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WEEKLY FORECAST

10.20.2020 – 10.26.2020

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

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This little angler got his hands full fishing the tail end of the mullet run with Fired Up Charters!

On particularly bait-heavy days, it’s easy to get excited and declare the mullet run is “ON,” but there’s no doubting that the consistency and intensity isn’t what we’re traditionally used to experiencing this time of year. Now, it appears the run may already be over, but did it ever really even begin?

It’s also the last week to enter the American Air & Heat Giveaway for a chance to win a PENN Conflict® II Combo. The winner will be announced in next week’s forecast, along with the first of two winners of the BT’s Welding Costa Sunglasses Giveaway! Enter below if you haven’t already signed up!

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

39.43%

INSHORE

61.12%

BEACH

57.22%

WEATHER OVERVIEW: This week, the wind is going to be blowing (15 – 20 knots) to go along with high seas (+6ft), so if you’re fishing, you’re probably sticking inshore. There’s currently a small craft advisory in place through Wednesday. Winds project to lay down a little this weekend, but keep an eye on the forecast and hopefully conditions will turn favorable going into next week.

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

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GIVEAWAY CONTESTS

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, Patrick Terrasi of Orlando — Patrick, 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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COSTA SUNGLASSES GIVEAWAY

BT’s Welding is giving away a pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses to two lucky Spacefish readers this month! Each 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 winners will be randomly drawn from all entries, with the first winner being selected and announced on Tuesday, October 27th, and the second on Tuesday, November 3rd.

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Did you know one of the best custom aluminum marine fabricators is located right here in Central Florida? That’s right, BT’s Welding, the area’s premier producer of custom aluminum boat products is located in Titusville Florida, just a short ride from Orlando.

In addition to fabricating for major manufactures such as American Marine Sports, Shearwater, Blackwood, Sterling, Yamaha, Skeeter Boats, Twin Vee and Crevalle, BT’s specializes in custom T-tops, leaning posts, casting platforms and many other marine products for recreational anglers as well. Have you been thinking about that custom cobia tower for next spring? If so, BT’s Welding can help you design, fabricate and install the perfect setup for your boat. Give them a call at (321) 267-7798 to get your boat set up the way you’ve always wanted. Check out some of their recent designs:

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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!

Weedy Wednesday
November 25, 2020

Weedy Wednesday

Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Conditions did not look great. The water was dirty and the weeds were very troublesome. The water temperature seemed just slightly cooler than a few days ago. I had sand fleas that were 4 days old but were still in good shape and recalled last year Thanksgiving week was the most productive week all year for me with Pompano. I fished the last 2 hours of the outgoing tide and the first 90 minutes of the incoming. Action was generally slow other than smallish catfish buried in each bundle of weeds that was retrieved on most casts, Tired of fighting the weeds and deciding I would wait a few more days before fishing the beach I dumped my bait. On the day, I kept 6 whiting, 1 pompano, and 1 sheepshead. 3 smaller whiting and an undersize drum were released, Several cat, sail cats, and a couple small jacks, rounded out the day.

by Ghost

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Pompano on the Horizon
November 23, 2020

Pompano on the Horizon

This week has been some of the toughest conditions yet with high winds, high surf and weeds in the area. However, if you can get past the catfish, there are a few whiting and pompano to be caught. I even had a few small black drum getting caught this week, as well. On a brighter note, the pompano run has made it to Florida! The schools are still up north in the Jacksonville area, but as the water cools off and cleans up, they will be on the move.

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

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Plenty of Trout
November 23, 2020

Plenty of Trout

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Leo from Chile with a nice fat trout!

Despite the wind and rain we’ve had some very good days of fishing from Grant through Sebastian and Vero. Inshore has been the only option 95% of the time with the exception of a few days you could get outside the inlet. Plenty of trout available in the lagoon and we’ve had a few days where we have caught 50-100 trout or more on artificial. Throw in a couple slot and over slot reds along with a couple snook and its a pretty good time.

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Franco from Chile with a nice snook!

Weather looks to calm down thanksgiving day so expect crowds on the water for the holiday weekend. The inlet will be packed with snook fishermen with the nice weather. Pinfish and pig fish will be great baits. With the nice weather, we should also be able to get off the beach for some mackerel, pompano and bluefish, as well. It should be a nice change from the heavy winds and rain we’ve had for the last few weeks, that’s for sure.

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

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Consistently Catching In Poor Conditions
November 23, 2020

Consistently Catching In Poor Conditions

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Despite crappy weather conditions the last few days, we have managed to get out on a couple of trips. Captain Justin has been consistently catching slot size redfish in the Banana river this past week and there has been a solid trout bite in the coves around the Sebastian and Grant area.

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We’ve been catching these fish on Saltwater Assassin 4 inch Sea Shad in the silver phantom chartreuse color. In the one near shore trip we’ve been on we got a good mixed bag of redfish, flounder, Spanish mackerel, jacks, sharks, ladyfish and speckled trout. If you are interested in chasing any of these species give us a call at 321-636-3728

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

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Fairly Consistent Fishing
November 23, 2020

Fairly Consistent Fishing

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The fishing has been fairly consistent the last couple of weeks. In the river and the canals around Satellite Beach they’re still catching a lot of mangrove snapper, black drum, redfish and some snook. At Port Canaveral they’re catching flounder, redfish, snook and tripletail have been caught off the cans. We should expect the flounder and tripletail bite to only get better in the coming weeks.

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

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To Hell with 2020!
November 23, 2020

To Hell with 2020!

I am hoping you picked up on my sarcasm in last week’s report. The truth is, I don’t even know where to start with this. Is the end of the world near? I mean WTF! Please God, we need your help, we are trying to make a living! First Covid, then election fraud and now wind. Not just a breeze every few days but hurricane winds for 2 months straight? Honestly I get it, I do. You’re keeping us off the water to let the fish spawn and procreate for us. You’re making us spend time with our families, you are teaching us a lesson. I’m good now, really I am. Just had to get that off my chest so thank you for listening LOL.

I wish I could tell you readers and customers how awesome the fishing is but I can’t even get out of the inlet with 20 knot winds every day straight out of the east. No hiding, no nothing. I can’t even sell a port fishing trip right now. But you gotta love this, NO ONE CARES! It’s true, insurance still wants their money, storage still wants their money, maintenance still needs to be done and that ain’t cheap by no means. Can’t catch a damn break. Everyone wants their money and we gotta worry about the rent. Appreciate it! I’m happy for those who got one hell of a paycheck on the PPP, we got nothing. And for the SBA loan, you better pay that off asap, read the fine print on that one. Pretty much a government scam. On a positive note, it finally looks like we will get a break in the wind this week so stay tuned for next week’s report. Hopefully, we will have some fun and exciting news since we will be back to fishing some this week. Other than that, life is great. Since we are giving thanks this week, I am thankful for all of our clients that keep our industry going by supporting our local business and our badass group of captains here at Fired Up Fishing Charters that keep our clients on the fish when the weather permits. Anyway, I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving. Now, I have a fresh bottle of Costco tequila to open up.

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

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Inshore Fishing Heating Up
November 23, 2020

Inshore Fishing Heating Up

Inshore fishing has been good this week with pompano starting to show up. There are a lot of jacks and black drum starting to school up, too. The best bet has been using a jig-head tipped with shrimp cast into the mangroves.

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

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Cool Weather and a Hot Trout Bite!
November 18, 2020

Cool Weather and a Hot Trout Bite!

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Spotted seatrout are one of the most popular gamefish in the entire world and definitely a favorite here on the Space Coast. With the cooler temperatures and windy, windy weather, it’s definitely the perfect time to go out and target this species. The entire coast, in every section of the lagoon system, has been very good for trout lately. Anglers can find these fish around spoil islands, channel drop-offs, docks, and mangrove shorelines.

Anglers looking for a good bite for kids or just steady action can find plenty of fish from 12-18 inches around the spoil islands. Those in search of larger +20″ gator trout should search for them roaming around shallow flats with 2-3 feet deep troughs close by. Look for them to be feeding on larger baitfish such as mullet, pigfish, and croakers. Artificial baits work great for trout — anything from popping corks with shrimp to swimbaits, and shrimp imitation lures. Bright colors really seem to do well.

Those who do keep fish please remember the season is closed through December as new regulations have just recently been put into place.

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

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Same Song, Different Week
November 16, 2020

Same Song, Different Week

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Mark with big inshore snook he pulled out of the mangroves.

I hate to sound like a broken record, but it was another week of inconsistent weather with a lot of wind and some rain. But, it didn’t stop us from getting in some decent fishing days inshore with plenty of trout, some snook and some nice reds. Throw in a bunch of jacks and ladyfish, and it was fun times for all. The inlet was good when the weather allowed the boats to get out there with snook, jacks and redfish all actively eating.

I’m hoping to be able to get out on the ocean soon and try to get back on a tarpon bite, but the forecast doesn’t look promising this week.

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

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Making Do in the Surf
November 16, 2020

Making Do in the Surf

The weather and surf wasn’t the the greatest lately, however, I did manage to make it out at the end of the week. We are still fighting higher than normal tides and super dirty water. For me, the outgoing tide has been best this week as the water cleaned up some and was not as dark and dirty.

The mullet pods are still close early until around 10am or so, and then again late in the evening. With the mullet you will find the larger bluefish, small to medium sized tarpon, and of course, the sharks are feeding heavy. Use fresh cut bait or live mullet with a 7/0-10/0 circle hook and either some heavy mono or wire on a fish finder rig for the bluefish and sharks. The tarpon can be a bit more of a challenge but some clear 40-60lbs mono or fluorocarbon leader with the same size hooks have been the key. Also larger poppers and silver spoons have been working for all three.

