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June 2017  

      Here it is already. This is a great month for me personally because Father’s day, my birthday and my son Cash’s birthday who is celebrating his 8th birthday, falls within a few days of each other.  Just gonna be a great month!
      Now as far as fishing is concerned, hopefully, it’s just as good and gets even better than it was for May. We had a great month and the fish started to turn on. The bunker have finally been consistent as we were getting them from the cruise basin all the way to the pier. Just look where the fleet is in the morning and you can’t miss them. Please be courteous, please. We do this for a living and need that bait to make our customers happy, let us get our bait. No need to play bumper boats, that only drives the bait down and makes it harder. Most of the time we will share our haul. Just ask.
      From the beach to local reefs. Tarpon, jack crevale, bonita, spanish mackeral and kingfish have been from the beach 20 feet to about 40 feet.  We have been having a lot of fun on light tackle with all these power hitting fish. Use live bunker hooked through the nostrils on 50lb fluorocarbon leader with an 8/0 circle hook. If you start getting cut off a lot then time to put the wired stinger rigs on for those toothy kings. Keep a jig ready for the cobia for when you see or mark the bait out there, as this is the time of year they start to show up on the bait pods just off the beach.
     The near shore reefs such as Pelican and 8A have been great for the early morning king bite.  Use your stinger rigs and live pogies for the best catch.  In the last few weeks there has been wahoo to 45lbs, chunky black fin tuna, mahi and a handful of cobia all caught on king rigs in the same area.
     From the reefs to offshore has been good as well. There was a solid few days of great catches of mahi and we should still see a few weeks of it. Many fish have been caught from 140-180 feet and some days past 500 feet, It’s just a day to day thing and up to the winds and weather as usual. The basic ballyhoo rigs and skirts have been the key. There was a lot of wahoo caught recently and should still see many more to come in this month.

     Bottom fishing has also been decent. I wish I can say the grouper will continue to pick up but usually once they open the season they do kind of shut off until fall. Pinfish is a great bait for them as is croakers.  Fish the offshore reefs such as 21 and 27 and if you have any of the wrecks that’s a good start too. Don’t forget about the amber jack. They’ve been great and should continue as well.
     Good luck and have a great June from your premier fishing guide charters of Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral Orlando Florida area.

 







March 2017

spring is already here. Crazy to think of it. We got to fish almost every day while some people had to winterize boats and shovel snow. Lol. All we had to worry about was some windy days. For the most part fishing has been banner. Kingfish, black fin tuna and sailfish have been on fire.

I would love to talk about how March is historically the cobia time frame to see all these free swimmers and manta rays migrating holding countless fish but truth be told we had 2 days last march that were “cobia” days. I’m sure some of you reading this can concur. Huhmmm, should you see the elusive cobia swim by this March Madness, have your buck tails ready. We like to tip the buck tails with a whole squid for the scent and that live look. 50lb mono leader is just fine. No need for fluorocarbon. When you see your cobia, lead your cast and jig that buck tail erratically. Get them Fired Up. Make them eat it. It helps to have a live bunker ready as well. You can always follow up if they don’t lite up on the first bait. I have noticed that you should only throw one thing at a time at them. I have been out when all 4 guys on the boat throw something at them and the fish literally have no idea or gets spooked. Throw 1 bait at a time. Cobia will hold to almost anything, a hard edge, debris, turtles, sharks, rays and many times they swim up to the boat. If you get lucky you can make them “eat the steel”, (free gaff)

Cobia will be holding in that shallow water this time of year. Anywhere from 20 foot out to the 55 foot area. Look for that 70 degree water. 72 being ideal. Patrick AFB is a good area to look as is the bouy 2/4 area off the shoals. Good luck finding these “brown ones”. I hope it’s more than a 2 day run this year.

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 February 2017

     I think I may start writing the near shore reports because of all this wind. Near shore has been great and should continue to produce this month. Massive schools of redfish have been near the port and around the tip of the cape. Look for the birds diving and good chance that there on them. They will eat anything you throw in the school and they’re all big!  Use any type of dead chunk bait you can if you can’t find those bunkers! 4/0 circle hook with a slip sinker will do the trick. Many of my offshore trips turned into port trips and beach trips if we were lucky with a west wind.
     Offshore fishing on the days we can get out have been great. The kings have been chewing hard on anything you can get in the water. Live bunker work best but frozen minnows work great too. Try all your favorite king grounds and I’m sure you’ll do just fine. Mixed in with kings are sails and some blackfins. We really haven’t gone for mahi but I heard they were scattered around. I’m personally not going to pass fighting chewing fish to go looking for a lame green fish…
      Last year this time was the best cobia run we had as many fish were caught this month. It was even better than March. I’m not sure if you remember but the March cobia run was roughly 2 days long Stan… Take advantage of those sunny days and go look around. I know it sounds like a cliché but straight out and around buoy 2/4 have always been a productive area around 35 foot depths. Patrick has always been a productive area too. Usually if your down there try the 45/50 foot range.
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January 2017

     I hope everyone had a great holiday season and a safe New Year. The last few weeks have been great near shore and offshore.
     Cobia and triple tail have been hanging pretty close to the beach. For triple tail I like to use a small bucktail tipped with a piece of squid or a live shrimp with just a small shot of weight on it.  Tease them with it a little and most of the time they will eat it.  Triple tail make some of the best eating around. You will find them free swimming and holding to pieces of weeds and anything else you can find floating.  Cobia have been hanging out in the same areas as the triples, have the bucktail with squid ready. There are many things you can use for them. If there hungry they will eat, so to speak.  A bucktail tipped with a whole squid has been the best for us.
     Pushing a little farther out, Pelican and 8A have had some banner kings on them. I have been using many different baits since live bait is a little hard to find this time of year so have your dead sardines handy. If you can’t find any pogies try sabikying some of the buoys or wrecks on the way out for some blue runners or threadfins. Live bait will definitely be better. 
     Pushing a little farther offshore the Mahi, wahoo and sails have been showing themselves.  Although there’s specific tactics and ways to target each specifically, I use smaller Islander lures with small ballyhoo or naked ballyhoo. All three species can be expected this time of year. Wahoo can be targeted with a little more speed in your troll.  This is the time of year they are around in greater numbers.
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December 2016

     I hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving and looking forward to Christmas! If you haven’t been out there lately you need to!
     Fishing has been awesome as it usually is this time of year. Bunker pods have finally showed up and should continue to stay around a little while longer. Work the pods close to shore for giant red drum and other species feeding on them, We had snook, cobia and sharks. Use a 50lb mono leader with a 1-2 oz weight and a 7/0 circle hook.  You can Knocker rig it or use a fish finder rig.
     Take the bunkers off shore for some great kingfish action in all the normal areas. This time of year all the commercial guys are out there trying to support there families. Please do not get in their way, its already hard enough with all the BS rules and regulations imposed on them/us.
     When you see them with out there doing circles just give them the space they need to fish. There’s plenty of ocean out there.
     Mahi fishing has also been picking up. This is the time of year they migrate south. Its not as good as the spring run but can definitely pay off! Use all the typical dolphin rigs. Hope you all have an awesome holiday and enjoy your families.

