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Banana River: 61 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(292 reviews)
Port Canaveral
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trips from $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(68 reviews)
Cocoa Beach
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trips from $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(55 reviews)
Cocoa Beach
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trips from $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(117 reviews)
Cocoa Beach
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trips from $400
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(169 reviews)
Port Canaveral
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trips from $500
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(141 reviews)
Cocoa Beach
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trips from $400
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(116 reviews)
Port Canaveral
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trips from $850
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(231 reviews)
Port Canaveral
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5.0 / 5
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Port Canaveral
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4.9 / 5
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Cocoa Beach
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Banana River

According to customer reviews, Fin Addict Il Fishing, Southern Mayhem Fishing Charters, and Hooknreel Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Banana River. Full list of top fishing charters in Banana River.

The average price for a private 4 hour Banana River fishing trip is $514, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $928 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fin Addict Il Fishing, Southern Mayhem Fishing Charters, and Hooknreel Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Banana River.

The most popular fish species you can target are King Mackerel (Kingfish), Cobia, and Dolphin (Mahi Mahi). Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Bottom Fishing, and Trolling. Offshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Launching right out of Florida’s Space Coast, it’s fair to say that a Banana River fishing experience is out of this world! This 31-mile-long lagoon is home to a whole host of world-famous fish. Come cast your line and discover this unique fishery for yourself!
 
If there’s one word to describe Banana River’s fishery, it’s “diverse.” Connected to the Indian River, this lagoon is made up of salt marshes, swamps, and tidal flats. This means you’ll get to encounter Floridian favorites such as Redfish, Speckled Trout, Snook, Ladyfish, Tarpon, Black Drum, and Jack Crevalle, all in one place. 
 
Thanks to the river’s flat waters, you can cast your line for a variety of fish just minutes after departure. Banana River charters usually offer trips in four-, six-, and eight-hour chunks. Longer trips are an excellent option if you want to spend more time exploring these waters, or target a specific species like the mighty “Silver King” (Tarpon). If you or your kids are new to angling, a shorter trip is plenty of time for you to get acquainted with this fishery. 
 
When it comes to picking the perfect departure point for your adventure, there are a few locations that stand out. Cape Canaveral offers up a huge variety of charters suited to anglers of all skill levels, and there’s plenty of on-land action, too. Merritt Island is home to some of the area’s most stunning flora and fauna. Cocoa Beach provides direct access to the lagoon’s most “fishable” spots – as well as the Kennedy Space Center! 

Rules & Regulations

When fishing alongside a licensed Banana River charter operator, you don’t need to worry about purchasing a fishing license, as this will be covered for you. Your fishing gear will be included, too. Species such as Tarpon have strict catch-and-release regulations in this area, and your captain will be able to advise you more on this.
 
Banana River
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 26619 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January
Start your year off with some top-quality fishing action! At the northern end of the Banana River, the Black Drum bite is especially hot. Redfish and Speckled Trout can also be found in the deeper “potholes” of the lagoon.
 
February

In February, the hottest bite comes from Black Drum, Redfish, and Speckled Trout! Start your day fishing the deeper sections of the flats, before moving to the shallowest parts of the river.

March

Spring has sprung, and with it comes a whole host of fish. Head to the lagoon’s flats during morning for the chance to hook Redfish and Speckled Trout. You can battle the first few feisty Jack Crevalle, too.

April

This is often considered one of the best times to fish the Space Coast, and Banana River is no exception! The Speckled Trout bite is hot throughout the lagoon, with many trophy-sized varieties to be found.

May

The weather is really heating up now, and the fishing more than matches it. The river’s early morning Trout bite is something that shouldn’t be missed, and you’ll also find some huge Bull Reds cruising the flats. 

June

Why not celebrate the start of summer vacation by taking your family on a day of top fishing action? The early morning and late evening Trout bite is spectacular, and the first hard-fighting Snook are starting to arrive.

July

The fishing remains as hot as the weather, and live bait fishing fanatics in particular will love casting a line during July. This type of fishing will see you coming up against Speckled Trout, Snook, and the "Silver King."

August

When it comes to experiencing August’s best fishing action, follow the phrase “The early bird catches the worm”! Head out as the sun rises to target Trout, Snook, and Tarpon, among others. You’ll beat the heat, too!

