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Tuesday January 23, 2018

Florida's Port Canaveral in the East Central part of the state produces some of the best and most consistent mackerel fishing in world. North America's East Coast and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas have many hot spots for anglers to hookup with blistering reel spooling King Mackerel and fun ultra light tackle Spanish Mackerel. During the summer Lagooner Fishing Guides often take their customers along the beaches for a day of near-shore fishing for large Mackerel and if the oceans really smooth we'll take you out to the cobalt blue waters and to the reefs and wrecks within miles of the shoreline for an opportunity to get in a Mackerel "fire fight" as it's often called where the fish are "eating the bottom of the boat out" while anglers fight smoker sized King Mackerel with multiple hookups.

"Within seconds of slowing the boat down Captain Richard turned the boat in a circle and tossed over the first bait for an instantaneous hookup! We never got more than two lines at a time out for the next hour as the fish literally boiled behind the boat. The Mackerel jumped on our live baits as fast as we could get them in the water with what charter Captains call skyrocketing the baits. You'll never forget a day of fishing for these fantastic fish!" explains and excited Angler after a day of summertime calm water fishing near Port Canaveral.

Mackerel are a species of fish off Port Canaveral that you can find on the west side of the gulf-stream before the continental slope. They hang around wrecks, reefs and ridges both natural and man made. During the calm summer months when bait-fish pods form along the shoreline, mackerel will venture close to shore to spawn and feed. It's a great time for kids and families alike to take a day of fishing and avoid going too far offshore.

Port Canaveral Mackerel Fishing Captain

One of Port Canaveral's premier Mackerel Captains, Richard Bradley has earned his reputation by putting his anglers consistently on big smoker sized mackerels while exposing his knowledge and skills as an expert Charter Captain and Fishing Guide. You can expect Captain Richard to share a wealth of information and allow you (the angler) to bait hooks and deploy a spreads while your guide watches carefully with an expert eye and attention to detail. Captain Richard is a full-time Coast Guard Merchant Marine Captain that has the time in the water to make your day a successful and fun event.

"We learned how to gather bait with a cast net, although I don't think I could cast one as large as our guide's net, then we gathered and kept our bait in large livewells for later use. Captain Richard used the pogies we caught to chum the fish close enough to make cast and hook up. After a day of fishing and catching several mackerel and a cobia we took some of our catch back to the dock where our guide cleaned and fillet them in preparation for lunch at a local restaurant." Explained one angler after a morning of fishing...

Flavory Fish

Preheat Oven to 425°

1 Cup Mayonnaise
2 Tbsp of Tarragon
1/2 Clove of minced garlic
1/4 Cup of fresh Parmesan cheese

Mix all the ingredients together and slather on fish fillets liberally (if you need to make some more just double the recipe). Put in casserole dish and top with Pepperage Farm Bread Crumbs (approximately 1/2 inch). Pop in oven for 25 minutes or until the fish is flakey and serve.

When you come to Port Canaveral, you will find a friendly fishing port with several restaurants and shops. The boat ramps and marinas are easily located and often provide everything from refreshments to food for your fishing charter.

Call the Canaveral Charter Fishing Captain at (321) 868-4953 or simply fill out the form on this page and a Professional Fishing Guide will call you promptly.

Kingfish are colored iridescent bluish green on their backs with silvery sides a streamlined body and tapered heads. There is no black color on front of dorsal fins and lateral line starts high and drops sharply below the second dorsal fin. Young kingfish often have yellow spots like those of the Spanish mackerel.

East Central Florida host some of the best King Mackerel fishing in the United States. Lagooner Fishing Guides prides itself in our kingfish charter fishing tactics with live bait in the summer and fall months. One of the most enjoyable angling opportunities in Florida, the king mackerel has a prestigious and renowned tournament circuit targeting this species. The SKF or Southern Kingfish Association holds at least one tournament in the Canaveral area because of the consistency of the fishery.

Kings are found NEARSHORE and OFFSHORE and occasionally taken from piers running into deeper water. During the summer months off Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach you can often find large (smoker) kingfish within a mile of the beach and just beyond the breakers. Most of the time kingfish can be caught along the ridges and wrecks offshore of Florida's East Coast.


Kings are schooling fish that migrate fom south Florida waters in winter to more northerly waters in spring. Gulf population thought to be separate from Atlantic population, with considerable mixing in winter from Cape Canaveral past Key West. Kingfish spawns in midsummer OFFSHORE and feeds on small fish and squid.

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24" to fork in tail minimum size limit, limit of two per angler per day.

State Record

90 lbs.

Kingfish Charters From Port Canaveral

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 29 2016 20:34:49.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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Fishing Reports

January - 2018 Fishing Report

The Banana River comes alive during the colder months of year and January is the peak season for deep hole trout, redfish and juvenile black drum. We've been fishing the deeper canals and slews with success during the cold fronts when the water is cold and also catching some great sized fish on the flats adjacent to these holes. Look for the Banana River to improve as the winter gets colder and the fish transition to their winter haunts in pursuit of cold, stable water. Look for mature fish to seek warmth on the shallow shorelines nearby.

Fishing Forecast

January - 2018 Fishing Forecast

Is it going to be an Indian Summer this January or possibly a deep freeze Polar Vortex? These are the questions that all fishing guides want to know. Depending on how this winter plays out with temperatures, winds and other conditions will dictate how our fishing will pan out in January. Unless the water is churned up by high winds, January will produce some of the cleanest and clearest water of the year in Central Florida as colder water kills of plankton life in the lagoons and mild northeast winds often push in clearer water in the ocean. Look for great inshore fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon and Northern end of the Indian River toward Titusville. If the winds and water are all frothed up it can be a crap shoot for fishing in almost every inshore locations and will shutdown all offshore fishing due to small craft warnings and safety warnings. However, between fronts, look for some of the best fishing of the year in January both inshore and offshore in Central Florida.

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Inshore and Offshore Charter Fishing near Orlando and Cocoa Beach, Florida. Catch redfish, sea trout, tarpon, snook and many other saltwater gamefish aboard the world famous Lagooner flats fishing boat with renowned Captain Richard Bradley.

Excellent Christmas Fishing Trip - My son and I had a wonderful fishing trip with Captain Richard. He was knowledgeable, friendly and willing to work hard to insure we caught fish and had a wonderful experience. Captain Gina was first rate in setting up our trip, providing great information and directions.
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