Deep Sea Fishing the Gulf Coast
The Gulf of Mexico is famed for it's deep sea fishing and is one of the prime migratory routes for a variety if species. Access to this giant body of water is easy from many southern states such as Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Sometimes the Gulf Coast is referred to as "the forgotten coast".
As an example of Florida ports there are the cities Venice, Sarasota, Tampa, Naples, Port Charlotte and Miami. Texas have Galveston, Corpus Christi and Rockport to mention only a few. Florida has the added advantage of providing good fishing just a few miles offshore where some of the best creatures of the deep live. The idea is to get to the "blue water", which depending on the time of year can be anywhere from 5 miles out to 50 miles out. Off the Texas coast you will find a very distinct line dividing the brown water from the blue water.
Some of the sport fishing species available just a few miles offshore from the Gulf Coast stares are shark, mahi, grouper, tarpon, tuna, kingfish, Spanish mackerel, permit, amberjack, cobia, dolphin, barracuda, and red snapper.
You can fish the reefs, oil rigs, wrecks, Gulf Stream and even trail the commercial shrimp boats during season. Behind these boats many VERY LARGE species of sport fish stay all season long -- it's an easy free meal. If you do venture out beyond a few miles, make sure your charter boat is large, has multiple engines and a working radio. This is not a place
to break down and can severely ruin a deep sea fishing trip in a hurry.
WA Few Gulf Coast Deep Sea Fishing Facts & Tips
- The best fishing is during the warm months of the year.
- King fish normally start showing good in May until late July with another run coming through in the fall normally in Oct.
- Yellowfin tuna show up in early spring and during this period be ready for some great action in blue marlin, dolphin and wahoo.
- Best time for big tarpon is fall and spring, when they follow schools of mullet during their migrations.
- Trolling the Gulf has produced record Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Swordfish and Dolphin. Trolling ribbonfish in a zigzag pattern around structure or shrimp boat cull is always a good choice.
- Drift fishing these waters has produced some enormous shark catches.
- Make sure to hire boats and captains that are fully licensed and insured and have boats that meet all USCG requirements. Nothing beats experience, so confirm the experience of your captain.
- Don't go the "party boat" route. Spend the extra money and hire a private charter.
- You have to travel many, many miles to get to the loop in the gulf stream and it will cost you more, but once you get there you will find some of the most productive blue water fishing in North America. Florida is about the only port one should attempt this true deep sea fishing trip from.
- The Gulf of Mexico off the Texas and Florida coasts is well known for "calm sea conditions" and an abundance of reefs, rocks, and ledges which attract and hold sport fish year around.
Here are a Few of The Charters we Found:
Fish Destin Describing themselves as Destin Charter Boat Deep Sea Fishing Fleet in Destin, Florida. Home of the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village", worlds whitest beaches, pristine emerald blue green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Deep Sea Headquarters - Texas Describing themselves with this: Captain Kelly's Deep Sea Fishing - Home of the Finest Fleet on the Gulf Coast. This fellow is based out of Port Aransas, Texas fishing the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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