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November 2016

     This is the time of the year when all we are anxiously awaiting the king run.  Thanksgiving is the time frame that the big kings come in and the fishing really starts to go off. Normally, it’s usually the week around Thanksgiving, give or take. With that in mind, commercial season starts up as well. So lets give the guys doing their “circles” a little bit of room. I know how it can be but they put food on the table doing this.
     The bait has been sketchy to say the least. One day has been one throw of the net and the next day has been a struggle where I want to give up on the net.  If you cannot get bunker try a box of frozen minnows and troll those. Skirts in a few colors help make the baits look a little better. Be sure to use a good swivel while doing this. Spinning minnows can mess your line up pretty good.
     If you want to stick around the beach there has been acres of glass minnows where you will find Spanish mackerel, jacks, blues and even redfish and snook.  You really have to match the hatch so to speak on this. If they’re feeding on mullet then use live mullet. If they’re on the glass minnows then use small clark spoons, tiny buck tails or those tsunami lures that are thin and shiny. I like to use light braid in the 15/20lb class.
     Farther offshore should be starting up as well. Mahi should be seen more frequently as the 140 to 160 foot depth has been decent lately. There has also been some decent weed lines out there and if you can find that “yellow brick road” you will do just fine. I like to use small islander lures and small chuggers. You can tip them with strip baits (bonita) or ballyhoo. Either way you cannot go wrong. I have noticed that if you use smaller baits the hookups have increased.  Wahoo are normally starting up this time as well. They do better on the early morning bite. I don’t target them so to speak but I send my shotgun line way out on wire and I use a larger black or red islander and it works just fine.
     Good luck this month. This report has been brought to you by Captain Chris Cameron of Fired Up Fishing Charters, your premier fishing guide charter of shark fishing Cocoa Beach, offshore fishing Port Canaveral, Daytona Beach, Orlando fishing Florida area.


October 2016

     October… wow, how fast it comes and goes. I hope you all got in on that awesome ling action.  Those shoals have fired once again. I truly hope everyone went up there and wiped it out! What an absolute joke. Lets destroy our future fishery just because we can.  13 cobia? Sure why not? Lets just freeze them for the year. It was as usual picking fish out of the barrel! Go Ling! They are pretty much a “dumb” fish so they will eat pretty much anything. The best baits are a bucktail by T&A Jigs tipped with a whole small squid or the live bunker. Find the rays and you’ll find your lings. Remember the laws. It changes outside that 3 mile zone. King action as I might add has been epic to say the least.

     The local reefs have been firing. I highly suggest taking the time right now to find the live bait. If it takes an extra hour I promise it’s worth it. Sometimes live bait is not the only bait but it widely opens your chances to catching other fish like the random 100 pound wahoo on the shoals or the 60lb mahi you see free swimming the weed line. If the free swimmers aren’t around drop that live bait to the bottom on a three way. I can’t tell you how often we saved a day dropping those livies to the bottom and whacking the endangered Red Snaps or hooking into some nice gags. Live bait includes, bunker, pins, thread fins and scalies (sardines), but honestly if I catch it in the net or on a sabiki I always throw it in the live well. Sometimes saving that last bait to the end has paid off.  Get out there to your normal reefs and ship wrecks. Go fish! Its what we do, its what makes us tick. Good luck!
     If you need any help please don’t hesitate to call us. If you have some pictures to share for the Coastal Angler brag board please send them to firedupcharters@gmail.com. Have a great September from your premier fishing guide charter of Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral/Orlando Florida area.   Good luck this month and we hope you do well


​September 2016

     What a great month we had! Gotta love it. The bunker have been easier by the day to get. They have been in the port and fairly easy for a change. Here’s the kicker, now that you’ve got the prime choice in bait, they don’t want it and want frozen. Yup. That’s right. So here’s the lesson, try both, one dead and one live and see what gets hit on better. We couldn’t figure out what the deal was with the live bait after marking fish till we tried the switch up.  Who would’ve thought?  Also don’t forget about the cans. They have been holding sardines and a sardine will always get hit. Even when the ocean presents itself as a dump!
     Cobia. They are all over. Get out there with your bucktails and look around. No place specific but the reefs are a good start, hint hint. Also try the big drop, swimming right up to the boat lately!  Late in the day they have been surfacing on rays, turtles and free swimming. They love some live bait too.
     This is a great month for wreck fishing. Use all your normal tactics from three ways to knocker rigs. Live bait definitely works the best. Use lighter tackle for more fun. Amberjack and every other species have been sitting right above the wrecks and it’s been great.
     You can also try anchoring and chumming. Use some lighter fluorocarbon for the mangos. They have been plentiful! Even the muttons have been surfacing.
Don’t forget about chicken rigging all the monster sea bass and triggerfish! Man we have had some studs lately. It’s a lot of fun for the kids.
Get out there and enjoy the water.
     If you need any help please don’t hesitate to call us. If you have some pictures to share for the Coastal Angler brag board please send them to firedupcharters@gmail.com. Have a great September from your premier fishing guide charter of Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral/Orlando Florida area.  


August 2016

       So far this year has been a banner (awesome) season. The cobia came and went in about a 2 day period. Just prior to what is supposed to be the best time for them, March. Awesome start. Then the king run that normally comes on strong around April never really came. Instead we were surprised big time by the mid April run of mahi that was off the charts for almost 2 weeks, (About a month early). Then while we waited for the feds to make up there mind if we were going to be allowed to kill a few red snapper, Denied. To say this year so far has been anything predictable is far from the truth. Now don’t get me wrong, fishing hasn’t been terrible and not every day is a dump. If you search and try hard enough you will find a few fish. Here’s the best forecast I can give for what we are supposed to have historically.
       By the time your reading this, the thermocline should be about over. That means the bunker will be back to normal and hopefully easier to get than they have been. Keep your sabiki rigs handy in case you cant find those bunks. If your looking for tarpon, they have been consistant around the Patrick area. Use fluorocarbon and an 8/0 hook.
       Head offshore with the live bait and work the wrecks and reefs. All sorts of species are around. Use the live bait stinger rigs and slow troll. Don’t forget to use a downrigger at the 40 foot mark. We have been pulling some nice AJ on the troll. Always makes a nice surprise for a charter. We have been steady pecking away at sails, blackfins, mahi and cobia as well. All on the live bait slow troll. I have no idea what those guys zig zagging around everyone are doing at 8 knots dragging there baits on top. Go slow. Maybe 1-1.5knots  let the bait swim and look natural for the best results.
       If the troll isn’t so hot take your live baits and drop them down on a three way, Grouper, AJ and of course reds are doing just fine too. I hope this helps out a little. Good luck and have a great June from your premier fishing guide charters of Cocoa Beach Port Canaveral Orlando Florida area.