The big bull whiting and pompano bite has started to turn on. The greater pompano migration has not arrived to the area yet, but they are on the move. The bigger schools of resident pompano can be found in the river right now with a few on the beach. Fresh clams, shrimp and live sand fleas are the way to go right now. However, until the water clears up you will still have to fight the large number of catfish in the surf. The standard pompano rig with either a small bead or naked has been working the best for myself right now. Use multiple rods at different ranges and rig set ups to find what the fish are wanting that day.

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

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Better Bite with Cooling Temps
November 16, 2020

Better Bite with Cooling Temps

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Inshore, the fishing is getting good with the cooler weather. The best bite we have experienced has been on white Z-man Diezel MinnowZ rigged weedless. We are fishing the lagoon mangroves as well as the flats. The most consistent bites have come using a slow and steady retrieve, not jigging it, just slowly reeling it in.

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

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Offshore BONANZA
November 16, 2020

Offshore BONANZA

Offshore fishing has been spectacular. More mahi mahi than you can ever imagined. The weedlines we’re the definition of the yellow brick road we all dream of. Bunker were deep as can be almost to the stream with every species you can think of on them just mowing down. Blues to 230lbs and bass to 50. Just incredible. That’s what I wish I’d be reporting. Unfortunately, it’s not the case. Rough seas and high winds have kept us in for what has seemed like an eternity. We’re all frustrated, but just have to bide our time and wait patiently for an opportunity to get back out there doing what we love. Hopefully that time will come sooner than later, and when it does, I’ll be reporting on some stellar fishing!

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

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Port Canaveral Fishing Forecast: November 2020
November 13, 2020

Port Canaveral Fishing Forecast: November 2020

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OCTOBER RECAP

Staying close was the thing to do and in all reality for the most part it is all the sea conditions would let us do. Big red drum, tarpon and a variety of different sharks made for some big smiles. The couple days we were able to get offshore where customers had full days booked we did decent on mahi and caught a few blackfin tuna and wahoo in the mix. The bottom fishing showed some potential with trigger fish, vermilions and cobia. We caught a lot of short cobia but we caught a decent amount of keepers also.

NEARSHORE

The wind is making everything very tough for at least another week or so but we can count on the big red drum to hang around and provide great entertainment for those who are in it purely for the fun of the fight. Pompano should be showing up in full force, giving surf fisherman their favorite target species and those fishing from boats the best of both worlds. One of my favorite things to do this time of year is position the boat where I can make casts to the surf for pompano and whiting off one side and soak big baits for red drum and sharks off the other side. Snook fishing will be very good for those who put in the effort to catch live bait. Live croakers or pogies are the ticket to success so be sure to spend the time or shell out the $$ for the live bait. Triple tail and flounder should be showing up giving small boats a few more options.

OFFSHORE

DON’T EVEN BOTHER! I honestly feel like leaving the forecast/report at that but, maybe just outside what we can see of the extended marine forecast. Hopefully around the middle of the month the seas will calm and we can get back offshore for the first time in what will be over 3 weeks at that point. When we do finally get offshore I would suggest bombing natural bottom between 60 and 140ft. Get everything going because volume will be your best friend to end up with keepers. Have some people on chicken rigs to excite the water column catching trigger fish, lane snapper, vermillion snapper and grunts. Have a person or 2 tight to the bottom with a sliding sinker rig for muttons and mangroves. Have someone fishing a big bait with big gear for that elusive gag or big red grouper. Have 1 person (your captain) keep everything flowing, bait cut, taking fish off, scraps chumming, rigs ready to be changed out. Keep your crew fishing and hopefully your crew wont slack and get tired after reeling up a dozen red snapper and some short vermilions and a few sharp nose sharks because volume fishing is all about grinding through the less desirable species in order to get what you want. The very next fish will be a keeper mutton or a nice cobia.

If the bottom game doesn’t sound appealing then blast offshore until you find clean water and volume troll. This means don’t be lazy and put everything out. Naked ballyhoo, big baits on planers, small baits on riggers and constantly mix it all up. You will cover some ground but at the end of the day a couple mahi, a blackfin or 2 and a wahoo makes for a great day.

We really hope the seas get calm for the holidays and we get the opportunity to either take you and your family fishing or see you on the water.

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

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LOCAL EVENTS

FSFA Club Meetings

FSFA The Oct. 27th Club Meeting will feature guest speaker, FSFA Grand Master, Terry Winn. Terry will be talking about his strategies for bottom fishing off of the Space Coast. There will be opportunity for Facebook viewers to ask questions. The meeting will be at 7:00 PM at the Veteran’s Memorial Center, 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island. We will be limited in the number of attendees that we can allow (first 50 to arrive), but the meeting will be available live on the Club’s Facebook Page.

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