Cocoa Beach has a fish with your name on it, so let Refuge Marine help you catch it! With Captain Mckinsey at the helm, you’re in knowledgeable and experienced hands.

Depending on the conditions, you might hook into Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Largemouth Bass, Flounder, Black Drum, Crappie, and whatever else takes the bait. Fish caught during the trip are yours to take home, so long as they’re within the legal limit. The crew can even clean your catch for you. Now that’s dinner!

Depending on the species you’re after, you may find yourself light tackle fishing, bottom fishing, or maybe something more specialized in this area. Capt. Mckinsey also offers fly fishing, but you may need to bring your own fly gear. For the more adventurous among you, there’s spearfishing.

You’ll be casting lines from an 18’ Key West Stealth flats boat with a capacity for 3 passengers. It has everything else you need for a productive day on the water. You’ll find rods, reels, and tackle waiting for you, as well as lures. Live bait is available, and you can expect to catch it during your trip.

You might need to get a local fishing license before the trip. This information is usually available online, or you can ask the captain. Some species may be off-limits or require a special tag, so make sure you know what to expect.

Trips with Refuge Marine are open to the whole family! Children must wear life vests, so find out if the appropriate size is available on board. Some essentials to bring are snacks, drinks, sunglasses, and sunscreen (non-spray). Alcohol is allowed in moderation, just be sure to avoid hard liquor and glass bottles.

Now’s the time to experience fishing in Cocoa Beach for yourself with Refuge Marine!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Island hoping (read description)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    1 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $200
    Wanna go see an island? Go to a restaurant? See the rocket launch? ... do an engagement? Anything you wanna do you let me know! Its 100$ an hour with a 2 hour minimum, and im flexible on deals and multiple day deals just contact me!
    Targeted fish
    Ladyfish
    Ladyfish
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:15 AM
    US $500
    These charters are best in the morning before the afternoon thunderstorms roll in. We will be back off the water, typically around 12, before it gets too brutally hot! It's about 5 hours of catching bait/fishing altogether. You can also end the day with a trip to one of our local islands for exploring or whatever you'd like to do! Bring lunch and some drinks! We can explore the natural beauty of Florida by boat and have a great time!
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Ladyfish
    Ladyfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Catfish
    Catfish
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:05 PM
    US $500
    The afternoon into dusk can be extremely productive this time of year for fishing the river. If it's getting dark too, by the time we are coming in, sometimes you can catch a glimpse of the biolume! The water glows blue! Only certain times of the year. It's about 5 hours of fun, fishing, exploring, whatever you'd like to do! I spend some time catching live bait, so expect that as well.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Ladyfish
    Ladyfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Catfish
    Catfish
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:15 AM
    US $800
    Be prepared, this is a serious trip! All day long on the boat, whether it be half fishing and half exploring whatever you'd like! Or all-day fishing. Bring plenty of food and drinks! Don't forget the sunscreen! The Florida summer heat is no joke.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Ladyfish
    Ladyfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Catfish
    Catfish
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 4, 2024
Captain Kinz was great.  My 11 year old son and I went on a morning trip April 4.  She was knowledgeable, professional, and...
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Laurent P.
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Great Father/Son Fishing Time

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 26, 2024
Great Fishing Trip with Captain McKinsey.  She is local to the area and knows her stuff. She was great at sharing about the...
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Thomas S.
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Capt knows how to have fun

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on February 27, 2024
Our group of novices was looking for a fun time, catch a little and learn a little from a pro. After a few convos with the...
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John C.
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Most memorable guided trip ever

Half Day Trip (PM) on November 11, 2023
Everything was so laid back and fun with Capt Mckinsey!  Perfect shallow drafting boat and gear, but the best part was she’s...
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Billy R.
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A great day of fishing for Jr's Birthday

Half Day Trip (AM) on November 12, 2023
Went out with 3 family members for my son’s birthday. Had a great time thanks to McKinsey. 100% would recommend her. She...
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FAQs about Refuge Marine

Refuge Marine offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $100 per person - Island hoping (read description) (1 hour)
  • US $500 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • US $500 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • US $800 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Refuge Marine, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Spearfishing Equipment

Trips booked with Refuge Marine include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Fishing for live bait is a part of the trip and is including in the process and price of the trip )
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (I do not charge extra for fileting the fish )
  • Fishing License (I have a fishing license that covers all of my guests on the boat )

Refuge Marine offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (I take people into the st johns as well! )
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (I do not travel more than 4 miles or so offshore )
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Refuge Marine offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Spearfishing

Top targeted fish species with Refuge Marine include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Black Drum
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Flounder
  • Ladyfish
  • Redfish
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon

Meet the Captain

Mckinsey Gruhler
Cocoa Beach, Florida, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
14 Customer reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since July 2023
Hey there, I'm McKinsey Gruhler! Born and bred in Brevard County, I've lived and breathed everything about this place my entire life. From fishing to surfing, diving to spearfishing, I've done it all! I'm a proud 3rd generation Floridian, and I can't wait to share my passion for these waters with you! Let's make some unforgettable memories together!

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Black Drum Black Drum
Catfish Catfish
Crappie Crappie

Boat specs

Key West (Flats boat) originally built in 1998, and restored in 2023. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
I take people into the st johns as well!
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
I do not travel more than 4 miles or so offshore
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Spearfishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Spearfishing Equipment

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Fishing for live bait is a part of the trip and is including in the process and price of the trip
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
I do not charge extra for fileting the fish
Fishing License
I have a fishing license that covers all of my guests on the boat

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No age limits! Kids are great!
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
PayPal
Bank Transfer

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