Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, and Orlando
Last Month’s Action
We enjoyed an extended summer with the best fishing and weather September has given in many years. Live bait filled the beach with sharks, tarpon and snook all very willing and ready to eat them. King mackerel & cobia were very abundant with blackfin tuna, mahi & the occasional wahoo in the mix. Bottom fishing for vermillion snapper, amberjack & grouper was also very productive. All in all a unbelievable September!
October Near Shore Fishing Forecast
Fall colors come to Port Canaveral & Cocoa Beach in the form of red with black dots. Action packed fishing in the pogy pods is just about the best fishing anyone could ever ask for. Red drum & sharks in full force. Tarpon and cobia welcomed bonuses. Literally every cast is a bite and a potential battle with a giant. Bring the live bait back to the beach on tide changes and the sook bite is phenomenal. Light tackle for sheepshead, black drum and mangrove snapper in the port and along the jetties will also provide nonstop action. Triple tail fishing can also be very productive for those with a little more patience but nearshore in October is filled with options and is where everyone will want to be most days.
October Offshore Fishing Forecast
Cobia fishing in October is phenomenal! Big bull sharks are where you find the cobia so you either muscle up and bring them to the surface with heavy tackle or work jigs and live bait along the bottom and get lucky. Mahi fishing immediately following large swells from passing storms can be phenomenal, but the trick is hitting it just right. If the mahi fishing is unproductive the bottom fishing for vermillion snapper and amberjack will make for a good back up plan. Large vermillion snapper do make great bait for grouper so drop one down and see if you can get lucky and if not put your bait on ice for dinner. One thing to remember about October is do not force it. Calm days that allow time to cover water and switch things up is what you need because live bait trolling the reef will not produce day in and day out plus the fishing nearshore in calm seas is just too good to fight rough seas.
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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.