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Banana River Trout Bite Going Strong

Capt. Ron Presley
May 21, 2008
Cocoa Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

The wind has not stopped blowing, but it hasn't hurt the early morning trout bite. Top water lures have produced spotted sea trout consistently, up to about 9:00. After that, switch over to your favorite plastics to continue the fun. The bigger fish are more likely from first light until 7:30 or 8:00 but the smaller ones have been willing to bite most of the day.

A pink colored X-Rap, a color I don't use that often, seemed to out produce other colors on a recent trip. Once we changed to Rip Tide Mullet and Curtailers, the color didn't seem to matter as much as the retrieve.

Rig either a Rip Tide Mullet or a Curtailer on ounce Pro Jig Head and vary the retrieve until you find what works and stick with it, until the bite stops. Then, vary the retrieve again until you find another pattern that works.

Good friends Lari and Tim were visiting from Minnesota last week with an eye toward catching some redfish. Both were excellent casters and never gave up, throwing artificial baits all day long. Although the redfish avoided us, many trout were caught and released by the pair of anglers. Lari added a snook, a huge ladyfish, and a jack crevalle for a little variety in bending the rod.

We pushed hard for that single red that would have made an East Coast Slam, but it continued to elude us.

There are more mullet in the river this week than last and that should only mean better fishing ahead.

That's what it's all about. Good fishin'.

Cocoa Beach Fishing Forecast:

Watch for more action to take place just off the beach in the near future. Reports of pogies begining to show on the beach are good reason to tune up the over-sized tackle for some great tarpon fishing, big jacks and king mackeral, in the nearshore Atlantic out of Port Canaveral.

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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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