September

As the temperature starts to drop slightly, Speckled Trout head towards the shallowest flats, which makes for some great topwater fishing action. Redfish can be found circling the edges of the flats, too.

October

October means the fall mullet run! This bait fish can be found swarming the river, closely followed by Snook, Redfish, and Speckled Trout. Head out for a spooky Snook nighttime adventure – it’s Halloween month, after all!

November

The temperature is dropping but a Florida winter is still plenty warm, especially for out-of-towners! As the waters cool, Speckled Trout, Redfish, and Black Drum can be found, searching the shallows for an easy meal.

December

It may be winter, but the bite on Banana River is still hot, with Redfish and Black Drum all roaming these waters. Come hook yourself some tasty table fare – December is all about overindulging, after all!

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Go to Chris Hardy and group. They are professional, make sure you are having fun fantastic boats and fantastic captains. Love you guys and thanks again
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go to Chris Hardy and group. They are professional, make sure you are having fun fantastic boats and fantastic captains. Love you guys and thanks again
Carolyn  L.
Carolyn L. Allenton, MI
Captain Charles King. His boat, The Sea-King had top notch equipment and he was on top of keeping our baits ready for catching the big ones!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Charles King. His boat, The Sea-King had top notch equipment and he was on top of keeping our baits ready for catching the big ones!
Teresa  S.
Teresa S. Bonney Lake, WA
Remember the ocean is vast and your patience must also be, fishing is a type of hunting these animals go everywhere.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember the ocean is vast and your patience must also be, fishing is a type of hunting these animals go everywhere.
Ethan  G.
Ethan G. Archer, FL
Wait for calm seas if possible but you can still have a great time in the safety of the port.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wait for calm seas if possible but you can still have a great time in the safety of the port.
Karl  B.
Karl B. Atlanta, Georgia
It's beautiful and great place to fish while seeing the space center and so much more.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's beautiful and great place to fish while seeing the space center and so much more.
Dale  C.
Dale C. Edgewood, FL
Book with Jamie at Fin and Fly. Experienced fisherman that makes customers feel like a family member is taking them out.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Jamie at Fin and Fly. Experienced fisherman that makes customers feel like a family member is taking them out.
Robert  S.
Robert S. Bear Lake, MI
Be prepared to catch all day, but lose a few to the sharks. Minor inconvenience for the quality of fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared to catch all day, but lose a few to the sharks. Minor inconvenience for the quality of fishing.
Michael  S.
Michael S. Newport News, VA
Go earlier in the day. The wind and direct sun will impact the fishing, but still a great experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go earlier in the day. The wind and direct sun will impact the fishing, but still a great experience!
Elsa  N.
Elsa N. Cokato, MN
Wear sunscreen on the beach before you go fishing the next day lol!!! I didn't and I could feel the pain and itch lol.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear sunscreen on the beach before you go fishing the next day lol!!! I didn't and I could feel the pain and itch lol.
Brian  B.
Brian B. Bismarck, ND
If it is your first time, hire a guide so you can learn about the water and the fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If it is your first time, hire a guide so you can learn about the water and the fish!
Michele  K.
Michele K. Frederick, Maryland
It was the best time time and I would just recommend taking and reapplying sunscreen.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was the best time time and I would just recommend taking and reapplying sunscreen.
Tania  D.
Tania D. Burlington, WA
Tell your captain ahead of time what specific fish you would like to try to catch,
Very good
4.0 / 5
Tell your captain ahead of time what specific fish you would like to try to catch,
Steve  M.
Steve M. Ellsworth, WI
Long sleeves, shorts, sun screen, hat, baggies to put your catch in after it has been cleaned, drinks, food, and lots of ice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Long sleeves, shorts, sun screen, hat, baggies to put your catch in after it has been cleaned, drinks, food, and lots of ice.
John  S.
John S. Apopka, FL
Parking was easy. 2 public bathrooms a short walk down the sidewalk. Otherwise it was nice. Not too big so wasn't really worried about getting lost or overwhelmed
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Parking was easy. 2 public bathrooms a short walk down the sidewalk. Otherwise it was nice. Not too big so wasn't really worried about getting lost or overwhelmed
Rob  B.
Rob B. Mukwonago, WI
We caught a bunch of Spanish Makerel and a few blue fish. The captain knew when and where to catch them and stayed on them when we did.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught a bunch of Spanish Makerel and a few blue fish. The captain knew when and where to catch them and stayed on them when we did.
Kevin  L.
Kevin L. Ottawa, ON
Talk to the captain about expectations vs. what he thinks he can get you. They are very helpful and work together with other captains to see where they can go to make sure everyone is having fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to the captain about expectations vs. what he thinks he can get you. They are very helpful and work together with other captains to see where they can go to make sure everyone is having fun.
Joe  F.
Joe F. Mount Laurel Township, NJ
Just have a good time. The Captains will put you on fish. I wanted to catch Mahi Mahi and we did. The captain did a great job.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just have a good time. The Captains will put you on fish. I wanted to catch Mahi Mahi and we did. The captain did a great job.
Brian  R.
Brian R. Fredericksburg, VA
I hear that March is not the best time, but you still caught a lot of fish, just not the big ones unless you go out 150 miles or so.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I hear that March is not the best time, but you still caught a lot of fish, just not the big ones unless you go out 150 miles or so.
Robert  B.
Robert B. CANAVERAL AS, FL
I did not attend the trip - it was a surprise Birthday gift for my Brother. He and his friends said they had a great day although the waters were choppy.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I did not attend the trip - it was a surprise Birthday gift for my Brother. He and his friends said they had a great day although the waters were choppy.
Michelle  J.
Michelle J. Windermere, Florida
Book Captain Joey, be flexible and listen to what the captains suggest. They know the waters and truly desire for you to enjoy your experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book Captain Joey, be flexible and listen to what the captains suggest. They know the waters and truly desire for you to enjoy your experience.
Joe  D.
Joe D. Roanoke, TX

