Captain Greg's Fishing Report for June 2017
Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, and Orlando
Last Month's Action
May was awesome, but there were 3 main species of fish to be caught. If you tried for anything other than king mackerel, dolphin fish or amberjack, it was not going to happen. We really didn’t get much variety fish except for a few cobia toward the end of the month. The fishing was very good and I will happily put May 2017 in the books as a success. The goliath groupers kept us busy near shore and the black nose sharks cooperated well. I personally didn’t do much near shore but I can tell you I have never seen the port so alive and stuffed with bait fish. I see giant blue fish, jack crevalle and snook around the docks, so I’m going to say it was probably good. We also caught our first tarpon of the season the other night so that is a great sign of a lively near shore fishery for June.
June Near Shore Fishing Forecast
We say it all the time on the VHF but I’m telling you now beach beach baby is where it is at. The beach out to 10 miles is alive right now. We have bait everywhere and everywhere you look you can find fish. Water is crystal clear and it is borderline more fun riding around looking at things instead of trying to catch them. We have flying fish in the buoy line right now and I sight casted a nice sailfish today in 20ft of water on the Canaveral shoal. Inside the port is loaded with all kinds of bait so I am sure there are blue fish, snook and jack crevalles. The tarpon will be starting to show. I suggest fishing very shallow for them. We already have thermocline conditions so everything is searching for warmer water and will be either very shallow or on the surface. You will find kings, big jack crevalles, barracudas, cobia and yes even dolphin fish inside of 10 miles right now. This is the perfect time to take the kids fishing. Water is calm, clear and loaded with life. Plus you don’t have to go very far to have a great day. I am super pumped about the near shore possibilities this month. Honestly if it was my choice I would draw a line at 10 miles and not pass it.
June Offshore Fishing Forecast
We have very cool things that happen this time of year when we get thermocline conditions. We have all the writing on the wall that this is happening right now. In my opinion there is nothing cooler than seeing fish before they take your bait. We will have king fish and cobias loaded in the bait pods that are on the surface over shallow water obstructions. All kinds of jacks and snapper will be up on top of big structure. My gut is telling me the thermocline won’t be severe and won’t last long. That is a good thing even though it brings a different and very neat style of fishing but if it last too long it is very bad in the long run. I know I sound like a broken record but live bait trolling any big structure or shallow structure will produce the best catches. Most people call this king fishing but really it should be called everything that swims fishing. Fishing directly on the bottom will be pretty much a complete shut down so leave your sinkers off and grouper rods put away.
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.