Being from Georgia we are spoiled and get to use our floating sunglasses with some great river fishing even right inside Atlanta, the largest city in the state. The Chattahoochee, or the "Hooch" as it is affectionately called by the locals, has great trout fishing. But we'll cover that some other time.
Right now, I want to share with you a few of our favorites from a recent trip to the Gulf Shores. It started with a friend who launched a hydroponic farm there several years ago and makes some of the best lettuce this side of the Atlantic. I'm not kidding, it's amazing and it will change the way you think about salad.
On our first visit we caught more than 150 pounds of Red Snapper. This time, they weren't in season so the hunt began with thinking through which fish to go for. Our intention was to avoid the trigger fish and cat fish and go straight for the groupers and do some sport fishing with the Amber Jacks (they put up a fight!).
GULF SHORES OVERVIEW
Our trip began in Atlanta where we trekked to Foley, Alabama to stay with our bud who lives (and farms) in the area. We hopped in the car to the Gulf Shores where some of the best deep sea fishing in Alabama can be found. Captain Mike showed us the ropes.
The Gulf Shores is a city home to the popular music festival Hangout Fest and the famous (or infamous?) bar that is said to split the Florida / Alabama line. I told a friend that one time and they asked "well then who do they pay taxes to?". A quick google search would indicate Florida but danget now I'm curious. We have a retailer in the area Paris Ace Hardware that carries our line of floating sunglasses so don't forget to pop in and say hello for us!
Victoria catches her first fish and isn't quite sure if she likes it yet.
Carson just realized she has a huge Amber Jack on the line and this is going to take a fight...
Jay shows off a beautiful Amber Jack after a big fight.
The most experienced fishermen on the boat takes the reigns and shows us all how it is does. Look at that form.
Clearly there are many more fish in the sea...we just need to keep looking and keep working. #lifelessons
Ahem, I mean beer break.
I couldn't resist getting in on the action. This might look ok but wait until you see what's next.
No really. An 8 foot (maybe?) shark comes up to see what the fuss is all about and puts an end to the party real quick.
Our new frenemie stops to take a selfie with his new best bud. Truly, I mean no offense here but watching nature's food chain at work never ceases to amaze me. One moment on a fish line and the disadvantage didn't leave the Amber a chance.
As with all great fishing trips the time has come to pack in the gear and head home.
The trip home is foreboding and a little more intense than the way out there. Thank you radar for safe navigation tips.
The trip ends with a bang. Fret not my friends. Not 5 minutes later we were safely ashore and ready for a drink and to check out the pictures from the trip.
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