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Florida Salt Water Fishing Index

Updated on January 11, 2017

Salt Water Fishing the Flats of Brevard County Florida

The Salt Water Fishing Flats of Palm Bay in Brevard County Florida. This is behind the famous Seafood restaurant called The Shack situated on highway #1 south of Melbourn Fl.This was my front yard for a decade!
The Salt Water Fishing Flats of Palm Bay in Brevard County Florida. This is behind the famous Seafood restaurant called The Shack situated on highway #1 south of Melbourn Fl.This was my front yard for a decade! | Source

Lot #21 Water Front Property

You can see how close to the water my John boat was.  That is why I rigged it atop of a three roller platform, so the water could roll under it in the storms and not beat it to a pulp against the rocky shoreline.
You can see how close to the water my John boat was. That is why I rigged it atop of a three roller platform, so the water could roll under it in the storms and not beat it to a pulp against the rocky shoreline. | Source

Palm Bay Florida

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My Salt Water Fishing Home

On shore between these two docks,(pictured above) use to sit, a third fishing dock in a Mobile Home subdivision on Pearl Court near the southern out skirts of Palm Bay Florida.

The house at the front on the Highway #1 entrance to Pearl Court housed the manager for this establishment. There were twenty one residents who lived, on a horseshoe road that entered at highway one and went back up to exit on highway one in Palm Bay Florida.

My mobile home was off that horseshoe road and my little road ended at my house that faced the Indian River Lagoon. I could drop my fourteen foot John boat in the water off my front yard with one quick pull of the winch. The winch was fastened atop the three rollers platform( I made from four by fours) I had it rolled up on to get it above the rising river when it stormed.

I was living on the shore of salt(brine) waters of the Inter coastal waters known as the Indian River Lagoon and I bought the place for the sole purpose to be able to fish without having to use my car to get to a fishing spot.

I wintered here and fished here for a decade. I had many salt water fishing adventures, and experienced tips and rules, that might help you have the same success at salt water fishing that I enjoyed over these years.

The Crucifix Fish

Postcard of Crucifix poem by Conrad S. Lance
Postcard of Crucifix poem by Conrad S. Lance | Source

The Legends of saltwater fishing fun facts.

Crucifix fish, Sand dollar and Shark egg pod

Legends of saltwater fishing fun facts will include the Saltwater Catfish, Sand Dollar and a Shark Egg Pod

Hirams in Sebastian

Docks behind the Inn at Hirams in Sabastian Florida.
Docks behind the Inn at Hirams in Sabastian Florida. | Source

Behind the Inn of Hiram's in Sebastian Florida

You can fish off docks that are behind the Inn at Hiram's or under causeway bridges for sheepshead, snapper, and Black drum.

The flats that run from Melbourne to Sebastian are famous for salt water fishing to hook red fish,snook, spotted sea trout, flounder,and even a tarpon.

Salt Water Cast Netting

Salt water cast net fishing from the dock in front of my mobilehome on Pearl Court.
Salt water cast net fishing from the dock in front of my mobilehome on Pearl Court. | Source

Salt Water Cast Net Fishing

Salt water cast net fishing will save you a lot of money on your salt water fishing baits. With a little practice you will be hauling in finger mullets and even a few shrimp. Fingerling mullets are the best live bait for salt water spotted trout, red fish, catfish, snook and Tarpon.


Blue Crab Quick Easy Healthy Recipes

Caught from a small river running off the Indian River near Malabar FL.
Caught from a small river running off the Indian River near Malabar FL. | Source

Salt Water Blue Crab Fishing with Recipe

You do need a fishing license to catch Blue Crabs with box traps. You are allowed five traps with a salt water fishing licence.

If you are a Florida resident you can catch Blue crabs with a chicken back tied to a string from the shoreline, and make sure you have your hand net ready to catch them before they drop off the chicken.

There are a number of fold down traps that work good also. You tie bait to the middle of the trap and when the crab attacks the meat, it folds itself into a triangle by the strings being pulled up, entrapping the crab to haul up. Blue crabs are one of the best crab meats, you will ever eat.

Included is a how to recipe for cooking grabs on a backyard fire pit. Also try Crab with Spinach Pasta in a creamy buttery sauce.

More easy affordable delicious recipes that will impress your friends and family.

Salt Water Fishing License

The paper license is a salt water fishing license that you need to carry on your person the entire time you are fishing. If you cannot produce a salt water fishing license when asked by a Marine Patrol Officer you could be subject to fines and confiscation of your fishing equipment or more.

The fishing license money goes to support Marine Research, fish hatcheries, habitat restoration, building artificial reefs and law enforcement. You are contributing to the conservation of the fishing industry ,for use in the future by your kids, by buying a salt water fishing license.

