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August 2016

       So far this year has been a banner (awesome) season. The cobia came and went in about a 2 day period. Just prior to what is supposed to be the best time for them, March. Awesome start. Then the king run that normally comes on strong around April never really came. Instead we were surprised big time by the mid April run of mahi that was off the charts for almost 2 weeks, (About a month early). Then while we waited for the feds to make up there mind if we were going to be allowed to kill a few red snapper, Denied. To say this year so far has been anything predictable is far from the truth. Now don’t get me wrong, fishing hasn’t been terrible and not every day is a dump. If you search and try hard enough you will find a few fish. Here’s the best forecast I can give for what we are supposed to have historically.
       By the time your reading this, the thermocline should be about over. That means the bunker will be back to normal and hopefully easier to get than they have been. Keep your sabiki rigs handy in case you cant find those bunks. If your looking for tarpon, they have been consistant around the Patrick area. Use fluorocarbon and an 8/0 hook.
       Head offshore with the live bait and work the wrecks and reefs. All sorts of species are around. Use the live bait stinger rigs and slow troll. Don’t forget to use a downrigger at the 40 foot mark. We have been pulling some nice AJ on the troll. Always makes a nice surprise for a charter. We have been steady pecking away at sails, blackfins, mahi and cobia as well. All on the live bait slow troll. I have no idea what those guys zig zagging around everyone are doing at 8 knots dragging there baits on top. Go slow. Maybe 1-1.5knots  let the bait swim and look natural for the best results.
       If the troll isn’t so hot take your live baits and drop them down on a three way, Grouper, AJ and of course reds are doing just fine too. I hope this helps out a little. Good luck and have a great June from your premier fishing guide charters of Cocoa Beach Port Canaveral Orlando Florida area.


July 2016

       Happy 4th of July! I guess you all heard by now that the Red Snapper season is a NO GO again. Perfect I say!  If you catch them you can now release them to feed the ever-elusive protected sandbar shark that are now over populated as well. I’m glad we have created the perfect ecosystem.  What a joke!
       Fishing has been pretty decent lately. A few mahi have been showing up and a few cobia as well. Most of the mahi, kings and cobia have been on the reefs. Get your live bait and just go slow troll. The bunkers have been fairly easy to get lately. Watch your machines, look for the birds or even easier you can follow the fleet. Lol They have been from the back basins to the pier.
       This is usually the time of month that all the fish move in close to the beach. If you’re catching bait close just start fishing outside the pods. Worst case, you don’t catch anything and head offshore anyways. Don’t leave fish to find fish. Tarpon and crevales have been around to have some fun with too.
       At some point later this month expect it to completely shut down and become a dump. (Huuuughhmmmmm) Why you ask? Every year we have the cold-water upwelling show up and chills the water drastically and usually shuts the bite down. This does a few things. It makes it harder to locate the bait. And pushes the fish out of the area till the warm water returns. It’s actually pretty cool. Check your bottom weights and I’m sure they will be nearly frozen. If that’s going on then be sure the bite is gone. The other thing this does is enables every boat to become a professional Cobia fisherman. (I personally feel the cobia should be off limits during this upwelling) but that’s for the rocket scientists to figure out. Because they clearly know what there doing, NOT.  Yes the cobia will show up at some point on those shoals. This is by no means a secret.  Lets at least have just a little bit of etiquette. If a boat happens to spot a fish, let them fish. No need to rush up on them and start throwing your jig over their lines to attempt to catch the fish they spotted.  Every year I see so much disrespect. And especially give the charter boats trying to make a living a little room. It’s already hard enough with a charter on board.
       Good luck and have a great June from your premier fishing guide charters of Cocoa Beach Port Canaveral Orlando Florida area.


