WEEKLY FORECAST

9.27.2022 – 10.3.2022

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

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We ALMOST slid safely into home plate, unscathed this hurricane season… Hopefully Ian will pass with minimal impact.

All eyes are on Hurricane Ian as it projects to reach Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday. It looks like Brevard County will avoid the brunt of the storm, but will most certainly experience the impact of heavy rains and winds. Fishing opportunities will consequently be pretty limited this week, so stay safe, and also, don’t miss your chance to win a 31″ snook full mount in this week’s forecast…

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

4.2

INSHORE

5.0

BEACH

4.8

WEATHER OVERVIEW: This week, the weather forecast hinges entirely on the tracking of Hurricane Ian as it progresses into the Gulf. At the present time, most models are forecasting the outer cone of the storm to encompass Central Florida as it moves across the state. Hopefully, we will endure minimal impact from Ian, but expect the rain and wind to put a real damper on fishing opportunities this week.

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GIVEAWAY CONTESTS

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COSTA SUNGLASSES GIVEAWAY

BT’s Welding is giving away a pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses to one lucky Spacefish readers this month! The winner will get to choose their sunglasses (up to $250 in value) in person from Strike-Zone Fishing’s massive selection at their Melbourne location. The winner will be randomly drawn from all entries and announced in the Fishing Forecast on October 4th, 2022.

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Congrats to this month’s winner of the 31″ Snook Full Mount, X. X, please contact us to arrange for the pickup of your prize!

This month, Mount This! Fish Company is giving away another incredible piece of art, a 31″ full mount snook ($496 value). One winner will randomly be drawn from all entries and will be announced in the weekly fishing forecast on November 1, 2022!

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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!

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Fishing Getting Better Each Day
December 1, 2022

Fishing Getting Better Each Day

The fishing is getting better each day, as the water cools off we are seeing pompano schools making their way down the coast along with whiting and nice drum. We are targeting them using set rigs with fresh dead baits like shrimp, clams and crab knuckles tipped with fish gum. Frisky Fins Rattle Rigs, Pompano Rich’s floats and quill combos have been killer to get those reaction bites. Spanish mackerel and blues are being caught every trip with cut bait or spoons.

The surf, rivers and inlet have been producing some nice trout, the top water bite has been on fire in the Indian River. It’s great to see them coming back! Also, snook and redfish have also been included in these catches. Live bait like hand pick shrimp and pinfish have been the ticket to get them to bite.

Momma b Beach Charters is booking now through January so get on the books and get hooked! In addition, private lessons are available for learning the beaches and catching more fish while on the beach. You can also book online @riggsoutpost.com and get all your rigs above and bait listed 🤙Capt Matt out and tight lines, see you on the beach.🤙🎣✌️🐟🦀

by Capt. Matt Burr
Momma B Sport & Beach | (772) 713-3900

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Crazy November
November 30, 2022

Crazy November

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It’s been a crazy November here on the Space Coast. Hurricanes, cold fronts, and even summer type hot days… Even with all the crazy abnormal weather things are slowly getting into a routine, black drum are gathering in good numbers, bull reds are still present but spreading out. The trout bite has been slower than normal, and there is still a few snook to be caught, it’s definitely been challenging having to adapt to different conditions week by week, but the next few weeks to come will become more consistent and a normal pattern will fall into place.

This time of year I really focus on inshore fishing, with almost always having a windy day fishing troughs and sloughs will almost always produce good numbers of fish even on the nastiest of conditions, areas like Mosquito Lagoon that have shorelines with deeper depressions along the bank are the best areas to target. Pick a wind blown point with the wind at your back and slowly bump along tossing soft plastics like gulp shrimp or d.o.a artificial baits is a great way to get a good bite going. Other baits such as popping corks with shrimp, and a dead shrimp on a jighead worked slow along the bottom will produce as well. Typically these areas will hold good numbers of redfish, trout, and black drum in the 20-30 inch range with the occasional bull redfish or large drum. Look for larger fish in schools on shallow sandy flats on those high sun flat calm days.

