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WEEKLY FORECAST

5.17.2022 – 5.23.2022

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

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Steve put his crew on the meat this past Saturday. It’s pretty safe to say that the dolphin are here!

This week, all the buzz is about the ocean’s most popular fish — the dolphin. The dolphin are here and there’s been no shortage of impressive catches hitting the docks. Some are even calling it the best dolphin bite we’ve had in YEARS…

Great timing for the 36th Annual CFOA Offshore Tournament this weekend! Note, the Tournament Day has been postponed until Sunday May 22nd. The Captain’s Party is still tonight, Friday May 20th at 6 pm. Online registration will remain open until Saturday afternoon.

SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

7.9

INSHORE

7.5

BEACH

7.7

WEATHER OVERVIEW: This week is looking pretty good overall. The wind will be predominantly out of the S/SE this week. Tuesday & Wednesday both look like nice days. Thursday we should see an uptick in the wind. Friday, Saturday and Sunday chances for thunderstorms increase to over 50%. The winds will be manageable but just know since it’s calling for thunderstorms, a good strategy is to get out early to try and avoid getting caught in them. Overall in terms of wind though, Saturday and Sunday both look decent with Sunday having the lowest wind.

Click here to check out the marine forecast from the National Weather Service.

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GIVEAWAY CONTESTS

Penn Battle III Combo Giveaway

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With a 78 year track record of service, American Air & Heat of Brevard has long mastered the craft of keeping Central Floridians FEELING COOL with the highest efficiency and reliability in HVAC services. Now they’re taking COOL up a notch by hooking up a lucky Spacefish reader with a Penn Battle III Spinning Combo. The winner will be announced in the weekly fishing forecast on June 7, 2022! Note, the winner must pick-up the prize in person at Strike-Zone Fishing in Melbourne.

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CLUB MEMBERSHIP GIVEAWAY

FSFA Every month we’re giving away an annual family membership to the Florida Sports Fishing Association. Membership confers many great benefits, but most of all, a strong fellowship within a diverse, family-friendly and experienced group of anglers focused on “Sport Fishing.” Learn more about the club and membership benefits on FSFAclub.org.

Congrats to this month’s winners, Justin Carnes
and Lynden Skinner.

Two new winners will be selected at the end of May! For your chance to win a free FSFA family membership, enter the giveaway below.

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FSFA OFFSHORE SLAM GIVEAWAY

FSFA offshore fishing tournament The annual offshore fishing tournament hosted by the FSFA is back for its 53rd year! We’re giving away (3) FREE entries to the tournament, valued at $175 each. One winner will randomly be selected and announced in the Weekly Forecast on each of the following 3 weeks. The tournament is June 3-4, and there’s a whopping $25k in prizes up for grabs!

Congrats to the first winner, Michael Lins! New winners will be elected in the weeks ahead!

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Mount This! Fish Co. Giveaway

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The monthly MOUNT THIS FISH GIVEAWAY is back! Here’s your chance to win an incredible piece of art courtesy of Mount This! Fish Company. This month, the prize is a 26″ Manta Ray Full Mount. One winner will randomly be drawn from all entries and will be announced in the weekly fishing forecast on June 7, 2022!

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LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

TALKING SHOP & TOURNEYS WITH SUNSTATE PEST MANAGEMENT

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Talking a little business and some tournament fishing with our boy Steve Goff

Spacefish sits down with Steve Goff, southern Charmer and owner of Sunstate Pest Management, to talk about his business and involvement with the ongoing fishing tournament season.

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Fishing Reports

In every week’s Spacefish fishing forecast, we turn to both fishing pros and average joe’s for input on what’s happening in and around Brevard County’s many fisheries. Here’s what people are saying about the bite in the Space Coast this week. And don’t forget — anyone — including YOU, can contribute a report to the list below!

Noon Slimy sea weed in surf.
June 23, 2022

Noon Slimy sea weed in surf.

