CAPT. JOE PALERMO: Offshore Fishing Trip To ‘Other Side’ Yields Yellowfin Bonanza
By Capt. Joe Palermo // May 15, 2016
Port Canaveral offshore fishing
- FISHING ACTION ON THE SEA WRANGLER 72 lb Wahoo Caught While Live Baiting a Reef _blank
- ACTION ON THE SEA WRANGLER Caption goes here. _blank
- Tuna Fever A great day of Tuna Fishing 80 miles East of Port Canaveral on the Sushi Wagon. _blank
- Limit of Nice Amberjack. _blank
- Brian Brenton with a keeper Amberjack. _blank
- A Great Day of Bottom Fishing with the Health First Crew. _blank
- Nice Amberjack Caught in 220 ft of Water aboard the Sea Wrangler _blank
- Sailfish Caught and Released Aboard the Sea Wrangler. _blank
- A Charter Limit of Nice Cobia and a Bonus Dolphin. _blank
- Trigger Fish, Amberjack, Yellow Tail Snapper, and Sea Bass. _blank
- A Limit of Red Snapper and Amberjack. _blank
- King Mackerel, Mangrove Snapper, a Cobia, and a Limit of Amberjack. _blank
- A Great Day of Snapper Fishing Aboard the Sea Wrangler. _blank
- Several Dolphin Made An Appearance while King Fishing. _blank
- A Good Variety for these Three Anglers. _blank
- 117 lb Swordfish Caught Off Port Canaveral. _blank
- A Great Day For Variety Aboard the Sea Wrangler. _blank
- A Great Day of Reef Fishing. _blank
- A Beautiful, Lit Up Dolphin Caught in 140 ft of Water. _blank
- The All Mighty Hammerhead Shark, Caught and Released. _blank
- Great Day of Bottom Fishing in 170 ft of Water off of Port Canaveral. _blank
- Grouper, Amberjack, Red Snapper, Trigger Fish, and Porgies Rounded Out the Day for These Anglers Aboard the Sea Wrangler. _blank
- A 27 lb Red Snapper caught in 90 ft of water. _blank
- A great day of wreck fishing aboard the Sea Wrangler. _blank
- A result of fishing the shrimp boats off of Port Canaveral. _blank
- Bottom fishing at its finest. _blank
- A very productive day with Kingfish, Amberjack, and Dolphin aboard the Sea Wrangler. _blank
- A limit of Red Snapper, an Amberjack, and a few Kingfish and Cobia. _blank
- Releasing a beautiful Sailfish off the coast of East Central Florida. _blank
- Another successful day on the Sea Wrangler. _blank
- A great day of trolling and wreck fishing aboard the Sea Wrangler. _blank
- A great day of reef fishing in 90 ft of water off Port Canaveral. _blank
- 10 lb+ Red Snapper with a few other viarieties of bottom dwellers. _blank
- A limit of Amberjack and Kingfish caught off Port Canaveral aboard the Sea Wrangler. _blank
- A limit of Amberjack and Red Snapper, as well as a Grouper, a Cobia, and a few Kingfish aboard the Sea Wrangler. _blank
- A great day of reef fishing in 135 ft of water off Port Canaveral. _blank
- 65 lb Amberjack caught in 280 ft of water. _blank
- A limit of Red Snapper off of Cape Canaveral. _blank
- A nice Mangrove Snapper caught on a wreck aboard the Sea Wrangler. _blank
- A great day during the heat of our Cobia season in March. _blank
- The Port Canaveral record for African Pompano at 43.8 lbs, caught on a wreck offshore of Cape Canaveral. _blank
- Sonny trying to turn a Grouper on a reef offshore of Cocoa Beach. _blank
- A beautiful hang caught aboard the Sea Wrangler. _blank
- A Warsaw Grouper made an appearance while bottom fishing in 280 ft of water. _blank
- A 68 lb Yellowfin Tuna caught 75 miles east of Port Canaveral. _blank
- A nice "Cow" Dolphin. _blank
- Jeremy with a giant Mangrove Snapper caught on a wreck. _blank
- 25 lb+ Red Snapper caught on a half day trip out of Port Canaveral. _blank
- Golden Tiles caught in 600ft of water. _blank
- A Sailfish caught and released while Dolphin Trolling. _blank
- A small Wahoo all lit up after eating a live Pogie. _blank
- Trigger Fish are one of the best eating fish in the Atlantic. _blank
- A nice Wahoo caught off of the 20 mile weather buoy off Cape Canaveral. _blank
- A Sailfish posing for the picture before being released. _blank
- One of 5 Sailfish released this day. _blank
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Port Canaveral is known for some of the best offshore fishing the East Coast has to offer.
From bottom fishing to trolling, anglers can easily satisfy their offshore appetite for a wide variety of species.
Although not easily reachable for most boats, yellowfin tuna, which range anywhere from 30 pound to 100-plus pound, are at the top of this list.
Known as the “Other Side,” meaning the other side of the gulf stream, yellowfin and a variety of other species feed in the cooler waters just east of the gulf stream ranging from 60-100 miles from Port Canaveral.
Starting in the spring, these fish pursue bait from the Bahamas and track north throughout the summer. Although this seems like a lot of ground to cover, finding these reel screaming pelagics relies on modern technology.
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In the early 90s a few Port Canaveral charter captains discovered that standard navigation radars would pick up bird packs feeding in these waters.
Since this discovery, many center console boats have been designed around large radars, large fuel tanks and speed to specifically target this well sought-after species.
By the late 90s Port Canaveral had several charter boats offering these long-range trips and it was a normal sight to see weekenders filleting a limit of tuna. However, since the price hikes in fuel, many anglers have opted to just fish the west side of the stream and the charter fleet offering these trips has dwindled down to one or two boats.
“For the past 15 years as a charter captain out of Port Canaveral, I have been blessed to experience this fishery to it’s fullest on both charters and “fun” trips, and it has always been a dream of mine to offer “Other Side” trips to the public,” said Capt. Joe Palermo of Sea Wrangler Charters.
‘HOOKED UP’ ALL DAY
This dream became a reality with a new addition to the Sea Wrangler fleet, a 34-foot Hines Farley express boasting over 1,000 hp and a 29-knot cruising speed. After some modifications and putting some hours on the motors, she made her maiden voyage to the “Other Side.”
“Although we fought some storms, we were hooked up all day and were able to land six yellowfin ranging from 65-75 pounds, some blackfin tuna, a large bull dolphin and skipjacks, and jumped off a blue marlin,” said Palermo.
“I’m looking forward to sharing this fishery with my charters for the rest of this season and seasons to come.”