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Gulf Coast Saltwater Fishing

Updated on December 15, 2015

Saltwater Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico

This page has information about saltwater fishing along the USA Gulf Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Gulf Coast region includes the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida (known as the Gulf States).

Gulf anglers catch spotted seatrout, gray trout, redfish, Florida pompano, snapper, grouper, croaker, cobia, jacks, Spanish, king and cero mackerel, dolphin fish (mahi mahi), tuna, swordfish, sharks, and other saltwater fish.

Gulf of Mexico Recreational Saltwater Fish Species

In the Gulf of Mexico, saltwater recreational anglers catch a wide range of fish species.

According to NOAA research, important saltwater fish include Atlantic croaker, Gulf and southern kingfish, sand seatrout, silver seatrout, spotted seatrout, sheepshead porgy, red drum, red snapper, southern flounder, Spanish mackerel, and striped mullet.

Offshore Fishing

Farther from shore, anglers catch a variety of pelagic fish including yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, skipjack, king mackerel, wahoo, dolphinfish (mahi mahi), and others. Much of the action occurs around offshore drilling rigs and deep water artificial reefs.

USA Gulf Coast States

The Gulf Coast region of the United States includes states with shorelines along the Gulf of Mexico.

These include Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida (known as the Gulf States).

Louisiana's coastline is 15,000 miles long and holds 3 million acres of wetlands. According to Business Week, the state's sport fishing sector produces $1 billion in sales a year.

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional fishery management councils established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976.

The Council prepares fishery management plans designed to manage fishery resources in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.


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      5 years ago

      informative article on fishing special saltwater fishing, we are also guide a tourist to Louisianaâs Coast's how to fishing and understanding various type of fish and i enjoy it

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      Glen Kowalski 

      5 years ago

      Very nice overview of fishing on the Gulf Coast, I have been fishing here for over 10 years and love it.

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      Echo Phoenix 

      6 years ago

      Wow! I keep landing back on your lenses today:) another Squidtastic lens, thanks!

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      6 years ago

      Nice, informative article. I just recently moved from Florida's East Coast to Clearwater on the Gulf Coast. I enjoy saltwater fishing here much more than on the Atlantic.

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      Ben Reed 

      6 years ago from Redcar

      Thoroughly enjoyed my visit.

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      6 years ago

      I've been fishing the Texas coast all my life. Great lens with tons of good info.

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      6 years ago

      Great info it certainly gave me some ideas for my lenses.

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      6 years ago

      Nothing like hooking into a snapper, can you say snapper almondine?

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      6 years ago

      Just went fishing in February in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time, with Fisherman's Paradise. I don't remember ever having so much fun!!! Bonita fish really fight, and are so beautiful. Can't wait to go back! If you ever want to stay in a beautiful, floating hotel 15 miles offshore, check out Fisherman's Paradise.

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      John Howel 

      7 years ago

      Love fishing - whenever and what ever, though my favorites are fresh water: trout and salmon (I have tried these at sea), and sea fishing - billfish.

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      Close2Art LM 

      7 years ago

      love catchig redfish down in Corpus Christi...too much fun..:)

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      7 years ago

      fishes fishes all around...let them play in sea inside...

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      7 years ago

      Gone fishing after reading! :)

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      7 years ago

      Tried it once. I didn't catch anything, but my brother did catch a shark.

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      auxpwr lm 

      7 years ago

      Great lens, living in the Rio Grande Valley, I can respect this lens. Thanks You should check mine out. You have great stuff here.

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      Thomas Holley 

      7 years ago from Evansville, IN

      I lived in Navarre for a year. One one side of the condo was the Gulf and on the other a sound. I would take my fishing pole to the sound and use a hal-fly. I'd bounce it on the bottom a couple of times and catch a flounder every time. One time, I caught something that looked like the scariest catfish I've ever seen. It really freaked me out that all the fish in the ocean seem to have teeth! I never got to go deep sea fishing. I'd like to. But at least most fresh water fish can't bite!

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      7 years ago

      This lens is great i love fishing. Miss living in key west and fishing all the time.

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      7 years ago

      I enjoyed reading through this lens! Especially the link to the NOAA/ aquaculture.

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      7 years ago

      Hey DayBreak,

      Nice lens and still growing. Like the detail about the gulf fish from your lenses. I'm back and building new lenses about bowfishing. Looks like you've been growing why I was away.


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      8 years ago

      I have always wanted to saltwater fish, and deep sea fish. Great information here!

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      8 years ago from Florida

      Excellent lens. I live in Florida and love to fish the Gulf of Mexico. I use to be a fresh water fisherman and then my girl friend introduced me to salt water fishing and I wont go back.

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      8 years ago

      What wonderful information! Also saw your lens on Deep Sea Charters. Good job!

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      Tony Payne 

      8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great information, very nicely done.

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      8 years ago

      nothing better then fishing

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      8 years ago

      Well, YOU are talking to the little old fisher lady from way way way back -- this would be my pick for entertainment folks! FISHING. Thanks for all the help today.

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      8 years ago

      Very informative lens.

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      Louis Wery 

      8 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Great fishing off my town of Sarasota on the west coast of Florida! Thank you for this fine lens and for letting people know about Gulf Coast fishing.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens, there! Just started a lens for fishing in Hawaii... come on over when you have a chance! Warmest aloha... from Hawaii!

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      9 years ago

      Great lens. I live in Austin, Texas and I've been fishing the Gulf Coast my whole life.

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      9 years ago

      I live in Corpus Christi & love fishing, awesome lens ;)


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