First 10 yards of surf is slimy sea weed.

by A-A-Ron

Ponds were Bettertoday
June 22, 2022

Ponds were Bettertoday

Local melbourne pond had this 23 in bass waiting for me. Using a small live bluegill.

by A-A-Ron

Dirty afternoon surf
June 22, 2022

Dirty afternoon surf

Went out to beach in Pineda area around 3:30 pm and the surf was dirty full of the slimy sargassum sea weed. It was high tide. Disappointing. Still nice day to hang at beach.

by A-A-Ron

Planets Aligned at 3 Forks & Stick Marsh
June 20, 2022

Planets Aligned at 3 Forks & Stick Marsh

3 forks

Last week was great fishing, to say the least. All the planets aligned up I guess. Two of the three days were at 3 Forks. They were pulling water from it into the St Johns. This gave us current situations in the areas we fished. The first day was much stronger than the others. We caught over 80 fish which consisted of Bass, Bluegill and Crappie.

bass

I threw my 5wt fly rod and mixed in a small jerk bait in between. The Crappie bite was off the chain on this day and ate both presentations. The second day was mostly bass. Nothing big but just a whole lotta fun to say the least.

bass report

My third day was on Stick Marsh. The bass were chewing for the first two hours which started before the sun showed itself. We managed 38 fish all between the 3-5 pound size. Topwater prop baits worked in the darker parts of the morning and then when that slowed we went to suspending jerk baits. Bass are schooling heavily in the impoundment at this time of year but as the waters creep closer to the 90 degree mark it will all but be over.

bass fishing

by Terry Lamielle
| (321) 537-5346

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Find the Right Spot in the Surf
June 20, 2022

Find the Right Spot in the Surf

surf pompano

The weather has started to heat up and water temperatures are on the rise. The best times for the surf has been early morning to mid afternoon and then again late afternoon to the evening and after dark. The pompano bite has been hot early with several limits coming in if you’re willing to work at it. Be willing to make a move, and read the beach and the surf to find that perfect spot and make super long casts. Bait of choice has been fresh shrimp, live sand fleas, small crabs, along with fish bites and fish gum on standard pompano rigs with small pearlized beads.

Closer to shore, the bite has been smaller whiting, blue runners, and spots along with a few smaller sharks mixed in chasing the pods of bait fish.

by Byran Taylor
Southern Bred Fishing Charters | (386) 216-8025

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Struggling Thru Tough Conditions
June 20, 2022

Struggling Thru Tough Conditions

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Some Big Boy Kings starting to show again! Terry and friends with a Nice 40#, one of many caught aboard the 🔥 Fire Fight with Capt Joe

This week wasn’t the easiest to fish. Every day all of us captains talk, and always, say, “when is it just gonna be easy and fun again?”

It’s a struggle many of the days. Not sure if it’s just mother nature and some moon phases and odd ball currents, but it’s just been tough. The guys are doing extremely well, but taking it very hard on themselves. GUYS, I know it’s tough! Thank you for all you do! I appreciate you all!

Bait has been better than worse this week. For the most part the bunker have been around, but not with enough consistency to rely on it. They have been more consistent north of the tip. You may also find Poons up there as well (hint, hint).

The reef has been muddy one day and clear the next. If it’s mud, keep driving. Don’t waste your time. If you manage a nice day, you will find kings, mahi and maybe even a cobia. It’s productive when the conditions presents itself.

Deeper water….AJs have been good. Sharks have been better this week. Not sure where they went… I’m sure they will be back soon eating most of your catch. Saw a bunch of groupers as well, and they are eating aggressively on LARGE baits.

Good luck, and let’s all pray for a good ocean to reveal itself.

by Capt. Chris Cameron
Fired Up Charters | (407) 222-3573

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Fish Moving North
June 20, 2022

Fish Moving North

big snapper

Bill with a nice Snapper we caught off the beach.

The weather is better and we are finally starting to get into our summer patterns. Nearshore fishing is pretty good with snapper, sharks and mackerel the inshore reefs south of the inlet. Theres a little bait, but there’s plenty of schools of big jacks roaming the beaches and a few tarpon scattered and migrating north. The bulk of the fish are north off the tip of Cape Canaveral, but there are a few schools migrating through Sebastian and Satellite beach, as well.

The inlet bite was good after the last rainfall, but we need more rain to push the bait out of the creeks and into the lagoon. Looking forward to the afternoon thunderstorms to keep pushing bait out and helping get the fish moving in and out of the inlet.

Bill with some nice Snapper off the beach.

by Capt. Glyn Austin
Going Coastal Charters | (321) 863-8085

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Nice Variety Fishing the Bottom
June 20, 2022

Nice Variety Fishing the Bottom

tilefish

The Sea Leveler team has had their clients on “The Meat” this past week with epic catches of BIG mangrove snapper, grouper and golden tilefish! Big blue is hot right now for bottom fishing!

mangrove snapper

mangrove snapper

grouper

by Capt. Greg Rapp
Sea Leveler Sport Fishing Charters | (321) 794-3474

Headwaters Lake – Paddle Anglers Guide
June 20, 2022

Headwaters Lake – Paddle Anglers Guide

kayak bass

How blessed are we to have one of the world’s premier bass fisheries in our own backyard?!? No boat? I say no problem! This is an absolutely fantastic area to fish from a kayak or canoe!

Launch Spot – Go to the Fellsmere Grade Recreation Area (Stick Marsh Boat Ramp). You will walk along the gravel dike road south through the gate (always locked) and launch along the Northwest shoreline of Headwaters. Be careful the grass has grown really tall, and the brush along the shoreline is thick, be on the lookout for Cottonmouths and make sure there aren’t any gator buddies in the water around where you are launching. There are a few larger gators that hang around the little cove where the canoe/kayak is, and on my last trip there was a baby hanging out in a clearing where I usually launch about a hundred yards south of that. The big Gators will steer clear of you, just don’t corner them or make them feel threatened. If you’re a first time paddle angler to Headwaters be ready to see a lot of them – and big ones too, that area is Gator heaven, but just give them space and they are nothing to worry about.

Where to Fish/How to Fish it from Kayak – One of the biggest challenges if you are a first time angler to Headwaters is that everything looks extremely fishy! That’s a good problem. The first time I went out there I fished for 5 hours and I caught 5 bass. I left feeling humbled for sure, but it took about 3 trips of exploring the northwest part of the lake before I started to dial it in. My last 3 trips have resulted in a combined 78 fish brought to the kayak. As you launch out from the shore, head straight for the first line of palm trees in the water. That one has lily pads in front of it. If you get an early start take a black hollow belly frog and fish the area around those lily pads. Once you fish that area for a few minutes you can fish topwater anywhere on the lake the first hour or so of daylight and catch quality fish. I caught 2 in the lily pads and 5 in the area behind that tree line on my last trip using the SPRO black top-water popping frog. The key to the frog is patience, pop it and let it sit! All of my bites come from when it is sitting still. The big bass like it SLOW, so in the words of Kenny Hass “fish it slow as you can stand it.” – Thanks Kenny, your advice has helped me land some quality fish!

My last few trips I have fished the first 4 palm tree lines down and back. As I approach the line I paddle around it in a circle throwing a searchbait looking for fish holding in the hydrilla holes and the ditch behind two of the lines. Once I complete the circle I start zig-zagging through the trees fishing a worm.

I really like the speed worm, I have fished several brands and they all work. Zoom, Gambler, Yum, and recently I have really been liking the Bitter’s Bait Vibe worm. If it’s clear/sunny conditions I throw watermelon/red flake colors and if it is cloudy I throw junebug colors. I rig the speedworm on a BPS brand enticer tungsten jig head, weedless – but you can take a regular texas rig set up just peg it with a bobber stopper right above the weight. But you’re going to want to be throwing this as tight to the trees as you can so it’s going to get banged up pretty good. My jigheads look like an offensive linemans helmet at the end of a long season. My favorite searchbait is a Gambler EZ Swimmer in their Copperfield color rigged on a 1/4 oz Twistlock hook. I tie both lures to the hook with a very small loop knot – I believe the loop knot gives your bait a little extra action in the water. That’s why I like the enticer jig heads over the traditional texas rig.

