ORANGE BEACH, Alabama (WALA) - Folks along Alabama’s beaches can once again keep whatthey catch. All Alabama coastal waters are open for fishing. Thatword came from Alabama Marine Resources Sunday.
As of 6:00 Monday morning, you could once again put the fish youcatch in your cooler to take home and eat!
This was welcome news at the Gulf Shores State Park fishingpier.
Gulf Shores resident Rick Hinajosa said the fish are biting.
“Come on down. The fish are biting, just got to be here tocatch them,” offered Hinajosa.
Katie Abston from Millry, Alabama was visiting the pier and hada little luck herself.
“I’ve got a Spanish mackerel and two skipjacks andthree pinfish,” Abston proudly announced.
Anglers on the pier said they’ve been catching goodnumbers of fish there for the last few weeks, but had to throw themall back.
Even as rain storms moved through, dedicated pier fishermenwaited it out. During a lull in the rain, Phil Loder from Grand Bayflipped a beautiful Spanish mackerel onto the planks of thepier.
“It didn’t matter. Today’s my fifty-firstbirthday. My son brought me out fishing and we’recatching,” Loder said.
The wait was worth it for the few anglers on the pier who waitedout the rain storms. Flounder, sharks, mackerel and redfish are afew of the fish seen on the pier Monday. For those who love to fishthe pier and shorelines, this is a great step in emotional recoveryfrom the oil spill disaster.
Tayler Franklin has been fishing in Gulf Shores all of his lifeand for him, Monday was a day to rejoice.
“It makes me feel a whole lot better waking up eachmorning, knowing that I can come back out here and do what I lovedoing,” said Franklin.
The waters that are now open to catch and keep fishing are statewaters out to three miles off the beach. These are the last watersin Alabama to be opened back up and as of Monday, the state parkpier in Gulf Shores will be open 24 hours a day, seven days aweek.
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