Port Canaveral Report: July 2015

Barracuda are not high on the list of many anglers but they should be. If you haven’t ever hooked a big cuda on light spinning gear you will find drag blistering runs and jumps that rival a dolphin to be two of the qualities that make this great fighting game fish a fun and entertaining species of fish to catch.
Barracuda are not high on the list of many anglers but they should be. If you haven’t ever hooked a big cuda on light spinning gear you will find drag blistering runs and jumps that rival a dolphin to be two of the qualities that make this great fighting game fish a fun and entertaining species of fish to catch.

A mixed bag of species is available to anglers fishing the waters outside of the Port his month. Barracuda, shark, jack, tarpon and king mackerel are just a few that come to mind. Many of these fish will be concentrated around near shore buoys, reefs or wrecks in less than 90-feet of water. A bait well full of lively sardines, pilchards, or pogies should get your rod bent once you find a place and get started chumming with the extras in your well. Use a wire leader on some of your rods to keep the cudas and kings from going right through your leaders. You can often drop a bait down to the bottom on a weighted line and find some snapper and cobia on these structures as well. If all else fails try slow trolling live pogies past the ships channel buoys and bonito, kingfish, and barracuda should respond in short order.

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