Gulf shores hotels in Florida are not just a place to stay and dine but a place where you can go fishing.
And with the Gulf Stream and its currents of sand and gravel, they are a great place to fish.
This year the gulf coast hotels will offer up to 10 fishing trips per day, including all the typical Gulf Coast trawlers and a few exotic species such as the muskox.
Gulf Coast hotels in the Gulf of Mexico can also accommodate large groups, including couples and families.
“We are offering an entire weekend of fishing, just with the family, with all of the trawling gear and the trawl gear,” said Scott Wills, president of Gulf Coast Lodging Corp., the company that manages Gulf Coast hotel properties in Florida.
“It is something that you really need to get in your head to get into.”
A few Gulf Coast lodging companies, like Gulf Coast Cruises, are doing things a little differently.
Gulf Coastal Lodging, which is based in the Bahamas, is offering a limited-time offer for two people to fish the Gulf coast waters, and it has a special catch list that includes musk ox, muskrats, and bluegill.
For $1,999 per night, guests can also catch a redback shark, a white shark, or a king mackerel, Wills said.
For the first time, guests will be able to fish a musk Ox with a redfish.
Wills is also offering up to a three-night trip for the family of two for $1.4 million.
“The plan is to do it with the two people, one of them on a fishing boat and one of us on a boat that we’ve got, or with a boat we’ve already had,” Wills told The Associated Press.
“They’re going to be the ones that have to get the bait, catch the fish, then come back and fish it all up and get back on the boat.”
Gulf Coast Cruise Lines is offering up a four-night boat trip with two people for $2.5 million, Wilsons said.
The company, which has a presence in New York and Florida, said it has partnered with Gulf Coast Travel, a group of travel companies that offers boat trips to the gulf.
Wilssons said his company plans to hold a fishing trip on the Gulf Coast for four to six weeks this year, and he is hoping to sell the trip ticket and the fishing gear at the end of it.
“I’m hoping it goes over well,” Wilsson said.
“If we get it over with and they do get the trip, I’ll buy them a nice lunch and some dinner.
We’ll go back and forth, see what we can do.”
Gulf Coastal has operated Gulf Coast Tours for years in Miami and in other cities in Florida, Texas, Georgia and Alabama.
The Gulf Coast Tourism website is updated regularly with information about the fishing and fishing trips.
Gulf coast hotels in Georgia are one of a handful of properties that offer fishing trips to Gulf Coast waters.
Wicks said Gulf Coast, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is one of only a handful that offer this type of fishing package.
“A lot of people don’t know that Gulf Coast is one, but it is, and there’s a lot of fishing that happens on the coast,” Wicks told the AP.
“So if you’re looking for the best Gulf Coast fishing, I think it’s probably the best.”