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WEEKLY FORECAST

1.28.2020 – 2.3.2020

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

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Capt. Alex Gorichky hit the sheepshead hard with his daughter, calling it “one of the most insane displays of sheeps on the eat” that he’s ever seen!

February 1st marks the opening of snook season for recreational anglers on the Space Coast — and with calmer seas and more consistent temperatures forecasted this week, it should be a great time to get out and put one in the cooler!

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

71.65%

TOP TARGETS

  • cobia
  • wahoo
  • sailfish

INSHORE

77.81%

TOP TARGETS

  • sheepshead
  • snook
  • black drum
  • Seatrout

BEACH

73.42%

TOP TARGETS

  • Pompano
  • Whiting
  • snook

WEATHER OVERVIEW: Who else is fired up about this upcoming weekend? We have snook season officially opening Saturday and the Superbowl on Sunday — let’s do this baby! The temperatures are going to be great throughout the week. It appears they will fluctuate between the low 70’s and high 60’s. The first part of the week should offer some good opportunities to get out on the water. Thursday is when the wind is projected to pick up. As we move into the weekend, it’s showing 40% to 50% chance of showers Friday & Saturday but clear skies on Sunday, so break out those grills, get the beer on ice, get your snacks ready, call up your friends and make it happen, captain!

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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!

Bite was good today
February 16, 2020

Bite was good today

Woke up quick, at about noon…been a busy past few weeks working and I finally got the chance to sleep in and fish. Perfect. The bite started out pretty slow with a single small snook and a catfish using gulf shrimp in grey. Glass minnows were everywhere so I went with a twitch bait, nothing. I could hear bait getting busted on deep in the mangroves so I went back to gulp, but this time a Grey Curley rail. Skipped a few under and slam. Hooked up on a nice 22” red. Few cast later and I hit a 20” snook. Worked my way to a series of docks and skipped one deep under. Got smoked by an over
Size snook as soon as I cleared the last post coming out, but he caught me sleeping and wrapped me on the post. I slowly trolled over holding him in place, and the moment I went to circle
My rod around to pole, the braid broke. Out of those gulp, I switched to grey crawfish looking gulp, that honestly looked years expired. Worked the shade line of that same bank of docks and hit 5 more small snook. Came into the dock Jorgensons landing, and a majority of the people their were loaded up on pompano. All and all it was windy but workable, and the bite was as hot or better than last year.

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Good Seatrout Bite About to Get Even Better
February 15, 2020

Good Seatrout Bite About to Get Even Better

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What a wild month we have had! It seems Mother Nature can’t make up her mind. Cold, windy, hot and calm, this has been one weird winter!

Even with all the craziness, the fishing has been really good. This month ahead will hopefully have a little bit more stable weather. Typically, March can make for a red hot speckled seatrout bite, and for black drum, too. Most fish will be found in 2-3 feet of water in an area with docks, troughs or around spoil islands. The best way to get your larger fish is by throwing live bait. The bait of choice for me when seatrout fishing is a small live finger mullet or a sand trout. Since trout don’t have any crazy gill plates, but just some really impressive teeth, a lighter leader in the 15-20 lb range helps to produce more bites. When it comes to fishing these baits, I prefer a 4/0 circle hook with a small split shot to keep the bait in the fish’s strike zone a little longer. Then just place your bait on the edge of the drop off along the islands, docks, or grass flats and hang on! This method works great in all three lagoons.

spotted seatrout

The artificial enthusiast can start getting some good action on small topwater plugs and hard baits such as the Mirrolure Mirrodine, as well as soft plastics such as Gulp and Mirrolure lil Johns. The trout fishing has already been good and should only get better. I highly encourage catch and release and wish everyone the best of luck!

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

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Big Reds in the Inlet
February 15, 2020

Big Reds in the Inlet

Sebastian inlet redfish

Jeff grew up in Stuart and fished in Florida but never caught a redfish and got into some nice ones this week!

The weather has remained very inconsistent for us, but we did get out and fish the inlet and got into some nice redfish and snook this week. Live greenies seemed to be the most productive bait for these fish, as there plenty both in and around the inlet. During the day, the snook bite has been slow anglers on boat, but the jetty guys have been consistently catching some real quality fish. If you’re fishing the inlet for snook via boat, you will probably have better luck at night, when the bite has been more active as of late. Both live baits and jigs should do fine.

