My family has always been a fishing family...freshwater fishing that is. We've also always been a 'beach' loving family. Two years ago (7/2/06), I lost my middle son, age 19 1/2, in an accident in Panama City while we were on vacation. I have two other sons, 25 and 17, and my wife of 28 years. Times have been tough, but we are a very close family. With the help of family, friends, and the Lord, we are able to move on. Just this year, we have begun to vacation again, And, of course, we gravitated back to the beach. We favor the Orange Beach and Gulf Shores areas, it's about a 3 1/2 hour drive for us (Mississippi). Problem was that the boys don't seem to enjoy just going to the beach as much as they used to. My wife can sit there all day...every day. We don't play golf (much), so I got to thinking: what can I do that will cause us to wantto go more, spend more time together, build memories. It hit me...fish!!! We love fish, love to catch them, and love to eat them. I got to looking and guess what I did? Yup! I bought a boat...a 23' Cobia w/ a 200hp Yamaha. And it's ready to fish. Herein lies a problem for me...I don't know diddly squat about saltwater fishing. Aside from going out on charter boats, I have zero experience at Inshore or Offshore fishing. I need some help with lure selection, what types of lures work well for Inshore fishing, what size line, and what methods (trolling, bottom-fishing, under a float) also. We will be going down for a week and staying in Terry Cove. We plan to do some Inshore fishing first before we venture out in the Gulf. I'm not asking for your spots...as a (freshwater) fisherman, I know that's taboo. Just some tips on lure types, artificial and/or live bait, and some proven methods for the Inshore areas. Also, is there anywhere to buy live bait around the Perdido Pass area? Anything you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Thanks...