June 2016

      We had a great month of May and the fish really started to turn on. The bunkers have finally been consistent as we were getting them from the bight all the way to the pier. Just look where the fleet is in the morning and you cant miss them. I see someone every day trying to throw the Wal-Mart 6 footer. Do yourself a favor and invest in that right net. 
      From the beach to local reefs, Tarpon, jack crevale, bonita, spanish mackeral and kingfish have been from the beach 20 feet to about 40 feet.  We have been having a lot of fun on light tackle with all these power hitting fish. Use live pogies hooked through the nostrils on 50lb fluorocarbon leader with an 8/0 circle hook. If you start getting cut off a lot then time to put the wired stinger rigs on for those toothy kings. Keep a jig ready for the cobia for when you see or mark the bait out there; as this is the time of year they start to show up on the bait pods just off the beach.
     The near shore reefs such as Pelican Flats and 8A have been great for the early morning king bite.  Use your stinger rigs and live pogies for the best catch.  In the last few weeks there has been wahoo, black fin tuna, mahi and a handful of cobia all caught on king rigs in the same area.
     From the reefs to offshore has been good as well. There was a solid few days of great catches of mahi and we should still see a few weeks of it. Many fish have been caught from 140-180 feet and some days past 500 feet, It’s just a day to day thing and up to the winds and weather as usual. The basic ballyhoo rigs and skirts have been the key.
     Bottom fishing has also been decent. Pinfish and croakers are a great bait for them.  Fish the offshore reefs such as 21 and 27 and if you have any of the wrecks that’s a good start too. Don’t forget about the amber jacks. They’ve been great and should continue as well.
      Good luck and have a great June from your premier fishing guide charters of Cocoa Beach Port Canaveral Orlando Florida area.  


May 2016

      Another banner year for the elusive cobia! I hope you were all able to get out there and put a hurtin on them the whole 3 days they were here.  They went from Sebastian to Chesapeake in 4 days.  Lol, what a joke. The fish that came through were on a mission north pretty quick. There were a few solid days of fishing then they disappeared. Maybe the geniuses that control the fish management will notice other species one day besides the over populated red snapper. But highly doubtful.
     This month also marks the time frame of the Mahi run. There have been decent reports of phins the last few weeks when boats were able to get out.  It seems like the better bite is deeper right now but expect to see them start coming in closer soon. Don’t ignore the 90foot areas. How many nice fish have you gotten in 65-75 foot reefs while kingfishing?  There are many tactics that can be used on trolling for mahi. If you get a chance to attend a few seminars, it will greatly help you. I like to use small skirts and either ballyhoo or strips of bonita.
     We should still see those large kings hanging around for a little while. This is the time of year when 8A and pelican start to light up. Best bait is large pogies on stinger rigs. Pogies showed up a few weeks ago and have been close to the surf; look from the jetties to the steeple. Also don’t forget to try the basins. Don’t pass the fish to catch them,. I see many people throwing 6/8 foot Wal-Mart cast nets. I’m sure you’ll get a few baits but try to invest in a real net. A heavy net with a long leash.  It’s the difference in catching and fishing sometimes.
     This month will also be good for tarpon. They showed up a little bit ago but should only get better. Bait of choice again is a live pogie on 8/0 circle hook
     Now that the bait is on the beach, try fishing the bouy line if the water is clean.

     This report has been brought to you by Captain Chris Cameron of Fired Up Fishing Charters, your premier fishing guide charter of shark fishing Cocoa Beach, offshore fishing Port Canaveral, nearshore fishing Cape Canaveral, Orlando charter fishing.


April 2016

​       April is kind of that in between month from the cobia run, dolphin run and waiting for the kings to show back up. Don’t get me wrong, there is still cobia around and there has been a few mahi being caught, but the good run is just around the corner.
       The bait starts to show up more consistently now that the water is warming up as well. It has been tough to find live bait. There are still schools of threadfins around that are taking the sabiki rigs just fine. Kings will start showing up very soon and if you remember last April was a stellar month for the big ones. Live bait is a must though. Threadfins and bunkers work great, but if you cannot find those particular baits, sabiki the cans for blue runners, sardines and bluefish.  
      Bunker will usually start to show up first in the port. Most of the time they will be on top flipping on top but you need to watch your machine. Once the water warms a little more you will find the bait on the beach. The best indicator to locate them is the pelicans diving as they’re much easier to catch in the shallower water. The second indicator is the 20 boats piled up casting on them. Also look for the mud patches, many people drive past them. These muddy spots are made from the bunker balling up on the bottom and actually whirl pooling the water, which makes for good bait pod fishing right now too. With all the new bait migrating into the area the predator fish will be feeding on them. The last few weeks, jigging the bait pods has produced big bull reds and a few cobia. Don’t hesitate to troll live bait around these schools for a king.

      Mahi are starting to slowly show up, they’ve been deep lately and not many numbers. Usually once May comes around the numbers will start to improve. Look for the weed lines, color breaks and temp changes. Ballyhoo rigged on small lures work great.

Have fun and be safe!