by Capt. Alex Hughey
Coastal Fishing Expeditions | (321) 795-8566

Long Point
November 29, 2022

Long Point

The over slot Snook the wife caught at Long Point today

by Raider

Long Point
November 29, 2022

Long Point

Launched our kayaks out of Long Point Park this morning around 10:00. Was slow for awhile then things picked up nicely. Wife wrestled in a nice slob Snook along with four smaller ones I caught a slam nothing very large though. Snook we’re up under the vegetation and chewing on live shrimp, the bite was not aggressive from them, more of a slow pickup and oh I’ve got one on. Almost lost the big one in the limbs but I was able finally work it out into the open water
Was a great day on the water for sure!

by Raider

Kayak Fishing Report – Holiday Travel Special Part I: Tomoka State Park
November 28, 2022

Kayak Fishing Report – Holiday Travel Special Part I: Tomoka State Park

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Hello SpaceFish,

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday, my family went to Georgia to spend the week with family for our Thanksgiving break. I took the opportunity to fish two places I have never fished before. I fished one on the way up, and one on the way back. This is the season where people may find themselves traveling up and down I-95, so I wanted to share two places that are within a few miles of the interstate, but have an off the beaten path feel and experience to them.

So today, I am going to talk about Tomoka State Park in Volusia County. I live in Melbourne, and this park is roughly an hour and a half drive from my house, so this is a place that is also very do-able as a day trip for anyone living on the Space Coast.

Where to Launch: I launched from the boat ramp of Tomoka Outpost inside the state park. 2099 N Beach St, Ormond Beach, FL 32174 is the address. This is a really cool place, it is a campground general store that sells everything from camping supplies, fishing gear, books, souvenirs, locally brewed beer and wine, pretty much everything one may need for a convenient stay at a state park. They have restrooms on site, and also offer kayak and canoe rentals – so if someone reads this and wants to spend a day kayaking or kayak fishing and doesn’t have their own, this is a great place to try it. This store is a family owned business, the husband and wife that run it are super nice people, so I highly recommend stopping in before or after spending the day on the water.

Where to Fish: So I initially paddle north to the river basin, the wind was pretty strong that day, so I struggled fighting against that. I was able to catch a handful of schoolie Trout, but the most exciting catches for me were the Jacks that were busting bait in the river basin. I was able to catch a few that towed me around and tested my drag out. I paddled back to the outpost and took a break and then went down river for the rest of the day. I just worked the shorelines targeting Snook. There are no mangroves on this river, so it’s a lot like targeting Bass. I was throwing weedless paddle tails and Zoom flukes into laydowns and along shorelines. I was able to catch a few Snook throughout the afternoon, but nothing larger than 20 inches. I did not go much further down than the Beach Street bridge, but the guy at the outpost told me there is good Bass fishing beyond the US Hwy 1 bridge, but getting there from the basin of the river would be a haul.

The two baits I caught fish on was a Zoom Fluke rigged on a ⅛ oz twistlock hook. I used a color called “Baitfish” which was a black back, silver belly, with red, silver, and blue flakes sprinkled in. The paddle tail I used was a Saltwater Assassin 4 inch Sea Shad in “Golden Bream” which is black with gold flake sprinkled throughout. This is one of my go-to color patterns in darker, stained water.

Where to Eat Dinner: Tomoka River Grille, check it out! Great place to unwind and enjoy a great meal after a day of fishing. They have a really cool outdoor seating area, and literally everything they serve looks outstanding.

Historical Sites Close By: I visited the Chief Tomokie statue located within the state park, which sits on the site of Nocoroco, a Timicua Indian village that was the first to be visited by the Spanish explorer Alvaro Mexia in 1605 when he explored the Florida coast, south of St. Augustine. The Dummett Sugar Mill and Rum Factory ruins are also close by, just outside of the boundaries of the state park. These ruins are what is left of a once thriving sugar mill plantation that was burned and destroyed during the 2nd Seminole War. This plantation was the largest sugar processor south of St. Augustine at the time, and was the sight of the first steam powered cane crushing mill. This plantation was overrun and raided by a local band of Seminoles in 1835 at the onset of the war.

