Captain Greg's Fishing Report for July 2023
Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, and Orlando
We are in the thick and heat of the summer. This means early morning or evening trips are going to be best.
Live bait is everywhere right now and in every school of bait we will find predators harassing them.
Staying close to shore and around the shoals amongst the live bait is going to produce some very nice catches of king mackerel. We will also catch the occasional cobia and we should see some sail fish in tight also. Just yesterday we caught and released a sailfish less than a mile off the beach. Sharks, barracuda, bonito and jack crevalles will also be heavy hitters in the mix to keep the action going.
The bottom is starting to get cold and while this is good for pushing bait to the surface and making our fishing closer in good, it is bad for fishing for bottom species out on the reefs. When you mark suspended fish on the reef they are likely to be snappers species. You’re hoping they are mangroves but are likely red snapper so that is useful for our joke of a snapper season on the 14th & 15th.
My advice is keep your trips short. Morning half days & evening shark trips to beat the heat but for you diehard you are not wrong in the mentality that a full day on the water is always the best way to make the most out of a trip.
About Captain Greg's Reports and Forecast
Captain Greg has been fishing the waters of Port Canaveral and the Atlantic for over 30 years. He has the largest and most highly rated private charter business in Port Canaveral, Sea Leveler Sport Fishing Charters. Greg and his team of full time captains fish well over 200 days each per year. We have kept detailed catch history for every trip ran since 2010. You can access this history at www.sealeveler.com/reports. His engineer wife, Amber, has analyzed the catch history along with other historical data such as water temperature and weather patterns. Greg uses his fishing experience and knowledge along with his wife’s statistical analysis to bring you the best fishing report available for Port Canaveral. Greg will give you the honest truth on how the fishing has been along with his best prediction of what to expect by using all of this information.