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Red, White, and Blue Day on Banana River near Cocoa Beach

Capt. Ron Presley
April 9, 2008
Cocoa Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Spring has sprung, a few mullet are showing up and the fish are beginning to bite. This past week was a red (redfish), white (snook) and blue (bluefish) day for one angler and the trout are picking up too.

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Dennis, an angler from Canada, and his son Lawrence really did have a red, white, and blue day on the Banana River. I counted the snook in the white category although it could have been trout as well. Dennis actually completed and East Coast Slam by boating Redfish, Snook, and Trout in the same outing.

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All fish were taken on Rip Tide plastics. The majority of the fish came on the Rip Tide 3 inch mullet. Favorite colors of the day were nite glow, silver mullet, and electric chicken. These versatile plastics caught trout, snook, and jacks although the day. The big redfish couldn't refuse a Rip Tide nite glow Flats Chub rigged on a Pro Jig Head. The space guppy color was also effective during the day for other species.

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Both Dennis and Lawrence were accomplished anglers and willing to toss artificials until their arms wore off. Their commitment paid off with numerous fish coming to the boat. As proven by these two anglers, casting is the most important skill you need in angling. They made good casts and caught lots of fish. If you don't get to fish every week you can at least take some time to practice casting in the backyard before you go fishing. The extra time will pay dividends when you do get on the water.

Safety Note

The world we live in today requires we take certain safety precautions to protect our property. This week a boat trailer was stolen a ramp I frequently use. It was a vivid reminder of the need to protect our property. If you don't have a lock for your trailer, get one - then use it regularly so you do not become a victim of a similar crime. This theft took place in broad daylight after a fellow guide had hit the water with his clients. He came back to the dock to find he had no trailer to tow the boat home. It could be you next, so take the necessary precautions.

Peacock Bass

If you want to do something different consider this trip in search of Peacock Bass. This is one of those trips of a lifetime deals. It's not inexpensive but what a trip. It's a 10 day trip that includes at least 6 days of fishing. A trip like this is a bargain at $3,550 plus airfare and tips. If you would like more information send me an email at presleyr@bellsouth.net. The trip is to the Amazon for some of the best Peacock Bass fishing in the world.

Kids Fishing Clinic

Coastal Angler Magazine, supported by the Florida Guides Association and numerous volunteers and supporters offer kids fishing clinics in various areas of the state. The next clinic will be held at the Melbourne Auditorium Saturday, April 19, 2008 from 8:45-11am. The Melbourne Auditorium is located at 625 Hibiscus Blvd. You can find Hibiscus Blvd. by going a 1/2 mile north of Hwy. 192 on Highway U.S. 1. Go west 1/2 mile to reach the auditorium. This event is part of the CAM Fishing and Boating Expo that runs all weekend, starting on Friday and ending on Sunday.

I hope to talk to you real soon with great fishing reports from Florida's Space Coast.

That's what it's 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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