Captain Greg's Fishing Report for June 2020
Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, and Orlando
Last Month's Action
First 4 days of grouper opening were really good and the tuna fishing was awesome the few days calm enough to make that run, other than that not much to say about May except it was a grind. The sea conditions just didn’t want to get nice for any period of time to let anything get consistent. Back up plans were key and you better have had some time to work because it seemed as every fishable day we had to charge at it blind and be ready to capitalize on the few opportunities that we were given.
June Near Shore Fishing Forecast
We are so overdue for a stretch of calm seas that statistically it has to happen, so I am going to bank on it. Calm sea conditions equal big time fishing opportunity up and down Cocoa Beach, along Port Canaveral channel and North of the Canaveral shoal. Bait fish such as threadfins, scaly minnows and hopefully pogies show up and are easy to spot on calm days. Calm seas also allow the water clarity to get right. Clean water and bait equals fantastic live bait trolling for smoker king mackerel, big tarpon, bonito, barracuda, jack crevalle, sharks and the occasional cobia. This is easy summertime fishing so start your day early and go home happy by the heat of the day. Goliath grouper fishing is really good along the channel, close wrecks, terminals and channel markers so get the biggest bait you can find dead or alive and let it soak.
June Offshore Fishing Forecast
It is time for a change! It has to happen and it has to be June. My wife always tells me that being positive puts out good vibes and in return positivity happens with anything you do. Everyone has been getting beat down for months and we have been tired of hearing the same message everywhere we go. I know I personally am about to snap if I ever here “remember we are all in this together” “social distancing” “the new normal” ” We have to cancel due to the ongoing corona virus crisis” and the list goes on and on. I know you are wondering what this has to do with offshore fishing. The answer is absolutely nothing other than when you get far enough out into the ocean you get to unplug and media can no longer bombard you with nonsense. It is so much easier to be positive out on the water because you are free. Can you leave the negativity at the dock? I have seen a lot of positivity from charters lately. We had brutally tough fishing last month and most people were happy to just be free and it was their positivity that made the day great. As stupid as this sounds, I wonder as captains and anglers if we can change the circumstances and outcome of the fishing day by remaining in a positive mind set. After all as offshore captains and avid offshore anglers we truly get the opportunity to be free more than most people.
June live bait trolling is what you want to be doing. Short days on the reef with nonstop action and a good variety of species. King mackerel are dominant but mahi, cobia, sailfish, barracuda, bonito, black fin tuna, and wahoo are all possible. Bottom fishing should improve and with any luck the thermocline was early, mild and gone. 100ft for mangrove and mutton snapper is where I suggest concentrating your bottom fishing efforts. Yellowfin tuna trips should remain really good but we will have to start go out even furthers as the water temperatures continue to rise. The best way to catch all these best bet species this month is very simple. Apply what you know and be positive!
I expect to see a fantastic June and all our positive vibes will deliver it.
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.