Amberjack Fishing Gulf Shores

amberjack fishing gulf shores

Amberjack is one of the prized fish of the Gulf Coast and is highly sought after by vacationers who want to enjoy a deep see fishing excursion during their visit









Amberjack, along with red snapper and triggerfish, comprise 95 percent of all fish landed on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Probably the most prized amberjack is greater amberjack, with a minimum size requirement of 34 inches from nose to fork of tail.

What makes amberjack so appealing for anglers? “Amberjack is one of the top fighting fish out there, and they are excellent on the grill or smoker when prepared fresh,” according to information reported by “The Online Fisherman.”

Amberjack are most often found several miles off the shoreline and to depths of up to 300 feet, so plan for a full day of fishing if you hope to encounter one.

Amberjack are drawn toward structures, such as oil and gas platforms, and the local charter boat captains know just where to take anglers to get the biggest fish.

There are numerous charter options for deep-sea fishing trips. Charter boats leave from marinas in Orange Beach or the Fort Morgan area.

Eating an amberjack is a real treat, with filets measuring just over half an inch thick.
Cover them in butter and a mix of spices, and all you need to do is cook them for a few minutes in a cast iron skillet.

Some vacationers prefer to take their catch into one of many restaurants in the local area that will cook what you catch. Have it blackened, baked or prepared in numerous other tasty ways.

When in season, amberjack is on the menu at local seafood restaurants whose chefs prepare them to your taste.

Amberjack are among the most regulated species of fish in the Gulf. In an effort to rebuild the supply of the desirable fish in Gulf waters, seasonal recreational amberjack fishing is closed from Jan. 1-June 30, depending on quotas. To be sure of the open season for amberjack or any other fish, check with your charter boat captain.

Regardless of when you are visiting the Gulf Coast, there’s always something biting. Be sure you plan a fishing trip when your group stays in a Gulf ShoresFort MorganOrange Beach or Perdido Key condo.

Why Families Love Alabama’s Beaches








Alabama’s beaches are consistently named among the top in the country for families with children and for budget-conscious travelers.

Alabama Beaches Are Entertaining For The Kids named Gulf Shores and Orange Beach among the “Best Beaches for Kids Love Alabama BeachesFamilies in the U.S.,” citing the beautiful white sand and suggesting a visit to Gulf State Park. also named Alabama’s beaches among the top “Spring Break Vacations for Families,” citing the appeal of less crowded beaches (which make it easier to keep an eye on the kids).

Keeping kids entertained is a top priority for Meyer Vacation Rentals, with more than 270 vacation rentals offering access to a children’s pool (Here are some of our favorites). There are also several condos or attractions nearby that offer a lazy river (see videos). And, if you don’t want to leave your “furry” kids behind, there are plenty of options for dog-friendly rentalsIndoor pools are another family favorite if afternoon rain showers come into play.

Families will especially enjoy the endless activities in the area, including the new OWA amusement parkWaterville USA and the Track Family Recreation Center, among other activities.

Alabama Beaches Are Affordable

According to’s “MONEY” magazine, Alabama’s beaches are in the top most affordable vacation destinations in the United States—and the world.

“Warm green waters and soft, white-sand beaches greet you in this destination, situated at the top of the Gulf of Mexico, and a MONEY overall pick for Best in Travel 2017,” MONEY stated.

Beach volleyballSome inexpensive activities suggested by MONEY include hitting the Gulf Shores Public Beach area for a pickup game of sand volleyball or visiting Gulf State Park Pavilion for fun in the sun, scuba diving out to sunken freighter The LuLu or taking a dolphin-sighting excursion.

For vacationers watching their budget, staying in one of the following might be appropriate: a low-density complex, which is more of a low-rise type of complex and is spread out in a spacious layout; “Gulf oriented,” a property near the beach but not on the beach side of the street; or “Gulf side,” indicating a location on the beach side of the street but without a Gulf view. Waterfront properties provide the opportunity to experience a different aspect of the area, with their location on bays, lagoons or bayous.

