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Surf Fishing East Central Florida

Beth Sinclair
July 31, 2008
Melbourne - Saltwater Fishing Report

Surf - July 31, 2008
I'm hearing of some Spanish mackerel in the surf around Port Canaveral, often within casting distance of the jetties and south beach area - but more commonly being caught from boats drifting the area. If you're casting from the surf there, try a Diamond Jig or Gotcha Plug with a short piece of steel. Look for diving terns to give the fish away!

Further south, fishing is slowly picking up - today my clients caught some whiting, which are nice to see - around Indialantic. Catfish and sting rays are also abundant in the surf, however, we should start seeing more species venturing in close due to the bait fish in the surf zone.

We saw something big - kings or tarpon perhaps, breaking about a 1/2 mile out. Pelicans are constantly diving between 300 yards and 1 mile out all along Indialantic and Melbourne Beach. Pogies maybe? Glass minnows are schooling in about 1 foot of water around the first breaker - watch that area for mackerel!

Sandfleas are abundant - anglers using fleas should pick up some sheepshead and margates around rocks. Cut squid and shrimp work better for the whiting.

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