First Time Anglers Highly Recommended!
Home of the $59 4-hour deep sea Party Boat fishing trip! Fun for the whole family!
2013 Season Open NOW!
Saturday May 25th 11:00AM 4 hour
Sunday May 26th 8:00AM 4 hour
Tuesday May 28th 8:00AM 4 hour
Thursday May 30th 8:00AM
Saturday June 1st 8:00AM 4 hour
Saturday June 1st 1:00PM 6 hour
Sunday June 2nd 8:00AM 4 hour
Monday June 3rd 8:00AM 4 hour
Tuesday June 4th 8:00AM 4 hour
Wednesday June 5th 8:00AM 6 hour
Thursday June 6th 8:00AM 4 hour
Friday June 7th 8:00AM
Saturday June 8th
Call now to book your Spring fishing trip!
(4) Four hour daily trip in season for the low price of $59 per person, plus $5 fuel surcharge, gratuity, and fish cleaning.
(6) Six hour trip (call for availability) for $75 per person, plus $7.50 fuel surcharge, gratuity, and fish cleaning.
Depending on the size of your group, you might have enough people in your party to do a private charter at an affordable price. Please call to inquire. Call to get pricing for corporate or large group trips of 40+ people.
In-shore fishing - 4 full hours of fishing in the bay - $350 (for a 4 person private trip), OR $75 per person (can take 6) plus gratuity, and fish cleaning. We will put a group together for you if you are a smaller party! Inshore fishing is in the bay area and around the jetties in the Pass. If the time and good surf allows, your captain will also take you trolling along the beachfront. We are currently catching Red Fish, Sheephead, Flounder, Speckled Trout, and White Trout which are all great fish for eating! Call today to set up your Inshore Fishing Trip in Orange Beach, AL. Morning, afternoon, or evening are available; it is your pick which time of the day you would like to go! Depending on availability. So call us today! 251-981-4127
Currently Running Daily Inshore Fishing Trips Year-Round!!
Morning, Afternoon, Evening
Call For Availability! 251-981-4127
AMERICA II Explorer
Family fun for all aboard!
Orange Beach, Gulf Shores Party boat fishing, strives to offer every passenger an exceptional fishing experience at an affordable rate. Our boats are big, safe, and reliable – and children are welcome! We can accommodate groups of walk-on, shared expense, or private charter fishermen from 1 to 93 passengers. The Explorer and the America II both have a large air conditioned cabin with two clean restrooms. Both of our vessels are equipped with the latest technology and are U.S. Coast Guard Safety Certified. Onboard you will feel right at home with the full galley and clean modern restrooms there for you. Our 4-hour trip is ideal for families and first-time fisherman. We have experienced mates on board to help you handle the fish and bait your hook. Orange Beach offers some of the best snapper fishing on the gulf coast of Alabama and by far the best fishing in the Baldwin County area. On the way back to the dock, children are welcome to come up to the captain’s quarters, located in the wheelhouse, and help navigate the ship back to port! Whether it is watching the dolphins play as you ride out into the Gulf of Mexico, the site of land on the horizon, the catching of grouper and snapper, or the making of new friends, your deep sea experience will be one you will want to tell your friends about.
We are equipped for first time fishermen, families, as well as experienced fisherman who are seeking a short, inexpensive fishing trip. Whether you're an avid angler or novice, a vacationing family or businessman, we can accommodate you. Our dock is located in Terry Cove, just in front of Perdido Pass, allowing us to reach the Gulf in just a matter of minutes! All of the bait, fishing license, and tackle needed to fish are included in the price. For those who are more interested in going along for the ride to take pictures and enjoy a cruise into the gulf, there is a large sun deck with benches for lounging located on the upper deck. Feel free to get a great view of all who are catching and reeling in the big fish from up above! The only thing you need to bring is a cooler full of any snacks and drinks you want on board, sunscreen, and any form of payment for your trip! If you are prone to motion sickness, do not forget to bring either ginger tablets or dramamine to help prevent from being sick during your trip. We recommend you take one dose the night before and a second one when you wake up in the morning to allow for it to be in your system. Ginger has been proven to work better for such instances, so if you are able to find that, it is what we suggest you use!
Fish We Catch Off-shore
Family Lutjanidae, SNAPPERS - Lutjanus campechanus
Description: color pinkish red over entire body, whitish below; long triangular snout; anal fin sharply pointed; no dark lateral spot.
Similar Fish: vermilion snapper,R. aurorubens.
Where Found: OFFSHORE on the continental shelf, more plentiful off the panhandle than in south or middle Florida.
Size: to 20 pounds.
Remarks: juveniles occur over sandy or mud bottoms and are often taken in shrimp trawls; adults may live more than 20 years, and attain 35 pounds or more; sexual maturity attained at age 2; spawns June to October; feeds on crustaceans and fish.
Family Seranidae, SEA BASSES AND GROUPER Mycteroperca microlepis
Description: Brownish gray in color with dark worm-like markings on sides; strong serrated spur at bottom margin of preopercle, less noticeable in large specimens; fins dark, with anal and caudal having white margin. Often confused with black grouper; tail of gag is slightly concave, black is square; gag has white margin on anal and caudal fins, black does not; under 10 pounds, gag's spur on preopercle is distinctive, where black is gently rounded.
Similar Fish: Black grouper M. bonaci.
Where Found: Adults OFFSHORE over rocks and reefs; juveniles occur in seagrass beds INSHORE.
