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Monday May 29, 2017

The Space Coast on Florida's eastern coastline host some great bottom fishing for snapper, grouper and other benthic dwelling species. There are no less than nine WWII wrecks out of Port Canaveral and a multitude of other natural reef formations, publicly built reefs and other debris from NASA and launch facilities.

A stout rod and reel combo with 80 lb braid can tackle most bottom fish targeted by recreational anglers. Skill and strength will separate the men from the boys when if comes to the tug-a-war game between man & fish. Most bottom dwelling fish are very familiar with their wrecks and structure and once hooked head straight for shelter in the comfort of a nook-and-cranny place in a wreck or under a rock crevice.

The lazy way to bottom fish is to simply purchase frozen cigar minnows, sardines or whatever frozen bait is available. The knowledgeable anglers will use some form of live bait with croaker being their first choice.

Most bottom fishermen use a simple slip sinker rig with a long 40 pound fluorocarbon leader for snapper or stronger leaders for grouper. A good rule of thumb is one ounce per 10 feet of depth depending on the currents and tide. If the tide is ripping you may never hit the bottom in deeper waters over 100 feet. Current can make or break a good day of bottom fishing and each day or moon phase can change the current situation drastically.

Anchoring up on structure is often the key to a successful bottom fishing day. A properly anchored vessel can put baits consistently in the correct location. Use a depth finder in tandem with an accurate GPS and you'll consistently find good bottom to fish. Finding lat/long coordinates and keeping them private, may be the most difficult thing for a hard-core bottom fisherman to protect.

Summarizing bottom fishing
1). Heavy Tackle with good braid
2). Weight your baits according to depth and current
3). A Good GPS and Depth Recorder is crucial
4). Practice Anchoring to present baits in the Strike Zone or understand the drift
5). Live Baits work Better than Dead, but Dead will often work
6). Brute Force and Skill will often overcome a big bottom fish, but not always


Enjoy your day on the water
Captain Richard / Lagooner Fishing Guide

Orlando Florida Bottom Fishing Charters

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: January 26 2017 23:04:28.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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May in Central Florida is the beginning of great things for people looking toward an ocean fishing trip looking for fast action. King Mackerel, Cobia and even a few tarpon start to make a showing as May develops into a more summer like pattern. Inshore the fishing can be productive for early morning and evening anglers as the sun warms the gin clear waters of the Mosquito Lagoon and the Banana Rivers. Both Redfish and Spotted Sea Trout will be a popular gamefish that even the youngest anglers will appreciate and enjoy. Bring plenty of sunscreen, some polarized sunglasses and broadbill hat as the Florida sunshine will penetrate the most protected boating endeavors. May is the beginning of the summer in Florida as far as the temperatures are concerned, but there's often an afternoon shower, so be prepared to fish early and get off the water before the afternoon storms roll in. So remember, inshore fishing and offshore fishing are an equal opportunity in May in Central Florida.

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