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Join Cocoa Beach and Melbourne surf fishing guide, John Detmer, for a great day of fishing on the sandy beaches of Florida’s Space Coast.

Pull up a beach chair, grab a drink, and get ready to catch some fish. With 20 years of surf fishing experience off the beautiful beaches of Cocoa Beach and Melbourne, John will provide you with a memorable day of fishing action. Bring your family or some friends. With surf, sandcastles and sun, this outing offers something for everyone, and all at a price that won’t break the bank.

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Dedicated to surf fishing in the Cocoa Beach and Melbourne area.

John is one of only a few fishing professionals whose guide service is dedicated exclusively to surf fishing. A long time Cocoa Beach and Melbourne surf fishing guide, John Detmer is a retired civil servant who now pursues his passion for surf fishing as a full time business. Not only is John passionate about fishing, he also loves to share his years of knowledge with others. If you’re a novice fisherman, or have never fished the surf, John will have you fishing like a pro in no time.

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Central Florida’s premier destination for fisherman and beachgoers

Less than an hour east of Orlando lie the beaches of Florida’s space coast. The variety of outdoor activities and adventures available on the shores of Cocoa Beach and Melbourne, Florida make the space coast an outdoorsman’s and vacationer’s paradise. Pompano, whiting, bluefish, sharks and much more are possible catches on these abundant shores. The large variety of fish species that call this area home, really adds to the surf fishing experience.

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4 Hour Morning Surf Trip (Oct.-May) Group Trip Private Trip
1 Angler $80 $100
2 Anglers $160 $200
3 Anglers $220 $280
4 Anglers $280 $360
3 Hour Afternoon Shark Trip
(June-Aug. On Weekends. Call for availability)
Private Trip
1 or 2 Anglers $250
Group trips may combine anglers from multiple parties to fill all 4 available spaces. Private trips include only people from your party. Online booking is available for your convenience.

Bluefish

These fish are aggressive and ravenous feeders, that tend to move in schools throughout Florida’s coastal waters. They’re such aggressive feeders that often a bare hook will catch fish when thrown into a school of feeding fish. While the record bluefish catch for Florida is over 20 pounds, most fish caught are in the 2 – 3 lb range. These hard fighting fish make for great surf fishing action.

Shark

There are a wide variety of sharks to be caught off the beaches of Cocoa Beach and Melbourne. Some of the more common varieties are Nurse sharks, bonnet head sharks, and lemon sharks. We’re not talking Jaws here! These sharks can be 5 – 6 feet, with the majority being under 4 ft. Not coveted for their food value they are none the less a fun fish to catch, and catching one is always a real thrill for fisherman both young and old.

Pompano

A member of the jack family Pompano can be found throughout the coastal waters of Florida. Their diets consist primarily of clams, small crabs, shrimp and other invertebrates. These fish are prized for both their recreational and food value. While capable of getting as large as 8 lbs., generally we’ll catch fish weighing 2 – 3 lbs. Don’t let the size of these fish fool you. They’re a very athletic fish that will put up a great fight when hooked.

Other Species

There are many other species to be caught near the shores of Cocoa Beach and Melbourne. Including the hard fighting snook, powerful redfish, and the acrobatic ladyfish also known as the “poor man’s tarpon”. Sheepshead, black drum, whiting and much much more round out the possibilities in the surf. These species are highly prized by the surf angler for their food value and/or fighting ability. It’s this variety that makes a day of surf fishing the waters of the Space Coast a fishing adventure the entire family can enjoy.