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Top Fishing Charters in Melbourne

Fishing in Melbourne

If you’re driving down the east coast of Florida on the Space Coast, you’ll find the city of Melbourne – just 70 miles from Orlando and an hour north of Vero Beach. There are miles of pristine beaches and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Kids over five will love kayaking in Brevard Zoo especially!

When you take the family fishing, you’ll find that Melbourne, FL fishing charters are plentiful and varied, making this a prime location for your vacation. Situated on the intersection between the Indian River and the Banana River, you can choose to kayak or hop aboard a fishing charter. Once you’ve decided how to get to the fishing grounds, you then have the option of freshwater or saltwater fishing. No matter what you decide, there is something for everyone out in Melbourne.

Melbourne Fishing Spots

Indian River Lagoon

You can try shoreline fishing in the Indian River Lagoon, specifically at Kiwanis Park at Geiger Point, or hop aboard a boat to fish these bountiful waters. You’re likely to hook Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder, and many more. After your trip, you can BBQ your catch in the park.

Lake Washington

The largest lake in Brevard County is Lake Washington. This freshwater lake is perfect for fishing from the shoreline as well as from boats – there are two designated areas for shoreline fishing available. Keep an eye out for the alligators that call these waters home!

Claude Edge Front Street Park

A top-secret fishing hotspot in Melbourne is the Claude Edge Front Street Park. You can choose to fish from a boat and head into the Intracoastal Waterway for Tarpon, Snook, and Redfish. There is a fishing pier available for those not heading offshore.

Offshore fishing

A short drive to Port Canaveral and you’ll be able to head offshore. Distances of around 35 miles out are best to hook the likes of Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Sailfish. These couldn’t be further from the Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Snook, Black Drum, Mangrove Snapper, Sheepshead, Whiting, and Bass you’ll find inshore.

Stick Marsh

A short 40-minute drive will take you to the bountiful freshwaters of Stick Marsh. If you’re looking for Largemouth Bass, this is the place to go, with a hook up during the season almost guaranteed.

Fishing Tips

  • March is a great time to achieve the inshore Grand Slam of Redfish, Trout, and Flounder along the Space Coast.

  • If you’re going after Kingfish, try trolling or drifting with dead or live bait. For best results, use 20–30 lb tackle.

  • There are many options for catching Redfish. Experienced anglers can fly fish with an 8–20 wt outfit. Beginners should use live crab as bait on an 8–20 lb spinning outfit.

  • In depths of 100–500 feet offshore you’ll find Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Sailfish. Trolling with ballyhoo or mullet, or drifting with live bait, is likely to produce great results.

Need to Know

Dress appropriately for the weather. Although there’s nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, May through October is known for being both hot and wet. From November through April, the temperature drops, but is still warm and far less wet!

Rules and Regulations

When on a saltwater fishing charter you won’t need to purchase a fishing license separately. This will be covered by the boat. A license should be purchased before the trip for freshwater fishing.

Budget

This varies depending on whether you are heading inshore or offshore. A full day offshore will reach $900, and inshore $800. Half day offshore trips can cost up to $600, with inshore charters reaching up to $500. A range of center consoles, airboats, and bass boats will take you inshore fishing in Melbourne. A drive to further ports along the coast will take you offshore.

Getting There

You can fly directly into Orlando Melbourne International Airport. Melbourne is only one hour away from Disney World, and 20 miles south of Cocoa Beach. An hour drive on the I-95 S will take you straight to Fort Pierce. This is a great location to do day trips around the hotspots of Florida.

Whether you come down for a day trip or stay for a while, fishing in Melbourne is as varied as it is plentiful. There is as much to do in the water as there is out on dry land.

 
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Melbourne Fishing Seasons

Expect only four days of rain this month and highs of 71°F. Species such as Spotted Seatrout and Kingfish can be found in abundance.

Join in the Founders' Day celebrations on Main Street on the first Saturday in February. The Amberjack bite starts to heat up.

 

This is the best time to go for your inshore Grand Slam. The Florida east coast is the best spot to achieve this.

 

Off the water, you need to check out the Melbourne Arts Festival. Admission is free, with plenty of food and music during the event.

Now is the best chance to catch Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna offshore. Marlin is always catch and release.

Snook and Tarpon are fantastic in June, and will give you a great fight once hooked, as well as bragging rights!

Barracuda is fantastic year round. Black Drum and Blacktip Shark will be biting best now.

You’re likely to hook Shark this month again, as well as Snook and Black Drum.

From sea to sky, join in the General Aviation Day at Melbourne International Airport, hosted by the Melbourne Area Pilots Association.

Join in with Oktoberfest, which has been running since 1977. Food, drink, and a fun-filled day guaranteed.  

Fishing really heats up during winter. Amberjack, Bonito, Grouper, and Mackerel all heat up, as temperature reach 79° F.

Watch the “Bible on Parade” event, possibly the only one of its kind in the world. Inshore fishing is majorly productive now.

 

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Top Targeted Species in Melbourne

Snook

Black Drum

Redfish

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