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WEEKLY FORECAST

1.21.2020 – 1.27.2020

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

seatrout

A beautiful spotted seatrout caught in the lagoon this week with Capt. Alex Hughey.

The wind has been relentless lately, but that hasn’t stopped anglers from having some big days on the water. Don’t bet on this week’s frigid temperatures stopping them, either! Find out what our pro and recreational contributors are projecting for the bite ahead in this week’s forecast…

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

73.60%

TOP TARGETS

  • cobia
  • wahoo
  • sailfish

INSHORE

75.32%

TOP TARGETS

  • flounder
  • black drum
  • Seatrout

BEACH

78.45%

TOP TARGETS

  • Pompano
  • Whiting
  • Spanish/bluefish

WEATHER OVERVIEW: Hot, cold, hot, cold — that seems to be the theme the past couple of weeks. Last week we experienced high temperatures in the mid 80s making it feel like late spring. This week will start off the complete opposite. With our most recent cold front upon us, we can expect lower temps through Thursday. Friday, the wind will shift of out of the south bringing our high temperatures up to the mid 70s but that will be short-lived as the next cold front will move in Saturday bringing temperatures back down to the mid 60s through the weekend. Offshore will be tough this week but keep an eye on Saturday-Monday. Currently, the weather shows the winds being out of the WNW & NW at roughly 12 mph. We all know how quickly this can change but, if this forecast holds, it could create some decent surf, nearshore and inlet fishing opportunities.

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

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WEEKLY STRIKE-ZONE GIVEAWAY

Every week, we randomly draw a name from our email subscriber list to award a $20 Strike-Zone Fishing Gift Card. Congrats to this week’s winner, Albert Praetorius of Merritt Island — Albert, please email us within 7 days to claim your prize. For everyone else, if you’re not already a subscriber, click here to enter the weekly giveaway!

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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!

Great trout action on the Banana River
March 31, 2020

Great trout action on the Banana River

seatrout

Hot early trout bite on the Banana River. Top water was on fire early then switched over to 4″ DOA shrimp to put a couple more fatties in the boat. (5 total in the 25″ range) All released to go make baby trout. These females are full of roe and eating everything in site. One small red but couldn’t get a snook for the slam. 😥 All fish were caught up against deep water mangroves.

Fun offshore fishing early in the season out of Port Canaveral
March 31, 2020

Fun offshore fishing early in the season out of Port Canaveral

dolphin, wahoo

Went out Last Sunday the 29th and found some rips around 170 ft. Started to troll the edge and ended up with a nice dolphin around 15lbs.
Later in the day we picked up a Wahoo on the short line dragging a Nomad plug. The wahoo came in close to 40 lbs and was caught in 230ft. All in all a really fun day early in the trolling season.

by Glundgl

Melbourne Beach Pomps
March 30, 2020

Melbourne Beach Pomps

keeper pompano

Monday, March 30 – After a dismal morning on Sunday being overrun with catfish I chose not to fish this morning. Late in the afternoon I needed to go rinse some fleas. I gathered my gear and started my short walk to the beach around 3:30. I caught several small pompano, three big lady fish, and by 6:00pm, I was headed home with six nice sized pompano! The beach was empty and the few passersby’s maintained distance of probably 20-30 feet.

Stay safe.

by ghost

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Spectacular Nearshore Fishing
March 30, 2020

Spectacular Nearshore Fishing

nearshore fishing

Paulo and his family with a triple header from this week!

Spring is usually one of the best times of the year for giant seatrout, but what’s really had my attention lately is the nearshore fishing around the inlets, from Ponce to Sebastian, even down to Fort Pierce and everywhere in between, the fishing is all pretty similar. Most fish are on edges of the rock jetties and drop-offs in search of large live baits, including jumbo shrimp, pilchards, pigs and pin fish. Match your bait with the appropriate hook from 3/0 circles for shrimp and threadfins to 6/0 j style hooks for your larger thicker baits like mullet and pin fish.

These particular areas are very tide dependent. The faster the tide is moving, the better the bite. It’s as simple as that! The artificial enthusiast can find a good bite on bucktail jigs, lipped diving plugs, and swimbaits such as spooltechs. Cover as much ground as possible, and don’t be afraid to cast away from the rocks. Most fish like to hang on the steep drop offs, so these areas provide lots of great night action, as well. Unfortunately, Corona virus has put a damper on some of these areas, but once they are back open, the fishing should heat back up!

