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Target Black Drum and Sheepshead for winter time fishing

Capt. Ron Presley
December 18, 2009
Cocoa Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

The wind continues to blow out fishing trips all across the state. The good news may be in the cold front that's coming. The cooler water temperatures should motivate redfish, black drum and sheepshead to gather in numbers.

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December and January are traditionally good times for targeting black drum and sheepshead in the Banana River. Both can be caught on live or dead shrimp fished on the bottom. With the water being clear, as it normally is during the winter, you can spot the sheepshead in shallow water scrounging around for something to eat.

This is a good time to get out the fly rod and try your luck. Small black fly should do the trick. Get it down on the bottom and fish it slow.

I am without a boat for a while, as I wait for a new Pathfinder to be built. I am hoping to be fishing on it by the end of January.

For more fishing tips and a great Christmas gift you might consider my new book.


Entitled Secrets From Florida's Master Anglers, the book is intended to provide many tips and pro secrets to fishing success. It is based on interviews with 20 of Florida's top guides on various fishing topics. The book is published by University Press of Florida. Regardless of your level of fishing skill this book will have something for you.

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That's what it's all about, good fishin'.

Target Species:

Black Drum, Sheepshead

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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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