Gulf Coast Saltwater Fishing
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.
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.