Welcome to our website.  This site is where we share our adventures with our family & friends.  This page has some
useful information, pictures, videos, and links- it is a work in progress, so keep coming back to see what's been added.  
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
Questions, comments, or just want to send us an email??
mike@badonskybuccaneers.com,  or   teresa@badonskybuccaneers.com.
You can also view this map in a new "tab" in full screen
for easier viewing and exploring the area- by clicking on
the "box" over the upper right hand corner of the map.
This map not only includes boat launches, but also good
kayak / canoe parks, beach access points, some bait
and tackle shops, and a few stores which sell marine
grade fuels.
This is an interactive map, and a work in progress.  Please contact
me at mike@badonskybuccaneers.com with any comments, or
concerning any discrepancies.

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If you're in the Orange
Beach area looking
for tackle or just
some fishing tips....  
Be sure to stop by

27122 Canal Rd,
Orange Beach, AL
and see Chris!!
Please note! Some of our  features may not be viewable on portable platforms (IPad, notebooks, etc)
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.
Planning a trip to our area??
Need to plan your accommodations?  Then look
no further. Complete your bookings right here!
Changes to the Alabama
State Waters Sept 30 2016
Ok Alabama Anglers! Just a reminder, and
as I have just confirmed- the legislation to
extended Alabama State Waters to 9 Miles
has expired as of September 30, 2016!
As of now, no new provisions have been
made to permanently extend the state
waters to 9 miles!  This will affect your
ability to fish several fish species in these
waters in future state seasons.  Contact
your representatives and voice your
opinion on passing further laws to make it
For more information, see
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.
A few clips from our shows!  Check out all of our videos on YouTube-
Have you
renewed your
Alabama Fishing
License Yet?
All annual Alabama
Recreational Licenses
Expired August 31-
Renew Yours Today!!
Helpful Quick Links!
It's Greater AmberJack Season in the Gulf of Mexico!
Check out our videos, here is one. See more at www.youtube.com/aboutscubasteve
NOAA Fisheries Announces the Gulf of Mexico Gray
Triggerfish Recreational Season will Remain Closed Through
the End of 2017
NOAA Fisheries announces that gray triggerfish recreational harvest will remain
closed in the Gulf of Mexico for 2017, or until further notice. NOAA Fisheries has
published a temporary rule modifying the gray triggerfish recreational annual catch
target to zero pounds, and the annual catch limit to 19,987 pounds whole weight for
2017, due to an estimated 221,213-pound harvest overage during the 2016
recreational fishing season.
Gray triggerfish have an accountability measure associated with its harvest that
requires the sector to payback any harvest overage during the next fishing season.
In 2016, the Gulf of Mexico gray triggerfish recreational landings are estimated to
be 422,436 pounds. The 2017 annual catch limit and annual catch target were
scheduled to be 241,200 pounds and 217,100 pounds, respectively. The harvest
overage will reduce the annual catch target to zero pounds, and the annual catch
limit to 19,987 pounds. NOAA Fisheries is required to close the recreational sector
when landings reach or are projected to reach the ACT. Therefore, recreational
harvest of gray triggerfish in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will be closed for
2017, or until further notice.
Gulf of Mexico gray triggerfish are currently overfished (population is to low), and
under a rebuilding plan which expires at the end of 2017. The Gulf of Mexico of
Mexico Fishery Management Council is currently working on Amendment 46 to the
Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan to establish a new gray triggerfish rebuilding
plan, and modify management measures. A copy of Draft Amendment 46 can be
found at http://gulfcouncil.org/…/B%20-%209(a)%20Amend%2046_Gray%20T…
NOAA Announces the Closure of Greater
Amberjack for the Gulf of Mexico 03/24/17
On March 17, 2017, Noaa announced                                                  
the 1,255,600-pound whole weight                                                  
recreational annual catch limit for                                                 
2016 was exceeded, requiring the                                                    
2017 annual catch limit and annual                                                   
catch target to be reduced by the                                                  
amount of the overage in 2016.                                                    
They project the adjusted 335,741                                                   
pound whole weight recreational annual catch target for 2017 will be
reached by March 24, 2017.  So, as of 12:01 AM March 24, 2017, the
recreational season on Greater Amberjack will be closed for this year.
For more information, see the NOAA bulletin on this link:
A New Video on Important Information Concerning the
Construction on Perdido Beach Blvd and Cotton Bayou
Facilities in Orange Beach, AL, as of March 2017.
The Boat Launch is open for business, but new traffic patterns on Perdido
Beach Blvd will affect how you will be able to access the facility!  The Cotton
Bayou Beach Park is CLOSED for construction until April 2017.
Covering the Alabama Gulf Coast from Ft
Morgan to Perdido Key! Click on the OBAVR
logo above, or go to www.obavr.com
More Good News About The Perdido Pass "Seawall Park" in Orange Beach, AL.
What's Biting now in our area?  
Even though it is only mid March, we are well into our       
Spring fishing pattern.  Having had a mild winter, there  
are lots of reports about Sheepshead being caught
around the pilings and jetties in the area.  
Also, the redfish bite is still
good, with this nice bull red
having been caught at the
Perdido Pass jetties this
weekend, March 11, 2017,
by Gary from Foley, AL.
Other Surf species being
caught are some Pompano
and whiting.
Offshore, there are reports of some Spanish Mackerel,  
but no solid reports of King Mackerel or any cobia yet-   
 although we have had reports of good bait around.
On the wrecks and
reefs the Vermillion
and Lane Snapper
as well as the Greater
Amberjck bite has
been pretty good- if
you can get your bait
past the gray trigger
and red snapper (both  
closed season).