BEST TIME FOR FAMILY FISHING TRIPS!!
November 03, 2023 Cocoa Beach 9 photos
Space Coast Surf Fishing December Forecast - Pompano Fishing Mania December marks the initial phase of winter time surf fishing on the Central East Coast of Florida. The dog days of summer morphed through the fall season to transition into winter weather patterns. Cooling water temperatures bring with it an entire new cast of species perusing local area beaches from Cocoa Beach south to Sebastian Inlet. Pompano, whiting, bluefish, black drum and ladyfish to name a few. Surf fishing Cocoa Beach during December marks the peak season months to pursue pompano. Crisp breezes sweep over the cool sand. Nostalgic smells indicate the weather laying the foundation for what we know are prime Pompano fishing days. The days of remembering record catches in ideal conditions has everyone for their first big pompano catch of the season. For these reasons there will be plenty of surf fishing anglers out in numbers looking to strike it big! Surf Fishing Pillars To Success The keys to successfully catching pompano while surf fishing in Brevard County consist in the pillars of surf fishing. Water temperatures, water clarity and beach contours. First and foremost the water temperature. Ideally when the ocean water drops below 75 degrees is when we start to see a real push. Pompano running south from north Florida will stage in the area as long as the food is present. This migration is entirely driven by water temperatures and that’s one reason it’s vulnerable to deviate year in and year out. Secondarily, the water clarity influences which beaches and how far from the shore migratory pompano roam. Because of this, it’s worth doing your due diligence. Find areas that hold the emerald green waters along with the tropical blue shades. Pompano particularly feed by sight so these areas will provide the highest probability of success. Look for varied wind patterns to clean or dirty the waters. Traditionally northern winds clean the water up and offshore winds dirty the water. Due in part to the region wide “sand renourishment”. With the continued dumping of dirt and clay on the regional beaches there’s no end in sight to the negative effects we continue to experience. State and local agencies have made it an annual priority to import and dump this muck on the shores. In turn, crustaceans like sandfleas have disappeared and the reefs are being suffocated. Currently the dumping looks to begin right in the height of our initial pompano run November they January and into March. This will effect not only the water clarity but also the contours of each beach as the new dirt is shifted around with each wave. How to catch pompano surf fishing Pompano targeting tactics vary slightly but largely remain consistent throughout the state. Pompano rigs with multicolored floats and beads makeup the majority of what experienced surf fisherman employ. Furthermore the top baits for pompano fishing the surf are Fishbites, sandfleas, fresh clams, and peeled shrimp. Work the pompano rigs in a varied pattern. Meaning cast some fat out past the sandbar as well as working the inner troughs. Covering all the basis helps to focus on where the fish are feeding primarily. Whiting, Black Drum, and Spanish Mackerel - Winter Surf Fishing Species Along with the craze of the infamous pompano run don’t overlook delicious table fare species. Bycatch of pompano fishing can result with great catches of whiting, black drum, Spanish mackerel and even Permit. Knowing this leaves each tug of the line with a pleasant surprise of what might be at the other end. So be sure to include all the regulations and know before you go which species can be retained and legal limit sizes. Tis the season for great conditions to hit the beach and catch up the premium species.
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SHARK FISHING FROM THE SHORE!!! HOTTT
January 8, 2024
Beach Shark Fishing and Pompano Fishing At Its Best Bountiful catches and beautiful beach days continue to comprise the winter surf fishing season for 2024. Well there have been detrimental weather windows here and there, but overall at least we’re not scraping ice from our windshields right? With that being said, let's take a look at what’s been happening in the surf fishing realm along the Space Coast. Furthermore, we’ll take a look ahead of what's to come. Pompano Fishing: Florida’s Central East Coast The pompano fishing in Brevard County absolutely went off beginning in December and should continue into March. While there’s definitely different pockets of life based on conditions it continues to be a stellar season for surf fishing pompano. Firstly, the days of clean water held fish in multiple areas from Cocoa Beach south to the Sebastian Inlet. Fishing multiple runouts, rip currents and troughs held the keys to success. In addition, the top baits for catching pompano are live sand fleas, fresh shrimp and Fishbites in an assortment of colors and flavors. Look for this trend to continue into February as long as the water temperatures don't get into the low 60’s. Whiting, Bluefish, And Black Drum One of the main species that’s been active in the surf are large bull whiting. The big whiting didn't make much of an impact in the surf fishing last year, so the initial signs are extremely encouraging. Large whiting used to be a staple in the Space Coast fishery that even the most novice surf fishing anglers could rely on. Known for their flaky white meat and naturally curious behavior. It was typically assumed you could head home with a bucket full of whiting for dinner. In contrast to the headliner pompano fishing that’s been taking place, I'm personally encouraged on the whiting front as well. February Is The Month For Giant Black Drum Start your engines if you’re looking for that trophy catch of the enormous black drum that comb local beaches. Winter surf fishing for giant black drum means you could hook into anywhere from a 40-70lb black drum. Hence be prepared for the tackle to combat these, “big uglies”. Large schools of black drum will be working their way up and down the beaches feeding on crustaceans. Use a beefed up pompano rig, jig or fish finder rig and place them in front of the schools approaching. Long casts are often needed, so be sure to have plenty of line capacity on your surf fishing reels when targeting the large ones. Not to mention, once you hook into a big drum the drag is going to go screaming! You’ll want anywhere from 20-50lb main line for your best opportunity to land one. Shark Fishing Brevard County Shark fishing remains active along Brevard County beaches. Blacktip sharks, sandbar sharks and bonnethead sharks are the main species we're catching in the surf. Fresh cut bait continues to deliver best results cast into the second trough. Be prepared to quickly release sharks in the manner performed in the mandatory shark fishing Florida course online. Have fun and enjoy the great surf fishing on tap!Continue reading
BEST FAMILY FISHING ON FIRE!!!!!