When weather allowed, we also got into some pompano, bluefish, and Spanish mackerel along the beaches. In the lagoon, there was a decent number of spotted seatrout hanging around, providing a decent bite on live shrimp and soft plastics from Storm and the A Band of Anglers Dart Spin.

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

A Tale of Two Beaches
February 13, 2020

A Tale of Two Beaches

surf fishing report

With Valentine’s day looming on the weekend, I had two days available to hit Brevard county beaches. Wednesday was my first available day and I traveled to the Northern part of the county. The public beach had a few fisherman and was loaded with beach-goers as the morning wore on. My morning was filled with a fairly steady whiting bite and one lone pompano.

Thursday took me to the southern reaches of the county. The beach was loaded with fisherman and a few beach-goers started to show as the temperature climbed into the 80’s. The crowd was different and so was the bite. Only a single whiting showed up along with an abundance of Pompano. Most of the pompano were between 10″-11″ but at least 6 made the cut with one big fish over 16″ and thick tipping the scale over 3 pounds. With over a quart of sand fleas left and a good bite the past couple days, the temptation would have been too great to fish again on Valentines Day and the weekend. I gave the sand fleas to some other fisherman still on the beach and headed home.

by Ghost

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How to Catch Sheepshead
February 12, 2020

How to Catch Sheepshead

How to fish for sheepshead

Sheepshead seems to be the talk to the town! I have had numerous requests on information about how to catch sheepshead! Most everyone knows that this time of the year sheepshead are a popular target. These fish make great table fair, reproduce quickly, and give for a pretty good pull on the line!

Sheepshead, in my opinion, can be one of the most challenging species to catch! With this being said, here’s a few tackle tips to increase your odds when it comes to sheepshead fishing!

Most sheepshead have human like teeth, and an odd shaped mouth, therefore, the best hook I have found is a #1 straight shank hook with a small split shot about 6 inches above the hook. Try avoiding large hooks or circle hooks to really increase your catch ratio on these pesky bait stealers! If you find an area that has a lot of wind or maybe a strong current it doesn’t hurt to add another small split shot or two; you just don’t want your bait dropping straight to the bottom because most sheepshead are suspended in the water Column and a slow presentation is best.

Next, finding the sheepshead is one important factor. Most all docks, marinas, and bridge pilings hold good numbers of these fish. Find an area with a little bit of depth between 5-10 feet or even a rock jetty such as Port Canaveral or Sebastian Inlet. These fish will hold on the edges of the rocks in search of small crabs, shrimp, and even sand fleas.

Another way to increase your odds is to take a shovel and scrape the barnacles off the pilings. Barnacles are home to all sorts of little morsels that sheepshead and black drum often feed on. Have a little patience, drop your bait — either fiddler crabs, shrimp pieces, sand fleas or even barnacles themselves — down your barnacle slick and hold on!

The windiest, coldest weather is typically best! Good luck to everyone!

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

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Hit Or Miss Offshore
February 12, 2020

Hit Or Miss Offshore

fired up kings

Offshore fishing has been completely hit or miss with the weather. Kings continue to eat from the 650 line all the way to the north ridge, all on dead minnows. Bunker have shown up the last few days in the bight, though. Sharks have fired till yesterday due to cold water finally moving in. Cobia made an appearance this week on a color change towards 8A Reef. Once the color change left, so did the rays and cobia, but that’s fishing!

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

Much Better Fishing
February 11, 2020

Much Better Fishing

This week brought positive changes in the fishing! The water conditions are super low and the clearest I have seen in a long time, but it is still cold and barren. In other words, most flats are tough right now. These conditions make our canal fishing fire! Pretty much all canal systems in both the Banana and Indian will hold trout. Most the trout range from 8 to 14 inches, but this time of year sometimes produces some gators like the fat 25′ I caught. The key right now is slow and on the bottom. Fish paddletails and Gulp shrimp on a jig head just outside the mangroves. With the water levels having dropped, skipping way under mangroves seems to be unnecessary for the time. Artificial consistently catches the trout and smaller reds, but live shrimp sometimes increases the quality. I did much better on live shrimp this weekend than artificial, but it did not matter when the pressure was less before the word got out and IFA brought dozens of boats to most top spots.

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Good Week in Inlet & River
February 10, 2020

Good Week in Inlet & River

Sebastian redfish

Ed and Cosmo had a few great trips over the last two weeks, catching a lot of reds, pompano and trout.

