The fishing is excellent. Beautiful pristine beach paradise, and there is so much for the family to do. Park the car in the lot and forget about you can walk everywhere in the Gulf of Alabama. The sand is powdery and white and the most enormous fishing pier (1540 feet long, wheelchair accessible, and there are tackle shops) ¼ mile into the Gulf of Mexico. Atlanta anglers you can travel just five hours to freshwater fishing at Lake Shelby or saltwater surf fishing on the shores of Alabama. The weather is 73 degrees at the time of this was written and overcast.
The pier is open 24/7 for fishing, king mackerel here we come
What's your treasure? Jack crevalle, founder, speckled trout, redfish, whiting, bluefish, with a few black drum, white trout, mullet and croakers. To bring tarpon on the pier (and they are big) requires a special permit. Fishing poles can be rented for the kids at a buck-fifty an hour, tackle and live and frozen bait can be purchased on the pier. The only thing you need to bring more than your pole is a cooler-on-wheels. (see slideshow)
Clean restrooms halfway up the pier.
Daily fishing on the pier is $8, adults and kids over 12. Children 11 or younger are allowed on the pier free with a paying adult, or $4. You can get a pass for the week at $40, or $10 without a paying adult. Monthly passes are $80 adults and $20 for kids 11 and under.
Alabama fishing license if required, non-residents 16 years of age and older and you can buy them on the pier, $11. Adults 65 years proof age and older do not need a saltwater fishing license.
Limit of 6 fishing rods is allowed (with $3.50 for each additional) but you may only fish with one at a time.
Gulf State Park (this site has an excellent Gulf Pier fishing forum) 20115 State highway 135 Gulf Shores, Alabama