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The Cocoa Beach Florida is considered by many anglers as one of the best spots in the world for sight fishing redfish. This area has been the subject of numerous fishing shows due to the abundance of red fish, sea trout, snook, and tarpon that make their home in our rivers. In this area we have over 400 miles of the most exciting shallow water fishing you could ever dream of. So, stop dreaming about fishing the flats and watching us do it on TV and book your own trip today and let's go catch some memories.

I am a Full Time guide that specializes in Light Tackle Sight Fishing in Cocoa Beach. I ways born in Cocoa Beach Florida and currently fish these waters over 300 days a year and have over 30 years experience fishing this area.    

If you have never sight fished the flats before, don't worry. I cater to all experience levels, from beginner to expert. My job is to help you catch fish. I will do everything I can to help you do just that without the stress and screaming you my have encountered with other guides. To see what we are catching now go to my fishing report.

When you fish with me expect to be provided with everything I expect when I hire a guide. 

You can always count on

  • A fresh spool of line (I change line between every client). 

  • 2003 Shimano spinning reels, Ross fly reels and G-Loomis rods. 

  • Quality lures and tackle. 

  • A spacious smooth riding boat. 

  • And most of all, a full time guide that wants to see YOU catch fish.

Most of the redfish we have caught over the past 5 years have averaged 35 inches with a few up to 55 inches. When the conditions are right, you can spot these monsters feeding on the flats 200 yards away. With the fish in your site, you sneak up on them, cast you line, and hold on. These fish are a absolute blast to catch on light tackle. After fighting a big red, you can count on going home with a sore arm.

Another fun fish to catch in the Indian and Banana Rivers is the spotted sea trout. It is common to catch them between 12 to 27 inches with an occasional gator (30+ inches). There are few things more exciting than hooking into a big trout on a top water lure.

Cocoa Beach Fishing Report

April 15th, 2009 fishing report by Capt Doug Blanton

The cooler winter has been great for the water clarity here in Cocoa Beach. Our flats are almost gin clear in a lot of places. The backside of the cooler weather has been things are now running about a month behind. The bait has finally shown up in some pretty good numbers. The Gator trout are starting to push up on the flats to spawn. The only thing that is still running a little slow are the larger schools of reds consistently being on the Cocoa Beach Flats. We have a few nice schools of up to 50 fish but I have yet to see a school over 100. I can say that most of our fish have been around 25 to 30 pounds.

Now the other side of the coin is we are starting to catch a few nice Snook and there is still a chance of catching tarpon.

To sum it up. It's on it's way so keep the faith. Any day our typical spring fishing will be here soon and we will start seeing schools up to 500 reds.

For my full Cocoa Beach fishing report click here.

I am a full time U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain with over 30 years experience fishing the Indian and Banana Rivers from Titusville to Cocoa Beach for redfish, trout, snook and tarpon. I currently fish from a 2005 Famous Craft 1800XL with a 2007 Mercury 150hp OptiMax Saltwater. It is one of the most comfortable and driest flats boats on the market.

I provide the following...

  • All fishing tackle
  • Rods and reels (fly fishing and spinning)
  • Fishing license
  • Sunscreen
  • Ice
  • Beverages
  • 35 + Years of Experience!

You should bring the following...

  • Cool long sleeve shirt, Depending on season.
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses (Polarized if possible)  
  • A camera 
  • A lunch or something for you to snack on

To book a trip call Capt. Doug at 321-432-9470 or email me at [email protected] 

I usually like to hit the water 30 minutes prior to sunrise unless the fish are only feeding latter in the day.

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