“There are always new places to go fishing.
For any fisherman, there’s always a new place, always a new horizon.”

- Jack Nicklaus, Hall of Fame Golfer

Frequently Asked Questions

We changed the name to Captain Joe Smith Fin Factor Charters after the purchase of the 2018 Cape Horn center console. Joe Smith is still the business owner, the boat owner and captain of each charter and continues to offer the same high-level of service his customers expect.

A $150 deposit is required to confirm a reservation. Cancellations and changes made by the client within 15 days of scheduled trip are subject to a cancellation fee of $150. All payments and deposits are fully refundable for trips canceled due to poor weather conditions or Captain Joe's discretion.

Unless otherwise arranged, we will meet at 7:00AM at Bluepoints Marina - 726 Scallop Drive, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920. We will board the boat on the main dock in the rear of the building. If you have any questions, please call Captain Joe at 321-405-4551.

If you have children under the age of 12 you may want to consider a nearshore charter. The fishing action is fast and provides awesome thrills and memories without leaving site of the shore.

Our boat can hold six people in addition to the crew.

Fishing in Florida is great all year. If you're targeting a specific fish, cobia for example, winter and spring are the peak seasons, however they are caught year round. Check out our Port Canaveral fishing calendar and rest assured that exciting fishing can always be found in Cape Canaveral.

For some, motion sickness is unavoidable. Most, however, can take steps to minimize the likelihood of sea sickness. First of all, read our section on planning for your trip, it provides best practices for preparing for your deep sea charter. Secondly, we chose a center console boat not only because it provides better “fishability”, but also because it eliminates two of the primary causes of sea sickness: fumes and disrupted views of the horizon. And who doesn't enjoy fresh ocean air and a 360 degree view of the beauty that surrounds every trip.

  • Polarized Sun Glasses
  • Required Medications: If you have a known medical concern, please bring your required medications and notify the captain.
  • Apparel: Long sleeve UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) clothing is recommended, boat or tennis shoes (no dark-soled shoes please), wide-brimmed hat, and appropriate weather related gear.
  • Food and drinks (Lunch and Snacks): We provide bottled water, ice and a cooler.
  • Small backpack or tote and waterproof bags (Ziploc freezer bags work well) for wallets, phones, cameras, etc.
  • Sunblock : Take the time to apply your sunblock before boarding and bring it (Non-aerosol sunscreen only) with you.
  • Camera or Go Pro Camera

Check out our weather conditions page to see how your charter is shaping up. We never fish in dangerous conditions. Captain Joe will normally make the determination 12 hours before the scheduled charter. The two primary factors are wind and swell. High winds (>20 knots) will normally cancel a charter. Winter storm fronts are another culprit that wash out our fishing grounds for up to a week. Spring, summer and fall waves average in the 1-3 foot range. Of course summer also brings the occasional tropical storm.

Yes and No. You can keep the fish if it is of legal size, in season, and within the normal “bag limits” set by the regulators. We also recommend only handling and keeping fish that make good table fare. Further, we encourage proper catch and release techniques.