January 2019 Fishing Report for Port Canaveral
Tripletail have been the talk of the town lately on the coastal or nearshore waters off Port Canaveral. It’s On Again – Off Again as the cold fronts roll thru and warm ups allow us to start seeing these good tasting and hard fighting fish to be targeted. Almost every day this January that’s been makable and fishable have produced limits of these prehistoric looking fish. James (below) had no problem hooking up and landing this remarkable sized tripletail while his beautiful wife Christine watched onboard the Lagooner.
With the Holidays behind us, Florida’s weather cooperated for us early this January. Indian summer conditions are uncommon in central Florida during January, but when a stretch of calm, warm weather comes thru for a week, WATCH OUT! Cobia start popping up and tripletail become easy targets. Several of my friends ventured deeper offshore, commercial fished for plenty of king mackerel and some blackfin tuna while we sightfished for cobia and concentrated on tripletail.
Offshore Fishing Fun
Normally, I don’t even bother fishing offshore during January or February and concentrate inshore on our abundant species in the local lagoons. But knowing what happens offshore during calm winter conditions, I started up the deep sea fishing boat and took Gina on an exploratory morning mission to see if the cobia showed up and if the tripletail were making a showing. We found our answer by bringing home both species and then photographing some extraordinary images of our day.
While we’ve had a week or so of mild, calm weather on the oceans, it appears as though the winter patterns of cold north winds will spoil our offshore fun and I will return to the lagoons and continue my daily winter activities inshore.
Captain Richard Bradley
Charter Fishing Captain/Guide
As a husband and father of three incredible women, my life is definitely made whole. I’m a lifelong resident and third generation Floridian that enjoys the outdoors in recreation and my job. Not much gets better than taking my family, friends, and customers on fishing excursions on Florida’s east coast where I grew up for over five decades.
There is much for me to share about Port Canaveral and I enjoy writing about my experiences and knowledge of where I live. Please feel free to comment on my writings and express your views and experiences.
Berkley Gulp! Shrimp
When all else fails to produce a fish bite, I often pull out the Gulps. My favorite colors are New penny and pearl white, but don’t put too much thought into colors. A proper presentation and a hungry fish will most often get the bite.