One- and two-bedroom condos, which sleep up to 10, are another affordable option and offer a variety of views and locations along the beaches.

Plan your trip to Alabama’s family-friendly and affordable beaches by browsing Meyer’s extensive variety of vacation rentals condos and houses situated throughout a 30+-mile stretch of white-sand beach.

Enjoy A Relaxing Gulf Shores Spring Break








After months on end of the daily school/work grind, a week at the beach is the perfect getaway for a Spring Break vacation.

Leave all your daily distractions behind and unplug for a while in Gulf Shores, where family togethernessand wholesome fun meet.

The white sand beaches and turquoise waters along the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast are the perfect setting for family members to reconnect with nature after being cooped up inside for far too long.

Gulf Shores area beaches are wide and the sand is soft and squeaky under your feet, creating the perfect setting for building sandcastles during the day, splashing in the waves gently rolling ashore, taking long relaxing walks along the shoreline and so much more.

When you’re ready to take a break from the beach, head up to your beach condo or house for a meal or snack you can easily prepare in your own, fully equipped kitchen.

Dine with friends and family indoors at your dining table or out on your private balcony or deck. There are so many reasons to choose a vacation rental for a family vacation.

Go back to the beach for a while, or step out to one of numerous attractions that are open during Spring Break: amusement parksarcadesoutlet shopsrestaurantsentertainment complexes, and the list goes on.

While there are 38 miles of beaches to enjoy, attractions, shops and restaurants are never far away from your vacation rental.

For example, the Park at OWA is just a few miles north of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach beaches and is only a short car ride from Tanger Outlets of Foley.

At OWA, you’ll find 21 fun amusement park rides, including the giant Rollin’ Thunder rollercoaster. Many more high-adrenaline rides are steps away, but there are plenty of low-key, kid-friendly rides. Not to mention a midway-style collection of fun games, concession areas and shops.

There are also some fun restaurants on site, including the new Wahlburgers restaurant, which is known for family favorites like Mom’s Sloppy Joes and Mac ‘n Cheese with Smoked Bacon.

Also new is the Groovy Goat, where the menu tempts with soups and salads, seafood and steaks, and other local specialties. Numerous beers are on tap.

The new Hershey’s Ice Cream Parlor will delight with its 1950s vintage vibe and full selection of yummy flavors.

If there are golfers in your group, spring is a perfect time to hit the links. Award-winning courses dot the area. For non-golfers, or those looking for a twist on the game, a round of footgolf might be in order at nearby Glenlakes.

Sure, you could stay at home for Spring Break and work on the yard or paint your kitchen in the latest trendy color. But why disappoint the kids when you can break free from the school/work grind and plan your fun and relaxing beach vacation to the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast?

Your Spring Break vacation starts by selecting your favorite beach house or condo in Gulf ShoresFort MorganOrange Beach or Perdido Key.

5 Reasons A Beach Vacation Is Healthy


Whether you’re looking for a high-energy vacation destination or one that focuses on relaxation, a trip to the beach can fill the bill.

A beach vacation offers many proven health benefits. Below are five ways a beach vacation can make you and your family feel better and more productive.

The Beach Magnifies Creativity

Rooted in science, the beach is believed to boost creativity.

That’s because the color blue (big blue skies, blue water), while also associated with feelings of calm and peace, can actually improve your ability to brainstorm.

“Through associations with the sky, the ocean and water, most people associate blue with openness, peace and tranquility,” says Juliet Zhu, who conducted research on color association for the University of British Columbia. “The benign cues make people feel safe about being creative and exploratory. Not surprisingly, [blue] is people’s favorite color.”

Her study found that blue environmental cues, such as those seen at the beach, prompted study participants to produce twice as many creative outputs as the color red, for example.

The Beach Relieves Stress

When you’re lying on the beach, the rhythmic washing in and out of the waves and the gentle call of the seagulls are predominant sounds. These sounds work to de-stimulate our brains.

