Questions I am most commonly ask about my charters

Questions I am most commonly ask about my fishing charters. What do I need to bring? Do I need a fishing License? Can I keep what we catch? What are we going to be fishing for? Where and what time are we going to meet? How will I be able to recognize you? What will we be fishing with? When is the best time of the year to fish Cocoa Beach? Can I bring Beer? What do I need to bring? Do I need a fishing License? Can I keep what we catch? What are we going to be fishing for? Where and what time are we going to meet? How will I be able to recognize you? What will we be fishing with? When is the best time of the year to fish Cocoa Beach? Can I bring Beer?


Here is a list of the questions I am most commonly asked about my charters. If you have any questions I have not covered please feel free to ask by calling me at 321-432-9470 or e-mailing me at captdoug@indianriver.cc .

Question: What do I need to bring?

Answer: A desire to catch fish. I provide everything you will need to catch fish. So the only things you should need are Cool long sleeve shirt, Depending on season, If it's cold you will need a jacket (it does get cold on the water in the winter), a hat and Sunglasses (Polarized if possible) are a big help when it comes to spotting fish, camera, a lunch or something for you to snack on. I do provide cokes and water

Question: Do I need a fishing License?

Answer: No. I have a fishing license that covers everyone that fishing with me. With the exception of freshwater guides if a guide dose not have a blanket license the guide is not a licensed Captain and could get you and him in a lot of trouble with the law.   

Question: Can I keep what we catch?

Answer: Yes. I do not have a problem with anyone keeping fish as long as they are within the legal limits.

Question: What are we going to be fishing for?

Answer: I specialize in sight fishing redfish with topwater lures and fly so that is the spices I most commonly guide. However, I also guide gator trout fishing trips, juvenile tarpon (under 80 lbs) and any other fish that people want to fish for. This area is a fantastic fishery and has a lot of fish to choose from. Click here to see what's biting now

Question: Where and what time are we going to meet?

Answer: I ask all my clients to give me a call the evening prior to their trip to go over when and where we need to meet. I most commonly use one of two docks, Kennedy Point Park in Titusville or Kelly Park in Merritt Island. There is a map to these parks on my web site. Most of the time I like to be on the water 30 minutes to an hour prior to sunrise, however, this depends on what time the fish are feeding best.  

Question: How will I be able to recognize you?

Answer: I try to always get to the dock 30 minutes before my clients show up so I should have the boat in the water and be waiting for that days charter. I will be the guide with the green boat with a red fish on the window in the center of my boat. I am the one wearing a safari hat with a pony tail.

Question: What will we be fishing with?

Answer: 99% of the fishing I do is with lures. I am a very pro active guide. I spend all of my time working with my clients trying to help them spot and make their casts to fish I have spotted. The type of fishing I do is almost more like hunting than just fishing.  I will put bait in the boat if fish just don't want to play with us. Click here for more info on sight fishing. 

Question: When is the best time of the year to fish Cocoa Beach?

Answer: There are fish to be caught here year round, however if I had to pick my favorite time of the year I have a few. From late February to the first few weeks of April is one of the best times to have a chance to catch big trout and redfish. April through late June is some of the best redfishing. July through early October is slam time on the flats for trout, reds, snook, and Tarpon. Late October till mid November is Tarpon, Tarpon, Tarpon. Mid November through January afternoon redfish. I other words, I love fishing here all year. 

Question: Can I bring Beer?

Answer: Yes. I don't mind if you bring a few. The key word is few.

Question: Do I need to be an experienced fisherman to sight fish reds?

Answer: No. Sight fishing is one of the most rewarding forms of fishing. If you have never sight fished before the main thing you need to be is patient. I am willing to work with anyone to help them work on their casting and have a good time catching fish.

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