Conclusion: If you’re looking to mix things up, or find your self on the road and want to bring a paddle board/kayak on the trip this is an excellent place to check out, located just a few miles off of I-95 north of Daytona!

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Throw Big Baits for Trophy Bass this Fall
November 28, 2022

Throw Big Baits for Trophy Bass this Fall

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My client, Hunter, visiting from Texas came during prime time this November and we boated a 9.17lb giant!

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year to target trophy bass. Here in central Florida, late October and November is when our summer weather officially transitions. Average air temperature and water temperature begins to drop after we receive a tropical storm and/or a cold front. These weather changes will transition bass and bait fish from their summer patterns into their fall/winter staging areas of the lake.

Just like in the spring, shad will spawn during the fall and the bass will follow the shad into main canals, the mouth of ditches and nearby deeper pits of Headwaters Lake. This is a great time to target those big bass with big baits.

My arsenal will consist of 6-8” inch paddle tail swimbaits, glide baits, rattle trap, jerkbait, and spinnerbait. All bait fish presentations to mimic those shad that the bass are gorging on this time of the year. We received two tropical storms and two cold fronts that dropped the water temperature down from 76 degrees to 67 degrees. These big bass will feed heavy during pre and post frontal conditions so we committed to trophy hunting all day by throwing big baits.

When you’re throwing big baits, it takes patience and commitment because you’re going to get fewer bites, but when you do get bit, it’s generally the “One.” On this day I had my client throwing 6” and 8” inch paddle tail swimbait along the edges of main canals and the points at the mouth of ditches nearby deep water transitions. On my forward facing sonar I can see the bass and shad staged in these areas.

Throughout the day we caught a number of fish around the 2-4 lb range, but still didn’t connect with a Florida giant yet. Through my years of experience I have come to learn these trophy size fish have very specific feeding windows throughout the day so areas where I know bait and fish are present, I will fish multiple times throughout the day. You may fish a productive area in the morning and catch smaller sized fish, return later in the day and present your bait to a big bass during their prime feeding window, so again, commitment and patience is key.

My client and I returned to an area later afternoon where we caught smaller sized bass in the morning, and started slow rolling an 8” swimbait along an edge of a drop off near a ditch mouth. After a second cast to the same area, his rod loaded up and just stopped. Seeing his rod doubled over I immediately knew it was a giant. This fish took a few surges around the boat and had big head shakes that had us concerned it was going to come off. Hunter stayed calm and let this fish take drag during those surges. As soon as we got this fish in the boat the excitement was at an all-time high, high fiving and grown man bear hugs. We committed to throwing big baits all day and it paid off. We boated a 9.17lb giant! When we got the fish in the boat we both noticed a big gizzard shad tail in the bass’s throat. This fish was feeding, and clearly was still willing to eat on a full stomach. The proportions on this bass was just perfection – 24” long and 9.17lbs.

Headwaters Lake has been producing so many trophy bass since its opening in August 2020. I feel privileged that I get to guide my clients on this lake. We have broken so many of my client’s personal bests and I get goosebumps every morning I launch the boat knowing the quality of fish lurking in Headwaters. If you want to experience some of the best bass fishing in Florida, you need to fish Headwaters Lake. I love what I do and seeing the enjoyment of my clients holding a giant bass. Give me a call at 407-693-6153 or visit my website to book a guide trip with me.

by Capt. Ricky Congero
Black Cloud Fishing | (407) 693-6153

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Busy Week of Fishing
November 28, 2022

Busy Week of Fishing

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Nikolaj and his son Mathias came from Belgium and jumped a few tarpon and caught a bunch of Sharks, Jacks, Mackerel and Bonito off the beach!

