Many people call us asking what they can expect on a fishing charter. Capt Greg has written a description below describing a typical charter day.
On normal fishing charter, we will leave the dock promptly at 7a.m. and this is where your adventure begins. Afternoon half days will leave around noon or shortly after. We will make the short 5 minute idle through Port Canaveral inlet to the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. On the way out we have a good chance of seeing a massive cruise ship pass by or the opportunity to wave to our nation’s heroes standing on top of an incoming submarine.
Once we clear the jetty we will get our first real taste of the fresh salt air and wonderful smell of the clean ocean breeze. Your captain will take a quick scan of Cocoa Beach looking for the slight star flicker of bait fish or the bomb brigade of pelicans hitting the water at full speed. He will position the boat to cast a 12ft net on top of the school of bait and somehow this mess of a net piled on his arms and shoulder will turn into a perfectly round disc over the water. You think to yourself “that’s pretty cool”. When he lifts the net that is now loaded with more bait fish than you have ever seen in one place you think “wow, the bait is bigger than most of the fish we catch back home.”
Now armed with the freshest live bait that can be obtained, the captain points the boat in an easterly direction and you are now well on your way to pick a fight with a variety of the Atlantic Ocean’s top predators and most awe inspiring sport fish. On any given half day fishing charter we can find fish from less than a mile out, up to about 20 miles out depending on where all the conditions meet to create the magical fish catching solution. On full days we are not bound by time restraints and have the option to go further if that’s where we think the better fishing will be. On your ride out we typically see dolphins playing in the wake of the boat and often see large logger head and leather back sea turtles. On occasion you will even see whales and sharks.
At about 9 miles out something truly magical happens that will officially put you in vacation mode. The cell phones no longer work and I swear I can almost see the burden of the electronic leash disappear as the people turn the power off and the smile comes across their face. On average, we fish about 14 miles out on half day fishing charters. On full days we typically start in the same area unless the full day game plan is having us hone in on a different species of fish further out. You can feel the excitement in the air as the roar of the diesel engine silences when your captain makes your arrival to the fishing grounds.