Dauphin Island Fishing Charters

The Gulf of Mexico is one of the most popular fishing spots in America, and for good reason. The warm water and diversity of marine life offers a thrilling and exciting fishing experience, where you can never be sure exactly what you are going to catch.

While Mobile doesn't have many fishing spots itself, you can drive south for 30 miles to Dauphin Island. Here you'll be able to buy a ticket to gulf fishing charters. Come enjoy the salty sea wind and hook the best catch of your life.

Alabama Fishing License

Before you hop in the boat, you need to have the proper paperwork to go fishing in the first place, otherwise, you'll receive hefty fines and won't be able to keep your prized catches. All licenses expire on August 31 every year, so keep that in mind when you buy.

At what age do I need a fishing license?

Anyone who is aged 16 to 65 are required to buy a fishing license according to Alabama law. Those younger or older are exempt.

Saltwater Fishing License Cost

Because you are fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, you don't need to buy a freshwater fishing license whatsoever (at least for this vacation).

Saltwater License prices below factor in your citizenship and how long the pass will work.

Annual Resident: $24.35
7 Day License (Resident): $10.15
Annual Non Resident: $52.20
7 Day License (Non Resident): $28.85


Buying a fishing license is super simple. Start the process here, enter in your information, and you'll have a digital copy before you know it.

Which Fishing Charters are good?

You should know that none of the Dauphin Island Fishing Charters have bad reviews on Google. Most of them clock in around 4 - 5 stars, so you'll have a good experience no matter which one you choose.

Underdog Fishing Charters

Underdog is run by Captain Joey, one of the best charter captains on the island. In reviews, people say that he's a hard worker and knows just where to go to get you a hearty collection of fish.

Pricing ranges depending on the number of people you bring and what kind of fish you are planning to haul. Expect to spend around $600-700.

Dauphin Island Sportfishing Charters

One of the premier charters to buy a ticket for, this sportfishing charter isn't afraid to take you for a 12-hour, 18-hour, or even full day trip!

A boat excursion costs anywhere from $1000 - $3200 per boat depending on how long you are out there. If you are expecting a walk-on trip (no reservation), it will cost about $200 per person. Perfect for larger groups.

Captain T's Fishing & Outdoor Adventures

Those wanting a trip that is accessible to new fishermen will love to visit Captain T. You can contact the charter on their website to get a quote for your fishing expedition.

Captain Mike's Deep Sea Fishing

Captain Mike's charter will take you out to find Vermilion Snapper, triggerfish, and red snappers when they are in season. Walk-ins are $170 per person and run for about 8 hours. If you have a small group, this is probably the most affordable way to go fishing.

Where can I buy fishing equipment on Dauphin Island?

What if you weren't planning to go fishing until you arrived in Mobile, and now you don't have any fishing equipment to take on your trip? Here are a few of the local bait shops that can set you up.

Ship and Shore
Address: 401 Lemoyne Dr, Dauphin Island
Hours: 6AM - 10PM Everyday

Just down the street from the charters, Ship and Shore has a ton of fishing merchandise that will be helpful for you in the deep blue.

Mark's Bait and Tackle
Address: 650 Lemoyne Dr, Dauphin Island
Hours: 8AM - 5PM Everyday

This bait shop is right next to most of the charters, making it the perfect place to stock up before you ride out.

Oakleigh House

Address: 350 Oakleigh Place, Mobile, AL

Hours: 10AM - 4PMTours begin every hour on the hour. The last tour for the day starts at 3PM.

Prices: $10 - Adults, $5 - Children

COVID Guidelines: There will be limited tour sizes, face masks are required for both employees and visitors, and hand sanitizer is available throughout the house.

What is the Oakleigh House?

Probably one of the most renowned homes in the area, Oakleigh is an excellent place to go on a historical home tour. Aside from the ornate furniture and the amazing upkeep of this 19th century house, you will learn about the complex history of the South. Oakleigh is also thought to be haunted by several ghosts. Keep your eyes peeled for any sneaky specters.

You can book your tour by calling Oakleigh House at 251-432-1281, if you have any questions, send an email to hmps@bellsouth.net.

Conde-Charlotte House

Address: 104 Theatre St, Mobile, AL

Hours: 11AM - 3:30PM

Prices: $10 - Adult (older than 12), $5 - Child

COVID Guidelines:
Masks are required and you will be social distancing as needed.

What is the Conde-Charlotte House?

This building was originally the first courthouse and jail in Mobile, Alabama. Later it was adopted as a home for the Kirkbride family, and now sits as a museum where you can learn about the South's complicated legacy.

Mobile Carnival Museum

Address: 355 Government St, Mobile, AL

Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
9AM - 4PM

Prices: $8 Adults, $3 Child

COVID Guidelines: Masks are required for entry. You will also be asked to social distance.

While other historic houses are filled with furniture common to the era when it was built, the Carnival Museum shows you how Mardi Gras was born, and what carnival means to the people who live in the area.

Hopefully we've been able to point you in the right direction for your Dauphin Island Fishing Trip! It's a great place to spend time with family and friends doing what you love!
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