I encourage everyone to keep their social distancing, but getting out and doing a little fishing away from everyone never hurts! Good luck and tight lines!

by Capt. Alex Hughey
All Water Adventures | (321) 795-8566

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Front Expected to Bring in More Bait
March 30, 2020

Front Expected to Bring in More Bait

shark fishing on the beach

We had a pretty decent week of fishing nearshore and inshore around Sebastian Inlet. The inlet snook bite was pretty decent but most of the fish caught were under-sized. Pilchards and greenies have been the best bait!

The schools of jacks and Bonito are roaming the beaches and a popper is best bait for the big jacks. Bonito are hitting lil jon and ABOA Dart Spin on 3/8 ounce jighwads. Blacktip are along the beaches as well and large topwater lures have been working as well as live bait.

The inshore bite is pretty decent early mornings with trout and snook on artificial baits and live bait around docks and deeper mangrove shorelines. Sheephead have still been hot inshore, as well, with live shrimp. This week’s front should add to the bait we have in the lagoon and hopefully bring some more along the beaches.

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

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Cobia Remain Thick in 40 – 60 ft
March 30, 2020

Cobia Remain Thick in 40 – 60 ft

This time of year, one of the most exciting things to do is target cobia that are following the manta rays as they work their way north past our coast. If you love to sight fish, there is not much that tops this action. Currently, the rays with cobia in tow are still continuing to show themselves around 40 to 60 feet of water from Brevard County all the way up in to Saint Augustine.

Meanwhile, in the lagoon, the mangrove snapper bite has continued to be very good as well as some sheepshead and black drum.

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

Changing of Seasons
March 30, 2020

Changing of Seasons

big red

The past two weeks have seen a transition from our winter type pattern to our early summer pattern. The wind FINALLY laid off, and everything came together like I said. We had several large migrations of nearshore fish.

The cobia unfortunately were best when the wind was blowing a few weeks ago, but some strays are still out there if you get lucky.

Sharks have been pretty thick on the beaches all March, but the blacktip migration was in full force yesterday. There were like thousands of them jumping out. You could hook one every few seconds on cut bait. I have never seen so many sharks at once in my life. I will post that video some time in the near future. To catch them, use 40-65lb spinning gear with a 4-5ft mono shock leader, a 1ft 105lb wire leader, big circle hook, and 2-4 inch chunk of any fish.

On Thursday, we found several thousand bluefish in a school. We were hooking two on one lure. It was pretty crazy. There also have been some schools of spanish mackerel. A small spoon reeled as fast as possible without skipping the surface with a short and light wire leader is the best way to catch them.

There have been some bait pods on the beach with tarpon and big jacks as well. It is early season thus far, but this could get really good, Let’s hope this does not fall apart like lost (spelling intended) summer. The nearshore fishing is on fire right now. Let’s hope it stays that way all summer!

Most of the Indian River lagoon system remains clear, but a few select portions of both lagoons around Merritt Island have seen some brown water. It is nothing like past years yet, and the fishing is still decent. Find the clearer patches with the most bait, and the fish should follow. Juvenile tarpon are still hitting, but the best feeding activity switched from all day to early and late only. Some big trout and snook are still hanging out under these mangroves.

The flats with clear water are starting to show some redfish and trout again, but this will not be all that good until seagrass grows or the water level rises enough to support them hanging under the mangroves.

Big black drum are in deep channels or pilings. Try to find them using a sonar, then drop a crab or shrimp to them using a jig head or spiltshot. Make sure you have enough weight to get to their depth without dragging the bait away. The size of the fish and the amount of fish in the school is not nearly what it is in the winter, but they are still here. The size is generally 10-25lbs with a school of 50-125 fish.

Also, I need to suggest a few things in order to prevent boat ramp closures due to COVID-19. First of all, please do not hang out on islands or sandbars. The close contact here is what prompted closures in south Florida and Volusia county. Please maintain six feet from other people at the boat ramp, and do not go if you are sick. Also, avoid fishing close together over crowded spots. These special circumstances have prompted me to hold some new videos indefinitely and blur backgrounds. Finally, I recommend that you contact your elected officials. Brevard County Commission and Canaveral Port Authority are the most important, but it does not hurt to contact state level officials as well. City officials will be important in a few cases too. Use this link to contact your county commissioner: https://www.brevardfl.gov//countycommission/countycommissionershome

More videos may come out in the near future, so please subscribe to my YouTube, and tight lines!

