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Cape Canaveral to Sebastian Inlet

Beth Sinclair
July 22, 2007
Melbourne - Saltwater Fishing Report

Florida Surf Fishing Report for: Cape Canaveral to Sebastian Inlet

The heat will dictate most fishing activity this time of year in Central Florida, with daytime temps easily rising into the mid-90s and humidity levels soaring near 100%. Early mornings and late afternoons, early evening periods are prime times for targeting fish in the surf. Remember to take plenty of water and drinks with you to the beach and hydrate regularly, even if you don't feel thirsty. It doesn't take long to get dehydrated on the beach and heatstroke sets in fast.

Fish don't much like baking in the sun either, so look for the best activity during the early and late hours of the day when temps are more moderate and the sun isn't high. General fair can be found along Brevard county beaches right now, such as whiting, black margates, sheepshead and occasional pompano. More pompano are being found from Melbourne Beach and further south, but not in regular or large numbers. Black margates and sheepshead are most commonly holding around coquina rock and worm reef, while whiting are scattered.

Snook are showing up on beaches, cruising areas where baitfish are holding, especially in and around the rocky zones of Cocoa Beach, Patrick AFB and Satellite Beach, but not in any great numbers. And remember, snook season is closed, so handle with care and release them in good shape.

A few anglers are finding some pods of Spanish mackerel in areas where small baitfish are concentrated, such as adjacent to Sebastian Inlet and Port Canaveral. These mackerel will hit small spoons and jigs, if you can throw them, or small live baitfish, such as pilchards or finger mullet. Remember that those pretty little macks have some serious teeth. Watch those fingers!

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