Location

FL
United States
28° 23' 20.3424" N, 80° 35' 4.9812" W
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Average: 5 (1 vote)

What can we expect to see in September? That’s a really darn good question. If its anything like the last several months its basically unpredictable!

     I have only been charter fishing out of Canaveral for about 10 years now and I still have so much to learn. This year has been completely odd/off to say the least. Lets start with bait. Pogies have been basically extinct. So the normal run to the pier and throw the net a few times and go to 8A has not happened. Instead we search for schools of scalies, greenies, blue runners or threadfins in hopes of sabikiing the baits. Then we gotta go to where we think the fish are… Has been tough to say the least. But I must also admit that fishing has been pretty decent as long as you can find the right bait.              As for predicting the next month as of now will be tough. We are still dealing with the thermocline issues. If you hit all the wrecks you will find AJ and snapper still towards the mid to top of the water column. They will eat jigs tipped with squid and any live bait that swims down.  We should see the water warming up soon and that should bring back the pogies a little more consistently. Many of the baits have been on all the buoys and cans to the north. Take your live bait to your favorite fishing spots and try it out. This is all we have been doing. Bouncing from spot to spot to make our days work. Remember it’s fishing and not catching. Any day exploring out there is better than not!

     Shark fishing has been pretty decent. mid-day has been the best time lately. Best baits are chuncks of bonita and barracuda. Fish in the 20-30 foot depths both north and south of the Cocoa beach pier. Good luck

 

     This report has been brought to you by Captain Chris Cameron of Fired Up Fishing Charters, your premier fishing guide charter of shark fishing Cocoa Beach, offshore fishing Port Canaveral, nearshore fishing Cape Canaveral, Orlando charter fishing.

 

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F Water Temp: 81-90 F Clarity: Murky 4 fish caught

Hope everyone had fun cobia fishing last month. Continue to look around the 50/60 foot range for the rays and leatherbacks holding fish. Free swimmers will be abundant continuing through this month as well. If you find some type of color change, weed line or temp break, 70 degrees, in that depth your gold. Buck tails and live bait will do the trick. If they won’t fire on the buck tail follow it up with a live bait of some sort. Cobia are not picky so whatever you have will work. When using live bait, I use a 60lb leader from my 50lb braid to an 8/0 circle hook. This is also the time of year that they will come in very close as well. Don’t hesitate to start or end up in the 20 foot depth. Cover your ground and use the sun to your advantage.

Kings will start showing up in better numbers as well. Live bait will be choice this time of year for the big ones that come back through. We were just on the tail end of the smaller fish migration. Soon the 30lbers will start showing more consistently. Fish your local reefs and any structures that hold bait. Ship wrecks and any other structures work great. You can also sabiki these structures for baits.

Bait pods will soon show up. The water is warming up and the fishing will only get better. Start looking for birds and flipping pogies. It’s been scarce to non-existent lately but don’t worry its almost here. Get yourself a good cast net. Tim Wade nets are what ya want. Get a little extra lead on it to sink it faster. Leave the wally world net at home. That 4 footer just won’t cut it. We normally throw a 10/12 foot net.

Bottom fishing for grouper and throwback reds are gonna be good. (check your local regs) use live bait with 3 ways and knocker rigs. (whatever works best for you) 80/100lb leaders. 8/0-10/0 hooks. I believe you’re supposed to have circle hooks now in federal waters, so again check the regs.

To keep the kids busy you can chicken rig all the reefs for triggers and the mighty sea bass. Use squid and small chunk baits. Triggers tend to hang a little higher off the bottom so once it hits crank it up a few feet.

Mahi are close by so get that gear ready. I will touch base on that in Mays issue.

This report has been brought to you by Captain Chris Cameron of Fired Up Fishing Charters, your premier fishing guide charter of shark fishing Cocoa Beach, offshore fishing Port Canaveral, nearshore fishing Cape Canaveral, Orlando charter fishing and split fishing trips.

Good luck see you out there.

Captain Chris Cameron

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Red Drum
2Blacktip Shark
3Sandbar Sharks
4Cobia
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Cloudy Air Temperature: 61-70 F Water Temp: 61-70 F Clarity: Cloudy

Shark fishing has continued to provide some awesome action and excitement.  We have seen a big influx of the offshore sandbar sharks lately. These species of shark are normally the annoying large sharks that are known to eat ½ your kingfish many times while offshore. I’m not sure as to why there are so many so close to the beach. Possibly breeding? And when I say close to the beach, I am talking about 6 feet of water. Many of the Sandbar sharks actually have a long liners circle hook in the corner of their mouth, so you know they were at least 80 miles out.  This is a good thing for our customers because of the constant action with sharks over the 100lb class.  Also in the mix has been a lot of sand tiger sharks. They’re a lot of fun as well and the teeth on these sharks are kinda just poking out all over the place and make for great pictures. They look very vicious.  We have been using everything for bait. Sharks will eat almost anything. The odd thing is I have not had any luck with what I thought would be the best bait ever, week old nasty stinky bonita. I thought the bait would be sure to attract the biggest thing out there but never got a bite on it.  Turns out they are actually kind of picky. They love it fresh! Just like you, lol .  The fresher and the bloodier! Just like a nice prime rib. Bait can include bonita, kingfish, Spanish macs, bluefish and ladyfish Just to name a few. Next month  a little about the rigging and tackle used. Good luck and enjoy.

This report has been brought to you by Captain Chris Cameron of Fired Up Fishing Charters, your premier fishing guide charter of Shark Fishing Cocoa Beach, offshore fishing Port Canaveral, nearshore fishing Cape Canaveral, Orlando charter fishing and split fishing trips.

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