December 30, 2023
What a way to spend the day with family and friends of all ages!! All month we’ve caught tons of fish and shared the experiences with generations of family groups. That’s the beauty of surf fishing! From children to grandparents it’s a fun fishing adventure for the entire family! Checkout the beautiful catches we’ve had through December and will continue into January. Pompano, whiting, sharks, jack crevalle, bluefish and more!! Don’t wait to get in on the action because it’s hotttt right now.Continue reading
Best Florida Fishing Tour
December 8, 2023
January Space Coast Surf Fishing Forecast This is the season for surf fishing anglers in the Space Coast to rejoice with bountiful catches and picture perfect weather. January marks the busy season for anglers fishing Brevard County beaches. As a result, the influx of residents that spend winters here in the Central East Coast of Florida take part in this recreation. Hence one can expect crowded beaches and busy shorelines filled with surf fishing anglers. As a result make sure to arrive at the popular surf fishing locations early or else you'll be stuck at a less than desirable spot. What’s all the hype about? A multitude of factors contribute when speaking on what’s special about winter surf fishing in Florida. Firstly, as mentioned previously, the outstanding weather Florida winters provide make for a great excuse to hit the beach. Secondly the surf fishing can be outstanding with big catches of pompano, whiting, black drum and bluefish. For instance, a good report of pompano catches contains the propensity to create a stampede of surf fishing anglers. Anglers looking to lay claim are worked into a frenzy by way of reading public forums and visiting their local bait shops. In order to beat the herds and be in front of the bite make sure to be consistent and do one’s homework when partaking in this local fishery. For one, choose days that suit your level of fishing experience. Beginners should look for days that have less than 15mph wind and three feet or less of swell. Local weather forecasting websites will assist you in dictating what days will be suited best. If you’re ever unsure or need some direction on weather, equipment, or where to go, feel free to contact us with the information below. Next you'll need the appropriate surf fishing rigs and bait in order to receive a higher probability of success. Surf fishing rods in the 11-12ft range are my personal favorite for long cast and backbone for heavier rigs. Paired with surf fishing reels in the 5000-8000 series. These reels make for the perfect combo to have enough line capacity to cast far and reel in the big one. Finally, use pompano rigs that contain a combination of floats and beads to maximize your efforts. Top baits of choice for winter surf fishing in this order are sand fleas, clams, shrimp and crab knuckles. Be advised we personally pair all these baits with Fishbites products in a range of flavors and colors. Not to mention one particular bait may work better on particular days or weeks. That’s why it’s always advisable to have a variety of baits on hand and pay attention to what's working best. Now that you’re rigged and ready it's time to hit the beach! Look for outflows, rip currents, clean water and bird activity in order to choose the best spot. Furthermore be sure to work multiple zones of the surf by casting different distances from the shore. This ensures you to cover all your bases and make sure not to miss fish that may be closer in or further from the shore. Expect to catch the prized Florida pompano, whiting, black drum, bluefish, and jack crevalle. While it’s worth mentioning these are the majority of fish species you can expect to catch frequently, there's many more that can be present at any given time. I recommend you fish as often as you can. This way you stay up on the bite and you’ll be the one writing the good fishing reports versus chasing old information on the public forums.Continue reading