Brevard Surf Fishing Report: Oct 2013

Gigi with a nice bluefish caught in the surf with J&H Surf Fishing.
Gigi with a nice bluefish caught in the surf with J&H Surf Fishing.

Welcome to October and the transitional period between the summer and fall/winter surf fishing seasons. September witnessed the annual opening of the snook season and we were off to the races. Every beach had a story or sighting of snook or some other fish (tarpon) doing something wonderful in the surf. One just didn’t know what to believe except that big fish (snook, sharks and black drum) were close to shore and bait fish were present in large numbers. Fishing live bait late at night or before dawn appeared to be the most productive for the surf angler looking for sharks, snook or tarpon. Early morning surf anglers were treated to no-see-ums, high humidity and flat seas just like the last three months. Atlantic croaker, drum, rays, bonnethead sharks and whiting peppered the beach fishing reports. I am not unhappy to see the June thru August’s heat and humidity in my rear view mirror as we slowly start to get cooler temperatures and more northeasterly winds.

Surf Fishing Tournament:
Surf and paddle anglers the 2nd Annual Space Coast International Surf Fishing Tournament is about to start on our Brevard County Beaches. The Kickoff/Captains Meeting (October 4th) will be held at the International Palms Resort (IRP) in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Seventeen local tackle shops are now taking signups for this 15 day surf fishing event and you are cordially invited to join in the fun. The tournament fishing times are sunrise to sunset each day of the event. The final ceremonies and awards will also be held at the IPR on the 19th of October 2013. Additionally, if you prefer, you may register for the tournament by going on line to www. This web site is a one stop shop for all tournament information including: rules, fees, prizes, workshops and more.

There are still many opportunities to catch big fish in the surf. As long as the bait fish remain close in to shore anything is possible for the shore angler. Remember to bring your cast net when you go fishing. You never know when a school of finger mullet will swim right in front of you on their way south.

Live or fresh baits are the way to go at this time. Fish in the troughs for snook, reds, bluefish and sharks. No need for 80/100 yard casts, you will want to target your fishing at 30 yards and closer to the beach. Early morning is always a good starting time and for the working anglers try right after work until sunset.