July 2016

       Happy 4th of July! I guess you all heard by now that the Red Snapper season is a NO GO again. Perfect I say!  If you catch them you can now release them to feed the ever-elusive protected sandbar shark that are now over populated as well. I’m glad we have created the perfect ecosystem.  What a joke!
       Fishing has been pretty decent lately. A few mahi have been showing up and a few cobia as well. Most of the mahi, kings and cobia have been on the reefs. Get your live bait and just go slow troll. The bunkers have been fairly easy to get lately. Watch your machines, look for the birds or even easier you can follow the fleet. Lol They have been from the back basins to the pier.
       This is usually the time of month that all the fish move in close to the beach. If you’re catching bait close just start fishing outside the pods. Worst case, you don’t catch anything and head offshore anyways. Don’t leave fish to find fish. Tarpon and crevales have been around to have some fun with too.
       At some point later this month expect it to completely shut down and become a dump. (Huuuughhmmmmm) Why you ask? Every year we have the cold-water upwelling show up and chills the water drastically and usually shuts the bite down. This does a few things. It makes it harder to locate the bait. And pushes the fish out of the area till the warm water returns. It’s actually pretty cool. Check your bottom weights and I’m sure they will be nearly frozen. If that’s going on then be sure the bite is gone. The other thing this does is enables every boat to become a professional Cobia fisherman. (I personally feel the cobia should be off limits during this upwelling) but that’s for the rocket scientists to figure out. Because they clearly know what there doing, NOT.  Yes the cobia will show up at some point on those shoals. This is by no means a secret.  Lets at least have just a little bit of etiquette. If a boat happens to spot a fish, let them fish. No need to rush up on them and start throwing your jig over their lines to attempt to catch the fish they spotted.  Every year I see so much disrespect. And especially give the charter boats trying to make a living a little room. It’s already hard enough with a charter on board.
       Good luck and have a great June from your premier fishing guide charters of Cocoa Beach Port Canaveral Orlando Florida area.  

June 2016

     We had a great month of May and the fish really started to turn on. The bunkers have finally been consistent as we were getting them from the bight all the way to the pier. Just look where the fleet is in the morning and you cant miss them. I see someone every day trying to throw the Wal-Mart 6 footer. Do yourself a favor and invest in that right net. 
     From the beach to local reefs, Tarpon, jack crevale, bonita, spanish mackeral and kingfish have been from the beach 20 feet to about 40 feet.  We have been having a lot of fun on light tackle with all these power hitting fish. Use live pogies hooked through the nostrils on 50lb fluorocarbon leader with an 8/0 circle hook. If you start getting cut off a lot then time to put the wired stinger rigs on for those toothy kings. Keep a jig ready for the cobia for when you see or mark the bait out there; as this is the time of year they start to show up on the bait pods just off the beach.
      The near shore reefs such as Pelican Flats and 8A have been great for the early morning king bite.  Use your stinger rigs and live pogies for the best catch.  In the last few weeks there has been wahoo, black fin tuna, mahi and a handful of cobia all caught on king rigs in the same area.
      From the reefs to offshore has been good as well. There was a solid few days of great catches of mahi and we should still see a few weeks of it. Many fish have been caught from 140-180 feet and some days past 500 feet, It’s just a day to day thing and up to the winds and weather as usual. The basic ballyhoo rigs and skirts have been the key.
      Bottom fishing has also been decent. Pinfish and croakers are a great bait for them.  Fish the offshore reefs such as 21 and 27 and if you have any of the wrecks that’s a good start too. Don’t forget about the amber jacks. They’ve been great and should continue as well.
     Good luck and have a great June from your premier fishing guide charters of Cocoa Beach Port Canaveral Orlando Florida area.  

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​May 2016

     Another banner year for the elusive cobia! I hope you were all able to get out there and put a hurtin on them the whole 3 days they were here.  They went from Sebastian to Chesapeake in 4 days.  Lol, what a joke. The fish that came through were on a mission north pretty quick. There were a few solid days of fishing then they disappeared. Maybe the geniuses that control the fish management will notice other species one day besides the over populated red snapper. But highly doubtful.
      This month also marks the time frame of the Mahi run. There have been decent reports of phins the last few weeks when boats were able to get out.  It seems like the better bite is deeper right now but expect to see them start coming in closer soon. Don’t ignore the 90foot areas. How many nice fish have you gotten in 65-75 foot reefs while kingfishing?  There are many tactics that can be used on trolling for mahi. If you get a chance to attend a few seminars, it will greatly help you. I like to use small skirts and either ballyhoo or strips of bonita.
      We should still see those large kings hanging around for a little while. This is the time of year when 8A and pelican start to light up. Best bait is large pogies on stinger rigs. Pogies showed up a few weeks ago and have been close to the surf; look from the jetties to the steeple. Also don’t forget to try the basins. Don’t pass the fish to catch them,. I see many people throwing 6/8 foot Wal-Mart cast nets. I’m sure you’ll get a few baits but try to invest in a real net. A heavy net with a long leash.  It’s the difference in catching and fishing sometimes.
     This month will also be good for tarpon. They showed up a little bit ago but should only get better. Bait of choice again is a live pogie on 8/0 circle hook
     Now that the bait is on the beach, try fishing the bouy line if the water is clean.
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April 2016

     April is kind of that in between month from the cobia run, dolphin run and waiting for the kings to show back up. Don’t get me wrong, there is still cobia around and there has been a few mahi being caught, but the good run is just around the corner.
     The bait starts to show up more consistently now that the water is warming up as well. It has been tough to find live bait. There are still schools of threadfins around that are taking the sabiki rigs just fine. Kings will start showing up very soon and if you remember last April was a stellar month for the big ones. Live bait is a must though. Threadfins and bunkers work great, but if you cannot find those particular baits, sabiki the cans for blue runners, sardines and bluefish.  
     Bunker will usually start to show up first in the port. Most of the time they will be on top flipping on top but you need to watch your machine. Once the water warms a little more you will find the bait on the beach. The best indicator to locate them is the pelicans diving as they’re much easier to catch in the shallower water. The second indicator is the 20 boats piled up casting on them. Also look for the mud patches, many people drive past them. These muddy spots are made from the bunker balling up on the bottom and actually whirl pooling the water, which makes for good bait pod fishing right now too. With all the new bait migrating into the area the predator fish will be feeding on them. The last few weeks, jigging the bait pods has produced big bull reds and a few cobia. Don’t hesitate to troll live bait around these schools for a king.
     Mahi are starting to slowly show up, they’ve been deep lately and not many numbers. Usually once May comes around the numbers will start to improve. Look for the weed lines, color breaks and temp changes. Ballyhoo rigged on small lures work great.

