Dauphin Island Marina welcomes our new Bait and Tackle Store

Mark’s Bait & Tackle

Dauphin Island Marina Bait and Tackle Store

Dauphin Island Marina Bait and Tackle Store


Mark’s Bait and Tackle (owned by Mark Jones) will be opening on Dauphin Island Marina’s fuel dock on April 1st. They will have 3 bait boats keeping their tanks stocked with live shrimp, croakers, and bull minnows. If you need fishing tackle and bait be sure to stop by Mark’s Bait and Tackle at Dauphin Island Marina before your next fishing trip.

They are currently renovating the building now and getting set up.

Come by and check them out! Their number is 331-1571.


Great News!

Red Snapper anglers are getting an extension to the Red Snapper season.

The season will now end at 12:01 a.m. on July 17.

Dauphin Island Marina red snapper

According to the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southeast office, the red snapper fishing effort was significantly reduced compared to this time last year. The bad weather in the Gulf of Mexico this season has added to the fact that the red snapper fishing effort is reduced compared to the fishing effort that was expected by the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southeast office.

The National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southeast office has also indicated that the June landings data would be available in August. If it turns out that there could be any recreational quota remaining, he said there could be a short Fall season.

So make your plans to visit Dauphin Island Marina to start your Red Snapper fishing trip this weekend. We have all of your supplies and fuel. We are expecting to see you soon.

Red Snapper Fishing Tips


Have you gotten your Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) tickets  yet? You can pick them up at the Dauphin Island Marina office.

For more Information, give our office a call at (251) 861-2201.


Federal Fishing Regulations are not always the same as state fishing regulations.

Federal Fishing Regulations-Dauphin Island Marina




















For species that are not managed by federal regulations, states have the authority to extend state rules into federal waters for residents of that state or vessels landing a catch in that state.


Join us this Saturday, June 9th for the McGill-Toolen Yellow Jacket Open fishing tournament!  Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.  There will also be a speckled trout jackpot ticket for $25.  Tickets can be purchased here at the marina office.  Tournament starts Saturday at 5 am.  Weigh-in will be here from 1:00-5:00 pm with awards ceremony at 5:45 pm.  See you then!


Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper

Frequently Asked Questions
April 2012

Dauphin Island Marina-Red Snapper Regulations
Proposed Rule – Quotas and Season

What will the proposed regulatory amendment do?

  • Set the 2012 and 2013 quotas for commercial and recreational harvest.
    • The red snapper quota would be increased from 7.185 million pounds whole weight in 2011 to the following:

    • If the 2012 overall quota is exceeded, the 2013 quota increase would require further scientific review and potential modification by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.
  • Eliminate the fixed recreational red snapper closed season of October 1 – December 31. By eliminating the October 1 closure date, NOAA Fisheries Service would be able to re-open the recreational harvest of red snapper if any remaining quota is available without the delay of additional rulemaking.

How would the proposed regulatory amendment affect the recreational red snapper season in 2012?

  • If these new quotas are implemented, the recreational season would be 40 days and would close on July 10, 2012.
  • The final recreational red snapper season dates will be announced in a Fishery Bulletin and posted on the Southeast Regional Office’s Web page: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov .

How would the proposed regulatory amendment affect the commercial red snapper sector?

  • Because the commercial sector is managed under an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program, and has maintained landings within their quota in recent years, the increase in quota would be reflected in the allocation of pounds of red snapper for the fishing year.

What is the status of current action?

  • The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council submitted the regulatory amendment to NOAA Fisheries Service on March 20, 2012, for review by the Secretary of Commerce.
  • The proposed rule published in the Federal Register on April 12, 2012, and will be subject to a 15-day public comment period until April 27, 2012.
  • Comments may be submitted:
    • By mail: Cynthia Meyer, NOAA Fisheries Service, Southeast Regional Office, Sustainable Fisheries Division, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505.
    • By Electronic Submission: Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
      • Enter the following docket number into the “Search” box:
      • NOAA-NMFS-2012-0024.
      • Select the appropriate title, and click “Submit a Comment.”

How is the red snapper fishery currently managed?

  • Recreational red snapper harvest:
    • 49 % of the quota.
    • Minimum size limit of 16 inches total length (TL).
    • Daily bag limit of two fish with a zero bag limit for the captain and crew of for-hire vessels.
    • Seasonal closure: Opens June 1, and closure date is announced each year.
  • Commercial red snapper harvest:
    • 51 % of the quota.
    • Minimum size limit of 13 inches TL.
    • IFQ program, which allocates the commercial quota among individual fishers and corporations (see link at end of this document).

Why is the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery such a hot topic?

  • The red snapper stock had been overfished and undergoing overfishing since the late 1980s.
    • Overfished: The fish population is too small.
    • Overfishing: Too many fish are being harvested. A recent population assessment indicates that the red snapper stock is no longer undergoing overfishing.
    • All fisheries that harvest red snapper as catch and/or bycatch contribute to total fishing death, including both the commercial and recreational red snapper harvest.

Links to additional information on red snapper management and rulemaking