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WEEKLY FORECAST

10.8.2019 – 10.15.2019

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

spotted sea trout - new regulations

Doubling up on seatrout with Capt. Alex Hughey.

Yeah, the wind is still blowing, but there’s some great fishing to get into. For instance, Pompano jigging — Pompano Rich put together a piece this week with some solid insight on the subject. And you might not know it if you haven’t been on the water, but the MULLET RUN is a thing that’s happening right now. In another featured article this week, Capt. Mark Wright provides some great commentary on the annual baitfish migration.

In other news, Ed Killer of the TC Palm writes that Florida is one step closer to imposing new spotted seatrout regulations in all state waters. A few notable changes for the Central Florida recreational fishery include a reduction in daily bag limit from four to two fish, a seasonal closure from November to December, and modification of the slot size from 15-20 to 15-19 inches.

There’s also some cool tournaments and events happening NOW and in the upcoming weeks, including Strike-Zone’s month-long snook fishing tournament, the Boaters Exchange Fall Showcase, Treasure Coast Marina’s 19th Annual Inshore Classic, and more! Check out all the deets in the events section below.

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

67.12%

TOP TARGETS

  • dolphin
  • cobia
  • triggerfish
  • snapper

INSHORE

79.23%

TOP TARGETS

  • Seatrout, redfish
  • tarpon
  • pompano

BEACH

75.04%

TOP TARGETS

  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Pompano

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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, William Child of Viera– William, 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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FEATURED STORY

FISHING THE MULLET RUN

WITH CAPT. MARK WRIGHT

FALL MULLET RUN - MOSQUITO LAGOON

Learn all about the Fall Mullet Run from the perspective of Capt. Mark Wright. Mark gives some good background info on the annual event; his tips on fishing it; and offers a little wisdom about how this mass migration uniquely takes effect in Central Florida.

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FRIGGING JIGGING FOR POMPS

JIGGING FOR FLORIDA POMPANO

High winds and surf may be blowing us off the beach, but that shouldn’t stop anybody from having pompano for dinner! Pompano Rich offers some nice insight on jigging for pompano inshore, which has been producing rock solid results.

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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!

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Flyin’ for Bulls
October 16, 2019

Flyin’ for Bulls

fly fishing for reds

Of all the ways there are to catch Redfish, tossing a hook covered with feathers and fur and watching a 40+ Bull inhale your presentation has got to be the pinnacle. This happened for me this past week on a scouting trip with my fellow Florida Fly Co Charter partner, Captain Noah Miller. I rarely, if ever, target Bull Redfish but was determined to check off another “Bucket List” fish. This is the perfect time of year for those looking to target Bull Redfish.

Our morning started off with one Seatrout after another on topwater Gurgler patterns. As the sun rose higher, the mullet showed along the flats in huge numbers. Along with that, so came the Bulls. We watched in amazement and they stalked the outside edges of the mullet schools almost herding them as Bottlenose Dolphin will. Then, like a torpedo launched from a battleship the giant reds would crash through the schools of mullet gorging themselves on all they could eat. The challenge for those seeking these fish on fly is the perfect presentation. Without divulging all the secrets, my best tip is BIG FLIES for BIG FISH. And these full bellied behemoths don’t usually want to exert much effort if they don’t have to, so get the fly within a foot of their face, if possible.

redfish on fly

We were able to score one Bull Red each so we were done with that mission. We then moved on to stalking the shallow shorelines for slot Redfish, Trout, Snook, and Black Drum to add to our already banner day.

I do have one request for those pursuing Bull Reds, at this, or any time of year. PLEASE handle these fish as if they were your own newborn child. They are the future of our Redfish fishery and deserve the utmost of respect. No Boga Grips to hang them by the jaw etc. Evenly support as much of the weight of the fishes body as you can, get that quick hero shot, and make sure to thoroughly revive the fish so they swim off strong to fight another day.

For anyone looking to experience sight fishing the shallows on fly and light tackle contact the Charter Captains of Florida Fly Co. Charters on Facebook or at our website.

by Alan Ryland
Florida Fly Co.

Action packed Columbus day
October 16, 2019

Action packed Columbus day

What wasn’t the catch jacks, mackeral, sharks, snook, redfish, tarpon, pompano pretty much anything that you could catch was eatting 💥💪

Melbourne Beach
October 15, 2019

Melbourne Beach

We hit the beach on Sunday afternoon and Monday evening not really expecting to much. Ended up catching about five small whiting and one small pompano, none were keepers. Monday was mostly cats one small pompano again and two little fish I’ve never caught before, that I looked up and figured out there sea robins.

by Raider

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Mullet Running, FINALLY!
October 14, 2019

Mullet Running, FINALLY!

seatrout Sebastian inlet

Last week, the inshore bite was great and the mullet run is FINALLY starting. In the lagoon around the islands and shorelines, there’s lots of slot trout, some pompano, snook and redfish all in the mix under the schools of mullet. The most productive areas for us were shorelines from Palm Bay to Grant and down to the Inlet. Storm Coastal jerk bait and paddle tails and the ABOA Dart Spin rigged on 1/8 ounce jighead were the hot ticket. The inlet bite turned on over the weekend as the schools of snook and redfish were mixed in with the mullet schools. Live mullet were best baits but pinfish and pigfish were productive at times as well.

