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What You Need to Know About the Gulf Shores Fishing Pier

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No trip to the Alabama coast is complete without at least one visit to the Gulf Shores Fishing Pier.
Whether you're an experienced fisherman, or you're looking for a family-friendly outing, the Gulf Shores Fishing Pier is a great place to spend an afternoon. Plus, the pier, which is also called the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier, has so much more to offer! One you next Gulf Shores beach vacation, be sure to cast your line at the Gulf Shores Fishing Pier.

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The Pier is Huge
Five years after Hurricane Ivan obliterated the old fishing pier in 2004, Gulf Shores built the northern Gulf Coast's biggest and best fishing and educational pier to replace it. The second longest pier on the Gulf Coast, the Gulf Shores Fishing Pier is 1,540 feet long and boasts nearly 2500 feet of fishing space. With this much space, the pier offers a wide variety of fishing experiences for locals and visiting families to enjoy.

There are Indoor Facilities
On a hot summer day, you can escape the Gulf Shores, AL heat inside the pier's indoor facilities. Inside, you will find refreshments at a seating and concession area, retail shops for tackle and souvenirs, and comfort stations at the midpoint of the pier. In addition, you can also grab a bite to eat from Butts on The Beach, a local restaurant that serves up barbecue year round at the pier.

Fishing Equipment is Available on Site
One of the best parts about fishing on the Gulf Shores pier is the convenience of it. All the permits, rods, reels, tackle, and bait you will need for an afternoon of fishing is available right at the pier. The state of Alabama requires fishing licenses but you can purchase a daily or weekly license with ease. In addition, you can rent fishing rods and reels and purchase bait at the retail shop inside. What's better, children age 11 and under fish for free when accompanied by a paying adult!

The Fishing is Good
Local fishermen will tell you, the Gulf Shores Fishing Pier isn't just a tourist attraction. It is also a great place to catch dinner. On a successful day at the pier, expect to bring home enough king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, pompano, flounder, whiting, sheepshead, trout, or small redfish to feast on. If you are staying in a vacation rental home with a kitchen, you can cook them yourself. Or, if you'd prefer, there are a variety of restaurants in Gulf Shores that will cook your catch for you.

Visit the Gulf Shores Fishing Pier and Stay with Us!
With a vacation home rental from Gulf Shores Vacation Rentals, you will never be far from the best places to fish in Gulf Shores. After a successful day at the pier, you will love bringing home your catch to cook in a new, modern, kitchen in our fully-stocked vacation rental homes. But, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops are just the beginning for our best vacation homes. Browse our collection of beach bungalows and large family homes to find the vacation rental that is perfect for you. Then, book a stay with us today!

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