Salt Water Fishing In Brevard County Florida

The many varieties of fish I hooked in Brevard County Florida
The many varieties of fish I hooked in Brevard County Florida | Source

Salt Water Fishing in Brevard County Florida

Brevard County Florida is a long narrow county that runs seventy miles from Mims to south of Sebastian Inlet.

Brevard County is a treasure trove of fishing fun. You can choose fresh water or salt water fishing adventures. People come to Brevard county to fish,blue crab,clam.oyster and shrimp. The number one reason people flock to Brevard county Florida is to land the Silver King of the Shallows...Tarpon.

Black Tip Shark Fishing

Black Tip Shark caught from the Indian River Lagoon near Malabar Florida.
Black Tip Shark caught from the Indian River Lagoon near Malabar Florida. | Source

Salt Water Shark Fishing

If you think you have to use a boat to catch big sharks... think again.

You can land huge hammerhead sharks or black tip sharks in Brevard county Florida without any special equipment. You can hook salt water Sharks, fishing from land,a pier or a camping spot off one of the small island on the flats of the Indian River,( near and around Palm Bay Florida.)

Salt Water Fishing Hooks

Setting up a Salt water fishing line.
Setting up a Salt water fishing line. | Source

Tie a Bobber,Weight and Hook

You set up your fishing line completely different to reel in flounder and stingray than you do to reel in Red fish, Snook or Sea trout.

Catfish will bite on anything half dead on the line. I will be showing how to tie these lines. I always use a 20 pound test line. I don't want the big one to get away.

Salt Water Fishing Hooks and How to Use Them

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Salt Water Fishing Hooks

Learn about Salt Water fishing hooks rand how to use them. Using and baiting your hook correctly can land you the biggest fish ever.

Fishing Knives

My fish knife collection.
My fish knife collection. | Source

Salt Water Fishing Knives

This set of fish knives, I have used for a decade or more.

The ones I use most of the time, are the Normark knives. They have a six inch stainless steel flexible blade, that is easy to fillet fish. They also have a sharp tip that can puncture the skin easily. I always skin my fish instead of scaling it.

Snook

Catch and released this over sized Snook
Catch and released this over sized Snook | Source

Catch and Release

We can all help to conserve our fish resources, for our future fisherman, by learning to catch and release your fish. Learn your local fishing regulations by taking only the fish you will use.

Practice limiting your catch instead of catching your limit.

Leo One of My Salt Water Fishing Buddies

Leo is a tabby cat.
Leo is a tabby cat. | Source

Salt Water Fishing Friends

Some people think of a fishing buddy as a person but I am lucky enough to have my salt water fishing buddies as cats, Pelicans, a Blue Heron,White Egret and even a Bluenose Dolphin.

Are bamboo fishing rods good for saltwater?

10' Bamboo rod with large Daiwa cast aluminum reel
10' Bamboo rod with large Daiwa cast aluminum reel | Source

Saltwater Bamboo Fishing Rods

I will be comparing fiberglass, graphite and bamboo fishing rods. I will also be referring to telescopic rods and Zebco fishing rods for kids to learn with. I love Saltwater Bamboo fishing rods myself and will explain why.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      First let me say that i love your tan..Hee..I used to winter in Fl. in Leesberg at a resort named Tara Village, all the streets were named after the movie ' Gone with the wind ' I really enjoyed it. I do not fish but i love to eat them..Great photos..Thank you...

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Always exploring. I appreciate the compliment and your resort sounds like a fun place. I only fished so I could eat them. I enjoyed everyone of those fish, hook , line and sinker. LOL. Please forgive the pun. I could not help myself.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      What a fabulous hub here. I believe you have covered the subject of salt water fishing in every aspect. I really love all of your photos. They are great, and show how much you really enjoy fishing no doubt! Seeing that Blue Crab is making me ever so hungry!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing (well, will come back to share, for some reason I am unable to at the moment, my computer is acting up, but I will come back to share for sure!)

      God bless and happy fishing! In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks a lot for the compliment Faith Reaper. I also appreciate your input and sharing my work. Thanks again and have a great day.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hook, line and sinker you say..Hee......

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes Always. I love to cast out the line, sink the hook , clean, cook and eat fish all in the same day. You cannot get fresher fish than that. Hee right back atcha my friend.

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I just love to eat the fish if you are willing to catch them for me.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I sure will catch them for you. I will even cook them for you. What time do you eat? Thank you Lipnancy , a lot for stopping by. I love your wit.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      This one is very interesting and and I shall pass it on to my partner who is a great fisherman and I know he will enjoy reading. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to so many more by you.

      Eddy.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Eiddwen for your compliment and sharing with your friend. I also look forward to reading your hubs.

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      I just loved this article on salt water fishing. We go to Florida often so this is excellent information. Your images are awesome! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Susan Britton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you so much Rose. You are welcome. I love fishing adventures in Florida.

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