Defiant Offshore Charters
Defiant Offshore Charters
Fishing charter in Port Canaveral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Amazing trip!! We had a blast with Captain Matt and caught a bunch of fish. I would recommend this charter to anyone. We will definitely be going back with Captain Matt and Defiant Charters again.
Justin  B.
Justin B. Crawfordville, FL
Sea-king Charters
Sea-king Charters
Fishing charter in Port Canaveral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Captain charles was awesome. He was squared away, friendly and did everything he could to keep us on the fish. This is a charter you won’t regret.
Jason  D.
Jason D. Cocoa, FL
Canaveral Charter Adventures
Canaveral Charter Adventures
Fishing charter in Port Canaveral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(205 reviews)
Ryan Spencer was our captain. Not much was wanting to bite. However Ryan did a great job trying to get us to the fish. It was a fun and eventful day. We will be back.
Karris  G.
Karris G. Lake City, FL
Captain Ed's Family Fishing & Nature Charter
Captain Ed's Family Fishing & Nature Charter
Fishing charter in Cocoa Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(166 reviews)
Captain Ed was fantastic! Boat was comfortable with a great selection of cruising music including Jimmy Buffett. Saw Manatee's and Dolphins, plus visited an Island, finishing off with successful fishing. Would book with him again in a heatbeat.
Richard  R.
Richard R.
Blue Water Fishing – Captain & Mate
Blue Water Fishing – Captain & Mate
Fishing charter in Port Canaveral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(39 reviews)
Everything worked out great for a trip of a lifetime. Capt Art and his deck mate, Travis, were outstanding! The weather was great with calm seas and low winds. Capt Art put us on all kinds of fish when other boats were reporting very little to no catches. I would highly recommend an outing with Arts Adventures. I really think having a deck hand was way to go as Travis was extremely helpful with everything while the captain kept us right on the fish from the flying bridge.
Charles  H.
Charles H. Cleveland, TX
All Points Guide Service – 26'
All Points Guide Service – 26'
Fishing charter in Port Canaveral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Lots of fishing & fun. Captain Mike is very knowledgeable. Nice boat & good equipment. Plenty of bait.
Toni  R.
Toni R. Pembroke Pines, Florida
Hooknreel Fishing Charters
Hooknreel Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cocoa Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(55 reviews)
Capt. Ryan did a great job of putting me on some fish, even on what was a slow day. 4 species in total including a snook, redfish, trout and snapper. Very chilled morning and would highly recommend.
Lewis  W.
Lewis W. Orlando, Florida
Hooknreel Fishing Charters
Hooknreel Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cocoa Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(55 reviews)
Captin Ryan is so easy to talk to. He is very knowledgeable of the area. He is so patient, even when I got my line stuck in a tree (several times). Even though we were not able to keep our catches, because it was "off season" for all that was caught. It was a blast. As this was our first time chartering a boat, I recommend not hesitating. Captin Ryan and his boat are so worth it. We are going to be doing it again and soon, and Captin Ryan is going to be our choice.
Michelle  M.
Michelle M. Deer Island, FL
Captain Kyler's Fishing Charters
Captain Kyler's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cocoa Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(118 reviews)
Captain Kyler is very experienced, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Had a great experience and would definitely do it again if we make it back to this area.
Kelly  F.
Kelly F. Highland, IN
Reel Magic Adventures
Reel Magic Adventures
Fishing charter in Port Canaveral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(253 reviews)
My son and I had a great time with Greg. Nice guy and he knows what he’s doing. We will use him again.
