Gulf State Park

Angler Academy

Angler Academy with Brayden 2
Angler Academy with Brayden 1

The pier is currently closed so Angler Academy will not be available until further notice.

Angler Academy is the Gulf State Park’s beginners guide to becoming a salt water fisherman! This experience takes place at the Gulf State Park pier.


We will begin by learning about some essential skills, including the rules and regulations of saltwater fishing in the state of Alabama, as well as the basic tools and necessities every fisherman needs! By the end of this experience, first time anglers will have the knowledge necessary to fish on their own! Each angler will have the chance to practice tying some of the essential knots, gain an understanding for the most commonly used hooks, and learn how to attach bait to the hooks.


No matter if this is your very first time, or your thousandth time, with these basic concepts and techniques, even first timers can become pros! (As long as the fish are biting..)




Classes are available May 24, 2023 - August 4, 2023 by Reservation only, as follows:

(Classes not available July 5th & July 12-14th)


To book your reservation, click on "Registration" below. Type in "fishing" in the search text box and the date you are interested in and Search Activities.  Scroll down and click Show 3 sessions. Each session only allows 12 participants. Once registered, you will receive an email confirming your date and time. When you arrive at the pier, bring a copy of your email (paper of on the phone) and get checked in. Once checked in, you will receive a parking pass for your vehicle.




Wednesday – Saturday:                                  

7:30 am – 9:30 am                                          

10:00 am – 12:00 pm                                      

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 


Booking information

Cost: $15 per person

Duration: 2 hours

Minimum # of participants: 2

Maximum # of participants: 12


What to Bring:







Insect Repellant



For Angler Academy, Gulf State Park will provide your fishing pole, bait, and a temporary license for fishing. After the class, if you are interested in continuing to fish, you may purchase a pier license and rent a rod from the pier tackle shop. Your wrist band will be good for all day on the day of your class.