The average cost for a four hour trip in Fairhope is $759, while the average cost for an 8 hour trip is $1442. Prices can vary based on trip duration, boat size and amenities, and the type of fishing your group is looking to do. View all Fairhope Charters here.
The most common charter boat types in Fairhope are:
The average charter boat size in Fairhope is 27 feet.
Fairhope, Alabama, sits on the east side of Mobile Bay and north of Bon Secour Bay. While it is not as well known as its neighbor Mobile, Fairhope offers all the attractions of the bigger city at a lower cost. Southern Living lists it as a place to see. It is steeped in history and has plenty of activities for the whole family. Access to nearby beaches is excellent and fast. For those who insist on big city life, Mobile is just a short drive north. Fairhope also makes an ideal base of operations for fishing the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Fairhope fishing charters will put you on fish.
Inshore fishing starts at the north end of Mobile Bay. The Tombigbee and Alabama rivers meet farther north to become one river and then split again to form several more rivers that flow into the bay. The rivers and bay are home to speckled trout, redfish, black drum and sheepshead. Redfish are eating machines and rarely turn down the chance for a meal. Catch them with grubs, jigs, gold spoons, flies, topwater plugs, live and cut bait. Any of these can also be fished behind a popping cork. The cork adds sound to your presentation, something these predator fish find hard to resist. The same rig works well on flounder and trout. Reds are most common around ledges and banks. At high tide, the fish will cruise as close as they can to the shoreline grass, even getting in the grass if the water is high enough. At low tide, they are in channels and around the edges of oyster bars. Because they like shallow water, you can see them feeding with their tails in the air. Fishing for shallow water reds with topwater plugs is heart-pounding exciting. Trout are common in the grass flats in the bay. At low tide, they look for deep water in channels. Flounder are in the sandy areas. They lay on the bottom waiting for unsuspecting prey to come by. Find ledges and you find flounder. Throw live and cut bait with just enough weight to cast above the ledge. Let the current push your bait off the ledge to the flounder waiting below. Sheepshead eat crustaceans. Barnacles, small oysters and crabs are top baits. In a few minutes at low tide, you can gather enough fiddler crabs for a day of fishing. Highway 98 and Interstate 10 cross the north end of the bay. Sheepshead congregate around pilings because these are food sources. If you can find an oyster harvester culling his catch, this is almost a guarantee for catching fish, especially sheepshead. The fish have learned when immature oysters go over the side, small crabs and other prey also hit the water. It's a fish buffet! Black drum, another popular gamefish, is a laid back fish. You need to fish on the bottom in channels with cut bait or live bait securely anchored by a big piece of lead. Black drum rarely take artificial lures. While the world record is more than 100 pounds, the typical catch is a three to five pounder. Plenty of fillets there.
Head south and slightly west between Dauphin Island and Ft. Morgan to get into the Gulf of Mexico and deep-sea adventures. Grouper, snapper, amberjacks, mahi mahi, tuna, cobia, wahoo, jacks, barracuda and mackerel in season are waiting. Trolling is an effective way to cover a lot of water in a short amount of time. Even reef dwellers like AJs and grouper are caught trolling lures and bait. If you set up on a reef or artificial structure, drop live and cut bait to the bottom right on the reef. Some fish may move off the structure to feed while others hug the sides. For those looking for a workout and action, try jigging. Jigging works on nearly all the fish you will target off the Cotton State's coast. If you are looking for the open-water fish, your best chances for connecting are to look for seabirds diving into schools of baitfish or a shrimp boat. Baitfish at the surface means something is down there chasing them. Shrimp boats are kicking things up from the bottom when pulling a trawl. Predators follow, scooping up the spooked and disoriented prey. When the boat culls its catch, the bycatch going over the side draws in even more fish.
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