Gulf Coast Fishing

Explore the adventures awaiting in the Gulf of Mexico

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The sun shines down on a single boat idling offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Sights like these are plentiful in this fishery.Courtesy BlueMoon Stock / Alamy

Like any billfish destination, the Gulf of Mexico has unique attributes. Its oil rigs provide a reference point for anglers and also attract a variety of pelagics — including marlin. The places where the muddy Mississippi River and the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico collide create some of the most drastic color changes to be found anywhere in the world. This line is a prime area for captains and crews to target offshore game fish.

Below is a photo gallery showing the ins and outs of the Gulf Coast's offshore fishery, from majestic blue marlin jumps to the docks along the coastline of Mississippi, Florida, Alabama and more.

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A blue marlin takes to the air as the photographer catches it at the perfect moment.Bryan Toney
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Leaving the dock outside the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.Alaric Lambert
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Destin Holiday Resort is a popular spot for offshore anglers.Courtesy Alamy / Peter Titmuss
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The Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico come together to form a "dead zone," where the difference in colors is noticeable.Will Drost
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With trophy-size marlin being a real possibility, captains fishing the Gulf must be prepared to maneuver aggressively.Scott Kerrigan / Aquapaparazzi.com
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A close-up shot of a blue marlin near the boat.Scott Kerrigan / Aquapaparazzi.com
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A sport-fishing boat roams the waters around an oil rig.Justin Roper
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The Wharf Marina, in Orange Beach, Alabama, houses plenty of boats.Mark Worden
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The Gulf has quite a few oil rigs — and the potential to find pelagics nearby.Courtesy