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Warm weather improves saltwater bite around Cocoa Beach

Capt. Ron Presley
April 8, 2010
Cocoa Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

East coast fishing activity picking up with warmer weather

Finally, consistent water temperature in the 70's appears to have activated the fish. I think this is what everyone, including the fish has been waiting for.

Yesterday still had wind, but at least the clouds cleared and some sunny skies helped add further to the water warming that we have been needing. Several nice trout, bluefish and jacks made for a fairly productive day despite the winds.

The trout were eating best on DOA halographic shrimp. As always when using artificial shrimp the presentation is soft and the retrieve is slow. Remember, you can't fish them slow enough.

The good thing about the bite was that it was vicious. The trout were hitting hard and fighting hard. I also caught fish on my old favorite RipTide 3 inch mullet in glow, silver mullet and electric chicken.

I was using my new Sharkfin Reel from Castalia Outdoor Products. I am really loving this reel. If you haven't seen them yet take a look at the accompanying picture then check them out at www.castaliaoutdoors.com.

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The unique design of this reel gives you longer casts, longer line life and fewer birdsnests. This reel gives all these advantages and you don't have to do anything different, just use it like you would a regular spinning reel and enjoy the benefits.

Ask any experience angler and they will tell you the bigger fish are normally further from the boat, so anything you can do to lengthen your casts will increase your opportunity to catch them. The Sharkfin is one way to do that.

Last week I made a nearshore trip looking for cobia with zero results. Yesterday I was fishing inshore and having a blast but should have ventured out to the Atlantic. I have received good reports on the cobes. They seem to have showed up in numbers, so if you get a chance get on out there. There were reports of numerous catches out of Port Canaveral and a reported 95 pounder caught out of Sebastian.

I am hoping this approaching front will hold them back a bit and give us several more days to target the brown bomber.

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

You can purchase my book, Secrets from Florida's Master Anglers on the Snook Foundations website with proceeds going to the foundation.


Up Coming Events:

I will be attending the Snook Foundation Funament Event at River Palm Cottages and Fish Camp (Jensen Beach, FL) the weekend of Apr 17th. There is still time to register if you are interested, just visit their website.

I will be at the foliage festival in Apopka on April 24 and 25. Come by and visit if you are in the area.

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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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