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Top Fishing Charters in Cape Canaveral

Fishing in Cape Canaveral

The diversity and year-round attraction of Cape Canaveral fishing says it all. Almost all the heavyweights of the Western Atlantic call in to the local waters at some point during the year. Inshore and offshore, there’s something biting year round.

That said, most people haven't heard of Cape Canaveral because of its fishing. But when you mix some of the best fishing in Florida with views of the Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, you have a recipe for some of the best - and most exciting - fishing on the east coast. And lucky for you, there’s a fleet of Cape Canaveral fishing charters ready to show you around.

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Just under an hour away from Orlando, Florida, Cape Canaveral is the perfect escape for beach-goers and anglers alike.  A geographical cape, it is perched between the mighty Atlantic Ocean and the Banana River. So whether you are a fan of offshore trophy hunting or inshore shenanigans, these productive waters will have something for you.

Plan your trip aboard one of the private fishing charters Cape Canaveral specializes in and get a tailor-made trip for you and your family. With options for fishing inshore, offshore, or on the 'other side,' beyond the Gulf Stream, you will be spoiled for choice!

Inshore fishing will take you hunting for Spotted Sea Trout, Redfish, and Snook in the Banana River, Indian River, Merritt Island, and maybe even the Mosquito Lagoon. Fish alongside the rich local wildlife in the comfort of waters that are protected from waves and winds. It’s hard to resist these mangrove-lined shorelines and tiny islands: they are the perfect habitat for quality inshore game fish.

Otherwise, go beachside. Cocoa Beach is only a short boat ride from Cape Canaveral. The ride will take you alongside South Florida’s regal tackle busters: the Silver King (Tarpon) and Kingfish (King Mackerel). That’s not all: Cape Canaveral Shark fishing is consistent year round and can start just a couple of miles from the coast. Look out for Blacktip Sharks, Hammerheads, Spinners, Lemon Sharks and Bull Sharks, to name a few!

If you’re looking for more of an adventure, a whole new world of species is waiting for you on the range of a full day offshore fishing trip. Depending on the season, Cape Canaveral deep sea fishing charters hook up on Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna, Cobia, Amberjack, and Snapper. Adventurous anglers will love the size, speed, and taste of these offshore critters.

Insider’s tip: did you know that Cape Canaveral is one of the best places to fish for Yellowfin Tuna and Marlin in Florida? This is because it is relatively close to the ‘other side’: the cooler waters beyond the Gulf Stream. You may have to travel 60 - 100 miles from the coast to reach these waters, but hard-core anglers will find an extended trip is worth every penny.

Rules & Regulations

The state of Florida requires everyone to fish with a valid permit. Good news is, all licensed Cape Canaveral fishing charters will cover the permits for everyone on the boat!

Types of Fishing

Most deep sea fishing on the east coast of Florida involves trolling with live bait for pelagics. Ballyhoo and Cigar Minnows are a favorite for Kingfish!

If you are set on a tasty meal, your best option is an offshore bottom fishing charter. Grey, Scamp, Snowy, and Red Groupers and a whole variety of Snappers are lurking over the offshore reefs and wrecks. Just be warned that regulations on bottom fishing are very strict and can change at short notice!

Want to attempt to break a record? Most of the IGFA records for Tripletail have been set right here on the Space Coast. Look for these tasty fish under floating structures such as buoys and tempt them out with bait or soft plastics. Even if you don’t enter the record books, you’ll be in for a good meal!

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Cape Canaveral Fishing Seasons

There’s no such thing as winter blues in Cape Canaveral, at least if you’re an angler. Look out for Kingfish, Mahi, Sailfish, and Blackfin Tuna offshore (if the winds allow) or Black Drum and Sheepshead inshore.

Stay protected from rough waves inshore and fish for Redfish, Trout, and Black Drum. When the weather allows, go offshore for great bites from King Mackerel, Blackfin Tuna, Mahi, and maybe some early Cobia.

Everything is going on in March in Cape Canaveral. Inshore, you’ll find Snook joining Trout and Redfish, with Sheepshead over structure and Drum in the lagoon. Fish for Bluefish on the beaches or go offshore for Mahi.

Look for Snook around the mangrove islands and docks or go after Spotted Sea Trout in the evening. Offshore, Kingfish come closer to shore and Mahi Mahi and Amberjack are targeted further out.

It’s all kicking off nearshore. Tarpon, Bonito, Spanish Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, and Kingfish are biting off the beaches. Offshore, look for Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo. Don't miss Port Canaveral’s CFOA tournament.

June means tournaments and peak fishing season in Cape Canaveral. Watch the pros at the Florida Sport Fishing Association Annual Offshore Slam or head to Port Canaveral for the Canaveral Mac Attack!

In July, you’ll find Tarpon and Kingfish swimming along the beaches, with Mangrove Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, and a lot more biting inshore. Take an offshore charter, and look for Sailfish, Wahoo, and Kingfish.

Everyone is out enjoying the sunshine. Savor some of the best fishing early in the morning. Look for Redfish, Trout, and Snook, with Tarpon joining the inshore crew. Offshore, you could find Kingfish, Mahi, Wahoo, and Cobia.

Get out on the water and look for Bull Reds in the North Indian River, or large Trout and Black Drum closer to home. Cobia is biting near the beaches, with offshore fishing being mostly Kingfish and Amberjack.

The weather begins to cool as the month progresses. This is great news for Wahoo and Sailfish, who prefer the cooler water temperatures. Mahi and Kingfish are still biting well, and inshore the Bull Reds are spawning.

There is a chance of wind, which can disrupt offshore charters. Don’t let that put you off, though - November is one of the best times to fish in Cape Canaveral. Just wait til you try catching a huge Bull Redfish with light tackle!

The big news in December is the Kingfish run. This usually starts off around Thanksgiving and is about the most fun you can have on light tackle. Inshore, look for Pompano and Black Drum near the beaches.

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What People Are Saying About Cape Canaveral

"Full day trip "

Mark Mason fished with Port Canaveral Sportfishing on August 16, 2018

We were afflicted with success and limited out on king mackerel, including a 40 pounder, by noon, so we did some shark fishing and caught a nice 5-6' shark in the afternoon.

"Half day trip with Captain Mike"

Anthony Platt fished with Slightly Obsessed Fishing Charters on August 5, 2018

If you are interested in fishing for red snapper you need to be aware the season is very short and you should look it up so you know what to expect.

"The Best Day Yet!!"

Graeme Walsingham fished with Cocoa Beach Sportfishing - 51 ft on July 14, 2018

Go out with these guys or a simular charter.

"Indian river trip"

Gary Watkins fished with Slightly Obsessed Fishing Charters on June 7, 2018

Be prepared for any weather, rain and blazing sun. Sometimes both at the same time.

Top Fishing Techniques in Cape Canaveral

  1. Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Cape Canaveral

Cobia

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Sailfish

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