Tuna fish doesn’t always come in a can and served rolled-up on a cracker as sushi. Now’s the time to catch the best tuna of the year off Alabama’s Gulf Coast that weigh from 40 to 200 pounds, with the average being between 50 and 80 pounds. You can catch tuna on the edge of the Continental Shelf and near deep-water oil wells. The big yellowfin tuna is only one of the prize fish you can catch in the fall in deep water, off Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

“On a 2-day trip, we usually stop and catch vermilion snapper and white snapper in about 200 feet of water,” says Captain Johnny Greene (251-747-2872, intimidatorcharters@yahoo.com, www.fishorangebeach.com) of the charter boat “Intimidator” out of Orange Beach Marina in Orange Beach, Ala. “Our next stop usually will be for scamp grouper, gag grouper, red grouper and amberjacks – fish that weigh from 10- to 40 pounds. As we continue offshore, we put-out high-speed trolling baits for wahoo that weigh from 50 to over 100 pounds. When we get out to a bottom of 700-feet deep or more, we use our electric reels to fish for coldwater grouper, like snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper and tilefish. We reach the offshore rigs right before dark and fish for yellowfin tuna and blackfin tuna by anchoring-up the boat and jigging for them. At first light of the second day of fishing we’ll have our best chance to catch the biggest and the most yellowfin tuna. These big, hard-fighting fish will strip your drag and give you the fight of a lifetime on stand-up tackle. On the way in to shore, anglers can troll for wahoo, catch more grouper and snapper or just sit back and eat some of the delicious food served on the boat.”

Although tuna is a primary target in the Gulf of Mexico at this time of the year, all the bonus fish you’ll catch on the way out to the deep-water oil rigs and back make a 2-day trip from Alabama’s Gulf Coast to the Continental Shelf, the trip of a lifetime.

For more information on saltwater fishing on Alabama’s Gulf Coast and for an opportunity to meet the captains that you can fish with, get the new Kindle ebook “Alabama’s Offshore Fishing: A Year-Round Guide for Catching Over 15 Species of Fish” by John E. Phillips. Go to http://www.amazon.com/Alabamas-Offshore-Fishing-Year-Round-ebook/dp/B008VT4FBM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1344718855&sr=1-1&keywords=alabama+offshore+fishing. Go to http://www.amazon.com/kindle-ebooks, type in the names of these books, and download them to your Kindle and/or download a Kindle app for your iPad, Smartphone or computer.

Image courtesy John E. Phillips