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Fishing Report for Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island & Port Canaveral

Capt. Ron Presley
May 23, 2006
Cocoa Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report



Ed traveled all the way from Canada to do a little Banana River Fishing. An excellent angler such as Ed expects to catch fish and thatís the way it should be. Always think positive and make the casts and you usually catch fish. On this trip Ed caught sea trout, bluefish, jack crevalle and mangrove snapper.

Ed limited out on trout up to 20 inches as he culled them along the way. But when we got to the dock at the end of the day he culled them again to only three by returning the biggest ones after a photo op and just keeping enough to eat while he was here visiting. We could all take a lesson from this conservation minded angler. Most of his trout came on the RipTide 4 inch mullet in electric chicken. All sizes of trout were willing to eat the RipTide today. There were more than twenty trout fooled by the RipTideís today.

Early in the morning Ed had a nice snook slam a Captain Mikes top water lure. After a couple of jumps and right at the side of the boat the snook gave us a final aerial demonstration and shook the plug loose. A nice 3 pound bluefish also fell prey to Captain Mikeís top water. Later in the day we switch to live shrimp for a while and caught more trout, a couple of jacks and numerous mangrove snapper.

If you read my last report I had mentioned the new Blast Shrimp Flavored Fish Attractant that RipTide came out with. Today I tried it by spraying it on a 3 inch mullet and casting it out on the bottom. It was no time until a nice little trout picked it up and ran off with it. Thatís right, just laying there on the bottom. Donít take my word for it, try it.

All the while the weather was threatening as black clouds crossed overhead. We got sprinkled on a little, but nothing serious. We manage to get a half day in before the rains came a little heavier. Too me it seems like a long way to Canada, but Ed is already talking about coming back.

Weather Changes Everything

The next day, after a great trout bite with Ed, a cold front came through and changed everything. I had another excellent angler on board with lots of saltwater experience. We left the dock early, around 6:00 in the cool air created by the front. The anticipation of another banner day of fishing was soon quelled as nothing seemed to work to produce a fish. The bite was off and George and I had to return to the dock without even having a photo opportunity. Sometimes I hate the phrase, but it is true. ďThatís why they call it fishing not catchingĒ.

A couple days later I was joined by Bill and Carol. They had fished with me a couple of times before and Carol wanted to catch a nice redfish. Since the last trip in the Banana River did not produce any good fish, I decided to take Bill and Carol on the Indian River. Turned out it wasnít much better. We caught a lot of fish, but not the varieties we were looking for. By the end of the day we had logged catfish, mangrove snapper, whiting, pinfish, and spotted sea trout. Bill had a really nice 18 inch trout and lost one at the boat that was even bigger. Both trout came on a 3 inch Rip Tide mullet in the chartreuse color. The plastic bait was sprayed with the new shrimp flavored Blast fish attractant made by Rip Tide.

Final Notes

The Coastal Angler Fishing and Boating Expo in Melbourne was a great success. Thanks to those of you who came by the Florida Guides Association booth to say hi and talk about fishing. One visitor mentioned that he was looking for the silver mullet color that I have been having good luck with this spring and he could not find it. We checked a catalog and sure enough it wasnít there. Turns out to be a new color and was not in the catalog yet. However, if you go online at www.culpritstore.com you will find it listed. If you donít have a dealer in your area, this online store is designed for you. Give it a visit and give the silver mullet color a try.

Rule Changes

Donít forget, starting on July 1st you have to use the pinched tail method of measuring fish. Your fish will have to be measured with the mouth closed and the tail pinched together. The measurement is then from the snout to the end of the pinched tail. You also have to have your tape flat on a surface, you canít follow the contour of the fish. Fish and Wildlife refer to this a ďtotal lengthĒ measurement. For more information, you can visit www.myfwc.com

As always, you can visit my website at www.inshorefishingadventures.com to view pictures of the fish we catch. Thatís what itís all about. Good fishiní.

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