at 6:02AM, High tide at 8:43AM. Sunset at 5:25PM.

Monday- January 31, 2022. Sunrise at 6:41AM. Partly cloudy skies with a High temperature of 62°, low temperature 52°. Lite southerly winds building to 10 to 15 kts later in the day. Seas about 2-3 ft- protected waters may be calm. Tides for Alabama Pt, Low tide at 6:39AM, High tide at 9:36PM. Sunset at 5:26PM.

Tuesday- February 1, 2022. Sunrise at 6:40AM. Cloudy skies and a chance of rain, with a high temperature of 63°, and a low of 59°. Southeasterly winds around 20 kts, and gusty. Seas building to about 4 ft, inshore waters choppy. Tides at Alabama Pt Tuesday, Low tide at 7:23AM, High Tide at 10:27AM. Sunset at 5:27PM.

Wednesday- February 2, 2022. Sunrise at 6:40AM. Cloudy skies with a thunderstorm possible, high temperature of 66°, and a low of 60°. Southerly winds around 10-15 kts, seas will be around 2-3 ft, inshore waters may be choppy. Tides at Alabama Pt Tuesday, Low tide at 8:41AM, High Tide at 11:22PM. Sunset at 5:27PM.

The offshore water temperature is running about 59°, with inshore areas reporting the low 50°s.

A nice limit of sheepshead for Gary Lawley and his friend this weekend in Orange Beach!

The last part of the week is fishing forecast gets better- for Thursday and Friday, with slightly less favorable conditions Saturday and Sunday. Thursday peak times at dawn to about 8:30AM and 7PM to 9PM, Friday 7:30AM to 9:30AM and 8PM to 10PM, Saturday 8:30AM to 10:30AM and 9PM to 11PM, and Sunday 9:30AM to 11:30AM and 10PM to midnight. Be looking forward to next week as the forecast projection is showing great fishing the first part of next week.

This week we saw some pretty good sheepshead numbers around the bridge at Perdido Pass and the jetties. Typically, fiddler crabs are a favorite bait, but lately it seems that they prefer fresh shrimp if! There were likely some whiting and a pompano here & there on the beach, and those big black drum continue to be landed all over the coastal waters.

Also, we are still seeing redfish, both inshore and on the beach.

A lot of people are really hoping the colder weather will move the speckle trout up into the creeks and rivers- they have been playing a good game of hide-go-seek, even for the more experienced anglers! You can probably start looking for those striped bass too!

Tight windows of opportunity this time of year make offshore trips hard to come by, but those experienced enough to make those shots, and find warm temperature breaks might find some wahoo and we have reports of some mahi!

Don't forget to make sure you have a current fishing license with the proper endorsements for the type of fishing you will be doing. For more information, see the website.

Good luck and tight lines!

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold virtual meeting this week, January 24 – 27, 2022.

The Council plans to take final action on a Framework Action to Modify Vermilion Snapper Overfishing Limit, Acceptable Biological Catch, and Annual Catch Limit. The most recent stock assessment (SEDAR 6, 2020) determined that the stock is not overfished nor experiencing overfishing. In addition to incorporating new recreational catch and effort estimations, the assessment shows that the stock is healthy so the Council is considering increasing vermilion snapper catch limits

The Council will continue to work on a draft Framework Action that considers setting up reporting requirements for federally permitted shrimp vessels and transitioning to a new platform to replace the expiring cellular electronic logbook program.

The Council will review a draft of Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 33, which considers modifying king mackerel catch limits and the sector allocation.

The Council will hear recommendations from its Reef Fish Advisory Panel and continue to work on a Framework Action to ensure that for-hire trips are not delayed or canceled in the event of Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) equipment failures.

You can check out more information on their Facebook page., or website-

Public testimony will be held on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 2:15 to 5: 30 PM CST. To provide public testimony, you must register online and join the webinar. A registration link to provide testimony will be available on the Council meeting materials webpage beginning at 8:00 AM, CST on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. Registration to provide virtual testimony will close one hour before public testimony begins (1:15 PM CST). Virtual participants must register for the webinar under the same name they use to register to provide testimony.