Anglers can expect great fun in the sand while casting into the waves with their surf fishing rod. Dauphin Island surf fishing is a treat for all.
Two of the best times for surf fishing on Dauphin Island are at dusk and at dawn. When you stay at Dauphin Island Beach Rentals you’ll be close to the fish at any time of day.
Our top tips for surf fishing on Dauphin Island.
You’ll be surprised at the variety of fish that you can catch right from our Gulf Coast shoreline either surf fishing or via boat. They include a wide array from Amberjack to Dolphinfish, Flounder and Groupers, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Redfish, Sea Mullet, Sharks, Snappers, and speckled trout. And that’s just for starters. Surf fishing makes it easy to catch great fish from the shore. And when you’re ready for boat fishing on Dauphin Island, we’ve got you covered there as well.
Surf fishing is easy and enjoyable when you take into account the season, low tide vs. high tide, weather, and the fish you’re trying to catch before you set out with the right equipment and bait in hand. It’s great family fun and kids can readily take part.
Best technique for surf fishing.
You’ll want to learn to have greater accuracy and distance. Typically use a basic overhand cast to accomplish that. Take the rod and holding your arm bent up at 90 degrees, flick the pole out quickly, straightening your arm to send your bait into the waves. Over time you’ll learn how fast and how hard to cast to accomplish the perfect launch.
Find the perfect Dauphin Island fishing conditions.
Look for sand bars. This will be a tip as to where the fish are. Typically they’ll be behind it. Look for these where the waves start to break. Fish are prone to feed near sand bars as well as rip currents.
Also, find the shells and coarser sand areas on the beach. These are areas where you may have a better chance for a catch.
Things like the time of day and the weather conditions can make a big difference
Rainy weather and overcast conditions can help by reducing the appearance of the fishing line for the fish.
High tides, when combined with dusk or dawn surf fishing, are opportunities for better results since there is more water available to the fish.
Pick your surf fishing gear.
Getting prepared is critical. Here are some of the things you’ll want to add to your checklist.
- Fishing rod and reel designed for salt water
- Tackle and bait
- Cast Net
- Bait Bucket
- Extra fishing line
- Tape measure
- Wear the right clothes including rain gear, sunglasses, and sunscreen
- First aid kit just in case
Dauphin island features idyllic surf fishing locations.
There are so many options. Favorites include all along the West End of the island, known for its wildlife, which is ideal for both wade fishing and surf fishing. Also not to be missed are surf fishing spots on the east end of Dauphin Island, including the fishing pier at bill goat hole, on the beach, and from various jetties.
The island is full of ideal fishing spots for surf anglers, so you won’t have any difficulties finding a good option. Much of the western end of Dauphin Island is completely undeveloped, with several areas that are perfect for surf fishing and wade fishing.
You’ll find a number of bait and fishing tackle stores on the island where you’ll find everything for your rig, including hooks and live bait. They can help with a surf rod if you need one of these as well. These include Dauphin Island Marina and Mark’s Bait and Tackle.
What kind of bait? Fresh bait is the key here, and favorites include shrimp, squid, and crab. For those not wanting to use live bait, lures can work, including spoons and floating plugs, but are best during calm and clear conditions. Ask at one of the expert stores for what others say is working.
Dauphin Island fishing rules.
You can purchase your Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources fishing license online or via a licensed vendor. These are annual and expire on August 31.