Weekly Hunting and Fishing Blog Posts by Intercoastal Safaris

Red Snapper Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

RED SNAPPER FISHING ON THE GULF COAST Here on the Gulf Coast red snapper season is by far one of the busiest times of the year, and for a good reason. The Gulf Coast in general (particularly the Orange Beach, AL area) is known for giant red snapper. The core of red snapper season runs smack dab in the middle of the summer beach season which creates a perfect storm for lots of calls for Intercoastal Safaris. Over the past 2 years our hospitality manager (Jeff Sanders) has compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If this blog does not answer your specific question, please give us a call at 850-375-2223 and we will assist you in any way we can.  FAQ … Read More

Posted on June 22, 2017

Gulf Coast Changes Red Snapper Season

On June 14, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced an expanded 39-day recreational red snapper season for private anglers fishing in Gulf federal waters. The FWC followed with an executive order setting the state waters recreational red snapper season.The 39-day season in Gulf state and federal waters is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday, June 16, through Monday, Sept. 4. Also included are Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4, and Monday, Sept. 4.This is the longest Gulf federal red snapper season since 2013. State waters will also remain open June 15 and beginning Monday, June 19, will close Mondays through Thursdays through Sept. 3, except July 3 and 4 and Sept. 4.   Why is FWC changing the state season?Discussions … Read More

Posted on June 16, 2017

Monster Hunt: Take on the Giants of the Gulf Coast!

Hunt sharks during your Monster Hunt

Do you remember fearing the unknown beast hiding under your bed? Recall the terror of staring at the barely-open closet door as darkness crept across your bedroom floor? Still dream of getting revenge on the monsters that gave you nightmares as a child?Turn the tables and become the one to fear on our Monster Hunt adventure. We’ll guide you on an action-packed trip to tackle the toughest brutes the Gulf Coast has to offer! Start your day on the water as you target giant bull and blacktip sharks with our charter out of Pirate’s Cove Marina in Panama City Beach. As night falls, gear up with night vision goggles as our experienced guide puts you on as many wild hogs … Read More

Posted on June 12, 2017

Bachelor Party Bash

A group of guys at a bachelor party toasting on a boat

Bachelor Party BashSimply put, men don't plan and details matter... they matter a whole lot. I can't tell you how many times over the years that the bachelor party ended up costing way more than it was supposed to or how much precious time we wasted on our vacation simply trying to get everyone to agree on where to go for dinner. And if you're the one handling the money you're going to end up being the "Bad Guy". Ready for the good news? Intercoastal Safaris has your back. Make one call (850-375-2223) and that's all. We will take care of the rest.5 Reasons to let Intercoastal Safaris host your Bachelor Party Bash 1. Don't re-invent the wheel. We live here. So we know this … Read More

Posted on May 24, 2017

Red Snapper Regulations: The 2017 Season Is Here!

Red snapper regulations are in place for 2017!

Red Snapper season is almost here! However, red snapper regulations for this year have caused some turmoil among anglers. With very different requirements for state and federal waters, it’s easy to get confused on when and where you can target this Gulf Coast favorite.Luckily, you can leave the stress behind when you book your red snapper trip with Intercoastal Safaris! From permits to locations, food to travel accommodations, we handle the details and leave you to concentrate on fishing! Red Snapper Regulations In the past, red snapper were severely overfished in the Gulf of Mexico. During the late 1980s, the northern Gulf snapper population reached such low numbers that the population almost crashed for good. Thankfully, since then numbers have steadily increased, … Read More

Posted on May 9, 2017

An Introduction to Night Vision Hog Hunting

Hello everyone! My name is Jeff Sanders. I am the marketing director of Intercoastal Safaris and I wanted to share with you what our night vision hog hunts are like. When I joined Intercoastal Safaris I was extremely new to the hunting and fishing industry, but over the past 12 months I have learned a lot. I receive a lot of similar questions when clients call trying to book their own hunting trip. We have collected those below. I hope this brings some insight into our company and also why you should trust us to provide you with an unforgettable night vision hog hunt.  Q: What is a night vision hog hunt?A: This is an all night excursion which involves shooting wild hogs during … Read More

Posted on April 27, 2017

Spring Cobia Fishing on the Gulf Coast

Huge Cobia in Orange Beach in April

Cobia are back on the Gulf Coast! As the water starts warming along the west coast of Florida, these pelagic fish make their way north to their traditional spawning grounds between Mobile and Tallahassee. Spring is the perfect time to target this favorite species in our area, where the water is just right for cobia and the weather is great for anglers.Don’t Miss Spring Cobia! Locally, we see cobia as they migrate north from their wintering grounds in the Keys to spawn in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Normally they are solitary fish, however, during the spawn you can often find them in small groups of two, three or more. When migrating, groups as large as twenty are occasionally reported.A classic … Read More

Posted on April 17, 2017

How To Cook Wild Boar Ragout

Flora Bama chef holding Wild Boar Ragout

Chef Robert Kraatz of the Flora Bama Yacht Club, gives Intercoastal Safaris an inside look on how to prepare wild boar ragout from inside your own home. Check out the video to see how it all comes together. I wrote this recipe based on the assumption of 1 lb of meat Wild Boar Ragout 1lb Wild Boar WILD BOAR RAGOUT1/2 Cup Diced Onion 1/4 Cup Diced Celery 1/4 Cup Diced Carrots 1 tbsp Minced Garlic 8oz Crushed Tomato 1.5 tbsp Salt 1 tbsp Black Pepper Soy Sauce Hot Sauce Apple Cider Vinegar 4oz/1.5cup Red Wine of Choice1.) In a Dutch Oven heat roughly 2-3 tbsp of Olive Oil over high heat. *turn on your fan!!*2.) Cut meat into 1-1.5 inch squares. 3.) … Read More

Posted on March 24, 2017

How To Properly Cook Bufflehead Ducks

Hunter holding bufflehead duck

How to Cook Bufflehead Duck Chef Robert Kraatz of the Flora-BamaYacht Club does not come from a hunting or fishing background yet he shares a similar mission as those who do. In this video we learn about how to cook bufflehead ducks!  In my opinion one of the telltale signs that you're dealing with a true Sportsman is that they utilize all that they harvest. Over the course of my career I have had the pleasure of working closely with various types of hunters. As an avid waterfowl hunter, I can truly say that the level of sportsmanship is second to none in the industry. With that being the case however there are a few birds that have the reputation of … Read More

Posted on February 21, 2017

It’s Time to Start Booking For Red Snapper Season 2017!

Red Snapper Season

Book Your Red Snapper Weekend Getaway! Red Snapper season is closing in fast! Only 4 months away from the beginning of Red Snapper season! We have a few options for you to choose from when booking your trip this year. We suggest you make a weekend of it with Intercoastal Safaris. Imagine yourself enjoying 2 red snapper fishing trips. In addition you'll enjoy luxurious accommodations. Such as: Premium lodging w/ pool, sauna, hot tub, wifi Open bar inside lodge with premium complimentary beverages Private beach access Fresh red snapper meals @ The Flora Bama Yacht Club Walking distance to the Flora Bama Walking distance to the MarinaWant to do more than just red snapper fishing? We have you covered. Add a hog hunt, bowfishing trip, or try our newest adventure … Read More

Posted on January 18, 2017