Cocoa Beach Report
<p> The fishing this month has been pretty good. We have some nice schools of redfish up to 40 lbs, they've been more than willing to play with us for a few weeks now. In addition to the schools of big redfish we've also been chasing several nice size schools of slot reds. There have been a few spots holding some nice tarpon moving into the creeks and flats along the Indian River Lagoon. Most of these tarpon are crashing very small baits at first light, and late in the afternoon when the water temps are cooler. Anglers have had a chance to jump a few on lures and live mullet.
As the fall mullet runs rolls through the Space Coast area we will see a better number of tarpon inside the rivers and flats. The snook are starting to show up around the deeper flats in the early mornings. Your best bet this time of the year is to book a night trip for the brutes. The air is cooler and the fish tend to chew harder at night. With snook season coming up, we will be fishing more at night for snook, and tarpon along the Indian River.
If you're thinking of booking a night trip when the season opens, make sure to dress in long pants and long sleeves, the mosquitos bite just as hard as the snook. The trout bite has been consistent for the past few weeks. We have been able to put a few nice fish about 4 to 5 pounds in the boat. The top water bite at day break has worked the best for our clients. Nothing gets a big trouts attention like a loud surface lure on calm slick flat. The key is to find the baitfish, find that and you have found the trout.
About The Author: Captain Kevin Fischer
Company: Reel Native Inshore Charters
Area Reporting: Mosquito Lagoon - Indian River Lagoon - Banana River Lagoon
Bio: With a lifetime of fishing experience growing up in Florida, Captain Shawn Williams has really established an understanding of the local waters. After countless hours on the lagoons he acquired the skills and patience to land big fish on light gear. Captain Shawn has been a full time fishing Guide for the past five years on the Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River Lagoon. He holds a passion for sight fishing for redfish, trout, snook, black drum, and tarpon on light tackle.