Captain Greg's Fishing Report for June 2016
Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, and Orlando
Last Month's Action
Before we talk about my predicted June 2016 action, lets talk about what happened in May first. In Port Canaveral, Florida, May, was almost all about the bottom fishing. Opening day of grouper was just as it always is for some reason, very rough and made for tough fishing, but we persevered and for the most part the rest of the month was a success. We caught some really nice grouper. I don’t think we ever caught a limit because the sandbar sharks were taking more than their share of our grouper, but we did land several big black bellies, so I going to say we had quality over quantity. Amberjacks and banded rudder fish were very cooperative and as always so was the red snapper (someday we hope to be able to keep 1 or 2). We also caught a few nice cobia off the bottom as a added bonus. In addition we did have a few epic days tangling with some very large king mackerel and we still had a few dolphin fish trickling in.
Near shore the shark fishing was very inconsistent, but we did manage a few really great trips and on our last few shark trips we either have hooked and jumped tarpons or have seen them rolling. We did do a small amount of live bait trolling along the beach and the big jack crevalle were ready to give us a fight but we really didn’t do much near shore other than the shark fishing.
June's Near Shore Fishing Forecast
Within this last week the seas have became very calm. This will allow the water to clean up and we will see some good action live bait trolling along the beach and within a mile or so. I have seen the tarpon on our last few shark trips so I believe this will be a good month for the near shore action along with the big jack crevalle, bonitos, and the occasional big king. The catch history shows shark fishing will be good this month so I am excited about all the near shore opportunities this month.
June's Offshore Fishing Forecast
I’m not going to lie, June is a hard month to predict. Will we already be in the dog days of summer, or will we get a thermocline to throw everything out of whack, or will water temperatures and calm seas stay in check? I think overall we will have good action slow trolling. There will be king mackerel, barracuda, bonito, cobia, mahi, sailfish, and wahoo. We will have all these fish but we will not have them it great numbers. Slow trolling the reef will provide good action and variety but just a few here and there and at the end of the day it will add up to a great day of fishing. The amberjack and red snapper will remain solid but the grouper will get harder to come by. This is a great month for mangrove snapper fishing. For the anglers that have the know-how, or for those wanting to try to figure it out this is one of your better months. If the bottom water does happen to get cold all these fish will still be here, just where you look for them will totally change.
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.