With inshore, offshore, and nearshore fishing opportunities, Cocoa Beach has everything an angler could want. Inshore fishing spots include the Indian River Lagoon system, the Thousand Islands, and the beach shoreline. Those looking for game fish in the Banana River will find impressively large spotted sea trout, snook, jack crevalle, black drum, pompano, and mangrove snapper. Inshore anglers have the chance to catch pompano, jack crevalle, flounder, snappers, groupers, and king mackerel. The typical game fish caught here at Cocoa Beach are redfish, tarpon, mahi mahi, bull shark, snook, blue marlin, wahoo, and scamp grouper. Whether you fish from the beach, pier, river, or on a boat or kayak, you’ll find this area is a great spot to bag that next big catch.
The Banana River is an excellent place for trophy fishing at Cocoa Beach. You can explore the river’s salt marshes, tidal flats, and swamps on a fishing boat or kayak. You can also fish from the shore anywhere along the beach or on the piers dotted along the coastline. There are plenty of bait and tackle shops in town well-stocked with fishing gear. You can also try deep-sea fishing near reefs and wrecks in the ocean or the Gulf Stream just north of the city beyond Port Canaveral.
You can fish all year round at Cocoa Beach. The sub-tropical climate keeps fish biting even during the colder months. Summers can get very hot and humid, and fishing in July is often best during the mornings and evenings. Beware of unpredictable weather, such as cyclones, hurricanes, and thunderstorms, and always check the weather bulletin before planning a fishing trip to Cocoa Beach.
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Cocoa Beach boat ramps:
The following boat ramps provide access to Cocoa Beach.