Furthermore, the fragrant salt air naturally inspires what’s called the “relaxation response,” a phrase coined by American Institute of Stress Founding Trustee and Fellow Dr. Herbert Benson.

Benson says that the relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional response to stress, actually decreasing the heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing and muscle tension.

At the beach, people tend to breathe a little deeper—from the abdomen—thus reducing stress.

The American Institute of Stress reports that abdominal breathing for 20 to 30 minutes each day will reduce anxiety and reduce stress. It says that “deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness. Breathing techniques help you feel connected to your body—it brings your awareness away from the worries in your head and quiets your mind.”

Staring out at the Gulf can also change the frequency of our brain waves so that we are put into a mild meditative state. Simply put, watching the waves helps us zone out for a little while, creating a quieter mind.

A quieter mind leads to better sleep. In fact, as early as the 1700s, a walk on the beach was prescribed as a remedy to a variety of ills, including sleeplessness, depression and bad mood.

A study conducted for the United Kingdom’s National Trust found that participants who walked by water slept an average of 47 minutes longer than the group who stuck to land. In addition, those who walked near water experienced greater alertness in the morning.

Researchers said they attribute this improvement in the ability to sleep to the restorative benefits of the coastal environment coupled with the “escape” from daily life typically experienced when on a beach vacation.

The Beach Elevates Vitamin D

The beaches of the Gulf Shores area are bathed in sunshine the majority of the time, giving beachgoers the opportunity to reap the benefits of Vitamin D year round.

The Vitamin D Council says the most natural way to get Vitamin D is by exposing bare skin to sunlight while paying particular attention to avoid burning your skin, of course.

Vitamin D plays an essential role in regulating calcium and maintaining the appropriate levels of phosphorus in the blood. These are two factors that are very important in maintaining healthy bones.

Vitamin D also supports the health of the immune system, brain and nervous system; regulates insulin levels; supports lung function and cardiovascular health; and influences the expression of genes involved in cancer development, according to “Medical News Today.”

With beaches bathed in sunlight, spending time at the beach can provide a very efficient means to increase Vitamin D intake and improve overall health.

The Beach Gets You Moving

Regardless of whether you exercise regularly, a beach vacation will get you moving, aiding in overall fitness and well-being.

Of course, a beach is a great place for a regular workout thanks to the fresh air, open space and extra cardiovascular benefit of moving while sand is shifting under your feet. Not to mention the benefits gained from all that good Vitamin D your skin will produce from exposure to sunlight!

Build a sandcastle with the kids and walk back and forth to the water. Play a game of Frisbee and do a little running (running on sand, while challenging, provides less resistance on joints), or take an early morning run on the beach to sneak in some exercise.

Even if you don’t consider yourself an active person, the energy required to walk out onto the sugar-white, soft sand to stake your claim for the day is likely to elevate your heart rate.

A walk, whether by the water where the sand is a bit firmer, or in the soft, dry sand set back from the water, is a healthy way to get moving.

Don’t think of a beach walk as exercise. View it as a way to explore the area’s diverse wildlife, collect shells, see beautiful beach houses from the water, and so much more.

There are so many great places to explore on foot in and around Gulf Shores. Enjoy the 2.5-mile-long Gulf State Park beach area, including the Gulf State Pier or the lovely pavilion.

Head down to Fort Morgan for a walk on the beaches just outside the Civil War-era fort. Bring your leashed dog to the beaches of Fort Morgan. Your best friend is welcome there as long as you clean up after him!

While you’re in the Fort Morgan area, be sure to visit the beaches of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, where you will enjoy views of Little Lagoon, perhaps an alligator family, a bobcat or an Alabama beach mouse.

A favorite spot to walk for locals and visitors alike is the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. The trail takes walkers and bikers through more than 15 miles of unique landscapes in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Gulf State Park, where you’ll see the Butterfly Garden, freshwater marshes and coastal hardwood swamps.