 

March 2016

     March Madness is here so bring on the cobia! This is the historic time frame here in the central east coast that the migration of cobia swims by us. Although we catch them all year long, this is usually the best time. The water is warming back up to the 70-degree mark.  Free-swimming cobia are the most fun to target in my opinion.  A few things must come together though. One being sunny skies, you must be able to see into the water a little bit and two, try to get as high as possible.
     A hungry cobia is not a picky fish nor are they the smartest. My bait of choice is a buck tail with a whole squid hooked on it. This gives a natural look and smell.  There are many different types of baits and lures people use. 
     I also like live bait. Pogies and pin fish work great too.  It’s fun to watch a cobia go nuts trying to eat a livey. Sometimes there are days that you will see 30 fish and maybe only 2 actually eat or get Fired Up on a jig. I haven’t had many cobes turn down a live fish. Some say they will never turn down a live choice shrimp or their magic swim bait etc. Fishing is just what it says, fishing. Some days they’re on fire others they swim away from whatever you throw at em.
     My gear of choice is 7-foot medium action rod with a light tip to jig the lure and enough backbone to stick the hook.  Line is 40lb braid and a 50lb leader.  If I’m using live bait, I use an 8/0 circle hook and I hook the live fish through the back of the head and cast forward and past the fish.
     Don’t forget to register in the sunrise tournament for the month long Cobia Madness. Good luck!
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February 2016

     Wind wind and more wind, go away already. Near shore fishing has been great and should continue this month. Massive schools of redfish have been near the port and around the tip of the cape. Look for the birds diving and good chance that there on them. There have been large bunker schools around, so take the time and look. They may not be flipping so watch your machine and the mudd balls. The reds will eat anything you throw in the school, buck tails, livies and I’m sure even a hotdog. They’re all big and upwards of 35lbs! 
         Many of my offshore trips turned into port trips and beach trips if we were lucky with a west wind. If you want to catch a bunch of stuff and keep the kids happy get a few dozen live shrimp and have fun. The way we do our beach fishing is with medium rods and light tackle while using a 1/0 circle hook with a #20 leader to a small swivel then mainline.  On the mainline use a 1 or 1.5 oz egg sinker.  This is the typical fish finder rig, works great, very basic.  Everything eats a shrimp.    Shark fishing on the other hand has been a giant dump. 15 shark trips last month and a whopping zero.  This time last year the big extinct sandbar sharks moved in so we are hoping they do the same thing. They are a blast to catch.
     Offshore on the days we can get out have been great but this is also the time of year that the kings are picky. If they don’t have a live bunker or threadfin flashed in front of their face they wont eat.  You will literally watch everyone around you hooked up and they will not touch a dead spinner bait. You really have to put the effort in right now to catch the live baits.
     Last year this time was the best ling run we had as many fish were caught this month. Many of the giants were caught in Feb. It was even better than March. Take advantage of those sunny days and go look around. 55-foot depths seem to be the most productive this time of year. Patrick has always been a productive as well .
    Don’t forget to get into the local tournaments. The deadlines for registration are at the end of the month. Sunrise cobia month long starts soon.
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January 2016

       I truly hope all of you had a great and safe holiday season with your family and friends. I would like to say thank you to all my family for all your support all year, I wouldn’t be where I’m at without y’alls help, and to all my fellow captains out there who I had no idea read this, lol. Thank you. Looking forward to another banner year and a few cold ones at the docks!
     Besides the weather being the biggest factor in January, fishing is normally pretty good. The king run should continue to do well. Find the clean water and put the baits out. This is usually the time the sails and wahoo pick up for us too. We don’t have the sail run that down south gets but it is normally pretty decent if you can target them.

      Don’t forget grouper closes this month too. Please be sure to follow up on all the regulations. I know its tough when they are constantly changing.
      If the wind allows you to at least fish the beach, you may come across sea trout, whiting and croakers to keep you and the kids occupied. Use small double hook chicken rigs with shrimp and a 1oz weight.
     Take advantage of the few good days we’re going to see and get out there and kill a few fish! I look forward to an awesome year and I hope y’all do too.

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December 2015

    I hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving and looking forward to Christmas! If you haven’t been out there lately you need to!
    Fishing has been awesome as it usually is this time of year. Bunker pods have finally showed up and should continue to stay around a little while longer. Work the pods close to shore for giant red drum and other species feeding on them. Use a 50lb mono leader with a 1-2 oz weight and a 7/0 circle hook.  You can Knocker rig it or fish finder rig it.
   Take the pogies off shore for some great kingfish action in all the normal areas. This time of year all the commercial guys are out there trying to support there families. Please do not get in their way, its already hard enough with all the garbage rules and regulations imposed on them/us. (you have no idea how hard they are making it for us)
    When you see them with out there doing circles just give them the space they need to fish. There’s plenty of ocean out there.
   Mahi fishing has also been picking up. This is the time of year they migrate south. Its not as good as the spring run but can definitely pay off! Use all the typical dolphin rigs. Ballyhoo and strip baits work just fine.
Every trip we are catching a few cobia. So keep a jig handy.
Hope you all have an awesome holiday and enjoy your families.
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November 2015

    Last month was terrible to say the least. We had bad winds on and off that caused rough seas and dirty water. Needless to say offshore was a dump as we call it... And even when it was calm it was still a dump. One thing we did have was the start to an awesome mullet run. Mullet were in the millions from the docks of Bluepoints Marina and up the beaches. We should continue to see large schools of mullet throughout this month. Many of these schools have larger fish such as tarpon, sharks, big reds and snook mixed in chewing on them. My rig of choice is an 8/0 circle hook with about 6 feet of 60# fluorocarbon. Hook the mullet through the bottom and top lip or in the tail. Work the outside of the bait pods. You can rig one mullet with a small slider weight to keep it on the bottom and another just flat lined. It’s a great time if you have kids, you can stay very close and keep them occupied.
   In the Bight, Just north of the Cape, and working your way north to the false Cape has been huge schools of jacks, Spanish, bluefish and lady fish. They are eating acres of glass minnows. Small diamond jigs and tiny buck tails have been the key. Just cast out into the frenzy and reel it fast. Make sure you use about 6 inches of wire leader. This has been a fun time especially if fishing is slow offshore or if the winds are bad out there.
   Offshore should start to see the kingfish coming in, Historically its usually the Thanksgiving week. It was very slow last month so hopefully this month is the ticket. Fish the normal reefs and wrecks with live pogies if you can find them or go with the spinning minnows.  This is also the time for Mahi. We didn’t see many last month so this should be it. Fish the weed lines and temp breaks. If you start the day off live baiting the reefs try live baiting for the mahi as they will eat a slow trolled live pogie on a light rod. We don’t always need a tld 25 with 40# line to reel in a 6lb fish!  Sailfish and wahoo are seen in greater numbers this month as well. There are different tactics that specifically target each of these species and a book can be written on each. To keep it simple all these fish will eat live bait to a trolled ballyhoo rig. Good luck!
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October 2015

      Soon we will be dressing our little ones up for Halloween. Crazy how fast this season has flown by us. I’m already getting excited for Christmas:) Sailfish and wahoo will be seen more now as the water temps cool. Wahoo are generally better at sunrise. They also like higher speeds and as we know, there are many different tactics in “hoo fishing” and a book can be written on them. I always get lucky on the shotgun line with a big black/red islander with a horse ballyhoo. Cobia will start up again soon. We really need to have some colder nights first though to cool the water back down. It’s still kind of warm considering we need it around 70 degrees give and take.
Now is the time that we start to see Mahi running again more consistently than the few here and there. Whether they are actually coming back from the keys or going back to the keys, who knows… Find some weed lines out there and give it a try, we had a good day in 95 feet last week working weed patches with live pogies.  If you already have the live bait from the morning cast netting, try to slow troll livies in the same way. Mahi will also eat mullet. So if you can’t find the pogies you should have no problem catching the mullet as well. 
If you haven’t noticed the mullet run going on; it still is.  Every morning I go out I see them up and down the beach getting hit on by everything.  I also see the smaller mullet rounding the jetties getting smacked by reds and snook.  Though it may not be the best table fare, jacks, bonita, sharks and Spanish mackerel have been all over the mullet.
Kingfish are still doing well at the local reefs.  Use stinger rigs and live pogies.  There was a few days that pogies were hard to come by so use frozen cigar minnows if that’s the case. If you’re using frozen bait, spinning minnows, you may want to tip the rig with a kingbuster. Try a few colors till you find what is working best. Sometimes a naked dead bait works just fine. Lately it has been day to day. One day you can limit out in the first hour and the next day in the same conditions you cannot buy a bite.
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SEPTEMBER 2015

