Snapper Downtime on Dauphin Island

Snapper Downtime on Dauphin Island

Snapper Downtime on Dauphin Island is part of our annual retreat from it all. This is an annual stay-cation for us. Yet it is fairly close to our home and work so we are able to manage both. Certainly, if you own a business, the ugly truth is that you never ever ever really get away from it all.

Birds dig downtime on Dauphin Island

Put away electronics and chill

Somehow work will always follow you in some manner. Unless of course, you drop your phone in a box and forget it until you return. This is lovely for the time you’re away if you can forget lack of access. Most of us do not want to lie awake at night and wonder. It is easier to take the phone and navigate as needed.

Natures Coastal Dauphin Island water is calling you
Peace reigns supreme on this water

Smart phones are a wonderful tool if you do not allow them to become the bane of your existence. Like everything else, use the phone, text and email options in moderation. Especially if you want Snapper Downtime on Dauphin Island. Red Snapper season is on the list of holy days to celebrate and Dauphin Island is the place to worship. If you don’t believe it’s on the list, ask Grill Man.

If you have a dock it makes it easy to catch bait too.
Downtime Snapper, fun and fishing Dauphin Island

Why go to Dauphin Island?

Dauphin Island is a quiet island that time somehow forgot. Clearly the city leaders are trying to keep the small town feel alive and well. This feature makes it a perfect place to spend a covid lockdown with family or friends. The Island has plenty of places for rent on the water or near the water. Beaches are located every direction that you go.

Beach Downtime Dauphin Island

There is hardly better fishing to be had than on the Gulf Coast. If you have a boat, you’re all set to go. If not, the Island has lots of boats for charter. Hiring a guide is another option to find out the latest information on “what’s biting where”.

Fishing Downtime on Dauphin Island

Snapper Downtime on Dauphin Island is what the Doctor ordered

Grill Man loves the water and he almost always brings home fish. Flying across the water like Henry the Heron on the way to fish is one of his favorite things to do. Although he truly loves it when Mother Nature cooperates and provides a great day on the water for fishing. Like most women, Mother Nature is not always compliant.

Henry returns to visit us every year.

If you have managed to catch your limit in red snapper, check out my recipe Fish to Table Sriracha Kissed Fresh Red Snapper, it is delicious. My recipe would taste lovely on a variety of fish. Of course, most of the seafood markets on the Gulf Coast will be happy to sell you fresh fish.

Red Snapper
If only snapper season was longer

While Grill Man is navigating the Gulf waters, I settle in for quiet time at the beach and paddle boarding. Being able to paddle directly off the dock is lovely early in the morning. Although my favorite time is near the end of the day when the sun is settling down.

Watching the sun dip down is soothing to the soul. Add in an adult beverage and it’s the perfect recipe for the end of the day. Learning to appreciate the simple things is priceless. 2020 clearly has a mission to remind us all about the important things in life.

The quality of light near the water is stunning and lovely at the end of your fishing day.

To cook or not to cook

Before you head out to enjoy your Dauphin Island stay-cation, bring everything that you may need. It will help cut down on the trips out and the Island does have “island prices”. If you want to minimize cooking, make meals ahead of time and freeze.

Packing herbs & flowers for Dauphin Island
I added in some wild flowers from my garden as well.
Ziplock herbs for Island cooking
It is a little extra effort but we are worth it.

Creating meals on the island is easy enough. Fresh seafood is available for purchase. Stop by a farmers market on the way or visit Mary’s market at the corner on the left just before you turn on the island.

Before you leave home, snip herbs and add to ziplock with water. Seal bag as much as herbs will allow. Then place in a small bag for easy transport to the island. Use fresh herbs liberally on vegetables and seafood. Herbs increase the flavor of food.

Herbs will travel for Island cooking
Herbs will travel for Island Cooking

Always with fresh food, warm sunshine and nature to calm you, why would you not want Snapper Downtime on Dauphin Island? If you’re too far away to make it to our island, plan a quiet getaway near your home. Anywhere you live there is a beach or lake just waiting for you to visit.

In summary, be practical, safe and use your common sense. If you need more information read article on Coronavirus Health & Travel Considerations for Travel in the US. As for me, I think I will plan more Snapper Downtime on Dauphin Island.

This is a sunrise that I managed to capture one morning when I woke up too early.

Author: Mimi

I have a love affair with food, entertaining, travel and music. is a vehicle for me to share my journey of food, travel and music. Traveling allows exposure to all types of foods and flavors. I have learned to cook by being hungry, curious and willing to fail. Food is another form of art and creative expression. Join me on my journey. Copyright 2016-2019 by Mimi

2 thoughts on “Snapper Downtime on Dauphin Island”

  1. So enjoyed reading, Snapper Downtime. Grill Man must have been in his glory. How grand to be at the table for the Catch of the Day!!! I know that you made it gooood and delicious!!! 😜 🤗😘

    1. Thank you. Grilled Red Snapper fresh off the boat is delicious. It is easy to cook and cooks fast. Not to mention so much better for you than a steak or burger. And yes Grill Man loves his fishing.

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