Welcome to the Gulf Shores Pier Fishing Forum.
Results 1 to 8 of 8
Like Tree11Likes
  • 2 Post By Haywire
  • 7 Post By david lea
  • 2 Post By Haywire

Thread: Where did the Kings go???

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    82
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 50 Times in 24 Posts

    Where did the Kings go???

    Any theories or data supporting decline in King Mackerel catches off piers the last few years, especially this year??? We didn't catch any from the boat in several attempts at nearshore gas wells either. What's going on?? Are there numbers down in the Gulf or is this just a local thing?

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Orange Beach, AL
    Posts
    4,896
    Thanks
    3,784
    Thanked 11,562 Times in 1,813 Posts
    I've heard nothing official but I understand that the commercial quotas were increased so not as many kings got by the net boats down south. Reminds me of the 80's. Also, I read an article on the detrimental effects of all the fresh water from the floods that poured into the Gulf from the Mississippi River, and all the others that drain into the Gulf. Whatever the reason(s) it was kind of pitiful---I remember so many pretty days with beautiful water, lots of bait, good wind, but no kings. I hope it isn't the case, but that may be the way the world is headed. Makes me glad I'm old.
    ironman172 and Chases Bears like this.

  3. #3
    Pier Fishing Guru
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Born, bred and someday dead in Midtown Mobile, AL
    Posts
    8,946
    Thanks
    6,622
    Thanked 9,958 Times in 3,123 Posts
    Blog Entries
    6
    Sharks ate a lot of the ones the netters didn't get last winter in the Keys.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Location
    Mobile, AL
    Posts
    107
    Thanks
    178
    Thanked 440 Times in 63 Posts
    To add to this, I know a guy who knows a couple of (commercial/hook & line or whatever you want to call it) King mackerel fishermen and they even said fishing for them has been rough during many outings.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    616
    Thanks
    77
    Thanked 269 Times in 102 Posts
    And yet the recreational limit was increased to 3 kings per day...

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Foley, AL
    Posts
    1,160
    Thanks
    4,123
    Thanked 2,955 Times in 585 Posts
    "I hope it isn't the case, but that may be the way the world is headed. Makes me glad I'm old."

    Dang it George, stop that talk! Hopefully it's cyclic and ther are better days ahead. Lots to look forward to this spring, the weather will be mild and the kings will sky on your ly's. You'll hold court with the pretty girls in your querencia and I'll be waiting just around the east side of the octi with my gaff. In the meantime there are deer to chase and fires to be watched from a comfortable chair.
    travis, Rich1, Pier#r and 4 others like this.
    Golden.......

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to david lea For This Useful Post:


  8. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Foley, AL
    Posts
    1,351
    Thanks
    796
    Thanked 1,380 Times in 384 Posts
    Probably sold for cat food.
    RTR anyway.

  9. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Orange Beach, AL
    Posts
    4,896
    Thanks
    3,784
    Thanked 11,562 Times in 1,813 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by david lea View Post
    "I hope it isn't the case, but that may be the way the world is headed. Makes me glad I'm old."

    Dang it George, stop that talk! Hopefully it's cyclic and ther are better days ahead. Lots to look forward to this spring, the weather will be mild and the kings will sky on your ly's. You'll hold court with the pretty girls in your querencia and I'll be waiting just around the east side of the octi with my gaff. In the meantime there are deer to chase and fires to be watched from a comfortable chair.
    That's a scenario to be hoped for. I have the deer, fire and comfortable chair thing well taken care of. Thanks.
    Robert(Tato)Piteo and coach like this.

 

 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •