Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, and Orlando
A new year, a new approach. This year I’m just bringing the reports simple and raw. I am going to fire out what I think you should be doing each month when fishing out of Port Canaveral and the surrounding area without any fluff.
Any wind on it at all you need to stay on the beach. That doesn’t literally mean only go surf fishing but it does mean stay close. Get up early and hit the buoys for monster triple tail or cruise out just offshore the shoals and look for scum lines & color changes holding triple tail and cobia. Fish tight to the beach for big black tip & spinner sharks. You will not find a better fight than a 60-100lb spinner sharks so loose the notion that has been put into most peoples heads that sharks are threatened, they don’t taste good and that they aren’t fun to catch because nothing could be further from the truth.
If the water is clean between 80 & 120 ft you need to be king mackerel fishing. King mackerel fishing opens up opportunities. Some of y’all need to drive this into your fishy brains. Yes, king mackerel are dominant and yes they do not freeze well but the kings are there for a reason. No magic force field exist where when you are pulling a live bait or a skirted minnow that all other fish are blocked. If that’s the case the 10 cobia that swam up into our baits the day before I wrote this didn’t get the memo. Cobia, sailfish, mahi, blackfin tuna and wahoo regularly eat the same baits as the king mackerel.
Great month to check a sailfish off the list. A little less action packed but the sailfish love that green water we get this time of year so deploy a full trolling spread with teasers and dredges with naked monofilament rigged ballyhoo and you will find yourself checking a sailfish off the list of things you want to catch.
Deep dropping for tilefish and yellow-edge grouper. Great time of year to do this. Run to 600ft and bump in and out by 10ft depth increments until you start getting bites. Hopefully you like to relax & chill because deep dropping has 0 sport factor. Drop, wait, push a button, collect a tasty treat.
This is what you should be doing for the month of January in my professional opinion.
Happy New Year and tight lines!
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About Captain Greg’s Reports and Forecast
Captain Greg has been fishing the waters of Port Canaveral and the Atlantic for over 30 years. He has the largest and most highly rated private charter business in Port Canaveral, Sea Leveler Sport Fishing Charters. Greg and his team of full time captains fish well over 200 days each per year. We have kept detailed catch history for every trip ran since 2010. You can access this history at www.sealeveler.com/reports. His engineer wife, Amber, has analyzed the catch history along with other historical data such as water temperature and weather patterns. Greg uses his fishing experience and knowledge along with his wife’s statistical analysis to bring you the best fishing report available for Port Canaveral. Greg will give you the honest truth on how the fishing has been along with his best prediction of what to expect by using all of this information.