Many of my anglers coming from the Orlando area to Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach have been rewarded with some of the best fishing experiences that Florida’s Atlantic Ocean and it’s offshore and deep sea areas have to offer. I’ve been so very busy this summer, it’s been challenging to find a day off to write and post a monthly report so I’m combining June and July and hopefully updating my forecast for August before the day’s end.
During the summer, we concentrate on our ocean fishing almost exclusively baring poor conditions in the such as high seas and winds. However, there have been few adverse conditions during the summer “J” months of June and July and traditionally that has been the case every year. Calm seas and mild hot weather have made for an exceptional summer of live baiting on the offshore reefs and structure out of Port Canaveral. The most common species being caught are king mackerel and cobia but there has been a generous amount of bonito this year for those simply looking for a good fighting fish, the bonita has been a willing participant all summer long.
Nearshore fishing along the beaches of Brevard County‘s Space Coast has provided tarpon, jack crevelle and some consistent shark bites for the angler looking to catch and release his version of “Jaws”. The tarpon fishing started early this year during the spring run of cobia and has stayed with us as the temperatures have risen along the coast. Nearshore anglers can expect consistent tarpon action, some overly ambitious shark bites and spotty snook anglers unless the beach water visibility improves. This June and July has not been a banner snook year along the beaches, let’s hope that August and September offer an improvement.
That’s it for the June and July fishing Report for Canaveral and Cocoa Beach are on Florida’s Space Coast east of Orlando Florida. I look forward to seeing many of my returning anglers during the next couple of months as we head into later summer and early fall months.
About the author: I'm a charter fishing captain on Florida's east coast in Cocoa Beach near Orlando, Florida. I spend an exorbitant amount of time chasing fish patterns on the inshore and offshore waters around my barrier island hometown while raising two beautiful and brilliant daughters and enjoying the companionship of my lovely and gorgeous wife Gina.