By the time the fall rolls around, most anglers have had their fill of hot weather fishing and look forward to the cooler weather fishing during the fall and winter. As ambient air cools the water, the speckled trout begin to react by transitioning from the deeper water structure pattern to a shallow water pattern. Around Dauphin Island, bull redfish return to the bars at the mouth of Mobile Bay after having spent 6 weeks or so gathered up offshore in a spawn. Slot reds as always are active in the marsh systems- particularly in areas where there is shell or grass bottom. Early fall is also a period when flounder make their way offshore. When doing this, they can be caught around Dauphin Island at passes near the mouth of Mobile Bay and the Mississippi Sound.
For speckled trout, fall fishing has us in the shallow bays and flats in the lower end of Mobile Bay producing great fishing. As the weather cools and we move into winter, the fish (and us) make a move to the upper end of the Bay and into the Mobile River Delta. When Mobile Delta Fishing, we will be on the lookout for diving gulls. They will be feeding on shrimp that are being chased to the surface by huge schools of feeding trout. Finding and fishing under these birds will result in some of the most incredible trout action that you may ever experience.
Slot reds can be found in the aforementioned trout areas as well. Focusing our efforts on banks that have features in terms of points and creek mouths results in some of the best redfish fishing of the year. The water is usually very clear in the early fall, and oftentimes we will be able to sight cast to cruising reds.
On days where there is hard tidal movement, it’s hard to beat the action on bull redfish at the mouth of Mobile Bay. Alabama’s famous Dixey bar rivals the most consistent producer of big reds anywhere on the Gulf Coast. The key is to drift across the bar while both dragging a live fin fish behind the boat and casting a GULP Swimming Mullet on a jig head to both sides. This will allow you to find the reds which will be gathered in schools. When you find one, you’ve found a school. Cast in the direction of the hooked fish and more often than not, we’ll hookup everyone in the boat up with one of the bronze bombers.
Book a fall or winter fishing guide trip with A-Team Fishing Adventures today and let us share this great fall and winter fishing in Mobile and Dauphin Island Alabama with you.