Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)
Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)
Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)
Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)

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Cocoa Beach Fishing Charters

Even for the Sunshine State, Cocoa Beach fishing is unique. The Indian River Lagoon and the Banana River Lagoon right next to each other along with the Mosquito Lagoon just to the north are world-famous redfish destinations.

The barrier islands and inflow of freshwater from the Everglades makes the estuaries some of the most fertile fishing waters you can find. Shallow waters, plenty of grass and oyster bars make for a redfish heaven.

Your chances of connecting with a giant red here are excellent thanks to Florida’s South Zone slot limit. The slot means the biggest reds have to be released, which means they are ready to hit your hook. Cocoa Beach Fishing Charters can put you on the schools of big reds looking for a meal. Get the regs and latest updates on all Florida’s saltwater fishing from the Fish & Wildlife Commission.

Cocoa Beach Inshore Fishing

Aside from the reds, the Cocoa Beach waters are full of speckled trout, black drum, snook and several snapper species for the sport fisherman looking for supper as well. Snook, pronounced like hook, are a particular favorite as they love to hammer topwater baits.

All these fish eagerly take a variety of lures with grubs and shallow-running crankbaits topping the list. Live bait, shrimp, squid and pinfish, are also excellent choices. With a cast net, you can easily get all the live bait you will need in a few casts. Cocoa Beach Fishing charter captains often catch the live bait on the way out to fish.

Locals also know a fish that few visitors ever catch, except by accident. Whiting, also known as croaker and weakfish (they are not weak), live along the beaches. These fish are common. They snatch up bits of shrimp and squid on small hooks. Best of all with a bag limit of 100 pounds per person and no size requirement, you can take home plenty of fillets to share with the folks back home. Although not the sportiest fish, they can be fun on light tackle. Their readiness to eat makes for a great target species to introduce kids to fishing as well.

The Inshore Beasts of Cocoa Beach

A lot of people think you have to go offshore to catch giants. You do not. Cocoa Beach has two inshore monsters that will test your determination. Both fisheries are strictly catch-and-release.

The Silver Kings, tarpon, can be bigger than 100 pounds. These big-mouth fish explode out of the water when hooked, providing not only a major wrestling match, but a great air show at the same time. Tarpon hit artificials, live bait, cut bait and flies. For many anglers, a tarpon on a fly is second only to catching a bonefish on a fly.

If that’s not enough, then book a trip to try for the real monster in these waters, the goliath grouper. Once called the jewfish and fished nearly out of existence, these groupers have made a major comeback. Imagine bringing a 300-pound fish alongside the boat! You do have to match your setup to the fish. That means big reels, stout rods, heavy lines and big baits. Goliaths love to hang out around piles, points and structure. Though their tackle busting reputation and strict harvest regulations make them less frequently targeted, the fight, photos, and story make this beast a must-catch at some point in an angler’s lifetime.

Cocoa Beach Offshore Fishing

The Cocoa Beach area is home to several International Game Fish Association world record tripletails. The tripletail is so named because of the three fins on the very end of the fish. Chasing these fish is a matter of sight fishing, usually done while you are trolling for something else. Tripletails like to hover on their side at the surface. Your best bet for connecting with one is a live shrimp under a cork. Cast away from the fish and gently bring the bait closer. You are trying to attach their attention, not spook them.

Big king mackerel, wahoo and barracuda are also common in these waters. Schooling baitfish at the top are a sure indicator that something big under the surface is pushing the prey up. Silver lures, imitating the silver-sided baitfish, are a guaranteed hookup with whatever is there. Your captain will often troll dusters tipped with a cigar minnow or ballyhoo and big crankbaits behind the boat to find the fish.

Go deep for grouper and amberjack. These hard fighters prefer live baits with the groupers being less finicky than amberjack. Both can also be caught trolling lures with a downrigger.

The Gulf Stream is just a few miles offshore and that brings all kinds of billfish like marlin, tuna and big sharks to the area. Expect to spend plenty of time holding a rod and reel after the hookup to fight one of these fish to the boat. A chum line is a good way to draw them in. Billfish are most easily caught pulling giant dusters or squid rigs.

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Cocoa Beach Fishing charters can put you on the fish. The question is, are you tough enough to get one to the boat? Check out all of our Cocoa Beach area captains here.