December 2022

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Beach Fishing Florida Pompano Run!!
Beach Fishing Florida Pompano Run!!
December 1, 2022
Pompano fishing reaches the Space Coast with a flurry. At last the moment we’ve been waiting for, Florida surf fishing anglers anticipating the annual pompano migration rejoice. The recent reports have had mixed results but those in the know have been striking it big! Bait, rigs, location and tides hold the key to success or failure in targeting pompano. For this reason we encourage all seasoned and new coming surf fishing anglers to brush up on their skills and put themselves in a position for success. Although pompano remain the highlight of our Space Coast surf fishery, there’s been plenty other species perusing the surf. Bluefish continue to feed furiously in waves of fish biting anything from cut bait to lures and anything in between. When bluefish are fired up in the first and second trough it seems you can’t keep them off the line. If bluefish are your intended species then be sure to use flashy pompano rigs or throw gotcha lures and spoons with a rapid retrieval for best results. In spite of the bluefish flurries there’s also jack crevalle, black drum and ladyfish in the mix. Furthermore these species are all being caught on similar rigs. Custom tied pompano rigs with floats and beads in various renditions prove the most successful. Adding small pieces of Fishbites in the chartreuse and electric chicken colors with flavors persisting of clam, crab and shrimp seem to be work the best. Knowing this we love to teach our clients how to tie these custom rigs. Store bough rigs are useful, but lack the capability to target specific patterns for detailed fisherman looking to catch exponentially more fish then others. Certainly with all this life about the sharks are in no short supply. Blacktip sharks taking fresh cut bait in the first and second trough prove quite the battle for most shore bound anglers. Heavy drag makes the battle quick work albeit some back breaking action when you really put the hammer down to get their heads turned. Cocoa Beach Surf Fishing (hyperlink) (**hidden content** shark fishing charters are a great way to experience the thrill of catching a shark near Cocoa Beach or Melbourne Beach. Especially if you want to learn the process of safely catching, landing and handling a safe release on these apex predators. With the holiday season coming up and the pompano season upon us, be sure to be up to speed on the fishery. For this reason we are offering another surf fishing seminar this Saturday, December 10, 2022. Having such a good turn out for the previous seminar and so many happy clients we decided it’s time for another. We’ll be going over everything it takes from start to finish to successfully catch fish in the surf. Specifically targeting techniques revolved around catching pompano, whiting, black drum and bluefish in the surf. We’ll also be covering how to read the beach, weather forecasting, tying pompano rigs, best equipment, one on one surf casting lessons and so much more. This once a month, four hour on the beach surf fishing seminar is available for individuals. There’s 8 spots left available and the prices is $150 per individual. Be sure to book your spot so you don’t miss this chance to take your surf fishing game to the next level.
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Best Florida beach fishing experience!!
Best Florida beach fishing experience!!
November 16, 2022
Surf fishing charters following hurricane Nicole were surprisingly bountiful. The beaches were overcome with massive beach erosion not seen in my time here in 30 plus years, but the water clarity rebounded in rapid fashion. With that being said there was plenty of debris awash in the surf including pieces of boardwalks, dune vegetation tree limbs along the coast. Shortly after Nicole we saw continued catches of jack crevalle, bluefish and pompano. Much to our surprise the water clarity at specific beaches gleamed with colors symbolic of good conditions. Although the debris drifting through the surf was a factor at some local Space Coast beaches, if you searched enough opportunities were available. For this reason one of the topics we cover in our monthly fishing seminars is how to read the beach and the waters, which in turn leads to night and day results compared to other surf anglers. We had to work through some bycatch including catfish and ladyfish but were able to find pompano and whiting roaming the surf. Most of the pompano were undersize but a few keepers were landed on the last of the outgoing tides. This pattern persisted for the majority of the weekend into the early part of the week. Tidal influence will dictate how area specific beaches concentrate food and will in turn instigate a bite or diminish it. Remember to take detailed notes to understand what’s taking place at certain times throughout the tide. Headliner species such a as pompano and whiting weren’t the only species to make an appearance. Bluefish and Spanish mackerel were also abundant at times and make for a fun fight and good eating when treated properly. Casting traditional pompano rigs with fresh cut bait worked well for the bluefish. While casting and retrieving spoons for the Spanish mackerel led to better results for this aggressive species. Regardless of which species you land if your goal is to harvest them then make sure to effectively bleed and ice your fish prior to processing. If treated properly the meat quality of either is good for the table fare.
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Best Beach Fishing!!!
Best Beach Fishing!!!
