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Fins and Family Fishings' private Orange Beach near shore fishing charters feature great saltwater fishing action in the Gulf of Mexico within approximately 3 nautical miles of the beach. Offered exclusively from our Orange Beach location, our 3 and 4 hour near shore fishing charters offer a chance to experience the thrill of fishing in the Gulf of Mexico without having to go out of sight of land. Our top rated Orange Beach hour near shore fishing charters are typically best for anglers 10 years of age and older and are a terrific way to introduce new saltwater anglers of any age to an exciting introductory Gulf of Mexico fishing charter experience.

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Our Orange Beach fishing near shore fishing styles vary based on the time of year, recent successes, wind and current, and the composition of our charter guests. On any given near shore trip we may troll, fish jigs, cast lures, fish flat lines, drop light Carolina rigs, or even bottom fish.

Trolling fishing is our most common near shore fishing throughout the year and it can be an absolute blast! Trolling fishing starts with laid back low speed cruising near shore waters pulling spoons, dusters, and crank baits behind the boat trying to attract some of the fastest swimming fish species in the gulf. But don't get too relaxed because when a fish strikes the adrenaline starts pumping and the fight is on! From April until October often catch awesome saltwater species such as Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Bonita, Bluefish and the occasional shark while trolling.  In winter we mostly troll for Bull Redfish roaming the near shore waters looking for an easy meal.

One of most productive fishing styles that we feature on our Orange Beach near shore fishing charters is light tackle Carolina rigging. Fishing Carolina rigged live and dead shrimp, crabs, and small minnows on light spinning rods is awesome year round and the number of species caught can be incredible. In the spring and winter we often catch Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, White Trout, Black Snapper, and the occasional Pompano. For summer and fall we are fortunate to have the chance to catch all of the species we catch during the winter along with King Mackerel, Bluefish, Bonita, Sharks, and Black Snapper.

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Another favorite fishing style we enjoy sharing with our guests is fishing flat lines. Flat lines can typically only be fished with smaller groups and if the wind and current are generally running the same direction but when we can do it the results are often amazing. Fish species we catch on flat lines vary with the time of year and we have success with flat lines in every season but winter. In late March into early April we will typically begin to have success with flat lines as the return of some of our migratory species begins. We target fish such as Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and Bluefish in the spring along with Cobia. Summer and fall offers up more species than any other time of year with Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Bonita, Bluefish, Sharks, and even a fewRed Snapper being prevalent just to name a few. Flat line fishing consists of taking a live, dead, or cut bait and floating it on a large circle hook in the current with little to no lead so it floats near the surface. Near shore flat lines allow us to fish the upper part of the water column very effectively. Many times the largest fish we catch on a near shore charter is caught on a flat line.


While typically reserved for offshore fishing, heavier tackle bottom fishing is another style of fishing we use for a small portion of the year in near shore waters. Featured only on weekends in June and July, the state of Alabama enacts a brief state Red Snapper season which allow us the chance to fish for one of the most beautiful fish in the gulf. Red Snapper is a hard fighting reef fish that is a treat to get to catch. While Red Snapper are known to have great food value we do not frequently catch fish that meet the legal size requirements due to the water depth we are fishing in. If your primary goal is to keep legal Red Snapper to eat then an offshore fishing charter will offer more consistent results.

Finally, casting jigs, plugs, and lures can be an awesome way to catch schools of fast moving fish feeding on the surface. Best for small, experienced groups, casting jigs as we chase fish busting bait on the surface can be very effective in catching fish such as Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Bonita, Bluefish and more. Casting jigs is fast, fun, and very effective for certain groups.


We are passionate about fishing and sharing the opportunity to catch amazing saltwater fish with our charter guests. We promise to work hard to keep your lines tight, poles bent, and smiles on your faces. If your group feels that an Orange Beach inshore fishing charter sounds like fun then give us a call or book your charter securely online today!

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