      What can we expect to see in September? That’s a really darn good question. If its anything like the last several months its basically unpredictable! I have only been charter fishing out of Canaveral for about 10 years now and I still have so much to learn. This year has been completely odd/off to say the least. Lets start with bait. Pogies have been basically extinct. So the normal run to the pier and throw the net a few times and go to 8A has not happened. Instead we search for schools of scalies, greenies, blue runners or threadfins in hopes of sabikiing the baits. Then we gotta go to where we think the fish are… Has been tough to say the least. But I must also admit that fishing has been pretty decent as long as you can find the right bait.

      As for predicting the next month as of now will be tough. We are still dealing with the thermocline issues. If you hit all the wrecks you will find AJ and snapper still towards the mid to top of the water column. They will eat jigs tipped with squid and any live bait that swims down.  We should see the water warming up soon and that should bring back the pogies a little more consistently. Many of the baits have been on all the buoys and cans to the north. Take your live bait to your favorite fishing spots and try it out. This is all we have been doing. Bouncing from spot to spot to make our days work. Remember it’s fishing and not catching. Any day exploring out there is better than not!
      Shark fishing has been pretty decent. mid-day has been the best time lately. Best baits are chuncks of bonita and barracuda. Fish in the 20-30 foot depths both north and south of the Cocoa beach pier. Good luck

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AUGUST 2015

​     I guess its no secret now that the thermocline is in and the cobia are there. Lets at least show some respect and be considerate when we find a ray or a few fish. It’s been ridiculous, The charter captains do this every day for a living. Its difficult enough as it is. The last thing we/they need is 3 boats bum rushing, throwing jigs near the boats with customers on board. (yes this is a daily occurrence)
     Bottom fishing in this condition is going to be tough. The bottom is 55/60 degrees and the top is 80 so needless to say there not chewing. We are going to have to wait till that cold water moves out.
     The troll has finally started to pick up, BUT now you have to find the bait and that has been tough. It’s just not around. You’re going to have to sabiki it out there, find the sardine schools just offshore. Pogies are all being caught up by the netters and not making it past the Carolinas. Apparently there are huge processing plants there that all the cat food is made and pogies are the key ingredient. So I guess it’s save the cats and not the fish, Oh but hold…keep red snapper shut. They’re more worried about the snapper than the start of the food chain.
     Kings started showing back up again. They are not huge but at least they are here. Find the sardine schools offshore and start there. Normally this time of year its throw the net once and go to the reef. Well, right now you gotta work for it.
     Cobia has been great, and not just in the obvious area, but all the wrecks have them. Jig them up using 2 oz buck tails tipped with a whole squid. If they wont eat the jig follow up with a live bait of some sort. They are not picky!  We are averaging 2 to 3 fish a day just jigging the wrecks

     Amberjack have been hot on about every piece of structure out of the port. Fish them just like your fishing for cobia. And YES you can eat AJ. They are a solid white meat fish and taste fantastic. Cut the tail section with the worms out and there’s no issues. If you don’t like them, keep and call firedupcharters, we will feed the fat fireman! Lol
Try AJ blackened lightly or grilled. You will love it.
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JULY 2015

      What can we expect to find for July? Good question. If it continues like it has been the last few weeks it’s going be tough. But hopefully it does turn around. Bait should start to show up in better numbers as the water warms up. It’s been extremely tough getting on the pogie pods lately. One bait that has overwhelmed the shore has been horn bellies. You can catch them on sabikis.  I know what your thinking….they don’t work. Well, we caught our limits of Jack and grouper on them for a few weeks now and slow trolled them on the beach and got 2 kings. I have also seen the tarpon smaking them on the beach.  So, to the myth that they don’t work, they do. Only thing I noticed is that they have to be very big for them to swim correctly.
     Bottom fishing offshore had has been ok. Chicken rigging for triggers and other smaller fish has been decent. Find your drop offs and wrecks. Our chicken rig is tied with 40lb leader, two dropper loops, with an 8oz weight or whatever works to get your line to stay down, if your using mono, a heavier weight, braid, a lighter weight. On one hook put a squid, other a sardine.  While one is chicken rigging the other can drop a live bait down of your choice, pin, croaker, pogie and go for that Jack or grouper.  For those rigs use heavy mono in the 100lb class to a 3 way swivel, make sure your using circle hooks. I see many charters trying to set the hook in 150-200 feet of water. NO! lol  start reeling as fast as you can! That’s the trick.
      As soon as the bait shows up we should start seeing the kings again. July is the time that the beach usually comes alive. As a charter captain I can’t wait for that to happen. Keeping the rods bent and having a great time with families on the beach with bonita, kings, tarpon, jacks, cuda and sharks are awesome. Watching the youngsters fight a screaming bonita is priceless. (That’s what its all about). I can’t tell you how many times they turn and say that’s bigger than a trout. Lol  
      And I guess ya’ll heard by now, Red snapper season is closed. There endangered don’t forget?!?! HAHA
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​June 2015

    What a great month we had. Both near shore and offshore have been providing plenty of action. This month should be pretty much the same. Mahi may be tapering off but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
     NEAR SHORE, Pogies (bunker) have been more consistent to the south down towards Patrick AFB. Get your live bait and fish just outside your bait pods in the 20/30-foot range. Use 50lb mono with a 9/0 circle hook. Steady action on jack crevales, bonitas, tarpon and even cobia. Once you start getting cut off on the mono switch out to your wire rigs for the kings. They have been moving into the beach more frequently and should get much better this month with the warmer water.
     OFF SHORE TROLLING, Continue to live bait the reefs and wrecks. We have been keeping very steady on all species. Including sailfish and mahi in less than 90 feet. If the water is right then there’s no need to run way out. The edge of the stream has had some nice edges lately too. If you’re not far from it check it out. Its roughly 33 miles from the Cape this time of year. Naked bally hoo have been working very well. Try a few chin weighted and a few with the small bullet islanders. Colors vary, try a few to see what’s working better.
     OFFSHORE BOTTOM, The grouper and amberjack bite has been great. There’s offshore wrecks that do well as long as the 21 and 27 fathom areas. Three way swivels with a 9/0 2x circle hook should do the trick. Use large live baits such as pins and croakers. Please be sure to follow the grouper rules and regulations.
     Chicken rigging has been decent too for the smaller stuff. Triggerfish and sea bass have been plentiful. Use squid and sardines.
     Good luck this month and be sure to check out the tournaments coming up.
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MAY 25 2015 

