Catching Sand Fleas and Mole Crabs in Cocoa Beach
Coastal Beaches and Surf Fishing Bait on Florida's East Coast
Wednesday April 26, 2017
Oh the joys of children and the beach! Betcha never knew of that under your very toes while wading in ankle deep water, there was such diverse ocean life. Grunions, bivalves, mollusk, various crustaceans & crabs including the popular fishing bait known as sand fleas. I hoped to know the scientific name so that I could share my vast marine biology background with you but growing up and around brevard county beaches my father just called them sand fleas and since... well the name just stuck.
Whether your a kid or adult these little critters are delightful to catch and look at (they look similar to little punch-buggies with legs). Just look at the waters edge and you'll see them burrowing around and feeding. It seems that August is the time when they spawn and are plentiful. Pompano take this time very seriously to feed and travel our coastline while they feed on a smorgasbord of fat egg laden sand fleas.
The kids catching sand fleas in the photo above are Captain's Richard & Gina's two children Savannah and Mekenzie. "Both of our kids are water-bugs and love to spend time on the ocean, frolicking in the surf or fishing in the lagoons." explains Captain Gina. "We take so many photos of our family and kids having fun and it's always a pleasure posting them on our website for our customers and visitors to watch as they grow up. This photo was taken around 2002 and judging from the amount of mole crabs they are catching in the surf, it's probably August as they are plentiful that time of the year.
Surf fishing can be fun and productive in August if the waves are calm and the wind is down. Later in the fall the mullet start running hard along the shoreline and the gamefish follow them closely until the winter storms prevail and shut most of the fishing down for beach fishing. The winter produces great fishing in the Lagoons and waterways near Cocoa Beach and if you are ever considering coming to Cocoa Beach during any time of the the year, look us up or simply fill out the form below.
While the kids are visiting the Cocoa Beach area, you might consider getting them involved in a little surfing while the water's warm. "Our daughters both love to surf and can be seen at many of the local beaches surfing and boogie boarding when dad's fishing off the coast." explains Captain Richard. "I've picked my kids up in the summer after a fishing trip from the boat and taken them fishing off the beach for a complete day of ocean pleasure. It's exhausting, but oh so much fun, and the kids LOVE it!" (that's their daughter Savannah sliding down a wave at Sebastian Inlet in the photo)
Using sand fleas or mole crabs for bait when surf fishing in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Last modified: September 13 2016 16:35:41.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©