|Sea Robin Lil Guy|
A plethora of species surf fishing Florida's east coast await in Brevard County, Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach areas. Surf fishing Sharks, Pompano, Black Drum, Red Drum, Whiting, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Tarpon, Bluefish, Ladyfish, Spadefish, Jack Crevalle, Saltwater and Sailcats, Rays, Pufferfish, occasional Snapper, Flounder, occasional Kingfish, Grouper, Sea Robin, and Tripletail to name a few.
Let's start with where to go
The whole of Cocoa Beach charges for parking, so if you are looking for free parking near beach access ramps Cape Canaveral is for you. Surfers, swimmers, and fishermen usually share the beach and is self explanatory in observation before setting up.
A link to Florida East Coast Surf Fishing Updated Map showing the areas of Florida's east coast beach access and where to park, etc is below. It is a work in progress and expected to be complete in the next week. We are working to add to this through February to also include the greater Tampa area, Panhandle, and Keys.
|Cape Canaveral Taylor Ave Parking|
|Cocoa Beach Pier Parking|
Starter basics including line, reel choice, and knots are answered in the link above so we can jump into bait specifics for target species. Year-round be sure to have an assortment of fresh dead, live, or alternative baits like Fishbites with you, or a selection of lures if you choose. Link to our lure article is Artificial Baits Fishing in Saltwater or Freshwater. If one isn't working out, try another. If a spot isn't catching, move a bit. Watch the beach for signs, birds, sand fleas, surf break, catch the tide times before heading out and try to fish around the tide, moving in or out usually good but it isn't necessary to restrict your fishing to those times. Many fish are caught in between, right place, right time the fish might just be there.
What has worked for us through the years: Pompano, Whiting, Black Drum, Red Drum, Trout, Sheepshead, most everything will eat a shrimp (fresh, dead, salted, combined with Fishbites, or Fishbites alone) but Whiting, Black and Red Drum, and Sheepshead also like fiddler crabs and crab knuckles;
Clam (salted or not) bite has been Whiting, Pompano, Trout, Black and Red Drum, Catfish, Sharks; onto Finger Mullet (live or cut mullet) often catch Red and Black Drum, Trout, Mackerel, Tarpon, Snook, Shark, and Sailcat. Squid for Red and Black Drum, Shark, Whiting, Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, Catfish, Trout. Sand fleas catch Pompano, Whiting, Catfish, Black and Red Drum to name a few.
This is just a list of what we caught but never be surprised at what comes off the hook from the Atlantic Ocean Florida East Coast Surf Fishing. We highlighted Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach as we added those areas on the updated map.
Whiting: All our catches using Florida East Coast Surf Fishing Pompano Rigs
Florida East Coast Surf Fishing FECSF
God Bless =)