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Top Fishing Charters in Port Canaveral

Fishing in Port Canaveral

The secret to this location’s incredible angling action is in its name. It’s one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, and you’ll find plenty of Port Canaveral fishing charters dotted among the ocean liners and cargo ships! Located on an inlet that connects the Banana River with the mighty Atlantic, it offers access to prolific inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing grounds.
 
Port Canaveral’s location is perfect for deep sea fishing. A full day trip will give you the time to travel up to 40 miles offshore, where you’ll come face-to-gills with hard fighters such as Mahi Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, and Wahoo. Want to really test your strength and skills? Many captains offer extended day or multi-day trips that’ll take you to the 100-mile Gulf Stream “sweet spot,” where gigantic Yellowfin Tuna and Marlin lie in wait. If you'd rather hit nearshore waters, King Mackerel, Cobia, Amberjack, and Groupers are a popular target.
 
If you’re a newer angler or want to spend less time on the water, fear not – Port Canaveral offers up plenty of exciting inshore and nearshore action, too. Explore mangrove-lined shorelines on a half day trip for anything from Bluefish and Tarpon, to Spotted Seatrout. September is a particularly prolific month for these waters – it’s when the huge Bull Redfish show up! Many captains offer full day trips for light tackle and fly enthusiasts who want to battle these beasts.
 
You’ll find a wealth of charters departing from the port itself, accessible from the city of Cape Canaveral. There’s something on offer for everyone, so come fish Port Canaveral your way!

Rules & Regulations

Hop aboard a Port Canaveral fishing charter, and your captain will provide your license for you, as well as all the necessary fishing gear. Seasonal restrictions and bag limits apply to some of the species here, and casting off alongside an experienced guide will ensure you’re fishing within the law.
 
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Port Canaveral Fishing Seasons

Come to Port Canaveral in January, and you'll understand why the Space Coast doesn't have a low season. Offshore, Sailfish, Tuna, and Mahi are biting. Windy? No problem. Hit inshore waters for some famous fish.

It’s colder than usual, but it’s also southeast Florida! Strong winds can make getting offshore a challenge, but if you make it out, you could catch anything from Tuna to Mahi Mahi.

The inshore action heats up as the weather transitions into spring. Target Trout, Redfish, and Snook. Nearshore, Cobia starts to arrive on its migration. Don’t miss the the Cobia Madness Tournament at Sunrise Marina!

Snook fishing is on fire in the Port Canaveral area in April. Target them around the docks and mangrove islands. Take a deep sea fishing charter, and you could be catching King Mackerel, Amberjack, and Mahi Mahi.

Things start to get really exciting in May, with lots to catch on a charter or in a competition. Test your skills and try for a cash prize at the May Dolphin Tournament or the Central Florida Offshore Anglers Tournament!

It’s peak season, and oh my, will you know it when you come to the docks. Look for Mahi, Amberjack, Kingfish, and Grouper. Get inspired at the Canaveral Mac Attack - this is the best time of year to take home a smoker!

It might be hot out, but that doesn’t stop the fish. This is peak season for Tarpon fishing, with big Kingfish also migrating along the beaches close to Port Canaveral. Up for a challenge? Look for Sailfish and Wahoo offshore.

Expect the beaches to be packed all along the Space Coast. Head out on the water first thing in the morning and catch your fill before the tourists even wake up. You'll get the best bite and beat the heat.

As the crowds disperse, fishing in Port Canaveral gets better than ever. The inshore fish are bigger than ever, with big Bull Redfish, Trout, and Black Drum all biting. Look for Cobia as it returns southwards from its migration.

If there is such a thing as a shoulder season in southeast Florida, this is it. Expect fewer crowds on the beaches and in the charter boats. Wahoo and Sailfish are found offshore, with Bull Redfish spawning inshore.

Make the most of the lull in the crowds and catch the biggest fish of your life on light tackle - we're talking big Bull Redfish. Expect choppy conditions offshore. If it's safe, head out to catch Sailfish, Wahoo, and Mahi!

Celebrate the festive season with smoked Mackerel! December means the Kingfish run, which makes for some of the best fun you can have on the water.

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What People Are Saying About Port Canaveral

"Great trip! Fantastic guide!"

Sandra D. fished with All Points Guide Service – 22' on March 10, 2020

Book with All Point! Mike is an amazing guide!

"Best day of fishing."

Joe S. fished with Denise Marie Charters on December 7, 2019

Great the weather was perfect. Captain knew where the fish were.

"Full Day Trip"

John M. fished with Arts Adventures Bottom Fishing Specialist on July 15, 2019

Captain Art does it right. If there is fish to be caught he will find them and get you on them. Captain Art is extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy. He is passionate about making your fishing experience one you won't forget. Thanks again for another great experience.

"Half day trip with Captain Tony"

Gerald H. fished with Patriot Charters on June 28, 2019

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Top Fishing Techniques in Port Canaveral

  1. Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Port Canaveral

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Cobia

Cobia

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Sailfish

Sailfish

Amberjack

Amberjack

Snapper (Mangrove)

Snapper (Mangrove)

Wahoo

Wahoo

Redfish

Redfish

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