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Grant-Valkaria, FL

Local Waters Llc – Flats Fishing

Trips start at $250.00

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Grant-Valkaria, FL

Brevard County Tours

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Max guests: 6

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Sebastian, FL

Fish Master

Trips start at $795.00

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Cocoa Beach, FL

Slightly Obsessed Fishing Charters – Inshore Flats And Backcountry

Trips start at $400.00

Max guests: 3

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Fin & Fly Fishing Charters – 17 Ranger

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Fin & Fly Fishing Charters – 24 Skeeter

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Melbourne Fishing Charters

In Florida, the Indian River Lagoon is synonymous with some of the best fishing in the state. Located in the upper third of the waterway, Melbourne is well-positioned to offer anglers a fishing experience they will always remember. Being close to Disney is a bonus for the family members who don’t want to fish as well.

Gator trout, a name designated for larger seatrout, are why many people come here. Indian River is a giant estuary and breeding ground for so many species. Trout, being opportunists, know they can get their feed on in the flats here.

Gator trout grow into their name by being smart, and not wasting time trying to make a meal from tiny bits unless they are really hungry or the opportunity is just too good to pass by. Use big enough lures and baits to convince those big trout to take a bite. Two or three-finger pinfish or small mullet under a popping cork are excellent choices. Large crankbaits are also good, but you do need some arm strength to throw one of those repeatedly.

Indian River Lagoon is also an excellent place to catch bull reds. Thanks to Florida’s slot limits, big reds are now more common than they have been in years. Throw those reds a curveball from time to time. “When it comes to topwater baits that work for Redfish, not just a walk-the-dog type topwater is required. Buzzbaits, wakebaits, and frogs (yes, I said FROGS) will produce a ferocious strike from a redfish,” writes Darryl Barrs for Anglr.

When you are ready to make some memories, Melbourne Fishing Charters will make sure that happens. Before you head out, look over the current saltwater regs to see what is in season and how many you can keep.

Melbourne Inshore Fishing

Indian River is also home to snook (pronounced like hook), an inshore and estuary fish that is a tremendous fighter on light tackle and good for the table too. Snook will be anywhere in the water column from the surface to the bottom. Once you find one, the rest will be somewhere nearby. Snook are also known as linesides because of the vertical line on their side. That line allows them to sense movement, especially of prey. Keep that in mind in murky water you need something that moves enough to send out pressure waves so the snook can home in on your offering.

Often overlooked, except by the locals, sheepshead are fun to catch, plentiful and can get bigger than a frying pan. These fish specialize in eating things with shells, which will make sense when you see their human-like teeth. Fiddler crabs and barnacles make excellent baits. If you can find an oysterman culling his catch, set up near his boat and throw baited hooks where he drops undersized oysters. Sheepshead slurp down shelled baby oysters and crustaceans dislodged in the culling process.

Depending on the time of year with water temperature a key factor, the tarpon and Spanish mackerel bite along the beaches can be amazing. When the Spanish show up, anything silver in the water is a target. Anglers in the know make sure to use black swivels for the leaders because a silver swivel gets chomped. Silver spoons and a casting diamond jig are perfect for rod and reel fishing when you find a school. Tarpon hit just about anything and are a bucket-list fish for fly fishermen. Melbourne Fishing charter guides can give you tips on what the fish are hitting best.

Melbourne Offshore Fishing

Spanish mackerel can also be found nearshore and offshore. The same tactics work in all three places.

Most people head into the blue water to find king mackerel, wahoo, mahi mahi, barracuda, grouper, amberjack and big snapper. Thanks to the abundant natural and artificial reefs offshore, Melbourne is a great location to find fish that will test your stamina. Kings and wahoo are usually found by trolling. These fish are highly mobile. They are always looking for their next meal. The others like to hang out around structure; local guides know the honey holes and can put you on fish.

The only question is, can you pull one out of the deep water before it wears you out? Before you say yes, keep in mind the deep water off Melbourne is also home to fish that are several times bigger than you are. The area has plenty of sharks that can go more than 500 pounds with ease. The reigning champ for regular fights that leave someone exhausted is the Goliath grouper. Goliaths can reach 800 pounds and are strictly catch-and-release. Although their numbers have rebounded, they were nearly fished to extinction.

In case you wonder what kind of lure or bait to use to bring in a Goliath, check out this story of a man who caught one with a wrench. A better option is big live bait. How big? A five-pound fish is a good place to start.

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Whether you’re looking for inshore trips on the Indian River, or offshore adventures in the Atlantic, local Melbourne captains can get you hooked up on the trip of a lifetime! Fishing is a year ’round opportunity in Melbourne, so book today for your next excursion. Find local Melbourne charters here.