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6 Reasons That Fall Is A Great Time to Fish the Gulf Of Mexico
6 Reasons That Fall Is A Great Time to Fish the Gulf Of Mexico

Football and hunting seasons reign supreme during the fall, causing many anglers to spend less time on the water. But fall is actually one of the best times for deep sea fishing! From cooler weather to fewer boats on the water, there are some great reasons that you shouldn’t hang up your line come September - or ever! The Gulf of Mexico has some of the best deep sea fishing in the ocean year-round, and the latter months provide their own unique fishing experience. And, Class Act Charters can make your fall fishing trip experience a memorable and cherished one.

Here are 6 reasons that fall is a great time to fish the Gulf of Mexico with Class Act Charters.

1. The Weather is Fine

Fall brings with it the end of the summer - and that means cooler weather. It’s a pleasant change to spend several hours on the open sea without fighting the blistering heat of the summer sun. Plus, less sweaty hands means a tighter grip on your fishing pole.

2. Less Intense Sunshine

Speaking of the summer sun, it can be intense. But during the fall the sun shines lower in the sky, making its impact a bit less intrusive. This can also cut down on glare in the water, making it easier to see and follow fish.

3. The Gulf Is Yours

The water traffic during the fall and winter is considerably less than in other months. That means that the Gulf is yours for the taking! Enjoy prime spots and less competition when you fish the Gulf of Mexico during the fall.

4. Plenty of Fish

During the fall you can still catch plenty of fish in the Gulf of Mexico! Amberjack, grouper, wahoos, and king mackerel are common catches during the fall and early winter. Each of these puts up a good fight and tastes delicious on your plate fried or grilled. Amberjack takes a little more effort to season to perfection.

5. A Bigger Catch

Speaking of great catches, fall is the best time to catch the biggest fish of the year. That’s because large predators begin to gorge on baitfish that are moving inland into warmer waters. By searching for foraging birds on the water, we’re able to find large schools of fish and that’s when the hunters become the hunted.

6. You Can Still Catch The Game

We know that football is a fall staple. We love it, too! That’s why The Class Act - our large namesake vessel - has satellite TV with local channels so you never have to miss a play. Plus, there’s a grill on board so that you can cook your famous football BBQ while you fish! It’s the best of both worlds!

Spring and summer are the most popular times for deep sea fishing - but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily the best! There’s lots of fun to be had out on the water year-round, and especially during the latter months. Let Class Act Charters man the wheel as you spend a cool autumn day fishing the wide-open Gulf of Mexico. Book your trip today before the season is over!


Cast a Line for Spring Break 2019
Cast a Line for Spring Break 2019

Spring Break 2019 is just around the corner. Soon, the Alabama Gulf Coast will be
swarming with families eager to experience warm southern skies while dipping their toes
into the Gulf of Mexico’s temperate waters. With your family or friends in tow, what’s
one of the best ways to experience it? That’s right, Deep Sea Fishing! Here in Orange
Beach, we know a thing or two about how to experience the Alabama Gulf Coast the
right way.


Deep Sea Fishing is a fun activity enjoyed by people of all ages. Unlike other activities
such as kayaking, paddle boarding, or parasailing, which some ages may not be able or
desire to participate in, Deep Sea Fishing has something for everyone. Whether you are
want to soak up the sun, cast a line, or simply want to sit in a
chair, drink a beer, and enjoy wathcing your family or friends fish, a charter trip is the perfect way
to relax and unplug from the world ashore.


The spring season is an exceptional time to deep sea fish because as the water
temperatures warm up, so do the fish. Due to the small amount of fishing done in the
winter months, fish are also often more plentiful in the spring. During the spring, you can
catch a myriad of fish, such as:


Cobias, which migrate through the area in late March and April, are some of the
most fun. You often catch them by sight fishing, where you coax them into eating
your bait. Be sure to ask a deck mate about this method!


Speckled trout bite best in the spring and fall and are frequently caught with
shrimp.

Other fish we often catch include King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Vermilion Snapper,
White Snapper, Red Fish, Sheepshead, Flounder, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and
Amberjacks.


As a family owned and operated business, Class Act Charters ensures fun for all ages.
We love seeing families and friends come together for quality time, making memories
that last a lifetime. With our experienced captains and deck mates, we provide you with a
completely customized day, offering half and full days filled with adventures on the sea.
If you’re looking to catch enough fish to fill the freezer at home, feed you while on your
vacation, or simply catch and release, we have you covered.


Make plans to join us this Spring Break on a deep sea fishing trip of a lifetime. Call us to book your customized trip today: (251) 391-0935.


