The Difference Between Inshore, Nearshore and Offshore Fishing

If you head down to southeastern Alabama and the Gulf Coast you can find some of the best saltwater fishing in the continental United States.  There are plenty of boats available for charter and you have choices of where you can fish and what you want to catch.  If you are a tourist and saltwater fishing is new to you then you probably wonder what the difference between inshore, nearshore and offshore fishing is and which one is right for you.  Let’s explore and you will be ready to book your charter as soon as you hit the gulf.

Inshore Fishing

Inshore fishing allows you to catch fish in the calmer waters closer to shore.  This type of fishing uses lighter tackle and it is ideal for beginners and for bringing the kids along on their first fishing trip.  You can catch a variety of fish including Redfish, Black Drum, Pompano, Black Snapper, and Sea Trout.  Inshore fishing charters usually run anywhere from a couple of hours to the entire day.

Nearshore Fishing

Anything within three miles of the coastline is considered nearshore fishing.  More experienced anglers may enjoy this type of fishing a bit more than inshore fishing.  You will have the option of trolling or tackle fishing and there are a variety of species you can catch depending on the time of year.  The most common fish are Sheepshead, Bluefish, King Mackerel, and the occasional small Red Snapper.  For this type of charter, you will want to book at least half a day to make sure you get some good fishing in.

Offshore Fishing

Offshore fishing will take you right out into the open waters of the Gulf and is typically more than nine miles away from the shore.  If you have been saltwater fishing before on the east or west coast then you will find the Gulf a little different.  You will need a Federal fishing license but don’t worry your charter should be able to help you out with that.  You don’t need a great deal of experience to enjoy deep sea fishing, but it is not ideal for smaller children.  The charter will take most of the day and you can try your hand at catching Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, Vermillion Snapper, and King Mackerel.

Booking a fishing charter is a great way to experience the Gulf.  Get out and enjoy the sunshine, see the sights and maybe catch yourself some dinner!