Melbourne, FL – June 2, 2014 – Living close to lakes, rivers, and the ocean offers so many different outdoor activities it would be very hard to cover them in one article. Today I would like to share an outdoor experience I had just this past weekend - an experience that you can also have if you know who to contact.
I had the opportunity to arrange a half-day near-shore, inshore birthday fishing trip for my daughter, Becky’s fiancé Nigel. What made this trip great was that I chose one of Space Coast’s premier fishing guides, Captain Glyn Austin owner of “Going Coastal Fishing Charters”.
Glyn is a Coast Guard certified fishing captain and has lived his entire life here along the Space Coast. He grew up in the Melbourne and Palm Bay areas of Brevard County. Glyn has worked over 20 years in public media relations for Bombardier, the makers of Evinrude outboard motors. Throughout the year you could find Glyn working trade, boat and fishing shows like ICAST and Fish Stock. He also worked with tournament anglers to promote Evinrude products at fishing tournament circuits around the country. Today, you can find him managing his fishing charter business which is his full time passion. He provides fishing guide services in the Melbourne, Palm Bay, Sebastian, and Vero Beach areas.
Going Coastal Fishing Charters is just one of many fishing guide services here in Florida. Selecting a fishing guide service can be as easy as searching on Google or selecting any of the guides listed on the Florida Guides Association website. http://www.florida-guides.com . But the best way to find a great guide is to ask your friends and get a recommendation.
Most of the guides I know have a website and a Facebook page where all the information you need is clearly shown to include daily rates, the services provided, what you need to bring and photos of client catches. A typical ½ day trip will cost about $350.00. Because boat sizes differ, up to four anglers are a good number so the deck does not get too crowded and there is plenty of room to cast and fish.
According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, to be a captain, the guide must comply with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) requirements and all operators of for-hire vessels to have a Captain license. When fishing with a guide, you do not have to have a recreational saltwater fishing license. The guide is required by law to have a special “Charter and Headboat Operator’s License” which covers all the passengers on their boat. A typical fishing guide service will provide the following:
• Rods & reels,
• Fishing License,
• Cooler for drinks and food, and
• All necessary Safety equipment including PFDs, First Aid Kit etc.
Clients are asked to bring their own food and beverages (alcohol is not recommended), sunscreen, Polarized Glasses, a camera, an extra cooler for any fish you would like to keep. The client should dress properly for the time of the year. And if you get sea sick, you might want to take an over-the-counter motion sickness remedy.
We met Captain Glyn at the Sebastian Municipal Yacht Club at 7:00 AM. His boat was already in the water waiting to take on passengers. Our party consisted of my wife Kathi, our daughter Becky and her fiancé Nigel. There was plenty of room on Captain Austin’s Shoalwater http://www.shoalwaterboats.com/ flats boat. His boat is 23’-0” feet long and 8’-8” feet wide. It can easily accommodate 5 – 6 passengers. Our fishing crew of four had no problems casting from both sides of the dual-hull catamaran shallow water boat. Even though it is a shallow-water boat, we had no problems leaving the Indian River Lagoon through the Sebastian Inlet pass at slack tide into the Atlantic Ocean where we ran the shore looking for bait and fish.
We left the dock a little after 7:00 AM and returned around 11:45 AM. We ran the beach down to the Walt Disney Vero Beach Resort where Nigel caught the first Jack. We had a solid three hours of fishing. Because fishing is what it is, Nigel caught two Jack Crevalle and Becky caught one. I caught one legal size sea trout in the Indian River. All of our fish were returned back into the water. Not being an angler, my wife Kathi had a great time just being on the water taking pictures of us catching fish. We did stalk a pod of large tarpon and huge Jack Crevalle in the ocean but could not get any of them to hit shrimp, crabs or artificial lures. We did not hook that huge jack or tarpon but Captain Glyn Austin was the best host ever. He took time with Nigel and Becky teaching them how to cast and work the artificial lures to get the best chance of a fish hitting it. They learned a lot from Captain Glyn.
As we move from fishing spot to fishing spot all morning, Glyn and I discussed on how clear and clean the water was for this time of the year. We both agreed that the water in the Indian River was as clean as we have ever seen it. Glyn commented that this was great for the rejuvenation of sea grass that makes for healthier eco-system.
All and all this was a great birthday fishing trip. Looks like Nigel may be planning a return trip later in the year when his parents come to America from England to visit. His dad loves to fish. You see Nigel is from England. He works as a manager at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel at the entrance to Universal Studios. The next time you are at the Double Tree Hotel look him up and say hello and that you read all about his great fishing trip with Captain Glyn Austin.
When we left the dock we headed straight for Mulligan’s Beach House restaurant. It is right next to Sebastian Municipal Yacht club. They had great sea food. We had a great Smoked Fish Dip as an appetizer. I had the Baha Fish Tacos, Kathi had the Margarita Flatbread, Becky had the Fried Grouper Fish sandwich and Nigel had the Fresh Blackened Mahi Mahi Sandwich with homemade potato chips. All our food was hot and tasted wonderful.
Don’t forget, if you want to hire a great fishing guide, give Captain Glyn a call. You will not be disappointed.
Until next time, be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors.