The Basics of Inshore Fishing Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach’s variety of sea life is exceptional. Expect to reel-in a myriad of fish while wading the crystal clear waters. One angler, in Floridatoday.com, reported hooking 100 different species of fish during a single expedition. Although this tale is much too reminiscent of Hemingway’s Santiago and his Marlin, the region is known for a variety of fauna along the shoreline.
Expect to reel-in Redfish, Whiting, Pompano, Tarpon, Snapper, Wahoo, Sheepshead, Flounder, Jack, Blue Fish, Sea Trout, Black Drum, Croaker and Grouper from Cocoa’s Beach’s clear waters. According to Floridatoday.com, anglers are reeling-in 4-5 pound Spanish Mackerel, Ladyfish, Jack Crevalle, Redfish and Tarpon with ease. The action should continue through Fall.
Pompano are a favorite among inshore predatory fish. They’re said to possess a mild fishy taste. “They are one my favorite fish to catch, they put up a great fight and taste great,” said an angler at Gocasting.com. Pompano are most easily reeled-in with clam, however, anglers have had success with live bait. It’s said that Pompano bite less often than Tarpon, but the patient angler is rewarded with the region’s most beautiful catch, a shimmering blue and yellow Pompano.
Tarpon are abundant along the shores of Cocoa Beach. An angler, at Floridasportsman.com, shared his fishing report: “yesterday [we] saw some major mullet pods. More importantly, we saw 4-6 foot tarpon jumping out of the water as they were nailing the bait!” The region’s Tarpon are known for aerial displays. Tarpon give a hard run before breaking the water’s surface. Upon surfacing, they are known for somersaults. Moreover, bait fish, such as Mullet, are easily pulled from Cocoa Beach’s waters. According to Floridatoday.con, Mullet remain plentiful until October.
Cocoa Beach offers some of Florida’s best pier fishing. According to Cocoabeachpier.con, the historic pier was constructed in 1962 by a local businessman. The pier remains an antique wooden structure. The 800-foot deck includes a bait/tackle shop, dining, and other attractions. Adults may fish the pier for $7.
If you do indulge in barefoot wade fishing, there’s a trick to getting sand off your feet. According to Visitflorida.com, a generous amount of baby-powder makes removing sand a cinch.