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Spring Fishing
Spring Fishing

Sparkling-white sandy beaches and the beautiful blue-green waters of our Orange Beach area attract millions of visitors each year. From parasailing or kayaking to simply laying in the hot sun, there are many fun activities available for people of all ages to enjoy.

Did you know that the Gulf Coast also offers some of the best spring fishing in the entire world? As the waters along our area begin to warm up, many types of fish migrate back into the area, allowing people to catch an ice-chest full of fish onshore and offshore. Cobia, Speckled Trout, Gray Trigger Fish, Pompano and Amberjack are just a few of the fish you can catch during the upcoming season.

Cobias migrate through the area in late March and April. You often catch them by sight fishing, where you trick them into eating your bait, a fun method to ask your deck mate about! Cobias are white fish that have a clean and buttery flavor. The fish has high oil content, helping it not dry out no matter how you prepare it.

Speckled trout have a slight flakey and very meaty texture. They are most commonly caught in the shallow bays and tend to move into deeper bay waters as temperatures decline during the fall. These delicious fish are frequently caught with shrimp.

Gray Triggerfish are great to fish for during the spring as the season opens on March 1st and closes by the end of May, making it a true spring fish. Gray Triggerfish primarily feast on bottom dwellers like shrimp, crabs, sea urchins, and sand dollars. The flavor is clean and uniquely sweet when cooked with a taste and texture similar to that of a crab.

Pompano appear in May and stay through October. They frequent the surf zone where the waves break in “suds” on the beach. They feed on sand fleas (Mole Crabs) that live in the area. Some call it “the world’s most edible fish” due to its flat-bodied, pan-sized shape that makes it easy to eat whole. The fish meat is pearly white, with a moderate fat content. It has a sweet, mild flavor that is firm, but finely flaked.

Best to hook during April and May, Amberjack are thick and meaty and are a favorite cooked blackened. They are known as “sea donkeys” because they are some of the toughest fighters in the Gulf. They enjoy swimming around ground structures like oil and gas platforms.

By the time May rolls around, taking a deep sea fishing trip can lead to a good number of the fish mentioned above. But, that’s not all you can catch during the spring and early summer!

Make the most of spring fishing by booking a trip with Class Act Charters! Our knowledgeable captain and crew will help you navigate the gulf and find where the fish are biting. Regardless of your group size, ages, or budget, we can accommodate your needs to provide you with the fishing experience of a lifetime!

Don’t forget a recipe for the Cobia that you’re bound to catch! Try out one of our favorites:

Cobia with Lemon Caper Sauce

INGREDIENTS

1/3-cup all-purpose flour

1/4-teaspoon salt

1/4-teaspoon pepper

1 1/4-lb. cobia, cut into 4 pieces

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/3-cup dry white wine

1/2-cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1-tablespoon capers, rinsed, drained

1-tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley

STEPS

1. In shallow dish, stir flour, salt and pepper. Coat fish pieces in flour mixture

(reserve remaining flour mixture). In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over

medium-high heat. Place coated fish in oil. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, turning halfway

through cooking, until fish flakes easily with fork; remove from heat. Lift fish

from skillet to serving platter with slotted spatula (do not discard drippings);

keep warm.

2. Heat skillet (with drippings) over medium heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon reserved

flour mixture; cook and stir 30 seconds. Stir in wine: cook about 30 seconds or

until thickened and slightly reduced. Stir in chicken broth and lemon juice; cook

and stir 1 to 2 minutes until sauce is smooth and slightly thickened. Stir in capers.

3. Serve sauce over fish; sprinkle with parsley.


Parmesan Crusted Flounder Meuniere
Parmesan Crusted Flounder Meuniere

When it comes to cooking fish, many people find themselves stuck on one go-to fish that works with the preparation method they’ve mastered. Mix it up. Just because a recipe says salmon, that shouldn’t always be your choice. Be flexible enough that you base your recipe on something new from time-to-time.

This recipe is great for flounder, but can be changed for your favorite (or most readily available) type of fish!

Parmesan Crusted Flounder Meunière (serves 6)

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs skinless, boneless flounder filets
  • 16 trimmed asparagus spears
  • 2 tbsp drained capers
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/2 lb Louisiana jumbo lump crabmeat
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • vegetable oil spray
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cast iron skillets

Preparation

Fry the capers in 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium high heat until crispy. (They are like buds, so they’re done when they’re open.) Drain well. Cook the asparagus in salted boiling water for 3 minutes and shock in iced water. Season the filets lightly with salt and pepper. Spray filets liberally with vegetable spray and dredge liberally in grated Parmesan. Preheat 2 large cast iron skillets. Add a tablespoon each of oil and butter. Place the flounder, cheese side down, in the skillets. Cook on medium heat for 3 minutes and – very important – don’t turn until a golden brown crust forms. Use a spatula to lift edge to check if brown. Turn and continue cooking for an additional 3 minutes. Transfer to 2 pie tins or baking sheet and put it in a 250-degree oven. Drain the oil from the skillet and place it back on the fire on medium-to-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir until butter browns and foams. (Don’t let it burn.) Add the parsley and crabmeat and remove from heat. Heat asparagus and divide it onto four plates. Place the flounder on top of the asparagus spears, sprinkle with the fried capers, and spoon the brown butter over the fish.

 


Catching Amberjack
Catching Amberjack

Snapper season ended July 21st so we’re looking forward to the next season – which is Amberjack! Amberjack season for 2018 begins August 1st and runs through October 31st. Anglers love fishing for amberjack in Orange Beach. The thrill of a big amberjack pulling and bending your rod is pure adrenaline, even for the most experienced fishermen. These big fish commonly weigh 20-40 pounds with some weighing near 70-100 pounds.

Triggerfish is another target for this season. Triggerfish are abundant in nearshore and offshore locations. They compete in the same habitat preferred by red snapper and gag grouper. While they normally prefer to stay towards the bottom, they will rise up in the water column to get your bait on the way down. The adults drift along the bottom either alone or in groups while the juveniles drift at the surface.

Amberjack and triggerfish can be cooked many ways, if you choose to keep and eat them. Many people prefer a stronger seasoning when cooking amberjack due to its strong taste but marinating it properly is a treat for the taste buds. Find great recipes for both amberjack and triggerfish below.

Book your trip with Class Act Charters to chase amberjack, triggerfish and much more this season! We have 4-18 hour and 2 day trips available. Whether you’re taking the family or friends, you’ll enjoy your time with us and we look forward to meeting you!

Lemon Butter Amberjack Recipe

https://eatsimplefood.com/lemon-butter-amberjack-fish/

Grilled Triggerfish w/ Red Wine Butter Sauce

http://thelocalpalate.com/recipes/grilled-triggerfish-with-red-wine-butter-sauce/


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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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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