Florida Space Coast Fishing
From Cocoa Beach Pier to Sebastian Inlet, Florida′s Space Coast offers some of the best fishing in the country! There’s more species found here than at many places in the world. Whether your favorite pastime is deep-sea fishing, surf-casting or dock and river fishing, there’s an abundance of fresh catch at your first opportunity.
The lagoons, lakes, rivers and Atlantic surf of Brevard and Indian River Counties encompass hundreds of miles to satisfy just about any fisherman’s (or woman’s) fantasy. Sportfishing here offers a chance at many of the more than 500 species of marine fish and 100 species of fresh water fish in local rivers and lakes.
The central Florida geography of the Space Coast is the ideal environment for fish from both the sub-tropical and temperate climate zones, greatly increasing the diversity and amount of fish in the region.
Perhaps you seek giant redfish, spotted sea trout and snook from the Indian River Lagoon? For the bass fisherman, the spot to catch largemouth bass is on the St. Johns River.
Fresh water game includes huge catfish, crappies, largemouths, warmouths, bluegills, redears, spots, chain and redbreast pickerels. The area is best known for redfish and sea trout although other popular saltwater catch can include flounder, snook, tarpon, black drum, ladyfish and sheepshead.
Local fish camps, fishing piers, and private and chartered fishing boats from one of the area’s 72 marinas ensure a fishing adventure to remember—for amateurs to professionals.
Where To Fish on the Space Coast
Jetty Park (www.jettypark.com) at Port Canaveral offers a relaxing fishing experience completed by breath-taking views of the Atlantic and cruise ships from the unique rock jetty, a bait shop, snack bar, campsite, playground, bathrooms and showers.
Cocoa Beach Pier
Apart from great dining, surfing and shopping—fishermen love the Cocoa Beach Pier (www.cocoabeachpier.com) for bluefish, flounder, King and Spanish mackerel, sea bass, sheepshead, snapper, tarpon, trout, weakfish and whiting.
The mangroves of Cocoa Beach’s Thousand Islands (www.thousand-islands.org) offers fishing in peace and solitude. This is also a great spot to take a kayaking tour!
More than just world-class cruise ships are plentiful in the Port Canaveral (www.portcanaveral.org) area. Come here if you are seeking snook! Charter fishing captains offer live baiting for near and offshore trolling for the abundant Spanish mackerel, as well as shark, king mackerel, cobia, tripletail and dolphin.
What To Catch On The Space Coast
For those ever-popular redfish, check out the Titusville area for tournaments like the IFA Redfish Tour, which chose the location because it has the best flats for redfishing anywhere.
Schools of 100 or more of the fish, ranging from eight to 12 pounds in size, are regularly visible in the flats. The highly desirable catch can also be found in both the Indian and Banana Rivers, as well as the Mosquito Lagoon, during the spring and summer months.
The Indian River Lagoon boasts the fastest growing and largest sea trout in the world. Once known as the sea trout capitol, current conservation practices are returning large numbers of “gator” trout to the area.
One angler landed four species of billfish on the same day in 1998. Super grand slam!
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