September 14, 2022
One of best times of year to catch snook in the surf! September and October hold the combination title with for the peak of the mullet run along the Space Coast. Throughout the Central East Coast region mullet and other baitfish will be pouring down the beaches. With that being said the predatory fish including snook and tarpon will be acrobatically attacking this once a year phenomenon. Depending on the annual waves of migratory mullet, each week will hold alternating peaks of heightened fish activity. The preferred method for targeting snook in the surf will be a gorilla style surf fishing approach. Armed with a single casting rod in the 7-8ft range and reel sizes of 4,000 to 5,000 series reels. This light and mobile attack leads to a strategy that gives the angler freedom to move along the shores with ease. Cocoa Beach Surf Fishing Charters employs this method with our clients to catch snook, jack and tarpon while actively fishing for pompano and whiting. Swim baits, jigs, plugs and live bait are the preferred choice when rigging your light tackle casting rods. Often times I will begin my search for targeted areas by approaching several beaches and looking for crashing birds, exploding baitfish or surging snook crashing the shores. One of the beauties of this specific fishery is the fact it can be so visual with the sight of aerialist snook and tarpon leaping from the water. This sight can be easily depicted, making for a focused attack easier to come by. Shark fishing charters will be a big hit this time of year as the heightened activity creates opportunity for feeding sharks. Not only will the snook and tarpon be in full swing but we also start to see Pompano pushing into Brevard County waters. The real Pompano activity doesn’t start to heat up until November, but some of the first schools may appear on northern beaches. Pompano rigs with clam and crab flavored Fishbites tipped with fresh shrimp or sandfleas will hold success for most catches. Hopefully the seaweed and slime we’ve been dealing with cleans up enough to aid most surf fishing anglers in their endeavors.
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Family FUN beach fishing charters!!
Family FUN beach fishing charters!!
August 2, 2022
Currently our surf fishing charters are catching whiting, pompano, catfish, blacktip sharks and jack crevalle with the occasional snook in the mix. The red slime that’s plagued our central east coast region stretches from Fort Pierce to Cape Canaveral. This has definitely been the biggest factor impacting success of surf fishing anglers along the Space Coast. While many are deterred to battle with the slime there are fish available to catch for those determined few. Whiting and pompano continue to show in spurts from Patrick Air Force Base to Sebastian Inlet. Many of the pompano are undersize with a few keepers in the mix. The whiting are also relatively small compared to the bulls we get in the winter and spring. But with that being said, if you can put a catch together with a handful of whiting, croakers and one keeper pompano that’s a good day under the current conditions. Fishbites, sandfleas and peeled shrimp have performed the best for the whiting, croakers and pompano. Pompano rigs with white and chartreuse floats have seemed to outperform the rest. Currently the first and second trough have produced more exciting catches then beyond the sandbar. I look for this trend to continue with the slime that’s taken over accompanied by the fact the bait fish are going to start pushing down the shoreline running in those inside waters. Blast off with September surf fishing along the Space Coast. This time of year traditionally marks the beginning of the fall mullet run. Millions of baitfish will be migrating down the shore lines and evading all the opportunistic predators along the way. Big snook and tarpon along with jack crevalle, bluefish, ladyfish and sharks will be a few of the species electrified by this phenomenon. Surf fishing tactics may very from angler to angler depending on their experience and species targeting techniques. Live bait rigged with or without a weight is always a good choice when presenting to these nearshore water predators. Also using a fish finder rig or split shot can be effective in presenting your baits down in the strike zone if there’s high surf. Alternatively casting a diving plug, swim bait or bucktail along the first and second trough will ensure a high probability for success. All in all it’s and exciting time of year to hit the beach for surf fishing. If we could see relief from the slime then that would make it that much better. It’s challenging to fight through the slime and sargassum, but for those willing to put in the work rewards can be had. Whether your targeting whiting or pompano or catch and release sharks it’s all out there for the opportunistic and ambitious few. Good luck and have fun.
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What anglers said about fishing in Melbourne Beach

The earlier the better for Florida In the summer time. It gets very hot, and most of the time during the summer it storms in the afternoon which doesn't pair well with fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The earlier the better for Florida In the summer time. It gets very hot, and most of the time during the summer it storms in the afternoon which doesn't pair well with fishing.
Dale  C.
Dale C. Alachua, Florida
Wear sunscreen (SPF 50), drink lots of water, be patient, and listen to your guide.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear sunscreen (SPF 50), drink lots of water, be patient, and listen to your guide.
Joshua  W.
Joshua W. Pinellas Park, FL
This charter is a resonable price for yhe sversge person wanting to Ocean fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This charter is a resonable price for yhe sversge person wanting to Ocean fish.
Glenn  D.
Glenn D. Orlando, Florida