5 Great Flounder Recipes
5 Great Flounder Recipes

The time to catch flounder is best from March to November so it’s a great time to try a new recipe with family and friends after your fishing trip! Need to fill your freezer with freshly caught fish so you can prepare delicious meals at home? Give us a call at 251-391-0935 and book a trip this summer!

Flounder is a lean, flaky white fish with a firm texture and a mild, sweet taste. While its often served sautéed, there are a variety of ways to prepare this tasty fish, which makes for a delicious lunch or dinner option. Enjoy!

Baked Flounder with Parmesan Crumbs

Here’s a great, fast and easy flounder recipe to add to your list. Freshly grated parmesan is added to the breadcrumbs to form a tasty buttery topping for this flaky, mild fish. Cooking time is just 15 minutes!

Crispy Flounder and Roasted Tomatoes

Flounder gets a golden crunch from panko and capers give the tomatoes a kick in this quick and easy dinner recipe.

Hoisin Flounder

Here’s another quick and easy flounder recipe perfect to prepare on busy weeknights but also special enough to savor on a weekend. Serve over brown rice with snow peas to complete the meal.

Crab Stuffed Flounder

This recipe is a delicious combo of crab meat, celery, onion and a great combination of seasonings which compliments the flounder beautifully.

Pan-Fried Flounder

This 5-star recipe spotlighted on FoodNation with Bobby Flay has a piccata vibe with citrusy lemon, creamy butter and capers. Make extra because you’re going to want seconds!

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3 Reasons to Plan a Deep Sea Fishing Trip for Spring Break
3 Reasons to Plan a Deep Sea Fishing Trip for Spring Break

By the time spring break comes around, you are ready to take a much-needed vacation. A great way to bring your family together during this time is to plan a trip full of adventure and relaxation, with a little something for everyone.

When you reserve a deep sea fishing charter trip with Class Act Charters, you can rest assured that we handle the planning and make sure your family has a great time. Plus, you have the chance to catch game fish that you might otherwise not have the time or tools to reel in.

A few reasons spring break is the best time to plan a trip with us…

Your Family Already Has Time Off

The days of an electronic-free family dinner table in the evenings are long gone. Most of the time your family spends together is accompanied by small glowing screens while your family half-listens to the details of your day.

Spend some quality time with your family on the water with one of Class Act Charters’ two boats and it brings the opportunity for great bonding with your otherwise distracted family members. Imagine a relaxing afternoon on the water as your take in the sights and try your hand at fishing. Enjoy watching your family learn new fishing techniques and catch something unique to tell their friends about.

Fishing is a Great Way to Soak Up the Sun

During the year, your children and teens sit in school while you sit behind a desk in a boring office under fluorescent lights. Get out on the water and take in the sun and salt air with a deep sea fishing trip.

Our boats are equipped for both beginner and expert fishing. Sit on the deck with your fishing rod enjoying the warmer weather and family time. We’ll take care of the rest!

Spring Break is Perfect Timing for Fishing

There is less fishing in the winter months so it often causes fishing in the spring to be better and more plentiful. Your family will enjoy all the opportunities to catch a variety of fish in our local waters and take in the sights near Orange Beach.

Deep sea fishing always offers an offshore adventure and the different types of fish available during spring break is some of the best of the year. What can you catch? Well, there’s grouper, mahi mahi, snapper, swordfish and sailfish to name a few. Bring your fish aboard for photos or even have it mounted to show to your friends and family. There are a plenty of ways to create memories this time of year and deep sea fishing is an adventure not soon forgotten.

Book your trip today and ask about our Spring Break Specials! 251.391.0935 Our prices during this season are better than any other time of the year!

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Safe Fish Handling
Safe Fish Handling

Warmer weather will be here before we know it along with warmer water temps for fish, which causes oxygen levels to dip and actually puts more stress than usual on the fish we enjoy catching. Here are some tips and techniques for releasing your catch to fight again and ensure their survival:

 

  1. File or pinch down the barb of your hook. A barbless hook is much easier to remove. However, if your hook is set too deep in the throat, simply cut the fishing line as close as possible to the eye of the hook and release your catch. The hook will rust away or simply be absorbed by the fish’s tissue.

  2. Choose circle hooks when possible. Usually these hooks, with the point curving inward toward the shank of the hook, will catch the fish in the corner of its mouth instead of the stomach. In all cases, safe hook removal is made easy with a de-hooking tool, such as long-handled pliers.

  3. Net your fish. Slipping a wide hoop landing net under your tired gamefish and removing the hook while your catch is still in the water is simply the best tactic for a healthy catch and release. Landing nets with rubber, knotless webbing also protect the sensitive skin and fins of your game fish.

