Buccaneers were privateers who attacked Spanish shipping in the Caribbean sea during the late 17th Century. The term buccaneer is now generally used as a synonym for pirate. Originally, buccaneer is
derived from the French word "boucanier", which loosely translates as "someone who smokes meat" and which in turn comes from the native American "bukan". The Caribbean Arawak used this word,
"bukan" or "buccan" to describe a sort of grill which they smoked meat on, preferably Manatee. It was a wooden framed device was also used by French hunters to smoke meat like feral (wild) cattle and
pigs- they were called "boucanier".
In the first quarter of the 1600s, some Frenchmen who were driven away from the island of Hispaniola fled to nearby Tortuga. The Spaniards tried to drive them out of Tortuga, but the buccaneers were
joined by many other French, Dutch and English and turned to piracy against Spanish shipping, generally using small craft to attack galleons (sailing ships) in the Caribbean. They would often attack at
night, and climb aboard before the alarm could be raised. Buccaneers were expert marksmen and would quickly kill the helmsman and any officers aboard. Buccaneers' reputation as cruel pirates grew
until most victims would surrender, hoping they would not be killed. Finally they became so strong that they even sailed to the mainland of Spanish America and attacked cities.
English settlers occupying Jamaica began to spread the name buccaneers and associated it with the meaning of pirates. Viewed from London, buccaneering was a low-budget way to wage war on
England's rival, Spain. So, the English crown empowered buccaneers with letters of marque, legalizing their operations in return for a share of their profits. The buccaneers were invited by Jamaica's
Governor Thomas Modyford to base ships at Port Royal, located on Palisadoes on the south of Jamaca. The buccaneers robbed Spanish shipping and colonies, and returned to Port Royal with their
plunder, making the city the most prosperous in the Caribbean. There were even English navy officers sent to lead the buccaneers, such as Christopher Myngs. Their activities went on irrespective of
whether England happened to be at war with Spain or France.
Although we don't conduct privateering operations, we do like taking small craft and harassing scaley marine life and local waterways (so to speak). Puns and joking aside, we are strong supporters of
conservation and maritime courtesy. We hope you enjoy our website and may have learned something in the process. Mike
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We are a Christian couple who enjoys our family and the outdoors (anything on the
water) very much.
This is a reminder about the
change to the "No Wake" zones
in the Orange Beach, AL, area.
Earlier in June of 2015, the area
in Cotton Bayou near Zekes
Marina was changed to No
Wake / Idle Speed. Now,
almost a year ago now,
December 2015, the last stretch
of waterway from Jubilee
Landing to the Florida state line
on Old River has been included
as a No Wake / Idle Speed
Zone. So, now ALL of Old River
in Alabama waters to the state
line is NO WAKE.
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|Changes to the Alabama
State Waters May 3, 2017
Alabama Anglers! An important announcement,
and just confirmed- the temporary legislation to
extended Alabama State waters to 9 Miles was
just made permanent! The state has been
working on provisions to permanently extend the
state waters to 9 miles for a couple years now,
and thanks to the tireless efforts by our
representatives it has finally come to pass! I
wanted to give Rep Bradley Byrne and Senator
Richard Shelby's Offices a big thank you for all
of their efforts in this endeavor!
For more information,
Also, in speaking with our local Alabama
Conservation Office- I was reminded how
important it is for all anglers to report their Red
Snapper catch landed / brought into any
Alabama marina or port for the purpose of
providing more reliable numbers for NOAA and
GCFC than what they currently have. This can
be done on the Outdoor Alabama website, or
on your smartphone, available on the Pocket
Ranger app for IOS and Android.
|The Alabama Marine Resources is
deploying some new reef materials!
New material and pyramids are being set almost everyday. This includes 50
new ecoreefs within the newer Minton Reef Zones, only about 3 Miles
offshore. We have heard there are also plans for new deployments off of
Dauphin Island in the near future.
Stay up to date on all the new reef deployments in the offshore and near
shore artificial reef zones. Files are updated as public reefs are completed.
Offshore and near shore reef coordinates can be found at:
Right click the files and select "SAVE" to properly download them.
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|This Year's Greater AmberJack Season in the Gulf of Mexico!
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|As of April 10, 2017, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery
Management Council has Announced Plans on more
Restrictions on a few popular Recreational Fishes-
Last year NOAA Fisheries announced that gray triggerfish recreational harvest
would remain closed in the Gulf of Mexico for 2017. They published a
temporary rule modifying the Gray Triggerfish recreational annual catch target
to zero pounds for this year, due to the harvest overage during the 2016
recreational fishing Gray Triggerfish season.
Also, on March 17, 2017, NOAA announced the whole weight recreational
annual catch limit for Greater AmberJack in 2016 was exceeded, requiring the
2017 season to be adjusted to reflect this overage, ending the season on
March 24, 2017.
Now the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has announced plans for
further adjustments to recreational bag & size limits, and shorter season for
Gray Trigger fish, with plans to make further restrictions on recreational
harvesting of Greater AmberJack, Mutton Snapper, and Gag Grouper- as well
as plans to further assess Vermilion Snapper stock and establish whether
further restrictions may be needed to protect their sustainable stock.
For more information on this meeting summary, see this link:
|It's Hurricane Season! Are You Ready?
The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season Started June 1. Have
you prepared for this year's storm season? If not, now is
the time. We want to help, so we have added this NHC
Hurricane Advisory Widget to our website. Like other
information here, we hope you find it useful.
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|Good News For Recreational Anglers
Concerning the 2017 Red Snapper Season
For more information on
the Alabama Snapper
Check, click on the logo
to the right, or go to:
Welcome to our website. This is where we share useful information, pictures, videos, and links- it is a work in progress, so
keep coming back to see what's been added. We also share some of our video adventures here.
Our 2017 Red Snapper Season
Our one day Red Snapper trip!
Video Report Now Available!
June 13, 2017, 4:00 PM
This afternoon we got the official word from the United States
Department of Commerce and the Alabama Department of
Conservation about the changes to the 2017 federal red snapper
season. Officially, the approved plan is for a 39 day season, starting
this Friday, June 16, 2017, at 12:01 AM, including all Friday's,
Saturday's, and Sunday's- ending on Labor Day, Monday, September
4, 2017 (at the end of the day). This agreement also includes July 3rd
and 4th,as well as Labor Day, Monday September 4th.
The condition of this federal season extension is that all the Gulf
States must close their "season" during the week (Monday- Thursday)
to fall in conjunction with the new federal season. This will take effect (state waters will close) at 12:01
AM Monday, June 19, 2017. However, a couple of the Gulf States plan on a short Fall Season for their
waters- which may be announced by them shortly after, if not just before, the end of the extended
federal season. However- this will probably NOT include Alabama and Florida.
For some anglers, it's viewed as a bitter-sweet victory, who are saying "It's a win / lose situation"-
fearing the extended season this year will reduce the number of days NOAA will allow recreational
angler to fish next year with the "overage" in red snapper harvest from the extended season, possibly
even closing the federal season for 2018 altogether.
But regardless of the effect of the extended season on following years- for this summer, I believe most
recreational anglers view this as a victory.
|It's Our Responsibility, And It's The Law!