Feed your body and your mind by taking in the natural beauty that surrounds you during a walk on the beaches, trails or other areas.

The Beach Boosts Beauty

The beach is good for your skin. The sand is a natural exfoliant, rubbing away dead skin cells and letting your pores breath.

Saltwater contains many vitamins, amino acids, and minerals like magnesium, potassium and sulfur. Even in ancient times, the Greeks proclaimed the curative powers of seawater.

Saltwater has a natural antiseptic drying agent that can be used to treat acne breakouts. It can also be beneficial for healing minor cuts and calming conditions like eczema or psoriasis.

And, swimming in Gulf waters can be less drying to your skin and hair than, say, swimming in a pool.

As with anything, moderation is key to experiencing maximum benefit. Thus, it is important to remember to rinse saltwater after swimming and also to apply sunscreen to avoid excessive exposure to the sun.

Enjoy the beach and all the activities you can do during your visit from a four-bedroom condo in Orange Beach or a 5+-bedroom beach house anywhere along the 38-mile stretch of beach stretching from Fort Morgan to Perdido Key.

5 Tips For Having A Successful Vacation








There are many well-known reasons to take a vacation. Among numerous other benefits, vacations relieve stress, help workers focus, make them happier, strengthen relationships, and make employees more productive when they return to work.

But it’s important to remember that simply taking time off does not guarantee a vacation will be successful. To fully reap the benefits, there are a few things workers should do before, during and after their vacations, said Bill Watts, employee relations manager for SH Enterprises Inc., the parent company of Gulf Shores, Ala.-based Meyer Vacation Rentals.

Bill WattsWatts is responsible for counseling and assisting employees with work-related or personal concerns and otherwise providing employee support as needed. His services are one of the many ways Meyer parent company SH Enterprises Inc., recently voted one of the Best Companies to Work for in Alabama in 2017, works to help employees stay happy, healthy and productive.

“It’s very important not to let work cause stress in our personal and family lives—not just for ourselves but also for our families. When someone gives everything to their job, something is left out. And, most of the time, it’s our families,” Watts said.

Watts entered the ministry as a pastor in 1976 but also held a job in the corporate world and attended college at the same time. As a minister, he provided support to members of his congregation while also managing his own busy work and family life.

As he worked, attended school and raised a family, retired from the ministry and one corporate career, and embarked on a completely new career at SH Enterprises in 2011, Watts said he learned some very important lessons about work-life balance that he passes on to his SH Enterprises colleagues today.

“For 37 years, I was a pastor of a church and almost all of that time worked a secular job. Because of that, many times, when my children were involved in activities, I did not get to spend the time with them that they would have liked for me to,” he said. “I didn’t realize until they were adults that they often felt shortchanged. They had resentment I didn’t understand until they were adults. It’s very important to pay attention to the needs of our families. And one of those needs is for our time.”

Watts said taking time to care for our own loved ones—and ourselves — is vital to finding happiness at work.

“Simply put, we are not going to be happy or successful in our work lives if our home lives are not happy. It is especially important to plan time to be with family, not just spend time with them when you have a few minutes.”

To make the most of time off the job, there are five things Watts suggested everyone do before, during and after a vacation.

1. Tie Up Loose Ends & Communicate

If you know you’re going to be away a month from now, try to leave as few loose ends as possible, Watts suggested. “Also, communicate to your colleagues that you are going to be away on vacation and that you will not be as accessible as you normally would be. Make them aware you won’t be checking emails every time you hear a ding or that you’ll only look at emails once or twice a day. At the same time, if there is a real emergency—if someone needs something right then—tell them they should call you and that if you don’t answer, you will call them back. This creates peace of mind for you and instills confidence and trust in your team.”

2. Lean On Your Team

It takes discipline to disconnect from regular work duties during vacation. However, giving direction to teammates about handling important tasks that may come up in your absence can help relieve pressure and help you focus your attention on the family.

