Location

FL
United States
28° 23' 20.3424" N, 80° 35' 4.9812" W
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F Water Temp: 71-80 F Clarity: Clear 3 fish caught

We had a great month of May so far and the fish really started to turn on. The bunkers have finally been consistent as we were getting them from the bight all the way to the pier. Just look where the fleet is in the morning and you cant miss them. I see someone every day trying to throw the Wal-Mart 6 footer. Do yourself a favor and invest in that right net. 

 

 From the beach to local reefs, Tarpon, jack crevale, bonita, spanish mackeral and kingfish have been from the beach 20 feet to about 40 feet.  We have been having a lot of fun on light tackle with all these power hitting fish. Use live pogies hooked through the nostrils on 50lb fluorocarbon leader with an 8/0 circle hook. If you start getting cut off a lot then time to put the wired stinger rigs on for those toothy kings. Keep a jig ready for the cobia for when you see or mark the bait out there; as this is the time of year they start to show up on the bait pods just off the beach.

 

         The near shore reefs such as Pelican Flats and 8A have been great for the early morning king bite.  Use your stinger rigs and live pogies for the best catch.  In the last few weeks there has been wahoo, black fin tuna, mahi and a handful of cobia all caught on king rigs in the same area.

        

From the reefs to offshore has been good as well. There was a solid few days of great catches of mahi and we should still see a few weeks of it. Many fish have been caught from 140-180 feet and some days past 500 feet, It’s just a day to day thing and up to the winds and weather as usual. The basic ballyhoo rigs and skirts have been the key.

 

         Bottom fishing has also been decent. Pinfish and croakers are a great bait for them.  Fish the offshore reefs such as 21 and 27 and if you have any of the wrecks that’s a good start too. Don’t forget about the amber jacks. They’ve been great and should continue as well.

 

Good luck and have a great June from your premier fishing guide charters of Cocoa Beach Port Canaveral Orlando Florida area.  

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1CobiaBunker
2Mahi-mahiBunker
3King MackerelBunker
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Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 71-80 F Water Temp: 61-70 F Clarity: Clear
4 fish caught | Lunker: 100lb Cobia using a Bucktail

      March Madness is here so bring on the cobia! This is the historic time frame here in the central east coast that the migration of cobia swims by us. Although we catch them all year long, this is usually the best time. The water is warming back up to the 70-degree mark.  Free-swimming cobia are the most fun to target in my opinion.  A few things must come together though. One being sunny skies, you must be able to see into the water a little bit and two, try to get as high as possible.

      A hungry cobia is not a picky fish nor are they the smartest. My bait of choice is a buck tail with a whole squid hooked on it. This gives a natural look and smell.  There are many different types of baits and lures people use. 

      I also like live bait. Pogies and pin fish work great too.  It’s fun to watch a cobia go nuts trying to eat a livey. Sometimes there are days that you will see 30 fish and maybe only 2 actually eat or get Fired Up on a jig. I haven’t had many cobes turn down a live fish. Some say they will never turn down a live choice shrimp or their magic swim bait etc. Fishing is just what it says, fishing. Some days they’re on fire others they swim away from whatever you throw at em.

      My gear of choice is 7-foot medium action rod with a light tip to jig the lure and enough backbone to stick the hook.  Line is 40lb braid and a 50lb leader.  If I’m using live bait, I use an 8/0 circle hook and I hook the live fish through the back of the head and cast forward and past the fish.

    Don’t forget to register in the sunrise tournament for the month long Cobia Madness. Good luck!

    This report has been brought to you by Captain Chris Cameron of Fired Up Fishing Charters, your premier fishing guide charter of shark fishing Cocoa Beach, offshore fishing Port Canaveral, nearshore fishing Cape Canaveral, Orlando charter fishing

 

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1CobiaBucktail100
2King MackerelSardine
3Blacktip SharkBluefish
4Mahi-mahiBallyhoo
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Average: 4 (1 vote)

Many charters have been calling me and asking if the fishing is any good this time of year. My answer is, the fishing is about as good as it gets right now. The only thing we are dealing with is the winds. When the weather allows and we can manage to get offshore the king fishing is great. Use your standard stinger rigs and frozen minnows. If you find live bait that’s great too.

In the mix of kings have been mahi, sails and blackfin tuna. Everything is eating the same baits, no need to change anything up. Use your machines and find and mark the bait, once you find that you should be good to go.

Even though you can’t keep any red snapper or grouper right now the bottom fishing is great. The bigger the bait the bigger the fish.  Near shore fishing has really picked up as well. If it’s too rough to get offshore then work the near shore beach line. Pompano and whiting have been great and excellent eating as well. Our shark bite is still in the dumps!! Not sure what it is but hopefully it picks up for the shark trips scheduled. Hope this helps and enjoy the pics

     This report has been brought to you by Captain Chris Cameron of Fired Up Fishing Charters, your premier fishing guide charter of shark fishing Cocoa Beach, offshore fishing Port Canaveral, nearshore fishing Cape Canaveral, Orlando charter fishing.

 

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