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Cape Canaveral Fishing

Cape Canaveral Fishing

Cape Canaveral, or Cabo Canaveral as named by Ponce de Leon, has some of the most productive fishing grounds on the east coast. With excellent inshore spots in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River, the area is known as the Redfish Capital of the World. From the many reefs near the beach to the Gulf Stream, Cape Canaveral offers outstanding bottom fishing and trolling opportunities.

Fishing the inshore waters around Cape Canaveral provides excellent Redfish fishing year round. Schools of over 100 fish are commonly found. There are also Black Drum, Bluefish, Cobia, Flounder, Sheepshead, and many other species of fish found in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River .

Nearshore fishing Cape Canaveral on the many reefs, wrecks, and ledges offers excellent Barracuda , Jacks, Red Snapper, Mutton Snapper, King Mackerel, Sharks, and many species of Grouper. With many reefs within sight of land, you don’t have to go far to get a bite.

Offshore fishing Cape Canaveral can produce Blackfin, Bonito, and Yellowfin Tuna. Dolphin (Mahi-mahi) are found year round. Blue Marlin can be caught most of the year, but late Spring and Summer months are best. There is also lots of Sailfish and Wahoo in the waters during the Winter.



Cape Canaveral Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Cape Canaveral, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Bluegill

  2. Bluegill

    There is a 13.12% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 5142 Bluegill counted.

    Cape Canaveral Bluegill Counts Chart
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  3. Spotted Seatrout

  4. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 10.96% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 4299 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Cape Canaveral Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
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  5. Largemouth Bass

  6. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 10.49% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 4111 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Cape Canaveral Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
    Largemouth

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  7. Redear Sunfish

  8. Redear Sunfish

    There is a 7.73% catch rate for Redear Sunfish, based on 3032 Redear Sunfish counted.

    Cape Canaveral Redear Sunfish Counts Chart
    Redear

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  9. Dollar Sunfish

  10. Dollar Sunfish

    There is a 7.31% catch rate for Dollar Sunfish, based on 2865 Dollar Sunfish counted.

    Cape Canaveral Dollar Sunfish Counts Chart
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  11. Redbreast Sunfish

  12. Redbreast Sunfish

    There is a 4.85% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 1901 Redbreast Sunfish counted.

    Cape Canaveral Redbreast Sunfish Counts Chart
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  13. Bluespotted Sunfish

  14. Bluespotted Sunfish

    There is a 4.25% catch rate for Bluespotted Sunfish, based on 1667 Bluespotted Sunfish counted.

    Cape Canaveral Bluespotted Sunfish Counts Chart
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  15. Hardhead Catfish

  16. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 3.66% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 1436 Hardhead Catfish counted.

    Cape Canaveral Hardhead Catfish Counts Chart
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  17. Black Crappie

  18. Black Crappie

    There is a 2.94% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 1154 Black Crappie counted.

    Cape Canaveral Black Crappie Counts Chart
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  19. Mahi-mahi

  20. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 2.83% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 1108 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Cape Canaveral Mahi-mahi Counts Chart
    Mahi-mahi

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Recommendations above based on 113 species of fish and 39207 fish counted for May around Cape Canaveral.

To date, there are 160 species of fish and a total of 265126 fish counted for Cape Canaveral and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 5/1/1886 (138 years).

Last Update: 5/23/2024 3:32:07 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Cape Canaveral are the following:

  1. 8A REEF
    The 8A Reef is in 70-80 feet of water located approximately 14 miles from Port Canaveral. The reef has many residents including Lobster, Grouper, Snapper, Sea Bass, and Lio


  2. HETZEL SHOAL LEDGE
    28.60195 -80.3995166666667


  3. Capt Harolds Ledge
    Capt Harolds Ledge


  4. Thousand Island Ledge
    Good ledge for snapper.


  5. Canaveral Ledge
    Good ledge for snapper and sometimes grouper.


  6. wreck-1755
    Attributes vesslterms feature_type Wrecks - Submerged, dangerous chart US,US,graph,H-11531 latdec 28.397107 londec -80.5348233 depth 9.4 sounding_type history quasou least dep


  7. The Bull Ledge
    The Bull Ledge


  8. SCALLOP BOAT WRECK
    28.175 -80.5435


  9. SCALLOP KING WRECK
    28.4253333333333 -80.302


  10. Missle


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Top Cape Canaveral Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Sunrise Marina
    We have safe and convenient rack storage for boats up to 45′ in length. Sunrise Marina is the closest marina to the Atlantic Ocean. We like to fish, so our hours of operation are kept with fishermen in mind.

  2. Handler Fishing Supply
    As your full service fishing supply and apparel outfitter, Handler has built a reputation of excellence in custom rod building and also offers rod and reel repair. As a top shelf dealer for the Shimano product line and operating as a Costa Del Mar P

  3. Man Overboard Bait and Tackle
    Live & frozen bait, tackle, rods and reels. Rod and Reel repairs.

  4. Palm Bay Marina


  5. Mosquito Lagoon Redfish Charters


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Top Cape Canaveral Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Fineline Fishing Charters
    Full time fishing charter service near Orlando, Daytona Beach, and Cocoa Beach, Florida. Fishing on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Indian and Banana Rivers, and the world famous Mosquito Lagoon for just about every species of gamefish available wi

  2. Fired Up Charters
    Fired Up Fishing Charters was formed in 2007 and over the last four years, we've managed to gain the trust and respect of all of our guests, many of which have rebooked with us already. We invite you to browse our website and check out the many p

  3. Relentless Offshore Adventures
    My name is Captain Scott Bussen, and much like when you fish with me, I will be your captain and tour guide throughout this adventure. The Relentless II is a 36′ Torres rigged and ready to fish for whatever swims in the deep blue sea off the East Cen

  4. OFishal Business Charters
    Fun, friendly, and relaxing offshore fishing is the specialty of OFishal Business Charters. We offer a wide variety of fishing excursions, for a wide range of hefty, hard fighting, ocean sport fish. We fully cater to corporate clientele, experienced

  5. Art's Adventures
    Capt Art offers full and half day fish and dive adventures. His on/under water encounters are non-stop like the BLUE WATER itself. He has an extensive knowledge of the aquatic realm. In other words, he knows where the fish are; he puts YOU on the fis

  6. Cocoa Beach Sportfishing
    Welcome to Cocoa Beach Sportfishing. Family Owned and Operated, we run fishing charters Offshore - Nearshore - Inshore

  7. Native Sons Fishing Charters
    Native Sons Fishing Charters features three of greater Orlando’s finest fishing guides, native Floridians Captain Roland ‘Grizz’ Jones, Captain Rocky Van Hoose, and Capt. Peter ‘Gator’ Deeks, Jr.. We guide in the shallow saltwater ‘flats’ of the Indi

  8. Fin Freak Sport Fishing Charters
    Come join us for a true Florida Sport fishing charter of a lifetime. We welcome seasoned fishermen, as well as beginners – we love to share our knowledge! It will be smooth cruising out of Port Canaveral with our U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captains, T

  9. Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide
    Sight fishing the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, and surrounding fishy waters. Capt.Scott Mac Calla

  10. Inshore Fishing Adventures
    Inshore fishing charters for seatrout, snook, redfish, tarpon, pompano, snappers and more!

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Top Cape Canaveral Marinas

  1. Sunrise Marina
    We have safe and convenient rack storage for boats up to 45′ in length. Sunrise Marina is the closest marina to the Atlantic Ocean. We like to fish, so our hours of operation are kept with fishermen in mind.

  2. Bluepoints Marina
    Bluepoints Marina is designed to provide a safe, secure home for your boat, whether it’s a family day cruiser, an inshore fishing vessel or an offshore fishing machine. Our fully enclosed dry storage facility has a wind load rating of 150mph, as we

  3. Cape Marina
    We offer wet and dry slips for boats from 15 feet to over 140 feet, all with 24 hour security and video monitoring. We offer wet slips, with 24 hour easy ocean and intracoastal access just moments away. Also dry storage with fast in and out service 7

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41009 - CANAVERAL 20 NM East of Cape Canaveral, FL
May 26, 2024 4:40 am EDT
Location: 28.508N 80.185W
Wind Direction: SW (220°)
Wind Speed: 5.8 knots
Wind Gust: 7.8 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.93 in (1013.6 mb)
Air Temperature: 79.3°F (26.3°C)
Dew Point: 73.6°F (23.1°C)
Water Temperature: 81.0°F (27.2°C)


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