Managed Shark Fishing events will take place on the Gulf State Park pier, on designated dates, times and locations as approved by the State Parks Director;

The next shark-fishing events will take place on the south end of the pier – called the octagon – from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. the next morning for the following Sundays and Tuesdays: July 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 and 31.

The octagon will close to routine use 30 minutes prior to these events, and reopen to routine use 30 minutes following them. During the events, the octagon area of the pier will be designated for the exclusive use of participating anglers and their designated assistants. The remainder of the pier will be open to anglers and other pier guests as normal.

The July managed shark-fishing events will allow for 15 anglers per occasion, with no more than one rod and reel per angler in use. Each angler may have one additional assistant, and anglers are encouraged to assist one another while fishing. This allows for a maximum of 30 individuals on the octagon area during each event.

Angler gear shall allow for larger reel sizes, but otherwise remain the same as provided for under existing pier rules, and anglers are required to provide their own gear. Gaffs are allowed, but sharks that do not satisfy the minimum size limits may not be gaffed;

Interested anglers may apply online using the link below, at the park pier in person, or by phone during regular business hours for registration, and provide contact information for notification of selection for a pending Managed Shark Fishing event. Anglers will only be allowed to participate once, until all registered participants have either participated, or declined, or otherwise failed to show up for a scheduled event. Once all registered anglers have participated or otherwise had an opportunity to participate, anglers may participate again through the same process. Anglers may not re-register until they have been selected and participated in an initial event;

All participating anglers must provide photo ID to gain access to the designated fishing area during the designated Managed Shark Fishing events, and have a signed Managed Shark Fishing Permit in their possession;

Anglers and assistants constitute an Angler Group. The participating angler named on this permit is responsible for the compliance and conduct of the parties inclusive to their respective Angler Group. Participating anglers and assistants agree to abide by the pier rules, the provisions stated within this permit, and all fishing regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and other fishing laws which are in force in the State of Alabama. Failure to comply with the provisions of this permit may result in the expulsion of any or all parties within an Angler Group.


Updated June 29, 2018