Port Canaveral

Capt. Jim Ross

Preparing to leaders a shark at boat side that ate a live menhaden on a wire stinger rig.
Preparing to leaders a shark at boat side that ate a live menhaden on a wire stinger rig.

July is usually a month of change along the waters outside of Port Canaveral. The blitzing bonito, pods of jack and tarpon, and schools of spanish mackerel often leave for territories farther north. We can usually find king mackerel and plenty of sharks to pull on though so all is not lost. Live pogies, pilchards, greenies, and sardines are your best offerings when slow trolling in the 20 to 50-foot depths. Where wire leaders were optional last month because of possible jack and tarpon catches, this month they will be a requirement to keep these toothy critters from cutting you off on every strike. The area around the ship channel can be a hot spot if outside the Port. The mouth of the Port, or even inside the channel to west of the middle turning basis can hold some big kings at times. This will all depend on where the bait chooses to hunker down for the night. Your best bite is usually first thing in the morning, but it can often come in the late afternoons if we have mid-day showers that cool our water temps down a degree or two before the sun sets. Take a slow troll with some live baits around the waters of port Canaveral and you may be very surprised at what you find this month.

Capt. Jim Ross
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