March 2016

      March Madness is here so bring on the cobia! This is the historic time frame here in the central east coast that the migration of cobia swims by us. Although we catch them all year long, this is usually the best time. The water is warming back up to the 70-degree mark.  Free-swimming cobia are the most fun to target in my opinion.  A few things must come together though. One being sunny skies, you must be able to see into the water a little bit and two, try to get as high as possible.
       A hungry cobia is not a picky fish nor are they the smartest. My bait of choice is a buck tail with a whole squid hooked on it. This gives a natural look and smell.  There are many different types of baits and lures people use. 
       I also like live bait. Pogies and pin fish work great too.  It’s fun to watch a cobia go nuts trying to eat a livey. Sometimes there are days that you will see 30 fish and maybe only 2 actually eat or get Fired Up on a jig. I haven’t had many cobes turn down a live fish. Some say they will never turn down a live choice shrimp or their magic swim bait etc. Fishing is just what it says, fishing. Some days they’re on fire others they swim away from whatever you throw at em.
      My gear of choice is 7-foot medium action rod with a light tip to jig the lure and enough backbone to stick the hook.  Line is 40lb braid and a 50lb leader.  If I’m using live bait, I use an 8/0 circle hook and I hook the live fish through the back of the head and cast forward and past the fish.
      Don’t forget to register in the sunrise tournament for the month long Cobia Madness. Good luck!        This report has been brought to you by Captain Chris Cameron of Fired Up Fishing Charters, your premier fishing guide charter of shark fishing Cocoa Beach, offshore fishing Port Canaveral, nearshore fishing Cape Canaveral, Orlando charter fishing

MAY 17 2015

              Is it just me or is anyone else wondering where all the cobia went? Who knows? We had a few good days then beautiful weather with an empty ocean. We even saw a few hundred rays with nothing on them. Odd. But the good news is that this is also the time frame we start seeing them free swimming out on the reefs. While you’re out there slow trolling for kings, keep an eye out the back of the boat for that cobia trailing you. If your bottom fishing, keep an eye on what follows your fish up to the boat.
             Good numbers of dolphin have been caught the last few weeks and should only increase this month. Start in the 90-120 foot range as many seem to think you have to go to 300 feet right off the get go. Unless someone is out there telling you to C’mon, start shallow. Start looking for color changes and temp breaks. Also look for weed lines and currents, as that is a good place to start. I like to use smaller islander lures with small ballyhoo or strip baits. On bright sunny days go with the yellows pinks bright blues. On darker days go with black red and purple colors.
             Kingfish will continue to do well this month too. Best bait is going to be the “bunker” (pogies). Now that the water is warming up, live bait is much more consistent. Some days you may have to ride far south to get it and some days its right there in the port but at least it’s around.  Beach fishing is really starting to heat up as well. We’ve already seen some nice buoy line kings and tarpon. If the baits around chances are there will be larger fish feeding. I like to start with 60# mono till I start getting cut off then I switch to #4 wire.
             Shark fishing has been on fire as well. I know many say I don’t want to deal with sharks or you cant eat them. You are completely wrong. On light tackle they are so much fun and blacktips are great to eat. Ever wonder why many restaurants are out of the shark kabobs? And I assure you, there’s no shark shortage. Just take what you will eat! No waste. We need there to be plenty of sharks and every other species for our future kids.
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APRIL 10 2015

              Hope everyone had fun cobia fishing last month. Continue to look around the 50/60 foot range for the rays and leatherbacks holding fish. Free swimmers will be abundant continuing through this month as well. If you find some type of color change, weed line or temp break, 70 degrees, in that depth your gold. Buck tails and live bait will do the trick. If they won’t fire on the buck tail follow it up with a live bait of some sort. Cobia are not picky so whatever you have will work. When using live bait, I use a 60lb leader from my 50lb braid to an 8/0 circle hook. This is also the time of year that they will come in very close as well. Don’t hesitate to start or end up in the 20 foot depth. Cover your ground and use the sun to your advantage.
               Kings will start showing up in better numbers as well. Live bait will be choice this time of year for the big ones that come back through. We were just on the tail end of the smaller fish migration. Soon the 30lbers will start showing more consistently. Fish your local reefs and any structures that hold bait. Ship wrecks and any other structures work great. You can also sabiki these structures for baits.
              Bait pods will soon show up. The water is warming up and the fishing will only get better. Start looking for birds and flipping pogies. It’s been scarce to non-existent lately but don’t worry its almost here. Get yourself a good cast net. Tim Wade nets are what ya want. Get a little extra lead on it to sink it faster. Leave the wally world net at home. That 4 footer just won’t cut it. We normally throw a 10/12 foot net.
               Bottom fishing for grouper and throwback reds are gonna be good. (check your local regs) use live bait with 3 ways and knocker rigs. (whatever works best for you) 80/100lb leaders. 8/0-10/0 hooks. I believe you’re supposed to have circle hooks now in federal waters, so again check the regs.
                To keep the kids busy you can chicken rig all the reefs for triggers and the mighty sea bass. Use squid and small chunk baits. Triggers tend to hang a little higher off the bottom so once it hits crank it up a few feet.
                Mahi are close by so get that gear ready. I will touch base on that in Mays issue.