I believe in the KISS approach to everything, keep it simple stupid! Some of my worst days fishing is when I am constantly tying on new baits and trying to outsmart myself. These bass will hit topwater, moving baits and worms. Take your favorite three out there, get on the water early, and have a ball!

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Falcon Boats Testimonial
June 20, 2022

Falcon Boats Testimonial

falcon boats

Eric and Gayle scheduled a Factory Tour and Demo on our Falcon 22. No better way to learn about the Feature/Benefits and most importantly, Catamaran handling in rough seas. Here’s what Eric had to say about the experience:

Well we scheduled a demo with Ric on 3/31 and it was a rough day. I didn’t think we would go out in this awful crap. As per Ric a solid 4 foot and the Falcon did great.

My wife Gayle was on the front console seat with a birds eye view of the waves. Will not repeat her comments as children may be reading. Anyway, the Falcon performed very well in 4 to 5 foot nasty crap coming in all directions. Did not want a flat trial, but this was over the top. This boat will get the job done. Count me in.

– Eric Andersen

by spacefish
Spacefish

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Temps Rising…
June 18, 2022

Temps Rising…

redfish

This past week has been hotter than Africa in the middle of summer 😂. The bite has been good from New Smyrna Beach south through Mosquito Lagoon. The bait has been moving in extremely thick along the intracoastal and up onto the flats. With all the bait moving in thick has made for a good bite from a variety of species. With the water temps rising the tarpon have been really active throughout the deeper water along with the jacks mixed in. The trout and redfish have been mixed in with the bait pods on the flats and the backwater bays. The early morning plug bite has been good in and around the New Smyrna area the moving to spoons and soft plastics as the sun gets higher. Live bait has been working as well from live shrimp to live finger mullet.

by Capt. Patrick Rood
Spot N Tail Charters | (386) 566-1394

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LOCAL EVENTS

36th Annual CFOA Offshore Fishing Tournament

May 22 – Port Canaveral
Tournament & Awards at Sunrise Marina, Port Canaveral (Weigh-in begins @2:00pm)

cfoa tourney The annual offshore fishing tournament hosted by the CFOA is back with $20k in cash and prizes up for grabs. Note, the Tournament Day has been postponed until Sunday May 22nd. The Captain’s Party is still tonight, Friday May 20th at 6 pm. Online registration will remain open until Saturday afternoon.

FSFA North Chapter Meeting

May 24

FSFA The FSFA North Chapter Meeting is at Veterans Memorial Center 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island (behind Merritt Square Mall). Capt. Scott Lum will be talking about near shore fishing. Social time starts at 6:30. Meeting starts at 7:00. Food and drink available for a donation.

Queen of the Inlet Dolphin Tournament

May 28

queen of the inlet

53rd Annual FSFA Offshore Slam

June 3 @ 6pm: Captains party at Kiwanis Park
June 4: Tournament & Awards at Sunrise Marina, Port Canaveral (Weigh-in begins @2:00pm)

fsfa slam The annual offshore fishing tournament hosted by the Florida Sport Fishing Association (FSFA) in Cape Canaveral, Florida. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Place prizes are awarded to the 5 largest catches of each of the eligible 4 species. Additional prizes include the Big Fish ($5000) and SLAM ($3000).

Boaters Exchange First Tuesday Fishing Seminar

JUNE 7, 2022 AT 6 PM – 7 PM

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Boaters Exchange 2nd Tuesday Fishing Seminar

JUNE 14, 2022 AT 6 PM – 7 PM

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Sunrise Marina Smoker Kings Fishing Tournament

Month of July

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BEAT THE FLEET

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SQUARE OFF HEAD-TO-HEAD IN A YEAR-LONG CONTEST WITH PORT CANAVERAL’S CHARTER FLEET CAPTAINS FOR A CHANCE TO WIN PRIZES FROM OUR SPONSORS AND OF COURSE, BRAGGING RIGHTS. ENTRY IS FREE AND THE RULES ARE SIMPLE:

  • Catch a Target Species
  • Get it weighed in at Sunrise Marina
  • Have it hold out until the end of the year
  • Beat the Charter Fleet’s weight and win a BIGGER prize!

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