Size: Common to 25 punds.
Remarks: Forms spawning aggregations in water no shallower than 120 feet in Middle Grounds area, January through March; current research to identify similar aggregations off Atlantic coast is ongoing. young gags are predominantly female, transforming into males as they grow larger; feeds on fish and squid.
Family Carangidae, JACKS and POMPANOS - Seriola dumerili
Description: dark stripe (variably present) extends from nose to in front of dorsal fin and "lights up" when fish is in feeding mode; no scutes; soft dorsal base less than twice the length of the anal fin base.
Similar Fish: other Seriola.
Where Found: OFFSHORE species associated with rocky reefs, debris, and wrecks, typically in 60 - 240 feet of water; sometimes caught NEARSHORE in south Florida; juveniles associated with floating objects and may occur in water less than 30 feet deep.
Size: common to 40 pounds.
Remarks: largest of the jacks; thought to spawn OFFSHORE throughout most of the year; feeds on squid, fish, and crustaceans.
What Makes Hudson Marina Different
Our mates pay special attention to children in order to help them catch fish.
When we start to head in, the kids on board are invited into the wheelhouse to drive the boat with Captain Gary Sanford. Parents are welcome to come also and take pictures of the kids with the captain.
Safety, a great passenger experience, and comfort are paramount to our captain and crew. Children 8 and under are required to wear a life vest which we furnish. Any infant must bring their own life jacket.
We love to see you catch fish… it shows in our attitudes.
Our business is designed to assist your family in having a pleasant and safe experience!
Friendly family owned and operated charter fishing business that has departed from Orange Beach, AL. Since 1985.
Laurie Jones, Owner and Business Manager - Rodney Jones, Owner, Boss, and Captain - and their daughter Linden Jones, Business Manager and Activities Coordinator of Hudson Marina.
The crew members aboard the America II and Explorer are friendly and knowledgeable. We are always willing to give lessons to the novice or first time anglers. If we don't know the answer to your question, we will find out what it is!
We always strive to make the locals and out-of-towners alike, feel right at home. We look forward to sharing your next fishing experience with you!!
Article from a local fishing Captain
Orange Beach, Alabama Party Boat Fishing, Advantages
By: Captain Troy Frady
One of the most affordable ways to go deep sea fishing in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama is to go on a party boat or a head boat. Contrary to what you may be thinking, party boat has nothing to do with partying or having a party. Party boat and head boat trips is where multiple parties, individuals or small groups pay a fee and get on a large boat and go off shore fishing. Most boats carry up to 50 passengers or more at a time. The average party boat trip has 20 to 30 people on board. Currently, there are six boats in Orange Beach and one in Fort Morgan available to serve you.
Party Boats Are Great For For Those On A Tight Budget
Party boats or head boats are ideal for moms, dads and kids who want to go fishing while on vacation in Gulf Shores. This type of trip is excellent for first timers and those who are on a real tight budget. They are a chance to take an introductory trip at a cheap price.
Most of them offer 4 and 6 hour trips. Their trips are mostly made up of small groups that join other small groups and go together. This is called walk on or shared expense trips. This is their primary business. They also allow riders to pay and go and see what it is like.
America II Party Boat Offers The Best Value
The price varies from boat to boat. The most affordable priced 4 hour trip is at the Hudson Marina on board the America II. They offer party boat trips that cost each person $54.00 total. Other marina’s prices for 4 hours are about $65.00 per person. The 6 hour trips range from $65.00 to $85 per person, depending on the boat and which marina they operate out of.
Some boats, none at Hudson Marina however, charge $95 per person during the Red Snapper season of June and July, which includes the price of a tournament ticket for the Red Snapper World Championship Tournament. If you do not want to participate in the tournament or pay an extra $10, you need to ask the charter office before you book your trip. Remember, the deckhands make their money from tips. Tips are usually 10 to 15% of the price of the charter per person and they will clean your fish for .30 cents per whole pound of your fish.
You Hook It
They Cook It!
Do you want to enjoy the taste of a fresh fish dinner that you caught?? Relax and enjoy your vacation by having a chef prepare your personally caught fish for you! Catch your own Alabama deep sea fish and have it prepared grilled, blackened, or the good ‘ole southern fried way!
Have one of these local restaurants cook your catch!!
Shipp's Harbour Grill
27842 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Everything is made from scratch using fresh local seafood and Certified Angus beef. Waterfront dining and live entertainment on weekends. Sunday Brunch from 11a.m-3p.m. Open 7 days a week. Catering available.
Doc's Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar
26029 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Laid back. Almost famous "sho'nuff" seafood. Great gumbo and famous fried shrimp. Great local stuff.
Tacky Jack's - Orange Beach
27206 Safe Harbor Drive
Orange Beach, AL 36561-
Tacky Jacks is a tradition and local favorite serving the Gulf Coast over 30 years. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner every day. Best view on island.
Villaggio Grille at The Wharf
4790 Wharf Parkway
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Casual fine dining specializing in Mediterranean cuisine. Extensive wine list and bar, wood-burning pizza oven, bakery and champagne Brunch on Sunday. Reservations accepted.
27200 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 981-9811; 103
Relaxed sunset dining and fresh ingredients. Voyagers will take you on a gourmet journey. Located at Perdido Beach Resort.
24821 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Eat, Drink, Enjoy! Open seven days a week. Nightly dinner specials. Happy hour daily. Traditional and contemporary island cuisine.