Northern Gulf Fishing

Fishing the Gulf for redfish, trout, snapper and tuna

Northern Gulf Fishing

Northern Gulf Fishing

All photos by Chris Woodward and Doug Olander Dawn at Venice Marina and the promise of a great day of fishing!
Northern Gulf Fishing

Northern Gulf Fishing

Ahhh yellowfin! Tuna bite year-round off Louisiana, though the action peaks in the cooler months.
Northern Gulf Fishing

Northern Gulf Fishing

Grouper, like this brace of scamps, quickly fall for metal jigs fished around the Gulf's oil rigs.
Northern Gulf Fishing

Northern Gulf Fishing

Normally, anglers use live bait to tempt toothy kingfish. But in the Gulf, kings often school so thickly, they'll take anything offered, including soft-plastic lures like this Z-man Paddletail.
Northern Gulf Fishing

Northern Gulf Fishing

Chunky Gulf red snapper love soft plastics, too.
Northern Gulf Fishing

Northern Gulf Fishing

A trio of deepwater yellowedge grouper caught off Alabama made these anglers very happy.
Northern Gulf Fishing

Northern Gulf Fishing

Even fly anglers love to plumb the oil rigs for eager eaters.
Northern Gulf Fishing

Northern Gulf Fishing

Inshore anglers hunt trout amid the flooded Roseau cane.
Northern Gulf Fishing

Northern Gulf Fishing

The first of many trout comes to the net from the marshes near Venice, Louisiana.
Northern Gulf Fishing

Northern Gulf Fishing

An early morning trout bite produced multiple hookups from the Biloxi Marsh region.
Northern Gulf Fishing

Northern Gulf Fishing

Fishing under birds for trout in the Biloxi Marsh creates nonstop action on tandem-jig rigs.
Northern Gulf Fishing

Northern Gulf Fishing

Condensation on the camera lens makes this idle shrimp boat and the nearby natural-gas rig appear hazy and surreal. These rigs often hold larger trout.
Northern Gulf Fishing

Northern Gulf Fishing

Bruiser redfish patrol the edges of the Biloxi Marsh. Sight-cast to them with live shrimp under popping corks, spinnerbaits, weedless spoons, even top-waters.
Northern Gulf Fishing

Northern Gulf Fishing

A Yo-Zuri plug made quick work of this marsh trout, which Louisiana anglers prefer to call a "speck."
Northern Gulf Fishing

Northern Gulf Fishing

Channel bass (redfish) and largemouth bass swim in some of the same fresh-water flushed regions of the Louisiana Delta.
Northern Gulf Fishing

Northern Gulf Fishing

A school of hungry redfish prowls Alabama's nearshore waters in winter. These pods of 15- to 30-pound fish can number in the dozens to hundreds.
Northern Gulf Fishing

Northern Gulf Fishing

Crash! Redfish compete for a top-water plug to the delight of anglers.
Northern Gulf Fishing

Northern Gulf Fishing

Two Alabama bull reds came aboard for pictures and were quickly returned to the cold Gulf waters.