SHOP FEATURED FISHING GUIDES SHOP Capt. Charlie Gray - Dauphin Island, Alabama The Gulf of Mexico is a remarkable fishery, with a number of different species that anglers can target. If you’re looking to make the most out of a day of fishing these waters, Capt. Charlie Gray of Gray Gulf Charters, based out of Dauphin Island, Alabama, is the guide for you. With Capt. Charlie at the helm, you can enjoy a four to eight hour fishing trip, where you’ll target several species, including redfish, flounder speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, and more. Heck, you might even catch a shark. WFN had the opportunity to ask Capt. Charlie a few questions about his experiences as a guide. What led to you becoming a fishing guide? When I was growing up, my family was heavily into fishing. I was placed on my first dock at 18 months old, so really, it was instilled in me from a very young age. Every waking moment was spent fishing. What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into guiding? First and foremost, you need to be careful, and you need to know what you’re getting into. This is more than just turning a hobby into a job. You have to be ready for long days – sometimes, if you have multiple trips in a day, you can be at it for 13, 14 hours. Being a guide is more than just providing a fishing business – you’re providing an entertainment business, too. You have to have patience, and remember that you’ll often be working with people who have never caught a fish. Be prepared to do a lot of teaching, but also be open to learning new things, too. Quick-Hit Questions: Where does the majority of your business come from? A lot of it comes from online – Facebook, Google searches, etc. I’ve also been featured in Coastal Angler magazine, and I’m known in the area, so I get a lot of repeat customers and word-of-mouth referrals. Do you have a fishing ‘bucket list?’ I’d really like to head down to Costa Rica or Panama and fish for some sailfish, dorado, and tuna. I've already accomplished a few dream trips in my life, including fishing the Florida Keys, and fishing in Alaska.