This report has been brought to you by Captain Chris Cameron of Fired Up Fishing Charters, your premier fishing guide charter of shark fishing Cocoa Beach, offshore fishing Port Canaveral, nearshore fishing Cape Canaveral, Orlando charter fishing and split fishing trips.

Good luck see you out there.

Captain Chris Cameron



MARCH 16 2015

             Hope everyone had fun cobia fishing last month. Continue to look around the 50/60 foot range for the rays and leatherbacks holding fish. Free swimmers will be abundant continuing through this month as well. If you find some type of color change, weed line or temp break, 70 degrees, in that depth your gold. Buck tails and live bait will do the trick. If they won’t fire on the buck tail follow it up with a live bait of some sort. Cobia are not picky so whatever you have will work. When using live bait, I use a 60lb leader from my 50lb braid to an 8/0 circle hook. This is also the time of year that they will come in very close as well. Don’t hesitate to start or end up in the 20 foot depth. Cover your ground and use the sun to your advantage.

                 Kings will start showing up in better numbers as well. Live bait will be choice this time of year for the big ones that come back through. We were just on the tail end of the smaller fish migration. Soon the 30lbers will start showing more consistently. Fish your local reefs and any structures that hold bait. Ship wrecks and any other structures work great. You can also sabiki these structures for baits.

                  Bait pods will soon show up. The water is warming up and the fishing will only get better. Start looking for birds and flipping pogies. It’s been scarce to non-existent lately but don’t worry its almost here. Get yourself a good cast net. Tim Wade nets are what ya want. Get a little extra lead on it to sink it faster. Leave the wally world net at home. That 4 footer just won’t cut it. We normally throw a 10/12 foot net.

                  Bottom fishing for grouper and throwback reds are gonna be good. (check your local regs) use live bait with 3 ways and knocker rigs. (whatever works best for you) 80/100lb leaders. 8/0-10/0 hooks. I believe you’re supposed to have circle hooks now in federal waters, so again check the regs.

                  To keep the kids busy you can chicken rig all the reefs for triggers and the mighty sea bass. Use squid and small chunk baits. Triggers tend to hang a little higher off the bottom so once it hits crank it up a few feet.

                  Mahi are close by so get that gear ready. I will touch base on that in Mays issue.
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March  1 2015

​Have you noticed the cherry blossom trees blooming? I’ll give you a few hints, buck tails, March? Yup, you guessed it, Cobia! We have already seen some stud fish around and it’s only going to get better. Normally, the Cobias show up around mid February but better numbers are in March. We are looking forward to using our new boats with the 25 foot towers! One key to Cobia fishing is getting as high as you can to look for them or the rays that may be holding the fish. I have no idea why these fish always swim with other large creatures; whales, turtles, sharks, rays, skates etc. Speaking of whales, STAY AWAY from them. Some are protected and some are not.  If you’re in doubt, drive away from them! Major fines are not what you want to catch. 
Another must have is sunglasses and good polarized ones at that. We on Fired up Fishing Charters wear RCI Optics. They are a local company with impeccable service. Sun is an obvious must. If you’re going to go look for a fish swimming around, you have to be able to see them. Buck tails are another great tool of the trade. You can tip the hooks with squid or plastic curly grubs. Chartreuse colors seem to work well but if they are hungry they will eat a tin can as they are not the smartest fish around.
Hope everyone gets out there and gets a few for the grill! This report has been brought to you by Captain Chris Cameron of Fired Up Fishing Charters, your premier fishing guide charter of

