Bald Eagle in Fairhope | Kayak Fishing Fairhope Alabama
The fishing started early this mid- June morning. There were scores of laughing gulls diving for baitfish a few hundred feet from the boat launch. Usually this means there are predator fish under the birds pushing the bait to the surface.
I kept getting numerous bites but no hookups. Finally, I managed to land one of the fish and it was a small, under the limit speckled trout. I also hooked something big and I was hoping it was a huge speck. I didn't feel the normal head shake of a trout and my suspicions were confirmed when I saw it was a catfish. This spot produced four more undersized specks and another catfish.
I didn't want to put pressure on a school of small specks and I didn't feel like catching more catfish so I moved South. There were no bites to be had. I was disappointed as there were bait and mullet all around. However, I was treated to some great moments with the local wildlife.
Brown pelicans were feeding on baitfish.
To my surprise I spotted a bald eagle flying by with a fish catch. It landed on a piling to eat it's fish but it was harassed by laughing gulls. It flew off to find a peaceful place to eat its fish.
A few moments later I spotted dolphins in the area. This may have had something to do with the slow fishing.
After seeing the dolphins I made my way back to the boat launch, fishing a few of the piers on the way in. I hooked up on a nice trout around 18 inches. Also on the way in purple martins were hanging out on a pier, an osprey flew by, and a green heron was hunting baitfish along a sea wall.
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