We had another good week fishing the inlet as well as the river. The snook and redfish bite in the Inlet was the pretty good, with the most consistent results coming on live greenies and pinfish. There’s been a fair number of pompano around the spoil islands, in the inlet and along the beaches. Bluefish and mackerel are moving along the beaches again, as well.

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

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Huge Variety in Fish
February 10, 2020

Huge Variety in Fish

sheepshead Indian river

The past week provided a huge variety of fish for Captain Justin and myself. Mangrove snapper, crevalle jack, ladyfish, snook, redfish, speckled trout and even a baby tarpon came aboard our boats to pose for a quick photo and release session with our charter guests. Live shrimp have been our go to natural bait for this week. Saltwater Assassin 4-inch Sea Shad and Rapala Subwalk and Twichin’ Mullet have been our choices for artificial lures.

juvenile tarpon

With the incredible warm spell we are expecting a great bite to occur through the end of this week as well. There may be options for cobia and tripletail along the near-shore waters if the seas cooperate and the giant redfish could also be waiting for us once we head back outside to look for them. If any of these species interest you give us a call or go to our website and find an available date for us to get you out on the water.

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

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Slow Bite Should Be Picking Up
February 10, 2020

Slow Bite Should Be Picking Up

redfish mike mann

Redfish and trout started to school up with the cooler weather and low tides brought on by the full moon. Though the bite has been a bit slow in general, black drum, mangrove snapper and sheepshead have been actively chewing on the docks. With the warmer weather this week, the fish should be much more active.

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

Wheres the Wahoo?
February 10, 2020

Wheres the Wahoo?

offshore fishing report

Looked like a short window of hope to get offshore Saturday, we left the ramp at 5AM in search of some sunrise wahoo action. The ride out was surprisingly smooth, considering the recent weather. After a couple hours pulling through what looked to be productive waters, and no action, we switched things up and went deep. The Golden Tilefish didn’t disappoint, and after a few drifts we had our limit. Couldn’t resist a quick check at one more spot on the way in, and the Amberjack were glad to see us. We dropped two jigs each drift, and doubled up more than a couple times. Kept the best of the bunch, and set the others free. 2020 gonna be a good year!

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Inshore, Offshore & Surf
February 10, 2020

Inshore, Offshore & Surf

The river and residential canals around Satellite Beach are producing a lot of sheepshead, black drum, red drum and mangrove snapper. In the surf, fishermen are catching margate and pompano along with some whiting and bluefish when clean water is available.

Offshore, the mangrove and lane snapper are both abundant in the 90 ft range. There’s also been reports of dolphin being caught trolling in 160 ft. The Cobia bite has been really good, too — be sure to keep an eye out for rays between 30 and 60 ft of water, and have a spinner ready to spring into action.

by MOB
Man Overboard Bait & Tackle | (321) 777-8860

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In and Around Fort Pierce Inlet
February 9, 2020

In and Around Fort Pierce Inlet

pompano fishing

Pompano Alley… This beach-side ocean bite was fast and fierce!

Though the wind has blown in a circle and ranged from calm to near gale force gusts the fishing has been great!

Jetty anglers have been catching their usual mix of sheepshead, snappers, drum, pompano and even a few snook. Live shrimp have accounted for most of the better catches.

The spinner sharks have been extremely active as they feed on the schools of bluefish and small jacks stationing in the mouth of the inlet. It’s always thrilling to see them leaping and twisting in mid-air as they attack their prey from below!

Personally, I’ve been targeting pompano, both in the ocean and in the Indian River Lagoon. Sand fleas and Fishbites have produced spectacularly when offered on a common “pompano rig.”

Targeting pompano does not mean catching only pompano. One recent trip fishing with longtime friend and big-brother figure, R.B., we also caught weakfish, sheepshead, blue runners, ladyfish, jacks, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, margates, grunts and two BONEFISH! How’s that for a mixed bag? By the way, I’ll confess to catching too many gafftops and hardhead catfish, too, if we can keep this to ourselves LOL!

I look forward to fishing the Fort Pierce Inlet starting soon after I return from the Miami International Boat Show. Assuming the paperwork and commercial charter registration for the Bay Bolt arrives by then, we’ll be targeting snook. I expect to be using live bait such as shrimp, mullet and pinfish, when available, and five inch Z-Man Minnowz on heavy jigheads when necessary. Other bait options will arise as temperatures increase in the Spring Season.

by Capt. Mark Wright
Florida East Coast Fishing Adventures | (321) 302-3474

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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)
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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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