  4. Grippers: Gamefish can also be safely landed while using a wide variety of fish grippers. Grippers allow fisherman to grip their hooked fish with stainless steel claws and dislodge the hook, or hooks, while keeping the fish in the water. Many come with a built-in scale which weighs your catch so that a quick photo can be taken.

  5. Wet your hands, glove and towel, etc. Avoid handling your catch with dry surfaces. The reason is to avoid removing the protective slime from the game fish’s skin, which not only helps fish swim, but also wards off infections and parasites. Dry hands and towels will pull much of the slime off.

  6. Never jerk a fish straight up by its jaw; support it by the belly also – and don’t handle fish by the gills or eyes.

  7. Give fish a chance to recover. When releasing your catch never toss the fish back into the water. Instead, hold the fish in the water with grippers allowing water to flow through its gills until fully revived. Once the fish is able to swim on its own, grasp the fish just ahead of its tail and push the fish headfirst back into the water.

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5 Fishing Resolutions to Make for 2018

You might be wondering how another 365 days came and went so quickly. We are about to start a New Year and many of us make resolutions for our personal and professional lives. Did you get out on the water to fish as much as you hoped in 2017? If not, why? If you did, what did you learn as a result of your time on the water?

 

Here are 5 fishing resolutions to set as goals for your favorite sport in the New Year:

 

  1. Read and practice twelve new fishing tips and tricks in the coming year. If you break it down, it’s pretty simple. Just research and read one new fishing tip or trick per month throughout the year. Need some help finding information? We have some helpful information to get you started.

  2. Resolve to teach a kid to fish. A day on the water can provide a great opportunity to teach kids about the outdoors while they learn new fishing and boating skills. If you teach a kid to fish, you can also incorporate educational activities or related hobbies like a trip to a local aquarium or fish hatchery.

  3. Pick one fish species you want to learn more about and become a species “expert”. One of the best ways to experience greater success when fishing is to learn as much as you can about fish anatomy and behavior. Understanding more about how and why fish behave the way they do will help you increase your catch rate. For example, knowing that Spanish Mackerel prefer temps above 68 degrees and mostly live in open water but are sometimes found over deep sea grass beds and reefs, will help you find them.

  4. Stop making excuses and fish more often. We all make time for the things in life that we thoroughly enjoy. If you enjoy fishing, stop making excuses and just simply do it more often. Team up with a fishing buddy and add one or two dates to your calendar now.

  5. Find and try out a new fishing spot each month and if you don’t have the time to research, hire a fishing charter like Class Act to show you various types of habitat and structure that will encourage you to be a better, more versatile angler. Learn how to fish in various areas and climates throughout the year.

     

    If you have other fishing resolutions that you plan to add to your list, share it with us on our Facebook page! Happy New Year fishing fans!

     

    Book your trip for the New Year with us now.

     

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Perks of Fishing the Off-Season / Grouper on the Grill

Perks of Fishing the Off-Season / Grouper on the Grill

At Class Act Charters, we keep the poles bent all year. What are some benefits of booking a fishing trip during the "off season"? Well, the Fall and Winter rates are lower, the temperatures are comfortable and can be preferred compared to the hot summer months.

We’ll be catching Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Shark, Sailfish, Marlin, Wahoo, Grouper, Tuna and others. For those who thought about booking a longer trip for the bigger fish but didn’t want to deal with the melting summer heat, Fall and Winter is the perfect time to make plans to catch that bucket list fish. Some of the fish are game fish, where catch and release is required this time of year, but measuring before you release is part of the game. Others, you are able to fill the cooler and take home to cook.

One of the best fish to catch and eat is grouper. Here in South Alabama, you’ll find it cooked many different ways but below is a recipe you may or may not have tried – Southern Style Grilled Grouper. If you add a little spice blend and throw it on a hot grill and cook it to perfection, this might be your new favorite way to cook it!

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Southern Style Grilled Grouper

Ingredients

1 lb. Grouper fillets

Spice Rub

1/4 teaspoon minced onions

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/8 teaspoon lemon pepper

1/8 teaspoon cumin

1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika

Preparation

1. Mix all the spice rub ingredients together and remove the grouper from the refrigerator. Cover all surfaces of the fish with a light to medium covering of the spice rub and gently rub into the grouper. Let this rest in a container outside of the refrigerator to allow it to reach room temperature before putting it on the grill.

2. Get your grill going and achieve a medium hot grill. Place the grouper fillets in a grill basket or on a grill screen with smaller holes to keep the fillet from falling apart and crumbling through the grill as it gets closer to done. Cook for approximately 5 to 6 minutes per side. You only need to flip it once on the grill.

3. Note: If you're unsure of whether it's fully cooked or not, you can test it with a digital meat thermometer at the center of the thickest part of the fillet. The temperature should read approximately 135° F.


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