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February 2015

Shark fishing has continued to provide some awesome action and excitement.  We have seen a big influx of the offshore sandbar sharks lately. These species of shark are normally the annoying large sharks that are known to eat ½ your kingfish many times while offshore. I’m not sure as to why there are so many so close to the beach. Possibly breeding? And when I say close to the beach, I am talking about 6 feet of water. Many of the Sandbar sharks actually have a long liners circle hook in the corner of their mouth, so you know they were at least 80 miles out.  This is a good thing for our customers because of the constant action with sharks over the 100lb class.  Also in the mix has been a lot of sand tiger sharks. They’re a lot of fun as well and the teeth on these sharks are kinda just poking out all over the place and make for great pictures. They look very vicious.  We have been using everything for bait. Sharks will eat almost anything. The odd thing is I have not had any luck with what I thought would be the best bait ever, week old nasty stinky bonita. I thought the bait would be sure to attract the biggest thing out there but never got a bite on it.  Turns out they are actually kind of picky. They love it fresh! Just like you, lol .  The fresher and the bloodier! Just like a nice prime rib. Bait can include bonita, kingfish, Spanish macs, bluefish and ladyfish Just to name a few. Next month  a little about the rigging and tackle used. Good luck and enjoy.
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January  2015

Shark fishing in Cocoa beach has been on fire lately. Talk about a lot of fun too. When it’s blowing 20+ as it has for days and days lately, your only chance to get out to do anything is sharkin.  The winds are definitely a major factor. If its 20 from the east, no go. You gotta have some west to it. Many ask, what direction does a west wind mean? When the wind blows FROM the west, this means the wind is blowing to the east.  When they say it’s an east wind that means it blowing out or FROM the east and to the west. SO with all that said if the wind is blowing west over the land before it hits the coast, the beach will most likely be flat and perfect for beach fishing. I know there still may be small craft and 6x6, bla bla bla, but that’s for farther out. (Explaining this to the charter from the mid west takes a few minutes because they see small craft cautions and think I’m trying to take them to get demonized, sick, lol) Where to go for sharks is basically anywhere along the beach, from 8-30 feet of water. Yes there are a few better spots than others but for the most part, pick an area, try it and move if no bites in the first 30 min.I don’t specifically target any species of shark. The only sharks I do target are ones that are large and bend the rod and keep the customers happy! Bait of choice is frsh bonita and any other fish scraps you have.  Anchor up and wait.  Heres a few sharks from the last few trips from Cocoa Beach Shark Fishing.  If your looking for a good time and want to catch a few of these monsters look us up. www.sharkfishingcocoabeach.com  407-222-3573 Good luck



December  2014

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season thus far. I’m sure most have you have been watching the wind blow lately. The weather mans forecast of 5-10mph has been about 20mph off. Good job! For some of our customers we have turned our offshore trips into beach trips if the wind has allowed us to even do that. The beach trips have been pretty decent lately. There has been a lot of pompano, whiting, croakers and sea trout to play with and its all-pretty good eating. Triple tail has been good too. Look for the floating patches of weeds and use tiny jigs with shrimp or squid. Keep an eye out for Cobia as well. We had a few good days last week. They were in a nice color change one day and weed lines the next. If you were able to brave the offshore, the king bite definitely slowed due to dirty water from the heavy seas. It’s slowly starting to pick back up though. The clean water is moving in and the bite is picking up. Look for mahi too. There have been a few good weed lines out there and you should be able to put a few in the box. Bottom fishing has been a little tough due to the ground swell. But this should all be settling down this week if the weather man is correct this time BUT we shall see. The video is one of the 5mph wind days, LOL Had to share a pic of the parade with my boy:) Good luck and Merry Christmas.

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November  2014

This weeks report is a little different than the previous topics. This week will be on sharkin. The last few weeks in general have been pretty decent on the shark bite. We had many different species and a lot of them. Fishing the bait pods lately has been the key to almost every species. If you throw live bait out in the middle of the bait pod right now chances are you will catch a red drum, bluefish, Spanish and inevitably, the sharks. The trick is to target the larger ones. Yes you can catch a 50lb black-tip shark on a live pogie with mono. But your chances of consistently doing it are better if you use the right tackle. Here is what I learned over the years from some of the best guys in the port. Tackle should be pretty strong. You can catch a 25lb red drum to a 250lb sand tiger, Or bigger…. I use a bottom rod with a sealine 400, spooled by 100lb braid. I then use a large swivel with either 7 strand or solid wire in the 80/90lb class.3/4 feet of wire lead is plenty. Whatever you choose is fine. There’s a few different knots you would use depending on the wire you choose. Then I use a 9/0 or a 10/0 mustad hook. Nothing special. Bait can be a variety of things. Fresh is the key. I like to use live bluefish if possible. While I’m shark fishing I have the smaller rods out to catch bait. Bluefish are usually all over the place. A sure bet is fresh bonita. You can chunck the bonita up to bite size pieces and that works great too. Ladyfish, Spanish macs and even king work great. Sharks are usually a lot shallower than you think. 15ft deep or less. Lately we have been doing well in the 25 foot range. There’s many locations you can find and you can customize your shark fishing however you like. Chumming can improve your catch too. Keep it simple.

