The Gulf of Mexico is world-renowned for it's deep sea fishing, largely attributed to its role as one of the prime migratory locations for a large assortment of regional and international fish species. Since the Gulf of Mexico is such a large area, it is difficult at times to decide where to go deep sea fishing. However, there are five main locations that are known as the best spots year in and year out. Below, the locations are listed with a brief description of their specific characteristics.
One of the reasons that the Gulf as a whole is so attractive is because access to the incredibly large body of water is simple and stress-free from most southern states, including Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Some of the sport fishing’s most prized species are available just a few miles offshore. Some of the prime targets are mahi-mahi, tuna, shark, kingfish, grouper, Spanish mackerel, tarpon, permit, cobia, amberjack, snapper, and barracuda. Not only is there a wide array of fish available, but there are also a number of different environments that you can fish in such as wrecks, reefs, the Gulf Stream, and oilrigs.
Florida has the incredible advantage relative over most other deep sea fishing destinations around the world by providing good fishing only a few short miles offshore. In any case, the concept or objective is to reach the "blue water" or deep sea, which can vary throughout the year anywhere from five to 50 miles offshore. With an abundance of sailfish, wahoo, tuna, snapper, dolphin, grouper and, there are always plenty of opportunities for a great catch.
Off of Texas, there are dozens of types of fish to catch. Not only are the typically abundant tuna and tarpons, but there are also swordfish, stingrays, marlins and even, at times, shark. Also, another distinctive attribute is the dividing line between brown water from the blue water off the Texas coast.
Alabama deep sea fishing has long been known for its strong year round fishing seasons. The most popular season in the region starts in March with gulf shores and spring break and continues through the summer months of June, July, and August. Off the coast, it is not uncommon to catch snapper, trigger fish, grouper, amberjack, barracuda, bonita, marlin, mackerel, wahoo, and mahi-mahi. Tuna, marlin, and sailfish typically require an overnight trip or longer to guarantee a catch.
The best practice in setting up a trip is researching different companies in your destination of choice and booking in advance, which in many cases results in reduced rates. Although the Gulf of Mexico is sometimes called "the forgotten coast," it is certain that a deep-sea fishing trip with friends and family will be remembered for years as tales are passed on from generation to generation.