The fishing this summer has been as hot as the weather. Last weekend was the open of the Atlantic Red Snapper season and full advantage was taken. Atlantic Red Snapper season runs 5 more days the two following weekends in July. Fish up to 25 lbs are expected to be caught every day. Weather is a large factor in targeting these fish out of a bay boat, but early mornings should be adequate to get out far enough for a few hours to pull a few big red snapper off the bottom.
The snook fishing has been as good as I have seen it in years. I have been catching snook as far north as Ponce Inlet, although Sebastian inlet at night has been the most reliable. Fishing low light conditions in the banana river has produced quality snook, redfish and trout most days of the week with all three commonly caught on one trip. Tarpon have been scattered along Cocoa Beach. Most fish are caught feeding on bait pods, although a few pods of tarpon have been found a bit farther off the beach. Atlantic Bonito have been showing up all around the beaches. These fish provide a exciting hit and tough fight all the way to the boat!