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Fishing Report for Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island & Port Canaveral

Capt. Ron Presley
September 5, 2005
Cocoa Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Left the dock about 7:00 on another rain threatening day. Lots of clouds and a wind at about 6 to 8 out of the North East.

Jerry, his son Austin, and Grandpa Frank were in Orlando from Indiana hoping to catch enough fish for a fish fry. Turns out that fish fry was not to be even though we had a pretty good day fishing.

Jerry and his dad Frank were experienced fisherman and eleven year old Austin is coming into his own as an angler. Austin actually hooked up first with about a 4 pound jack which he landed with all the enthusiasm of an eleven year old boy. We kept telling him to relax and take it a little slower but he just wanted to get that fish to the boat, and he did! We took a couple of pictures and threw him back.

The next hook up was by Jerry who tied into a 32 inch snook on a CAL paddle tail in the electric chicken color. Turns out the electric chicken was the color of the day, beating out my usually favorite avocado with red flake. The snook weighed in at 7 1/2 pounds. A lot of great eating fish, but remember, snook season is closed since June 1.

Are you getting the idea of how we had a good fishing trip but nothing to cook?

The next hook up came on a skitter walk top water bait that Frank was throwing. Something rolled and missed and then blew up on it again. This time Frank set the hook and the fight was on. The big fish headed for structure as Frank put some backbone to it but to no avail. The line went limp and we all new the big fish was gone, along with the skitter walk, and we would never know for sure what it was. We just know it was a nice one.

Jerry caught a nice bluefish on the same electric chicken and Frank added a 14.99999999 inch spotted sea trout. For those of you who don't know, the trout have to be 15 inches to be legal so this guy escaped the frying pan also.

Austin added mangrove snapper and a catfish to the count. Then he tangled with about a 3 pound ladyfish that made one and a half runs around the boat before coming aboard for a quick picture. That eleven year old enthusiasm came to the fore again as Austin chased that lady around the boat with no intention of losing it. The rest of us just had to get out of the way.

During the day several more short trout came in and we lost a few other fish as well. So, at the end of the day we had caught some fish but it looked like the gang would be eating out tonight. That's what its all about. Good fishin'.

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Capt. Ron Presley is an outdoor writer and fishing guide. He serves on the board of directors of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, is Secretary Treasurer of the Florida Guides Association and editor of their newsletter. Capt. Ron operates Inshore Fishing Adventures in the Cocoa Beach area.

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Inshore Fishing Adventures
516 S. Plumosa St., #19
Merritt Island, FL 32952
Phone: 321-454-7285
Alt. Phone: 321-749-1787
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