“Empower whoever is going to be in charge in your absence to make decisions within certain parameters. Let them know that they can make whatever decision is needed. Not only will this help you vacation with greater confidence, but it will also help your teammates grow and develop in their own jobs.  While you’re away, you don’t need to worry about what’s not getting done. Enjoy your family. If there’s something that the person you’ve empowered can’t manage, realize that you can deal with it when you get back. There’s likely nothing you could do while you are out anyway.”

3. Limit Work Interruptions

“Remember that time away means time away. I urge people here all the time when we talk about stress and planning for vacation to realize that a true vacation can’t really happen if they still answer all their calls or emails. Many of our team members are in the position of taking calls from guests or vacation rental owners and feel like they can’t really get away because they must always be available to meet others’ needs.”

Watts advised that if workers simply must review emails while on vacation, they should only respond to those that simply cannot wait or be rerouted to a colleague to handle.

4. Prioritize Your Work Upon Your Return

Watts said when he plans for a vacation, he organizes and completes important tasks in advance. However, he is prepared for there to be numerous tasks to manage upon his return.

Rather than allowing himself to become overwhelmed when he returns to work, he prioritizes emails and tasks by deciding which ones must be handled immediately and which ones can wait until the next day or even the day after that.

“Prioritizing is a way to organize your time and energies or efforts to help you manage the workload when you return,” Watts said.

5. Kick The Fear

Watts said many people avoid taking time off from work because they fear their employer will find they can get along without them or their role in the company. This fear is unfounded, he cautioned.

“You shouldn’t worry that just because a team member can cover your duties for a few days, the managers are going to think they can get along without your position,” Watts said. “You must realize and accept your value and your position’s value to the company and understand that just because a co-worker can double up for a short time does not mean they can do it for an extended period of time.”

When such thoughts pop up in your mind during a vacation, Watts had this advice: “Turn to your family or return what you were doing. Refocus on enjoying the moment.”

Watts reinforced the need for workers to plan and enjoy productive vacations. “We are mentally, emotionally and physically healthier when we enjoy planned time away from work. Through a bit of self-management, we can vacation with confidence and return to work refreshed and more productive.”

ABOUT SH ENTERPRISES: Voted one of the Best Companies to Work for in Alabama in 2017, SH Enterprises Inc. is the umbrella company for CENTURY 21 Meyer Real Estate for real estate sales and long-term rentals; Meyer Vacation Rentals for vacation rental management on the Alabama/Northwest Florida Gulf Coast; and Starr Textile Services of Alabama and Louisiana, with two commercial laundry facilities serving the Gulf Coast hospitality industry.

When You Give The Gift Of Experience, They Collect Memories Not Things








If you are looking to maximize your return on investment when it comes to gift giving, consider giving the gift of experience versus giving the gift of things.


The reasoning is pretty simple—and scientific.

Experiences, such as vacations, make people happier than do things, according to an abundance of recent research performed by psychology professors and other researchers.

As material possessions deteriorate or become obsolete, our memories of them tend to fade over time. On the other hand, with experiences, such as vacations, our memories of them grow sweeter over time—even if that experience was somehow imperfect.

In a recent article, Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University who has been studying the question of money and happiness for over two decades, had this to say.

“Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods. You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless, they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.”

Experiences Are Better Shared

Gilovich also found that when experiences are shared, such as vacations with family and friends, we become connected more to other people than when we share consumption. “You’re more likely to feel connected to someone you took a vacation with…than someone who also happens to have bought a 4K TV.”

It’s Also Fun To Anticipate An Experience

Researchers also concluded that anticipation of an experience elicits greater happiness and excitement than waiting for a material item to arrive.

Think about how much fun it is to anticipate and plan a trip to the beach versus waiting on Amazon to deliver your new high-tech activity tracker!

Give your friends or family a gift of a trip to the beautiful white sand beaches of the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast.

Enjoy time together and privately in a beach house or condo in Gulf ShoresFort MorganOrange Beach or Perdido Key.

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