It was a busy Thanksgiving week, fishing inshore and nearshore a couple days when the weather would allow. A lot of North wind made us find cover from the wind and a little rain, but we found plenty of trout, jacks and ladyfish with a few snook and reds on artificial. We also found a few good Flounder as well as some pompano around the mangroves and spoil islands. The islands all have some new features and a few less trees around them from Hurricane Nicole, which will change the patterns of how to fish them.

Nearshore there have been plenty of Mackerel, Bluefish Jacks and some ladyfish as well as some sharks and a few tarpon. With the action nearshore it’s time for those 100 fish days.

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

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Cut Baits Out Performing Lures
November 28, 2022

Cut Baits Out Performing Lures

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We love to cast artificial lures BUT…

We had been catching decent numbers of trout, redfish, and a few snook along the mangrove covered shores lining the Indian and Banana River Lagoons but the cooler and windier weather has changed how the fish want to bite for us this week. Lures are no longer our “go to” after the first hour or so of the day. Cut baits like ladyfish and mullet are working much better in most of the areas that we are fishing now. As we transition into the first portions of winter this will most likely be the norm for many of our excursions, lures early then cut baits in the mid-morning time frame.

If you are not one of our regular customers and missed our Fineline Fishing Charters “Black Friday” special email, we are offering a huge discount on any trip booked between now and March 1, 2023 with Captain Jim or Captain Justin. There is no limit to the number of trips you can book with this code. There are also no blackout dates and weekend trips are included in this offer. Just go to our Fineline Fishing Charters website and use the code Spacefish22 to receive a $75 discount off any trip. This special discount offer is only good until Friday December 2nd so book early and often.

by Capt. Jim Ross
Fine Line Fishing Charters | (321) 636-3728

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Pompano Season, Good Shark Fishing
November 28, 2022

Pompano Season, Good Shark Fishing

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A Blacktip shark caught on my last fishing trip with the Trout family.

Pompano season is here and there are lots of anglers who are ready to get into the bite. It’s been a very busy holiday season with work and making the most out of the time we have to fish is essential.

The first thing I noticed this week was that the water in cleaning up drastically, there may still be lots of debris from hurricane Ian and Nicole but the surf is fishable. We are seeing catches of pompano, whiting and of course, bluefish. The main predators right now are Mackerel, Jacks and our toothy yellow eyed friends are in the surf chewing up all the mullet they can find. This frenzied action makes for great shark fishing.

by Shasta Sirju
EastSide Surf Fishing | (321) 872-5814

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Upped Aggression Pre-Fronts
November 28, 2022

Upped Aggression Pre-Fronts

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The fishing has been on fire these last few days with trout, redfish, black drum, snook, and mangrove snapper being caught, mostly on live shrimp or artificial lures. The fish have been very aggressive pre-frontal. The cooler the temperatures, the more aggressive the bite has been. December is a great time to fish east Central Florida’s coast. I have days available so if you would like to get out, go to my website or call directly 386-295-5991 to book a fun day on the water.

by Capt. Mike Mann
Fat Fish Guide Service | (386) 295-5991

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Good Bite in Mosquito Lagoon
November 28, 2022

Good Bite in Mosquito Lagoon

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The bite continues to be good throughout the area. We have had a couple trying days with very unstable weather with winds and rain but it still did not stop us from catching. We have been boating several different species from snook, redfish and trout to flounder and mangrove snapper. The water conditions are still a bit high but has been steadily dropping everyday. The clarity is good considering the amount of freshwater that has been introduced in the past month. The fish have moved further up in the shallows and up on the shorelines looking for new food opportunities. The bait continues to be located throughout the flats of Mosquito Lagoon and backwaters. Live shrimp and finger mullet have been working well along with artificials as well.

The weather looks to be good for the up coming week which should only make the bite get better .

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

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LOCAL EVENTS

FSFA North Chapter Meeting

Sept 27

FSFA The FSFA North Chapter Meeting is at Veterans Memorial Center 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island (behind Merritt Square Mall). Ryan Vetsch will be talking about Bottom Fishing Pelican Flats. Social time starts at 6:30. Meeting starts at 7:00. Food and drink available for a donation.

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