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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Gulf Coast Spring Fishing

Yes it is that time of year for spring fishing along the Gulf Coast. When spring time comes to the Gulf Coast it is the start to tournament fishing, and most likely the best time of year for the tourism side of fishing. 

Before we get to much into this article we have to credit a blog we follow which gave us the idea behind today's post. It came from the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism's, The Beach is Calling Blog with the post titled Easy Ways to Drop a Line for Spring Fishing. It is a very good article and we recommend you go read it. 

What we are talking to you about today is how Spring more than doubles the amount of fishing along the Gulf Coast. It's not just about the fact that Spring brings with it better weather with warmer temperatures. There is the tidal movement, the changes of a more prominent southern wind which blows in cleaner Gulf Waters to the shores and marshes of the Gulf Coast. Warmer Gulf waters mean more active fish and more active fish it what attract so many to fishing the Gulf Coast. 

The waters of the Gulf Coast have so many different landscapes to fish is another big attractant. If not fishing offshore the areas to fish are different to each area. You can fish lakes, rivers, bays, swamps, marsh and bayous, as well as decide on salt water, fresh water or a mix of both known as brackish water. The type of fish known to area is also a very wide range.  


With so much variety of how and where to fish it is no wonder why it can be difficult to book a charter during this time of year. Charters book up quick all along the coast, no matter if you decide to fish the coastal waters of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, or the Florida Panhandle. These areas ae some of the best fishing in all of the United States and is promoted, monitored, and conserved with the help of the Coastal Conservation Association

The Coastal Conservation Association, better known as CCA, is an organization with a specific goal as is stated by their mission statement:

"The purpose of CCA is to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources. The objective of CCA is to conserve, promote, and enhance the present and future availability of those coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public." Source: www.joincca.org/about



The CCA has many chapters across the country and as well as offering a membership to help raise funds for their efforts they also host annual tournaments in many of it's chapters. To know how some of their tournaments work take CCA Louisiana for example. The annual tournament there is known as CCA Louisiana STAR Tournament which starts May 23rd and last 108 days. Participants compete for prizes which could be a new boat or a new truck or other great prizes by catching fish tagged by CCA. 

Other chapters of CCA along the Gulf Coast are CCA Mississippi, CCA Alabama, and CCA Florida.

One of the biggest tournament series along the Gulf Coast held annually is the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship. The tournament is held in four coastal locations from May through July. This years series starts the week of May 13th - 17th and ends the week of July 7th - 12th in Orange Beach AL with stops in Venice, LA (May 26th - 31st), Biloxi, MS (June 1st - 7th), and Destin, FL (June 17th - 21st).

For those that enjoy Kayak fishing there are multiple events held through the Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association. Their next event coming up is being held May 2nd out of Gulf Breeze, FL, just outside Pensacola. Participant's will compete for great prizes with first place winning $1200. Anyone looking to enter can do so by visiting www.gulfcoastkayakfishing.com and clicking on the online registartion link.


For other Gulf Coast fishing tournament information please look to our friends at Marine Group - Emerald Coast. They have a full schedule of fishing tournaments along the Gulf Coast for 2015. Even though a few have already happened you will find tournaments from February through August on their website.

Again we would like to thank our friends at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism for posting the blog that gave us the idea for todays article.

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