For many years-the towns of Melbourne, Rockledge and Titusville depended on the fishing stock in coastal and offshore waters to maintain their fishing communities. In order to drive this economy-they needed local access to offshore waters. As a result, the first leases at Port Canaveral were to fishing families. With the establishment of Port Canaveral, fishermen had a safe port to transit in and out of and the fishing industry flourished.
Fishermen from all around the world come to Port Canaveral for a memorable fishing experience. No matter if you’re an award-winning fisherman, or someone who doesn’t even know how to bait a hook, Port Canaveral has somewhere for everyone to fish.
Since Port Canaveral is located directly on the Atlantic Ocean and in close proximity to the St. Johns River and the Indian River Lagoon, there are more than a few superb fishing spots. Port Canaveral offers fishermen both offshore fishing charters to catch the big fish and a wide variety of places to fish from shore.
Port Canaveral has numerous sports fishing boats that provide private or group fishing tours of river fishing, deep sea fishing, nighttime shark fishing and much more! These charters offer fishing tours every day of the week, leaving directly from sunny Port Canaveral. The charters in the Port are dedicated to providing their guests with a safe, action-packed and successful fishing day. Many of the charters will have everything you need, including fishing gear, tackle, bait, fishing license, fish cleaning and bagging, sun block, ice and cold drinks. These charters offer a one-of-a-kind fishing tour that you will never forget.
There are many ideal places available to fish on shore in Port Canaveral: Jetty Park, Rodney S. Ketcham Park and Freddie Patrick Park. What makes Port Canaveral’s fishing spots different than others in the area is that they can be used at no charge.
One of the most popular locations to fish at in Port Canaveral is Jetty Park. Jetty Park is the perfect place to relax by the water, enjoy a quick snack from the refreshment center and catch a few fish. What fisherman loves most about this park is the 1,200 foot Malcolm E. McLouth Fishing Pier, which is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Fishing amenities available on the Fishing Pier include fish-cleaning tables with running water, lights for night fishing and a paved surface. The fishing pier is accessed by a large ramp making it fully handicap accessible.
Freddie Patrick Park, located on the Port’s south side near Jetty Park, has more than 10 acres of land. Here you can enjoy the boat-launch ramp and boat cleaning station, for no charge at all.
At the Port’s west end is Rodney S. Ketcham Park. This beautiful four-acre park is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic with the family, or an afternoon fishing with friends. Rodney S. Ketcham Park features grills, picnic tables, boat-launch ramps and fishing from the bulkheads.
If you want to head out to the ocean from Port Canaveral, you have to pass through the Canaveral Lock. The Canaveral Lock is the largest lock in Florida. Located between Port Canaveral’s West turning basin and the Banana River, the lock reduces tidal-current velocities in Canaveral Harbor, prevents entry of hurricane tides into the Banana River and prevents salt water intrusion. If you’re not familiar with going through the Canaveral Lock, don’t worry! The Lockmaster is there to help you, and make this transition relaxed and speedy, so you can head out to the ocean to catch some fish.
Port Canaveral still remains a gateway for the American seafood consumer, being the only port between Key West and Jacksonville to unload the larger shrimp and fish boats.
Chances are you will be able to see a shrimp or fish boat unloading their catch. With 94% of the seafood consumed in America being imported, Port Canaveral’s commercial fishing docks are a culture worth saving.
Popular species that are usually caught on Port Canaveral’s shore and fishing docks include Snook and Spanish Mackerel. Other fish that can be caught here are Flounder, Snapper, Lookdown, Black Drum, Tarpon, Redfish and Trout. There are many species that can be caught throughout the Port, so don’t be surprised if you occasionally catch a Tripletail, Cobia or even a stray Kingfish.