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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/


Tuna: It's What's For Dinner!
Tuna: It's What's For Dinner!

Here are on the Gulf Coast, we have some wonderful offshore tuna fishing. Most of the successful tuna trips are 18-36 hours long or longer. Here at Class Act Charters, we specialize in these trips!

What kind of tuna will you catch in this area?

Yellowfin Tuna (“Ahi” in Hawaiin) are a beautiful and tasty fish found throughout the world in warm waters. They are probably the most commonly caught offshore game fish. They often group together in enormous schools and can be seen breaking the surface chasing after bait. They often follow dolphins around and can be caught under schools of them.

Tuna eat a large number of different things including baitfish like sardines and mackerel, squid, and even small pelagic crabs. They can become difficult to catch when they are keyed in on tiny baits. If you see tuna feeding on the surface and can’t get them to bite, that could be the reason!

Yellowfin Tuna swim great distances during their lifetimes. They attain sizes in excess of 400lbs, although fish this size are only found in the Eastern Pacific and are generally caught in Mexico. Many nice fish in excess of 200lbs are also caught in Panama. The tuna are smaller here on the Gulf Coast, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a thrill to catch!

Like all tuna, Yellowfin Tuna pull hard for their size. They almost never jump when hooked, although they have been seen coming out of the water to grab bait or lure. When you get them near the boat they turn sideways and swim in large circles making it a long process to get them in the boat. It’s virtually impossible to horse the larger ones in quickly no matter what tackle you are using. They are a great gamefish and are great to eat! Yellowfin Tuna are very common in sushi restaurants and they are also very good seared. You can even eat them fresh right on the boat with some soy sauce and wasabi!

Yellowfish Tuna are just ONE example of what can be caught in the deep waters of the Gulf! Booking a Class Act Charters to take you means you have an experienced crew and the tools you need to reel in the best fish. Book your trip today!

 


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.


What to Expect for Spring Break Fishing in Orange Beach, Alabama in 2017
What to Expect for Spring Break Fishing in Orange Beach, Alabama in 2017

It’s this time every year that Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama come alive with Spring Breakers and their families. What a joy it is to see so many families outside enjoying the sunshine and their time spent together! With the technology as it is nowadays, even at the dinner table you find everyone staring at their screens – missing out on those quality discussions we all grew up with. That’s one reason why we’re in the business we’re in – we love seeing families spend quality time together making memories that last a lifetime.

A Spring Break charter fishing experience gives you and your family quality bonding time and an adventure of a lifetime!


One of the main attractions down here on the coast this time of year is charter fishing. The 4, 5, and 6 hour trips are very affordable and accommodating for families from children to grandma. This time of year the water is still a bit cold, but this makes many fish cluster up in the warmer areas which makes for a great fishing trip. On these excursions, we typically fish 10-15 miles off the shore, making several fishing stops along the way. Our experienced captains know these waters well, and we have a good sense of where the fish are biting. We typically will stop the boat over a reef or wreck so everyone can drop their fishing lines.

Many of our customers let us know that they only want to catch enough for dinner, and these ½ day excursions are ideal for just that. Whether it’s the 4 hour trolling trip or a bottom fishing and deep sea experience, we will cater the trip to meet your needs.

In March and April, one of the more exciting things that happen in our Gulf waters is the Cobia migration. The Cobia fish, also known as Ling or Lemon, start to relocate along the coast from the warm waters in the south. They love to ride the waves as they soak in the sun.

On longer trips we will fish out by the oil rigs and beyond, around 20-35 miles off the coast, where we can get the bigger fish. If you’re in for a thrill, fishing for Yellowfin Tuna and Amberjack can be very exciting. The tunas are resilient against the cold water as their body temperature doesn’t slow down so they’re off swimming in high gear. The Amberjacks are known as the “donkeys of the sea” because of how strong they can be when trying to reel in, really putting the “sport” in “sport fishing”. The giant Red Snappers will not be in season until June 1st so they are all catch and release for now, but still a heck of a good time.

As the temperatures warm up, so do the fish. Other fish we see often include King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Vermilion Snapper, White Snapper, Red Fish, Sheepshead, Flounder and Speckled Trout.

For those of you looking to book a trip after April 1st, the season opens up for bag limits on the very tasty Scamp and Red Groupers.

If high intensity fishing is not what you’re after, rest assured we customize each trip based on your needs, desires and expectations. Our deck mates and captains are there with you and your group every step of the way, showing you the ropes, helping reel in the fish, all the while educating youngsters and first-timers about the fish, fishing, and our Gulf waters.

As an added bonus, during this Spring Break season we are offering discounted trips on the 4, 5, and 6 hour trips. For additional information or to book with us, give us a call at 251-391-0935 or fill out the form on our website. Hope to see you out on the water!


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