November 13, 2017
Jay Gunn scoops up another speck caught on live shrimp under a popping cork on the Eastern Shore. Photo Credit: David Rainer

Inshore Anglers Enjoying Banner Trout Year

By David Rainer | Outdoor Alabama Weekly As far as Capt. Bobby Abruscato and Capt. Jay Gunn are concerned, speckled trout are almost jumping in the boat along the Alabama Gulf Coast. A mild winter and good weather for most of the spring have created a trout bonanza that inshore […]
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November 13, 2017
David Thornton landed a trophy-sized whiting at the pier recently.Photo Credit: David Rainer & David Thornton

Gulf State Park Pier Offers Fishing Fun, Education

By David Rainer | Outdoor Alabama Weekly The frenetic activity on the tip of the Gulf State Park Pier last weekend is more proof the northern Gulf of Mexico’s premium fishing and education pier is reeling with action. Fishing on the Octagon at the end of the 1,542-foot pier that […]
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November 28, 2016
PHOTOS: (Marine Resources, David Rainer) The Alabama Marine Resources Division has planted more than 120,000 cubic yards of oyster shell and limestone rock to try to help replenish local oyster reefs and oyster production. One method used to help jump-start oyster production is to release larvae into large tanks with oyster shell in baskets. The larvae, called spat, attach to the shells, which are then placed in coastal waters. Meanwhile, the flounder fishing on the Alabama coast has rebounded a little, but Marine Resources hopes to start a spawning program in 2017 to boost the local population.

Marine Resources Works to Boost Oyster Production

By David Rainer If oyster dressing was on the Thanksgiving menu, the likelihood is the cook had to look for oysters at other than traditional outlets. Since the oyster season opened on November 1 in Alabama coastal waters, production has been unusually low. Thank goodness, the oyster aquaculture industry in the […]
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August 15, 2016
Chris AWF banquet

Blankenship Wins AWF’s Inaugural Fisheries Award

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources While reviewing the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards late last year, the AWF Board and Tim Gothard, AWF’s Executive Director, realized there was a gap in the awards coverage. Despite having a dozen awards, from Conservationist […]
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June 20, 2016
Evan Wheeler boated this huge speckled trout estimated at 8-plus pounds while fishing with Tim String in Mobile Bay.

Mobile Bay Trout Fishing Makes Big Turnaround

By DAVID RAINER Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Tim String is a happy camper again. The speckled trout fishing in Mobile Bay and nearby estuaries has been excellent this spring and early summer, which means String’s boat is full of happy campers as well. “From last year to […]
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May 4, 2016
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Alabama Sets Snapper Season in State Waters

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Alabama has an extremely valuable resource in waters off our state’s coastline. It combines great fisheries with manmade structures to create the nation’s premier reef fish destination. The Alabama Artificial Reef Program has overseen the deployment of 15,000-plus structures in […]
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February 18, 2016
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Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

By David Rainer If regional management of the red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico is going to be realized any time soon, it’s apparently not going to be through the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. The Gulf Council met recently in Orange Beach, Ala., and Amendment 39, […]
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