Brandon  B.
Brandon B.
Southern Mayhem Fishing Charters
Southern Mayhem Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cocoa Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(68 reviews)
Captain was friendly and patient. Even though weather didn’t cooperate at end it was a great charter. Highly recommend
Joe  B.
Joe B. Atlanta, Georgia
Southern Mayhem Fishing Charters
Southern Mayhem Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cocoa Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(68 reviews)
Captain Cheyne was a great guide. He had us on tarpon where we hooked a few and landed a huge one. Later we caught reds, trout and snook. We highly recommend. He made our trip a memorable one. Thanks captain.
Robert  V.
Robert V. Aloma, FL
Cocoa Beach Fishing Adventures
Cocoa Beach Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Cape Canaveral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Thanks Casey for making sure we had a good time. We thought we had nothing but then we got our fish. See you next year for sure. Thanks to Ryan also
Carolyn  L.
Carolyn L. Allenton, MI
Reel Magic Adventures
Reel Magic Adventures
Fishing charter in Port Canaveral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(253 reviews)
It’s fishing not catching. We were very fortunate to have this experience with Captain Greg. He is very attentive and knowledgeable about the waters we were fishing. Hooked a 32lb king. He cleaned it once we returned to the dock. We highly recommend Reel Magic Adventures.
Jason  H.
Jason H. Crystal City, MO
Southern Mayhem Fishing Charters
Southern Mayhem Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cocoa Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(68 reviews)
Perfect day on the water for 3 of us. We were after tarpon, trout, snook, and reds. Cheyne was very polite and patient, especially with my 7 year old. He put us on the fish right away, and was consistently helpful the entire trip. Not only did we all catch fish, but got to enjoy some beautiful scenery and wildlife, including dolphins right by the boat. We all had a great time and I would book again. Thanks Cheyne! Tight lines
Ryan  N.
Ryan N. Cocoa Beach, Florida
Sea-king Charters
Sea-king Charters
Fishing charter in Port Canaveral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Captain Charles was very accommodating to our expectations and hopes for this fishing trip. Would recommend him to anyone wanting to fish these waters.
Teresa  S.
Teresa S. Bonney Lake, WA
Port Fishing Charters – 22'
Port Fishing Charters – 22'
Fishing charter in Port Canaveral
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(146 reviews)
Booked with John last minute. Reviews looked pretty good so we did 3 hours of inshore in the evening 5p to 8p. Bite was steady, service excellent keeping us on the fish. Landed enough Mangrove for a great dinner at Grillz. Broke off a few bigger fish as evening set in. Great conversation with an educated and committed guide. Attentive to the less experienced. Cruise Ships, Dolphins, Sea Turtles Oh! There was a rocket launch too! Had a blast!
Russell  K.
Russell K. Eaton, CO
Patriot Charters
Patriot Charters
Fishing charter in Port Canaveral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(116 reviews)
Great day on the water. Tony worked hard to put us on fish. The boat was clean and comfortable to fish from.
William  S.
William S. Smithville, TN
Fair N' Square Charters
Fair N' Square Charters
Fishing charter in Port Canaveral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(169 reviews)
Great personality. Fun to fish with. Fishing was tough and he was Honest up front. We went anyway and caught 1 small shark. But it wasn’t from lack of try ! Very Happy and would definitely go again!
David  D.
David D. Tolar, TX
Fin Addict Il Fishing
Fin Addict Il Fishing
Fishing charter in Port Canaveral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(292 reviews)
Mike was our captain and he was amazing! Slow start but we finally started hooking fish! Even was able to hook a shark! Highly recommend
Jake  F.
Jake F.