        What a great month we had. Both near shore and offshore have been providing plenty of action. This month should be pretty much the same. Mahi may be tapering off but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
        NEAR SHORE, Pogies (bunker) have been more consistent to the south down towards Patrick AFB. Get your live bait and fish just outside your bait pods in the 20/30-foot range. Use 50lb mono with a 9/0 circle hook. Steady action on jack crevales, bonitas, tarpon and even cobia. Once you start getting cut off on the mono switch out to your wire rigs for the kings. They have been moving into the beach more frequently and should get much better this month with the warmer water.
        OFF SHORE TROLLING, Continue to live bait the reefs and wrecks. We have been keeping very steady on all species. Including sailfish and mahi in less than 90 feet. If the water is right then there’s no need to run way out. The edge of the stream has had some nice edges lately too. If you’re not far from it check it out. Its roughly 33 miles from the Cape this time of year. Naked bally hoo have been working very well. Try a few chin weighted and a few with the small bullet islanders. Colors vary, try a few to see what’s working better.
        OFFSHORE BOTTOM, The grouper and amberjack bite has been great. There’s offshore wrecks that do well as long as the 21 and 27 fathom areas. Three way swivels with a 9/0 2x circle hook should do the trick. Use large live baits such as pins and croakers. Please be sure to follow the grouper rules and regulations.
        Chicken rigging has been decent too for the smaller stuff. Triggerfish and sea bass have been plentiful. Use squid and sardines.
        Good luck this month and be sure to check out the tournaments coming up.
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APRIL 10 2015

Is it just me or is anyone else wondering where all the cobia went? Who knows? We had a few good days then beautiful weather with an empty ocean. We even saw a few hundred rays with nothing on them. Odd. But the good news is that this is also the time frame we start seeing them free swimming out on the reefs. While you’re out there slow trolling for kings, keep an eye out the back of the boat for that cobia trailing you. If your bottom fishing, keep an eye on what follows your fish up to the boat.

Good numbers of dolphin have been caught the last few weeks and should only increase this month. Start in the 90-120 foot range as many seem to think you have to go to 300 feet right off the get go. Unless someone is out there telling you to C’mon, start shallow. Start looking for color changes and temp breaks. Also look for weed lines and currents, as that is a good place to start. I like to use smaller islander lures with small ballyhoo or strip baits. On bright sunny days go with the yellows pinks bright blues. On darker days go with black red and purple colors.

Kingfish will continue to do well this month too. Best bait is going to be the “bunker” (pogies). Now that the water is warming up, live bait is much more consistent. Some days you may have to ride far south to get it and some days its right there in the port but at least it’s around.  Beach fishing is really starting to heat up as well. We’ve already seen some nice buoy line kings and tarpon. If the baits around chances are there will be larger fish feeding. I like to start with 60# mono till I start getting cut off then I switch to #4 wire.
Shark fishing has been on fire as well. I know many say I don’t want to deal with sharks or you cant eat them. You are completely wrong. On light tackle they are so much fun and blacktips are great to eat. Ever wonder why many restaurants are out of the shark kabobs? And I assure you, there’s no shark shortage. Just take what you will eat! No waste. We need there to be plenty of sharks and every other species for our future kids.
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March 15 2015

Hope everyone had fun cobia fishing last month. Continue to look around the 50/60 foot range for the rays and leatherbacks holding fish. Free swimmers will be abundant continuing through this month as well. If you find some type of color change, weed line or temp break, 70 degrees, in that depth your gold. Buck tails and live bait will do the trick. If they won’t fire on the buck tail follow it up with a live bait of some sort. Cobia are not picky so whatever you have will work. When using live bait, I use a 60lb leader from my 50lb braid to an 8/0 circle hook. This is also the time of year that they will come in very close as well. Don’t hesitate to start or end up in the 20 foot depth. Cover your ground and use the sun to your advantage.

Kings will start showing up in better numbers as well. Live bait will be choice this time of year for the big ones that come back through. We were just on the tail end of the smaller fish migration. Soon the 30lbers will start showing more consistently. Fish your local reefs and any structures that hold bait. Ship wrecks and any other structures work great. You can also sabiki these structures for baits.
     Bait pods will soon show up. The water is warming up and the fishing will only get better. Start looking for birds and flipping pogies. It’s been scarce to non-existent lately but don’t worry its almost here. Get yourself a good cast net. Tim Wade nets are what ya want. Get a little extra lead on it to sink it faster. Leave the wally world net at home. That 4 footer just won’t cut it. We normally throw a 10/12 foot net.
      Bottom fishing for grouper and throwback reds are gonna be good. (check your local regs) use live bait with 3 ways and knocker rigs. (whatever works best for you) 80/100lb leaders. 8/0-10/0 hooks. I believe you’re supposed to have circle hooks now in federal waters, so again check the regs.
     To keep the kids busy you can chicken rig all the reefs for triggers and the mighty sea bass. Use squid and small chunk baits. Triggers tend to hang a little higher off the bottom so once it hits crank it up a few feet.
     Mahi are close by so get that gear ready. I will touch base on that in Mays issue.
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February 27 2015

Have you noticed the cherry blossom trees blooming? I’ll give you a few hints, buck tails, March? Yup, you guessed it, Cobia! We have already seen some stud fish around and it’s only going to get better. Normally, the Cobias show up around mid February but better numbers are in March. We are looking forward to using our new boats with the 25 foot towers! One key to Cobia fishing is getting as high as you can to look for them or the rays that may be holding the fish. I have no idea why these fish always swim with other large creatures; whales, turtles, sharks, rays, skates etc. Speaking of whales, STAY AWAY from them. Some are protected and some are not.  If you’re in doubt, drive away from them! Major fines are not what you want to catch. 
Another must have is sunglasses and good polarized ones at that. We on Fired up Fishing Charters wear RCI Optics. They are a local company with impeccable service. Sun is an obvious must. If you’re going to go look for a fish swimming around, you have to be able to see them. Buck tails are another great tool of the trade. You can tip the hooks with squid or plastic curly grubs. Chartreuse colors seem to work well but if they are hungry they will eat a tin can as they are not the smartest fish around.
Hope everyone gets out there and gets a few for the grill! This report has been brought to you by Captain Chris Cameron of Fired Up Fishing Charters, your premier fishing guide charter of Shark Fishing Cocoa Beach, offshore fishing Port Canaveral, nearshore fishing Cape Canaveral, Orlando charter fishing and split fishing trips.


