Florida’s Cocoa Beach is renowned for offshore fishing. The World’s best tasting fish, Red Snapper, swarm the region’s reefs. Cocoa Beach is called the “Surfing Capital of the East Coast,” despite relatively small waves. This barrier island boasts soft sand beaches, a pleasure pier, and unsurpassed offshore fishing.
Expectation have been surpassed for Cocoa Beach’s offshore anglers. According to Floridatoday.com, Summer’s harvest, although still underway, has been “epic” so far. Summer has yielded an abundance of Gag Grouper, along Cocoa Beach’s reefs. This is a good indication that the region’s reef restoration project is viable; fish are spawning along the submerged concrete and coquina. It’s not just Grouper that migrate to these deep waters to spawn – most of the region’s fish spawn along the reef. Moreover, it’s essential that the reef restoration project is successful.
Both recreational and commercial offshore anglers depend on this fragile ecosystem to reel-in the days’ catch.
In addition to Gag Grouper, hefty Amberjack have been reeled-in from the region’s waters. An angler at Floridatoday.com reported reeling-in a 70 pound Amberjack. Although Red Snapper garnishes most of the attention, Amberjack is a mild tasting white meat. Beware of parasites when cooking Amberjack; the fish is infamous for worm infestations. One angler, at tidalfish.com suggests Cutting the Amberjack into 1″ cubes, roll the cubes in mustard, hamburger seasoning, Italian Bread Crumbs and frying the cubes. Moreover, Red Snapper have been spotted in 120 feet of water. Red Snapper are the region’s prized offshore catch.
“Everyone is awaiting Red snapper Season,” stated an angler. According to Floridatoday.com, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hasn’t released dates for Twenty-Eighteen’s Red Snapper season. “The public comment period closed a week ago,” reads the June Fishing Report “and the fishing weekend is anticipated to be either late July or possibly early August.” Anglers will be updated as soon a decision is reached. Florida’s Gulf Coast has limited Red Snapper season, during 2017 Red Snapper season was reduced to 3 days, the shortest season on record. Many fear the East Coast will follow suit. A balance must be found, offshore commercial anglers depend on the yearly Red Snapper harvest, but we must protect diminishing populations.
Offshore fishing presents unique challenges for the angler, especially those reeling-in Red Snapper. Red Snapper school in deep water, about 90 feet below the waters’ surface. Often, these fish are seen on sonar, but anglers find it troublesome to deliver bait at such depths. Moreover, don’t forget to take a break from fishing to explore the pleasure pier. The cities’ pier is home to many unique shops and dining.