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Tuesday January 23, 2018

"We often catch sharks off Port Canaveral and while it's entertaining for anglers, sharks are more than often a nuisance for charter captains because of the dangers involved with landing them. I'm always pleased to see kids and families enjoy pulling in a shark and wonder about what the skin really feels like and if the teeth are as big and bad as the movies make them out to be. It makes my job as a fishing guide fulfilling watching anglers young and old learn more about our ocean and it's life." Explains Captain Richard Bradley

Above is a photo of a dad with his son holding a small hammerhead shark they caught while trolling live baits off Port Canaveral during the summer. The shark was returned to the water where it will grow up and possibly be over 1,000 pounds and 13 feet long. Sharks are coming back to Florida after commercial interest decimated them for two decades after the movie Jaws that Peter Benchley wrote in the 1970's.

"I was fishing for cobia outside of buoy 2 and had a large 13 foot great white come up to the side of the boat and just suspend, it was the first time I've seen one until later that summer I saw another one near the shuttle pads off Playalinda Beach. Captain Richard tells us..."

Canaveral has a large variety of sharks from the small bonnet head sharks that patrol the shallows to the large bull sharks that do the same... yes you heard me the biggest sharks seem to like the shorelines and shallower waters particularly at night. It's not uncommon to see large hammerheads, tiger sharks and several species of shark off Canaveral's shoals and beaches, but last spring and early winter several of us charter fishing Captains saw a few great whites within a few miles of shoreline.

Fishing for larger sharks is best done at night near the beaches north of Port Canaveral. We don't specialize in shark fishing, but Captain Richard can occasionally be coaxed into a night time shark trip if the weather's right...

Florida has an abundant number of shark species along it's coastline including the Blacktip Shark, Bonnethead Shark, Bull Shark, Great Hammerhead Shark, Lemon Shark, Nurse Shark and Tiger Shark. Each shark is unique in it's habits, territory and feeding activities.

Coastal Sharks are generally found on the continental shelf along Florida's coastlines. Central Florida's east coast has a broad shelf extending out as far as 32 miles offshore from Port Canaveral where the depths of over 300 feet generally mark the boundries of coastal sharks in the scope of this article.

Most of these sharks can also be found along the beaches and inshore or possibly in the freshwater tributaries that trickle into the Indian River Lagoon and the Intracoastal Waterway. Both Inlets in Brevard County can be home to a large host of coastal sharks and are traversed by almost all species of these sharks that are unique to Florida.

Remarks

Unlike most bony fish, shark's eggs are fertilized inside the female's body. The male shark has "claspers," extensions of the pelvic fins that are used to transfer sperm to the female and fertilize her eggs. Most sharks give birth to live young, but some release eggs that hatch later.

Regulations

Harvestable Sharks fall into the following two groups of species:
Group One: Atlantic Sharpnose, Blacknose, Blacktip, Bonnethead, Finetooth, All species of dogfish and smoothounds within the Genus Mustelus
Group Two: Bull, Nurse, Spinner, Blue, Oceanic whitetip, Porbeagle, Shortfin mako,Thresher

Non- Harvestable Sharks fall into the following:
Group Three: Atlantic angel, Basking, Bigeye sand tiger, Bigeye sixgill, Bigeye thresher, Bignose, Caribbean reef, Dusky, Galapagos, Great hammerhead, Lemon shark, Longfin mako, Narrowtooth, Night, Sandbar, Sand tiger, Scalloped hammerhead, Sevengill, Silky, Sixgill shark, Smalltail, Smooth hammerhead, Tiger shark, Whale, White

State Record

Each species of shark have their own IGFA record.

Shark Fishing at Port Canaveral

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 29 2016 20:34:51.

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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