Corona Virus Can’t Stop Fish!
March 29, 2020

Corona Virus Can’t Stop Fish!

redfish

Since the Coronavirus is here I really have nothing to do other than fish, so I’ve been out for a few hours almost every day this week. The canals around Satellite are not producing like they were last week. The water is very low because of the lack of rain, which has made some of the usual spots too low to fish. We ventured out into the river and, on the upside, the water in the Indian River looks AMAZING! The flats have some small schools of nice redfish and very big trout cruising around, but it turns out that clear water site fishing means they can see us just as well as we can see them. They are very spooky and hard to get to even look at your bait especially in shallow water. Attached is a photo of a nice 30” redfish that I had to battle out of the mangroves.

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Cobia, Kings, And More
March 27, 2020

Cobia, Kings, And More

offshore port canaveral

This week was banner fishing again, to say the very least. There’s still the lingering threat of COVID-19, but the fish don’t seem to mind!

Monster kings to 35lbs have been crushing it on the reefs on live bait. Bunker have been fairly easy to find lately in the basins early morning. Cobia are still scattered basically from Patrick AF to Ponce. If you’re trying to find them, my best advice is to just look around on a sunny day. Depths of about 45′ is where we are most often finding them.

MAHI fish are starting to randomly show themselves, too, are not uncommon right now. I’m expecting this to only get better over the next few weeks.

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

Eau Gallie
March 26, 2020

Eau Gallie

kayak fishing

Went to Eau Gallie River Wednesday morning, tried the docks in ICW first and caught some small snapper. With the wind out of the west we headed deep into the river and drifted out. Saw a few Tarpon and some mullet. Caught a nice sheepshead along the mangroves. Then a small Snook came out to play from under the mangroves. The catch of the day was a nice slot Red that was in the same spot as the Snook in about a foot of water. A good day on the water for sure.

by Raider

beach fishing
March 24, 2020

beach fishing

very good bite late morning today
caught 4 bull whiting and 2 pompano one of which was BIG
fleas are available but scattered

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Busy Week Fishing Despite COVID-19
March 23, 2020

Busy Week Fishing Despite COVID-19

We’ve had a busy couple weeks despite the COVID-19 scare, but trips are slowing a lot over the next few weeks as folks can’t travel. The inshore bite has been pretty good with plenty of trout, some snook, and there are still some big pompano around. Winds are down and we have some blacktips and tarpon on the beach, which are feeding on the Spanish mackerel, jacks and bluefish that are schooling on and around the bait pods.

The inlet bite has picked up a bit with a lot of undersized snook hitting greenies and we’ve also been catching a number of redfish on pigfish, greenies and pins. Meanwhile, sheephead and snapper are abundant in the river around the docks and structure.

We have a lot of availability as most of our customers that have cancelled are from out of town. BUT we are still getting into some really good fishing. Don’t miss out and get out and get in on the action!

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

IRL South – Sebastian
March 23, 2020

IRL South – Sebastian

Put in at the Sebastian public ramp.. Fished south in the river. Threw some top waters at Turtle Pen, nothing doing there. Fished the mangrove islands on Spratt (east branch of the river). Picked up a lady fish and an undersized snook on a 7m. Continued south and fished shoreline and cuts. Picked up another little snook and just missed a bigger one around some small baitfish. Jumped some pompano in Oyster Bay, so switched to a white jig. No pomps, but got a red and a jack to top off the morning. Water was murky but fishable. Not great, but any day you catch a snook is a good day!

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LOCAL EVENTS

BOATERS EXCHANGE FISHING SEMINAR

FISHING CLUB EVENTS

FSFA February 11th, 2020: The featured speaker will be Dave Ferrell, managing editor of Sport fishing and Marlin magazines. He will be speaking on the subject of Wahoo Fishing and more. Meeting at Front Street Community Center 2205 S. Front Street, Melbourne (Across the street from Harry Goode’s/Next to the boat ramps) Social time for the meeting starts at 6:30 and the meetings start at 7:00. Public invited!

  • North Chapter Club Meeting
    Nov. 26th @ 6:30pm – Brevard Veterans Center
    400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island (Behind Merritt Square Mall)
    Speaker: Capt. Tammy Wilson
    Topic: Adventures Guiding in Alaska

CFFW’s 23rd Annual Marine Flea Market

Save the. date for Central Florida’s BIGGEST marine flea market! The weekend-long event isSaturday and Sunday, April 4th & 5th, at Harbortown Marina in Merritt Island. Admission and parking are FREE.

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