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November 2014

Fishing the last few weeks out of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach has been nothing less than stellar. The winds have kept us from running offshore for the most part but with the west/north west winds we have been able to make the beach and shark trips almost daily. The fall run/spawn of the ocean running bull reds has been absolutely amazing. I have to be thankful that they not only showed up a month ago but that they are still here. It’s been crazy. I’ve had charters tell me they only want offshore fishing. I ask them, wouldn’t you want to fight 30lb fish on light tackle without going way offshore and they usually say yes, I didn’t know you could get fish that big near the beach, lol. Mixed in with the reds have been some nice blacktips sharks. If you haven’t tried a blacktip your missing out. Here’s what you need to do to catch fish along the beach right now. After coming out of the port look north or south for pelicans diving. You may find them from 10 feet of water to 30 feet. Every day is a little different. After locating them get your cast net and get some pogies or mullet, doesn’t matter. I use a 30lb leader and a 8/0 circle hook. You can send one out free swimming and add a 1oz egg sinker to the other. Circle hooks are the key for a safe hookup and release. Look around for the bait schools and toss your lines and just wait. I usually bounce from bait school to bait school till I can locate the fish. EASY.


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November 8, 2014

Can you say On Fire? (No pun intended) but wow. The last few weeks have been great. Bait has been around and not that hard to catch. If you can’t find the pogies you can for sure catch the mullet. We have done a few trips offshore on the reefs and a few trips inshore just along the beach. Kings and mahi have been eating live bait and dead bait. If you cant find your pogies grab a box of cigar minnows and tip it with a skirt. After the winds kicked up we had to stay inshore and give that a whirl. And honestly, Tarpon, reds, Spanish, bones and cobia close to the beach have been incredible! Find the bait pods and your good to go. Some days there up near the bight (left out of cape) and other days down towards Patrick. Bring plenty of leader material and hooks. 60# flouro and 8/0 circles. Good Luck!


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July 2016

       Happy 4th of July! I guess you all heard by now that the Red Snapper season is a NO GO again. Perfect I say!  If you catch them you can now release them to feed the ever-elusive protected sandbar shark that are now over populated as well. I’m glad we have created the perfect ecosystem.  What a joke!
       Fishing has been pretty decent lately. A few mahi have been showing up and a few cobia as well. Most of the mahi, kings and cobia have been on the reefs. Get your live bait and just go slow troll. The bunkers have been fairly easy to get lately. Watch your machines, look for the birds or even easier you can follow the fleet. Lol They have been from the back basins to the pier.
       This is usually the time of month that all the fish move in close to the beach. If you’re catching bait close just start fishing outside the pods. Worst case, you don’t catch anything and head offshore anyways. Don’t leave fish to find fish. Tarpon and crevales have been around to have some fun with too.
       At some point later this month expect it to completely shut down and become a dump. (Huuuughhmmmmm) Why you ask? Every year we have the cold-water upwelling show up and chills the water drastically and usually shuts the bite down. This does a few things. It makes it harder to locate the bait. And pushes the fish out of the area till the warm water returns. It’s actually pretty cool. Check your bottom weights and I’m sure they will be nearly frozen. If that’s going on then be sure the bite is gone. The other thing this does is enables every boat to become a professional Cobia fisherman. (I personally feel the cobia should be off limits during this upwelling) but that’s for the rocket scientists to figure out. Because they clearly know what there doing, NOT.  Yes the cobia will show up at some point on those shoals. This is by no means a secret.  Lets at least have just a little bit of etiquette. If a boat happens to spot a fish, let them fish. No need to rush up on them and start throwing your jig over their lines to attempt to catch the fish they spotted.  Every year I see so much disrespect. And especially give the charter boats trying to make a living a little room. It’s already hard enough with a charter on board.
       Good luck and have a great June from your premier fishing guide charters of Cocoa Beach Port Canaveral Orlando Florida area.