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Tuesday May 23, 2017

Interstate 95 blossoms with “Visit Cocoa Beach” and “Ron Jons Surf Shop” billboards from Maine and southward towards Florida. You’ll have no problem finding your destination in Florida from it’s northern Beaches in Jacksonville and Panama City and following southward toward Tampa " St Pete. East of Orlando and less than an hour from it’s attractions lies a tangle of inshore fishing lagoons and vast offshore waters of Canaveral and it’s shoals. We’ve taken time to list some of our favorite fishing destinations and types of fishing that correspond to them. We’ll start with the beautiful inshore fishing for Florida’s shallower water game fish and travel outward to the cobalt blue Atlantic ocean in search of big sports fish. But in no particular order here’s our attempt to do a fishing roundup for Cocoa Beach, Florida’s best Fishing Charters opportunities.

Inshore Fishing

When the weather’s unpredictable in the Winter months and inshore fishing charter is a perfect alternative to the windy-rough days on the the Ocean. Cocoa Beach’s inshore fishing includes renowned fishing destinations like the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River Lagoon and Sebastian Inlet.

The Mosquito Lagoon is renowned for sight fishing with it’s shallow clear waters for redfish, spotted sea trout and black drum. Surrounded by the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge and the Canaveral National Seashore the Mosquito Lagoon offers seclusion and comfort as it’s sheltered from the harsh ocean environments during windier seasons and produces great fishing too.

Nearshore Fishing

Along the beaches of the Space Coast or Brevard County are almost eighty miles of coastline offering summertime and calm condition fishing for the angling enthusiast. Different seasons will engage anglers with a large variety of fish species to target. Large Jack and Tarpon roam within sight of sunbathers and beachgoers on Cocoa Beach while huge schools of bonito can provide entertainment almost constantly. When the bait is thick and the ocean is calm and clear the summer months can explode with King Mackerel and Sharks. Nearshore fishing can be a great alternative to going miles offshore and keep anglers busy. Oh! Did we mention the Giant Black Drum and Redfish that seem to popping up in massive schools off the beaches? There’s too much fishing to mention in one or two paragraphs for Nearshore Fishing off Cocoa Beach, so you’ll just have to try it for yourself and bring plenty of sunscreen.

Offshore Fishing

Venture offshore early for an offshore ocean adventure where salt spray, sunshine and fresh air will deepen your appreciation for Florida’s incredible Atlantic Ocean fishing. Seasonal fishing will change species due to migrations and conditions but Florida’s best fishing is often within miles of Cocoa Beach and it’s shoreline. Wreck fishing, reef fishing, trolling, live bait, dead bait and bottom fishing are all part of the offshore fishing mix and you’ll find a treasure trove of species waiting to be found. Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Snapper, Kingfish, Cobia and Amberjack are the just some of the popular gamefish that Cocoa Beach has to offer. Conditions during the winter may make this fishing difficult or impractical but there’s always alternative fishing near Cocoa Beach, Florida.

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Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: March 12 2017 18:10:55.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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May in Central Florida is the beginning of great things for people looking toward an ocean fishing trip looking for fast action. King Mackerel, Cobia and even a few tarpon start to make a showing as May develops into a more summer like pattern. Inshore the fishing can be productive for early morning and evening anglers as the sun warms the gin clear waters of the Mosquito Lagoon and the Banana Rivers. Both Redfish and Spotted Sea Trout will be a popular gamefish that even the youngest anglers will appreciate and enjoy. Bring plenty of sunscreen, some polarized sunglasses and broadbill hat as the Florida sunshine will penetrate the most protected boating endeavors. May is the beginning of the summer in Florida as far as the temperatures are concerned, but there's often an afternoon shower, so be prepared to fish early and get off the water before the afternoon storms roll in. So remember, inshore fishing and offshore fishing are an equal opportunity in May in Central Florida.

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Inshore Charter Fishing in the Banana River Lagoon near Cocoa Beach, Florida. Catch redfish, sea trout, tarpon, snook and many other saltwater gamefish aboard the world famous Lagooner flats fishing boat with renowned Captain Richard Bradley.

Captain Richard worked hard to put fish in the boat. We were able to bring in a few big Reds and some trout, and a couple keepers to take home for dinner. It's always the hope to be able to catch lots of fish, but fishing is fishing and there are no guarantees; the time of the year we travel to Florida also has an impact on our fshing success. This last trip out with Captain Richard my wife came along and thorougly enjoyed the experience and catching the big Reds. She is looking forward to our next trip to Florida and another fishing trip with Captain Richard.
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