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Fishing Report for Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island & Port Canaveral

Capt. Ron Presley
July 16, 2006
Cocoa Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach Fishing Report

Summer Fishing

Summer patterns are definitely here. Try to fish early with top water lures in shallow water and move out deeper as the day goes on. This week we have caught fish on the High Roller RipRoller in electric chicken, the old reliable Zara Spook in white with a red head, and the yellow Top Pup with a white belly. The fish havenít wanted to fast of a retrieve, so keep it medium. If you donít get some strikes vary the speed and see if you can determine what they like.

As the sun comes up and the temperatures rise, we have been moving out to deeper water. In fact, trout that had been striking Rip Tide Mullet in 3 to 4 feet of water had moved way out to 6 feet on the last trip. This can vary a lot, so be sure to check out the various depths in areas where you have caught fish before.

We have gone over a week without a single redfish, so I am not sure whatís going on with them. There is still plenty of bait, but it seems to be in a different place everyday. Youíve got to do your scouting. Nevertheless, the week has produced sea trout, bluefish, jacks, and lady fish. Tarpon are rolling early, but when the sun peeks over the horizon or the morning clouds they tend to disappear.

Two nearshore trips produced only on big jack and he broke off. We spotted a school and tossed in a live pogie for the hook up but then got impatient and put a little too much pressure on him and he broke off. When you have light tackle and big fish you have to remain patient and use the rod and the drag to your advantage. Bring them back an inch at a time and you might get a photo opportunity.

I have heard good reports of big jacks and tarpon south of Sebastian, so expect those fish to show up soon. The nearshore bite has got to get better soon.

Rule Changes

Well, July 1st has come and gone and you now 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.

Capt. Ron Presley


Phone 321-454-7285


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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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