With the month of August coming to a close, we’re delighted to report on two things – one, the dog days of summer are finally nearing their end. Secondly, the fishing, especially for large Cobia (25-40 pounds) on large Manta Rays has been superb in August.
In addition to the Cobia fishing, which can be exciting in its own right, our charters have also been seeing good catches of hearty Kingfish and Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) in the closing weeks of August.
Why do many fish seem so plentiful all of a sudden? Do they share in our excitement that cooler temperatures are on their way?
Actually, the robust offshore fishing recently around Cocoa Beach and along Florida’s Atlantic coast is due to a phenomenon called “upwelling.” According to the National Geographic Society, upwelling “…is a process in which currents bring deep, cold water to the surface of the ocean.” Basically speaking, upwelling results from winds and how they interact with the Earth’s rotation.
The reason fishing is so good during upwelling is that the process cycles nutrients from the bottom of the ocean floor to the top. Large gamefish like Cobia, Kingfish and others will feed on these nutrients, and therefore be in the area where anglers are.
Although upwelling occurs in only 1% of the world’s total ocean area, the process can be credited for around 50% of the world’s fish harvest from the ocean.
What’s ahead for offshore fishing around Cocoa Beach in September?
As we enter September and the last few weeks of summer, consistent winds from the east along with increasing inshore water temperatures are bringing Tarpon close to the beach along with other exciting gamefish like Redfish, Snook, Sharks, Barracuda and Black Drum.
Another phenomenon that brings all of these gamefish closer to shore is the fall mullet run, which should begin in earnest toward the middle and latter part of the month. At the end of summer and beginning of fall, large schools of mullet come farther south along the coast before they move offshore for spawning.
These schools are a prime feeding opportunity for a wide variety of gamefish. During our charters, we will seek out these schools around bridge pilings, piers, beaches or anywhere for that matter. Check out this incredible footage courtesy of BlacktipH Fishing…
Besides the mullet run, other opportunities for bait we’re seeing strong numbers for are poggies and thread fin herring. Since both of these guys are running so close to the beach, we’ve had great success throwing the net and obtaining our daily needs for live bait. Without strong numbers of poggies, herring and mullet, the large gamefish we prefer to catch would be much harder to come by, especially closer in.
If you’re not getting many bites, try and downsize your leader, hook and even your bait size in some cases to increase hookups.
Fin Factor Charters will be sailing both inshore and offshore from Cocoa Beach throughout September and beyond…
Although late summer/early fall season is one of the best times of year for catching exciting gamefish, one anomaly that’s hard to predict is the potential for a hurricane – if a storm passes near our area between now and the end of the season in November, we not only will be unable to go out, but there could be a big impact on fish, especially around inshore and shallow waters.
Don’t forget that we offer real-time reservations for offshore charters off Cocoa Beach right here at FinFactorCharters.com. And of course, you can always contact me with any questions regarding our charters!
See you on the water!