Cocoa Beach to Melbourne Beach Surf Anglers are reporting great catches. Big whiting, sheepshead, black drum, ladyfish and Sharks are close in and feeding on the bait schools. Shrimp, clams and Fishbites are the baits currently producing all along the 72 mile Brevard County Coast. With the arrival of the summer months the surf angler will have to start sharing the beach. Schools will be out and families/visitors will be using the beaches daily to swim, sun, play, or just stroll where we are fishing. Below are some of my summer time survival tactics for the recreational and avid surf angler. “June surf fishing tactics” One: Fish the small beaches they have less traffic; not the large public ones with restrooms and picnic pavilions. Two: Go fishing before the sun is up and be prepared to leave the beach on or before 10 am. Three: Shrimp, fishbites and clams are my go to baits during the summer months. Four: Watch out for others while casting and/or retrieving your tackle. Five: Don’t get to close to the posted life guard areas. This is where the visitors and families go first. Six: Keep your eyes open to who and what is around you. If you feel cramped it’s time to move. Seven: Finally, I suggest that you can fish the early evenings from 6 to 9 pm. You will find the beaches less congested and cooler at that time of the day. So if you can adjust your fishing trips to evening hours, summer on the Brevard County Coast can be your time of the year.

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