Cocoa Beach is a cornucopia for tourists. Florida’s “Surfing Capital of the East” offers white sandy beaches, a historic pier and some of the nation’s best offshore Sailfish action. The Sailfish population is considered stable by the local wildlife commission, and there’s no limit to how many Sailfish the angler may reel-in! leave the micro-skiff and light-tackle in the garage: think deep and bring out the big guns, to reel-in Cocoa Beach’s Sailfish.
Sailfish are among the World’s most unique fish, According to National Geographic, these blue and gray fish get their name from their “spectacular dorsal fin.” Sailfish posses little competition in the category of largest dorsal fin – other fish exhibit signs of dorsal fin envy – the fish awarded second place, the Spearfish, possesses less than half the dorsal fin surface area of the Sailfish. The Sailfish’s dorsal fin stretches nearly the length of its body and is taller than their body is wide. These fish are members of the Billfish family, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), Billfish possess a spear-like outward jetting lower jaw. Fish in the Billfish family are known for large dorsal fins and elongated lower jaws.
Sailfish can weigh up to 220 pounds. A 220-pound fish can exert tremendous force on the line. These fish are known to be aggressive and feed off squid. Moreover, they bully Sardines, other Bait Fish and the occasional angler with their dorsal fin. These fish have adapted to their oversized dorsal fin and this fin became part of their arsenal of weaponry.
It’s said that female Sailfish are the most visible, they swim slowly with their fin peaking from the water. Sailfish are renowned for their fast runs, acrobatics above the water’s surface and head thrashing attempts to break free from a hook. These aren’t the hardest fighting fish the brine offers, but they possess the weight to wear out the angler.
Cocoa Beach is the premier destination to reel-in a Sailfish. White sand beaches and deep offshore waters make for a surreal vista. Don’t forget to shop the pier for souvenirs and take in the region’s nightlife.