Fishing Tour Fishing in one of the most biodiverse estuaries in the Northern Hemisphere is an exciting way to spend two hours while visiting the…
Fishing in one of the most biodiverse estuaries in the Northern Hemisphere is an exciting way to spend two hours while visiting the Cocoa Beach area. Enjoy an exciting fishing tour trip on board The Opa. Designed to be a fishing vessel, it’s been outfitted with rods, reels, and proper tackle to catch many different kinds of salt water fish found in the Indian River Lagoon.
Our crew will guide you to the best fishing tour spots in the river. Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned pro, you’re sure to catch fish or have a great time trying. For our beginners, we’ll show you how to cast, bait your hook and even remove your fish from the hook, but not before you get some fish selfies. We’ll make sure that you are able to experiment your skills or figure out a new technique while casting the line, and the experienced professionals will be there to help every step of the way. No fishing license? Don’t you worry. Our license has you and your entire crew covered.
Fishing is constantly about new encounters. You’re getting various kinds of fish and switching up your bars and snare, making each excursion out on the water unique. Our fishing tour trip allows you to investigate new waters with certainty and the crew can direct you along those new fishing domains.
Fishing with our crew, we’ll ensure your junior anglers receive a crash course and are ready to bend their rods and reel in their catch. You’ll be fishing for snook, redfish, sea trout, tarpon, sheepshead, flounder and more.
If you’re not a fisherman but the rest of your crew is, sit back, relax, and enjoy the amazing one of a kind sights and sounds of the Indian River Lagoon. Snowy white egret, great blue herons, king fishers and osprey will enthrall you with their majestic beauty and ability. Book your fishing tour trip today and spend fishing one of Florida’s most diverse and vibrant waterways.
*Extended fishing trips are available.
*Wheel Chair Accessibility
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All tours depart from The Island Time Marina and Restaurant.
The Island Time Marina & Restaurant is under new management, offering new services, and undergoing significant renovations. The Island Time Marina & Restaurant also provides directions to reach its location if you’re traveling on the ICW:
Traveling North On The ICW
The Banana river route is picturesque and saves a few hours of travel time compared to staying on the ICW to the Barge Canal.
Travel North on the ICW to marker #2 and immediately past the fixed SR 518 bridge (65′ vert clearance) you will see marker #1 to the right leading into the Banana River. Shortly you will see the Mathers Bridge, a 7′ swing bridge that opens on demand with limited operating hours. Contact the bridge tender on VHF channel 09. Proceed past the fixed SR 404 bridge (43′ vert clearance) where the river opens into a wide body with Patrick Air Force Base to the right. Bear slightly West of North to markers #11 and #12 approximately 5 miles ahead. Use the day markers to carefully navigate to green marker #27 shortly before the fixed SR 520 bridge (35′ vert clearance). Just prior to going under the bridge turn sharply to port and follow the private day markers East along the causeway, past a public launch ramp, to a point that requires you to turn to starboard past condominiums where you will turn sharply to port along the seawall to Island Time Marina.
Traveling South On The ICW
Travel South on the ICW from Titusville to markers 13 and 14 just prior to the fixed SR 528 bridge (65′ vert clearance) where you bear off to port and through the Barge Canal. The Barge Canal links the Indian River to the Banana River and through a lock into Port Canaveral. Once in the Banana River proceed to marker #5 and turn South under the SR 528 bridge and head three miles to red day marker #28 and the fixed SR 520 bridge (35′ vert clearance). Proceed under the bridge where you will immediately turn to port following the private day markers East along the causeway, past a public launch ramp, to a point that requires you to turn to starboard past condominiums where you will turn sharply to port along the seawall to Island Time Marina.
About Banana River Boat Tours
Banana River Boat Tours is owned and operated by Captain “CJ” Enneking and his wife, Jayne. Captain CJ is a true native Floridian. Growing up motor boating, sailing, and water skiing on Lake Santa Fe, outside of Gainesville, he always dreamed of working on the water.
Captain CJ’s love of the water was instilled in him by his parents. That is evident in the name of the boats, The Opa and The Nana. His father was a great fisherman and even greater storyteller. Thus, the fishing boat became The Opa, aboard which you will catch great fish and learn to tell even greater fishing tales. The Nana is a bit smaller and a bit quicker allowing you to cruise the lagoon in style and flash just like his mom.
As you can imagine, both Captain CJ and Jayne enjoy spending any spare moment they have on the water. During the summers or school holidays, you may be lucky enough to have Jayne, a teacher, as your mate on a fishing tour. On their days off, they stick close to home and you will likely find them camping, fishing, kayaking, canal cruising or island hopping with friends. When asked where they go on vacation, they responded, “We live in paradise, we don’t have to go anywhere”. Captain CJ has found his missing piece with Banana River Boat Tours. It would be his privilege to share his love of the water and his little piece of paradise with you.