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Port Canaveral Shark Fishing
Cape Canaveral and Port Canaveral Shark Fishing with Live Bait
Friday April 29, 2016
"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...
Tarpon have one single dorsal fin (the fin on the top) that extends into long filament. A tarpon's back is dark blue to green or greenish black, shading into bright silver on the side. Their color may vary and be brownish gold in estuarine waters. Tarpon have huge scales that are often kept as trophies by anglers and a large mouth that points upward.
Primarily INSHORE fish, although adult fish spawn OFFSHORE where the ribbon-like larval stage of the fish can be found. We find our larger tarpon off the beaches in the summer. They are often found rolling on the surface and gulping air in while lurking for food or taking it easy between feeding sessions.
Tarpon can often be found in brackish or freshwater near mangroves or in residential canals. Look for tarpon to show up almost anywhere on the lagoons and beaches in Florida, but tarpon "promise land" is found in the Florida Keys and other locations around Florida. While the Orlando, Cocoa Beach area is not as consistent for these gamefish as south Florida areas, we nevertheless we catch our share of tarpon in the Central Florida area when the timing is right and they're around. Tarpon tend to move into the Central Florida area and move out... The Florida Keys tends to hold them year around.
Tarpon are slow growers and mature between 7 to 13 years of age. Spawning occurs between May and September when females may lay more than 12 million eggs each. Tarpon can tolerate wide range of salinity from fresh to very salty estuary waters. Juvenile tarpon are commonly found in fresh water and can breathe air at surface. Tarpon feed mainly on fish and large crustaceans.
Requires $50 tarpon tag to possess or harvest and two fish possession limit.
Shark Fishing at Port Cananveral
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: April 29 2016 15:06:42.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
April - 2016 Fishing Report
April - 2016 Fishing Forecast
April of 2016 should be a great spring for fishing in both inshore and offshore coastal waters of Central Florida. Look to the Mosquito Lagoon and Banana Rivers to produce redfish and sea trout consistently and then look toward the ocean and depending on the water temps, clear skies and wind the cobia will be on their way north and migrating past Canaveral towards their northern grounds on the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Central Florida's weather during the spring is usually no less than spectacular as the college spring breakers are winding up the end of their vacation and heading back to campus to finish up before summer break. Daytona Beach host several spring events from NASCAR Races, Bike Week and Spring Break activities while Cocoa Beach and it's Space Coast offer a much less crowded alternative for vacationers to seek a more secluded and restful Holiday. The temperatures are rising and the fishing should be heating up too in East Central Florida's Cocoa Beach.
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Inshore Charter Fishing in the Banana River Lagoon near 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 experience with Captain Richard! He made it fun for the whole family even though my wife had a bit of the demon. She still had a blast and Capt. Richard put us right on the fish even when the other fishing charters were struggling to catch fish.
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