February 2 2015

Shark fishing has continued to provide some awesome action and excitement.  We have seen a big influx of the offshore sandbar sharks lately. These species of shark are normally the annoying large sharks that are known to eat ½ your kingfish many times while offshore. I’m not sure as to why there are so many so close to the beach. Possibly breeding? And when I say close to the beach, I am talking about 6 feet of water. Many of the Sandbar sharks actually have a long liners circle hook in the corner of their mouth, so you know they were at least 80 miles out.  This is a good thing for our customers because of the constant action with sharks over the 100lb class.  Also in the mix has been a lot of sand tiger sharks. They’re a lot of fun as well and the teeth on these sharks are kinda just poking out all over the place and make for great pictures. They look very vicious.  We have been using everything for bait. Sharks will eat almost anything. The odd thing is I have not had any luck with what I thought would be the best bait ever, week old nasty stinky bonita. I thought the bait would be sure to attract the biggest thing out there but never got a bite on it.  Turns out they are actually kind of picky. They love it fresh! Just like you, lol .  The fresher and the bloodier! Just like a nice prime rib. Bait can include bonita, kingfish, Spanish macs, bluefish and ladyfish Just to name a few. Next month  a little about the rigging and tackle used. Good luck and enjoy.
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January 15 2015

Shark fishing in Cocoa beach has been on fire lately. Talk about a lot of fun too. When it’s blowing 20+ as it has for days and days lately, your only chance to get out to do anything is sharkin.  The winds are definitely a major factor. If its 20 from the east, no go. You gotta have some west to it. Many ask, what direction does a west wind mean? When the wind blows FROM the west, this means the wind is blowing to the east.  When they say it’s an east wind that means it blowing out or FROM the east and to the west. SO with all that said if the wind is blowing west over the land before it hits the coast, the beach will most likely be flat and perfect for beach fishing. I know there still may be small craft and 6x6, bla bla bla, but that’s for farther out. (Explaining this to the charter from the mid west takes a few minutes because they see small craft cautions and think I’m trying to take them to get demonized, sick, lol) Where to go for sharks is basically anywhere along the beach, from 8-30 feet of water. Yes there are a few better spots than others but for the most part, pick an area, try it and move if no bites in the first 30 min.I don’t specifically target any species of shark. The only sharks I do target are ones that are large and bend the rod and keep the customers happy! Bait of choice is frsh bonita and any other fish scraps you have.  Anchor up and wait.  Heres a few sharks from the last few trips from Cocoa Beach Shark Fishing.  If your looking for a good time and want to catch a few of these monsters look us up. www.sharkfishingcocoabeach.com  407-222-3573 Good luck



January 5, 2015

The beginnings of January started off with nothing less than some of the best fishing we’ve have seen in a long time! The weather even cooperated for the most part. We seen great catches of king fish, cobia, mahi and a great amount of sailfish. Several days we all got lucky with some black fin tuna too. Bait wasn’t the easiest though. Some days all we had to roll out with was dead minnows but they didn’t really seem to mind. I also seen a few days where they bit the dead bait a little better than the live. BUT as a rule of thumb try to get the live bait. A good place to start fishing is the local reefs. Find the clean water and put em out. I’ve notice that this time of year the water color is more critical than summer time for some reason. Riggin your baits can make all the difference in the world. Some days they will eat 3 day old mushy minnows out the back of the boat but other days you need to go to fluorocarbon and small hooks with a light leader and no swivel. Also try sending one bait way out and one bait close to the back of the boat. Sometimes they will chew the long bait only or just the close. Don’t forget trying that downrigger as well. Start at 30 feet and gradually go deeper. There’s many days that all I get hit on is that down-ball.

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December 13, 2014

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season thus far. I’m sure most have you have been watching the wind blow lately. The weather mans forecast of 5-10mph has been about 20mph off. Good job! For some of our customers we have turned our offshore trips into beach trips if the wind has allowed us to even do that. The beach trips have been pretty decent lately. There has been a lot of pompano, whiting, croakers and sea trout to play with and its all-pretty good eating. Triple tail has been good too. Look for the floating patches of weeds and use tiny jigs with shrimp or squid. Keep an eye out for Cobia as well. We had a few good days last week. They were in a nice color change one day and weed lines the next. If you were able to brave the offshore, the king bite definitely slowed due to dirty water from the heavy seas. It’s slowly starting to pick back up though. The clean water is moving in and the bite is picking up. Look for mahi too. There have been a few good weed lines out there and you should be able to put a few in the box. Bottom fishing has been a little tough due to the ground swell. But this should all be settling down this week if the weather man is correct this time BUT we shall see. The video is one of the 5mph wind days, LOL Had to share a pic of the parade with my boy:) Good luck and Merry Christmas.

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November 28, 2014

This weeks report is a little different than the previous topics. This week will be on sharkin. The last few weeks in general have been pretty decent on the shark bite. We had many different species and a lot of them. Fishing the bait pods lately has been the key to almost every species. If you throw live bait out in the middle of the bait pod right now chances are you will catch a red drum, bluefish, Spanish and inevitably, the sharks. The trick is to target the larger ones. Yes you can catch a 50lb black-tip shark on a live pogie with mono. But your chances of consistently doing it are better if you use the right tackle. Here is what I learned over the years from some of the best guys in the port. Tackle should be pretty strong. You can catch a 25lb red drum to a 250lb sand tiger, Or bigger…. I use a bottom rod with a sealine 400, spooled by 100lb braid. I then use a large swivel with either 7 strand or solid wire in the 80/90lb class.3/4 feet of wire lead is plenty. Whatever you choose is fine. There’s a few different knots you would use depending on the wire you choose. Then I use a 9/0 or a 10/0 mustad hook. Nothing special. Bait can be a variety of things. Fresh is the key. I like to use live bluefish if possible. While I’m shark fishing I have the smaller rods out to catch bait. Bluefish are usually all over the place. A sure bet is fresh bonita. You can chunck the bonita up to bite size pieces and that works great too. Ladyfish, Spanish macs and even king work great. Sharks are usually a lot shallower than you think. 15ft deep or less. Lately we have been doing well in the 25 foot range. There’s many locations you can find and you can customize your shark fishing however you like. Chumming can improve your catch too. Keep it simple.


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November 13, 2014

Fishing the last few weeks out of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach has been nothing less than stellar. The winds have kept us from running offshore for the most part but with the west/north west winds we have been able to make the beach and shark trips almost daily. The fall run/spawn of the ocean running bull reds has been absolutely amazing. I have to be thankful that they not only showed up a month ago but that they are still here. It’s been crazy. I’ve had charters tell me they only want offshore fishing. I ask them, wouldn’t you want to fight 30lb fish on light tackle without going way offshore and they usually say yes, I didn’t know you could get fish that big near the beach, lol. Mixed in with the reds have been some nice blacktips sharks. If you haven’t tried a blacktip your missing out. Here’s what you need to do to catch fish along the beach right now. After coming out of the port look north or south for pelicans diving. You may find them from 10 feet of water to 30 feet. Every day is a little different. After locating them get your cast net and get some pogies or mullet, doesn’t matter. I use a 30lb leader and a 8/0 circle hook. You can send one out free swimming and add a 1oz egg sinker to the other. Circle hooks are the key for a safe hookup and release. Look around for the bait schools and toss your lines and just wait. I usually bounce from bait school to bait school till I can locate the fish. EASY.

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November 8, 2014

Can you say On Fire? (No pun intended) but wow. The last few weeks have been great. Bait has been around and not that hard to catch. If you can’t find the pogies you can for sure catch the mullet. We have done a few trips offshore on the reefs and a few trips inshore just along the beach. Kings and mahi have been eating live bait and dead bait. If you cant find your pogies grab a box of cigar minnows and tip it with a skirt. After the winds kicked up we had to stay inshore and give that a whirl. And honestly, Tarpon, reds, Spanish, bones and cobia close to the beach have been incredible! Find the bait pods and your good to go. Some days there up near the bight (left out of cape) and other days down towards Patrick. Bring plenty of leader material and hooks. 60# flouro and 8/0 circles. Good Luck!

