with Capt. Doug Blanton
Fishing Charters for Redfish, Gator Trout, Snook and Tarpon
Offering Fly Fishing and Light Tackle Sight Fishing Charter
Phone 321-432-9470 Email CaptDoug@indianriver.cc
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Central Florida has over 400sq miles of some of the most exciting shallow water fishing you could ever dream of. For years Cocoa Beach has been considered by sport fishermen as the best place in the world to sight fish redfish and gator trout. Because of the large numbers of redfish that make their home on our flats this area has been the target of numerous fishing shows and magazine articles. So, stop dreaming about fishing the flats and watching us do it on TV and let's go catch some memories of your own.
Redfish are not the only fish Cocoa Beach has to offer. We also have fantastic numbers of speckled sea trout, snook and tarpon that make their home in our waters. During several times of the year it is possible to catch all four species in a day.
I am a Cocoa Beach native with over 35 years experience sight fishing the Space Coast. I offer both Fly Fishing and Light Tackle Spinning fishing trips. If you have never been sight fishing the flats before, don't worry. I cater to all experience levels, from beginner to expert. If you are worried about your casting skills don't be concerned. I am happy to take the time to teach you a trick or two to improve your cast. As a guide my job is to help you catch fish. I will do everything I can to help you do just that without the stress and screaming you my have encountered with other guides. My philosophy is that fishing should be fun and relaxing. So lets get out and have a good time and put some fish in the boat. To see what we are catching now go to my Cocoa Beach fishing report.
When the conditions are right, you can spot these reds feeding on the flats 200 yards away. With the fish in your site, you sneak up on them, cast you line, and hold on. These fish are a absolute blast to catch on light tackle. After fighting a big red, you can count on going home with a sore arm. I tell most of my clients that in Cocoa Beach we don't catch reds, they catch us.
Most of the redfish we have caught on my charters in Cocoa Beach over the past 15 years have averaged 30 pounds with a few up to 50 pounds. I'm not bragging. That's just the fish we have here in Cocoa Beach. If you think I'm pulling your leg, (They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well here's a few million words.) Click Here and see for yourself.
Another fun fish to catch in Cocoa Beach is the spotted sea trout. It is common to catch them between 12 to 27 inches with an occasional gator (30+ inches). There are few things more exciting than hooking into a big trout on a top water lure. Over the past few years we have been catching a few of these fish every year pushing world record size.
If Gator Sea Trout and Bull Reds aren't enough or your just looking for something that loves to spend a little more time in the air. Cocoa Beach is home to some fantastic snook and tarpon fishing. The snook are more of a spring to late fall fish but one of Cocoa Beach's best kept secrets is the year round Tarpon Fishing. We have put tarpon in the boat when the temperatures are in the 40's and 50's. Most of these fish are in the 10 to 40 pound range but where else can you still catch tarpon in the winter?
I am a full time U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain with over 35 years experience fishing the Indian and Banana Rivers from Titusville to Cocoa Beach for redfish, trout, snook and tarpon.
I currently fish from a 2005 Famous Craft 1800XL with a 2008, 150 Mercury OptiMax Saltwater. It is one of the most comfortable and driest flats boats on the market.
So what make me different from all the other inshore guides that advertise in Cocoa Beach.
One of the most common complaints I hear about guides is about the cheep fishing gear they use. When you fish with me expect to be provided with everything I expect when I hire a guide.
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