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2012 total Spanish landings                    2012 total Spanish revenue

  1,376 thousand pounds                             $1,149 thousand dollars

Data from the US Department of Commerce Report "Fisheries Economics of the United States" Released by NOAA Feb 2014

Southern FLOUNDER, (flounder, doormat)

A southern favorite, goes well with just about anything! You can find this fish May-Nov.

FAMILY: Lefteye Flounders (Bothidae

ABOUT: Found Gulf-wide, on mud, sand bottoms, from shallow, low-salinity estuaries to near shore and shallow offshore waters. Southern Flounders commonly enter fresh water and have been found 100 miles up rivers.  The body is flat, the right side is white and eyeless. The left side has both eyes and is olive brown in color with dark and white spots. They hatch with one eye on each side of their head. As they grow the right side eye begins to move to the left side and is completely moved by the time the fish is 3/4 inch to 1 inch in length. At this same time the left side develops its dark color and the right side turns white.  Due to their color they are well adapted for ambushing quick moving prey such as fish or shrimp. The shape allows them to become invisible on the bottom, they have large mouths and strong teeth. Flounders can eat 4 to 8 percent of their body weight in food each day. They eat a wide variety of food, including shrimp, mullet, anchovies, croakers and pogies.  As flounders grow in size they continue to each small fish, just in larger quantities.

FOOD VALUE: Excellent, very lean, white flesh fish


Spanish mackerel (Spanish)

Sleek, silvery fish with a strong, rich flavor.  You can find this fish Mar-Oct.

FAMILY: Mackerels (Scombridae)

ABOUT: Found gulfwide in coastal nearshore waters and saline estuaries and bays. The body is elongated and flattened from side-to-side. They are green above with silver sides, heavily marked with oval yellow or golden-olive spots. Spanish mackerel are schooling predators that attack schools of smaller fish, especially anchovies. They spawn during the warm months of the year. They will grow to 27" long and 12 pounds.  The smaller fish are more common inshore.

FOOD VALUE: Good, but it does have a high-oil flesh which makes it more suitable for broiling than frying.

mullets (jumping mullet, jumping jack, popeye mullet, lisa, striped mullet)

Excellent tasting fish when smoked. You can find this fish Mar-Dec.

FAMILY: Mullets (Mugilidae)

ABOUT: Found Gulf-wide, in estuaries and shallow offshore waters. They can be found at all levels of the water column. Spawning occurs Oct-Jan, with a peak in November and December. They are schooling fish and are individually prone to jump out of the water. Their body is cylindrical and torpedo-shaped, dorsal fins are widely separated and they have large eyes. Most  are under 3 pounds.  Striped Mullet are excellent bait fish. Small finger size mullet are good live bait for spotted seatrout, red drum and southern flounder.

FOOD VALUE: Good overall. Excellent smoked, some consider the roe to be very good.



The catch of the day is

      ....Alabama wild caught fish!


Amberjack, Grouper, Mahi-Mahi, Flounder, Tuna, White Trout...just to name a few!!!!


If you want good fish, we recommend ones that enjoy doing the same things you do - swimming, splashing and exploring Alabama's waterways.


When you order Alabama wild fish, you're ordering better flavor, better health and a better way of life for fishermen and their families. Delicious to eat, Alabama's wild fish are also fun to catch!


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Gill Net fishing is highly regulated in the state of Alabama.  Our number of Commercial Gill Net Fishermen continue to decline.

2012 total flounders landings             2012 total flounders revenue

83 thousand pounds                                $185 thousand dollars

Data from the US Department of Commerce Report "Fisheries Economics of the United States" Released by NOAA Feb 2014

2012 total mullets landings                   2012 total mullets revenue

         1,994 thousand pounds                                      $1,204 thousand dollars

Data from the US Department of Commerce Report "Fisheries Economics of the United States" Released by NOAA Feb 2014

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