Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, and Orlando

It’s going to be a challenging October. Passing storms are going to keep sea conditions up and our water trashed to at least the Gulf Stream. The few calm days in between will provide what I like to call big risk, big reward fishing. The risk is that the water will be trashed, and there won’t be a defined edge and we won’t be able to hardly catch anything. The reward is that there will be a defined edge and the fishing will be phenomenal. October can surprise us with great mahi fishing when these hard edges form, and we will find a few blackfin tuna, wahoo and sailfish in the mix. Committing to a full day of fishing is a must and you must be the type of person that can take the good with the bad.


Bottom fishing for vermillion snapper will be a great back up plan if nothing is being caught on the troll. The key will be to stay diligent in working the chicken rigs out in the deep. It’s a numbers game so the more drops you do the more keepers and opportunities will be created. Along with the vermillion’s will be some nice porgy’s and trigger fish.

Cobia Fishing

Triple tail and cobia fishing can also be very good but just like the mahi it can be very poor. Looking for edges just outside the shoal or in that 40 to 60 ft range. We will have a lot of flotsam & seagrass from these passing storms. All of this will have great potential to hold tripletail and cobia.


Nearshore fishing is going to be the best bet. Water will be trashed but the big bull reds and sharks don’t seem to mind. The finger mullet are here, so the snook, flounder, jack crevalle, ladyfish, mangroves and bluefish will also provide some great entertainment along the beach, jetties and inside the port.

I know this is a very basic report compared to what I usually offer up but its very simple right now. You are either going to be a hero or a zero. Everyone likes it when you’re the hero but if you cant handle being a zero then its best you stay at the dock.

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Captain Greg Rapp
Sealeveler Sport Fishing Charters

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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.