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October 1, 2014
Hopefully this October will be the start to a good fall run. We have had a tough, odd season so far. Now is the time that we start to see Mahi running again more consistently than the few here and there. Whether they are actually coming back from the keys or going back to the keys, who knows… Find some weed lines out there and give it a try, we had a good day in 95 feet last week working weed patches with live pogies.  If you already have the live bait from the morning cast netting, try to slow troll livies in the same way. Mahi will also eat mullet. So if you can’t find the pogies you should have no problem catching the mullet as well.  Sailfish and wahoo will be seen more now as well. Wahoo are generally better at sunrise. They also like higher speeds and as we know there are many different tactics in “hoo fishing”. I always get lucky on the shotgun line with a big black/red islander with a horse ballyhoo. Cobia will start up again soon. We really need to have some colder nights first though to cool the water back down. It’s still kind of warm considering we need it around 70 degrees give and take. If you haven’t noticed the mullet run going on; it still is.  Every morning I go out I see them up and down the beach getting hit on by everything.  I also see the smaller mullet rounding the jetties getting smacked by reds and snook.  Though it may not be the best table fare, jacks, bonita, sharks and Spanish mackerel have been all over the mullet. Kingfish are still doing well at the local reefs.  Use stinger rigs and live pogies.  There was a few days that pogies were hard to come by so use frozen cigar minnows if that’s the case. If you’re using frozen bait, spinning minnows, you may want to tip the rig with a kingbuster. Try a few colors till you find what is working best. Sometimes a naked dead bait works just fine. Lately it has been day to day. One day you can limit out in the first hour and the next day in the same conditions you cannot buy a bite. If you need any help please don’t hesitate to call us. If you have some pictures to share, please send them to firedupcharters@gmail.com. Have a great October! This report has been brought to you by Captain Chris Cameron of Fired Up Fishing Charters, your premier fishing guide charter of shark fishing Cocoa Beach, offshore fishing Port Canaveral, Daytona Beach, Orlando fishing Florida area.


September 21, 2014

A few shout outs to start this month’s report, first one goes to Coastal Angler Magazine.  This month starts their first full glossy true magazine format! I’m glad to be part of this and thank you for all your support over the last few years. My second shout goes to Pirates Best Marine and their dedicated crew. As I drive to the boat in the morning their doors are open at 630am and when I’m leaving the boat at 6pm their doors are still open, usually 6 days a week. Thank you for keeping my boat going and your sponsorship to Fired Up Charters.


What can we expect for this September? Beach fishing should definitely pick up. It has been pretty good but should only get better. The kings should be moving into the beach and feeding on the large schools of bait.  Tarpon are mixed in and showing up even more.  Big sharks are also in the mix. Bait has been very thick on the beach. Catch your bait then put your lines in and start from there.  The bouy line is usually a sure thing this time of year. Start at the ones closest to the port and work your way out depending on the water clarity. If the water is very dirty move a little farther out. The bouy line is good because a lot of bait fish are in that deep channel and attract the larger fish.  


Offshore fishing sometimes slows down this time of year BUT with this odd season we are having so far who knows what’s going to happen? Mahi should start to show up a little better now and by the end of the month. The Cobia still haven’t made there normal July/August run so hopefully we see them this month as well.


If you need any help please don’t hesitate to call us. If you have some pictures to share for the Coastal Angler brag board please send them to firedupcharters@gmail.com. Have a great September from your premier fishing guide charter of Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral/Orlando Florida area.   Good luck this month and we hope you do well


August 20th, 2014
Hope everyone got out to enjoy our privileged American Red Snapper season (what a joke).  Everyone I know had their limits quickly and then released many more. But wait, they’re extinct! Politics I guess? Whatever!  Here’s a little of what we can expect for this month. HEAT; it has been absolutely ridiculously hot lately and expected to get hotter.  Along with the heat, expect the afternoon storms to increase.  Keep plenty of water, sunscreen and ice on the boat and try to keep cool. A wet towel on the back of your neck will do wonders.  Safety first! 
As far as fishing is concerned the beach usually gets much better. The water should be very clean and warm. Tarpon, jacks, kings and other predator fish are usually stacked this time of year close and make fishing fun. Bait should also be a little easier to get as its more consistent.  For some reason it stacks up in the bight this time of year. (Bight of the port is to the left outside the inlet up near the lighthouse.) Another thing I think we can expect is the thermal cline to move in.  This is the cold water upwelling that moves in from offshore and shuts down most of the bottom fishing.  This thermal cline also forces many fish to come up including cobia so be on the lookout for those! They made a great showing last month too. Wreck fishing usually improves this month too.  All the wrecks are awesome. If you can get a calm day and anchor and chum you will be amazed at what comes up to check you out.  Check out your machine and see how it lights up.   If you have some pictures to share for the Coastal Angler brag board please send them to firedupcharters@gmail.com. Have a great August from your premier fishing guide charter of Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral, Orlando Florida area.   Stay safe and good luck!


July 19th, 2014

Happy July!  
I’m sure many of you are happy now that we get to catch the extinct red snapper.  I say whatever!  They’re allowing us to keep a fish that they say there’s not enough around? Well I challenge that person to actually go on a boat out of the port and go see the truth.  Because when you’re in 85 feet of water and trolling live pogies for kings and you catch a 20-25lb red snapper on top water, something is wrong.  So they allow us to keep 1 per person per day for a 3 weekend period?  Please check with the local regulations before keeping anything!  Here are a few tricks to catch them:  Catch pogies and go to your local reefs. Use a down rigger set to 10 feet off the bottom. Slow troll using a king rig and you will catch them. Lol OK time to be serious.  There are many different types of bait you can use for ARS (American Red Snapper):  squid, sardines, and virtually any live bait. Some are better than others.  Most structures hold snapper.  All these local reefs have them. There’s a lot of structures north and south on 21 and 27 area.  This is what I use for tackle: 100lb braid. I use a 10-16oz egg sinker weight depending on depth and currents.  Then swivel to 100lb mono leader about 4 feet with an 8/0 J hook.  If you watch your bottom machine, snapper show up above the structure, reef, or wreck and look like a Christmas Tree.  Drop to the bottom and reel in a little till you’re about 6-8 feet off the bottom. When you feel a hit, reel fast. I watch many charters try to set the hooks in 150 feet. You have to reel, and reel fast!  This is what sets the hook. Anchoring is a good thing too. This can be an art. If you get above or in line with the structure,  you can chum them up. I have seen big snapper come up under the boat. The snapper are not the only fish in the ocean. This is the time of year also that the cobia start to come off the wrecks a little more. Give a little time jigging the wrecks. Jig with 2 oz. buck tails tipped with squid. I hope everyone has a good time and enjoys this month safely And follows  the regulations. I am sure that the law will be out checking during this season as they were last year. Follow the rules and have all the safety equipment on board. If you see a Wright Whale, DO NOT go near it.