Fish stories fly in Alabama

Tales help Fairhope's sustainable fishing venture stay afloat

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Dustin Bedgood maneuvered his 31-foot vessel into a small marina on Week’s Bay in Fairhope, Alabama after 24 hours off shore. A couple dozen fishing rods stuck out of consoles like porcupine quills and, soon, he piled enormous red snappers and almaco jacks into sorted piles on the floor. Without any gloves, Bedgood and a helper cut through the snappers’ spiky bellies, scooping out their guts.

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