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Fish Explained: Porgy Fish (Sea Bream)

What is it: Sometimes called “Sheepshead without the jail time,” Porgy (also known as Sea Bream) is one of Alabama’s most underappreciated fish. Because this silvery red fish only measures in at a few pounds, it’s been labeled as nothing more than “by-catch” by some folks around the Gulf. But if you’ve ever tried fresh Porgy, you […]

Fish Explained: Mullet

What is it: It’s not unusual to see a Mullet flying through the air. Not only are there entire festivals dedicated to tossing this fish, they often jump on their own accord, possibly to avoid deep-sea prey. They’re used as bait fish more often than not, but the old salts will tell you that fresh Mullet […]

Fish Explained: Mahi-Mahi

What is it: Often called the “dolphinfish” or “dorado,” Mahi-Mahi is a true beauty of Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Their bodies are a brilliant blend of blue and green with a golden yellow that reaches its fins and forked tail. But as with most fish, the real beauty comes from the inside. Mahi is a firm but […]

Fish Explained: Mackerel (King & Spanish)

What is it: These sleek, medium-sized fish come in two sorts: King Mackerel (or Kingfish) and Spanish Mackerel. The “kings” and “princes” of Alabama’s coast weigh in at an average of 10 and three pounds respectively making them a great target for family fishing trips. Mackerel hold a strong, robust flavor and are often compared to […]

Fish Explained: Pompano

What is it: The Florida Pompano is a delicacy of the seafood world. But don’t let the name fool you—this fish spends plenty of time along Alabama’s Gulf Coast too. They may be small in size, usually ranging from two to five pounds, but they’re big on taste; these tender, succulent filets pack so much flavor […]

Fish Explained: Lionfish

What is it: Lionfish is an invasive species, meaning they’re not from around here. They prey on all kinds of commercially, recreationally, and ecologically important species, and with venomous spines on their bodies, you don’t want to touch ‘em. But here on land, Lionfish is not just edible, but considered a delicacy. Flaky but firm in […]

Fish Explained: Flounder

What is it: One of Alabama’s favorite fish, the Flounder can be found all over the place—from coastal passes to fresh waters as far upstream as a hundred miles. Our coast houses both the Southern Flounder and the Gulf Flounder, and you’ll know you’ve caught one if the eyes are both on the same side. While […]

Fish Explained: Croaker

What is it: The Croaker is quite possibly the most underrated fish on the Gulf Coast. Known lovingly as “frogfish” for its signature croaking sound, the Croaker also has a reputation for stealing bait. But if you’re looking for a tasty meal that’s often compared to Trout, Croaker will give you plenty of bang for your […]

Fish Explained: Cobia

What is it: Not a fish to take lightly, Cobia will put up a fight with even the most seasoned anglers. As the Gulf Coast’s king of nicknames—they’ve been called “cabio,” “ling,” “lemonfish” and “crabeater”—an average Cobia runs about 20-30 pounds, but they’ve been roped in at sizes of up to 100 pounds. You’ll get plenty […]

Fish Explained: Amberjack

What is it: Known as a worthy opponent to veteran anglers throughout the Gulf Coast, the Amberjack is worth the fight. While it’s pretty mild on the flavor scale, a good cut of Amberjack will be thick and meaty when it’s cooked up. When to Get it: April and May are the best times to try to […]