"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.
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. Captain Richard tells us..."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.".
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...