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

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Come on and Fish with Us!
October 14, 2019

Come on and Fish with Us!

treasure coast marina fishing report

The weather continues to plague us as windy conditions are making it very difficult to get out to fish. Random rain storms that are popping up as radar ghosts frustrate everyone and the water is abnormally high and dirty. Having said all that, the fishing has been good for those willing to brave the conditions.

The bite is strong and the fish are hungry. There’s been good action on large pinfish from snook at the inlet, and plenty of activity near structures on the west side of the lagoon. Reports of slot reds near the islands from the wade fishermen, as well as drum.

Trout are small, and for some reason they are hanging out with catfish. We’re getting many reports of these pesky critters hitting on shrimp.

Generally speaking, it was a good week but… “unsettled” is probably the best word to describe it. What is needed is several days of consistent weather and calm conditions to stabilize things.

DON’T FORGET: this coming weekend is Treasure Coast Marina’s 19th Annual Inshore Tournament. We have our fingers crossed for good weather and great fishing! Come on and fish with us! Lots of free stuff for our anglers and a great time for everyone!

by Capt. Bonnie Roberts
Treasure Coast Marina | (321) 733-3390

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Nice Weather & Fantastic Fishing
October 14, 2019

Nice Weather & Fantastic Fishing

black drum mark wright

Andy’s slot sized black drum was the icing on his cake! He also caught plenty of trout and redfish while fishing with Capt. Mark Wright.

FINALLY, some nice weather and some fantastic fishing along with it! The building moon this week did little to stem the bite in the Mosquito Lagoon. However, we did experience a bit of weirdness early one morning while hiding from the last of the windstorm we’ve been dealing with lately.

Taking advantage of the very high water levels we fished the east wall of the Pole & Troll Zone. Arriving ahead of sun-up I handed one angler a Tsunami K-9 Walker and watched him expertly and seductively wiggle and waggle the plug along the shorelines and through pods of tiny finger mullet. Angler two tossed both a Z-Man Diezel Minnowz and Curly Tailz rigged weedless. Neither angler had so much as a nibble, though we repeatedly blew-out fish as I nearly poled over their backs.

seatrout Mark Wright

Jennifer lost count of the quality spotted seatrout she caught recently with Capt. Mark Wright.

There was little doubt we were in the thick of things and we did see the occasional snook and trout hammer an unfortunate mullet. We, however, went without for nearly two hours. Poling over a mile of normally productive shoreline left me perplexed and second guessing my fishing spot!
Eventually we relocated and the Mother Lode was found. The guys crushed the upper slot trout with four inch Diezel Minnowz. Only a few of these trout were on the small side though the two redfish they boated were in the Rat category. Still it was a strong finish to a slow starting day!

Saturday Andy and Jennifer truly whacked the fish in the Mosquito Lagoon. Their casting skills were not up to par (their words not mine) so I casted the live shrimp under popping floats for them. They both enjoyed the constant action; catching more slot trout than I could count along with seven redfish and a black drum!

Yes, fishing is pretty great right now!

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

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Another Great Week in the Lagoon
October 14, 2019

Another Great Week in the Lagoon

Capt. Jim Ross redfish

It’s been another great week here at Fineline Fishing Charters. The speckled trout bite that we’ve been experiencing over the last 2 to 3 weeks has continued on through this week in the Indian River Lagoon. Just like we have in the past few reports, we’ve been starting off with top water lures in the morning. Rapala Skitterwalk and Storm Chug Bugs being the two main types that we are using, then switching over to sub- surface lures like the smaller size Subwalk in the mangrove minnow color or the Rapala Twitching Minnow in the smaller size in the black back with an orange belly.

Later in the morning when the sun gets up in the sky we are changing gears and finding a variety of redfish, black drum, and ladyfish. Saltwater Assassin 4-inch Sea Shad tails rigged in a 1/4 ounce spring lock jig head are working best in these fish. Some of the bull reds are big with a 47-inch behemoth leading the pack this week. This action should continue for another two weeks if the weather patterns stay about like they have been. If you’re looking to get out and go catching, the bite is hot right now so give us a call at 321-636-3728 or book your trip with us online at finelinefishingcharters.com

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

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IHB/Satellite Inshore & Surf
October 14, 2019

IHB/Satellite Inshore & Surf

surf fishing redfish

Fishing the canals around Satellite Beach we have received good reports. Black drum, snook, mangrove snapper, nice trout, tarpon and the sheepshead have all been abundant. The river/lagoon is still holding some pompano at the bridges and we’re hearing that the black drum bite is going off at the Indian River side of the Pineda Causeway. On the opposite side, in the Banana River, some nice reds are holding just north of the Pineda. In the surf, the conditions have been far from ideal, but we’re still seeing some nice catches of slot redfish and even some snook hookups.

river catfish

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

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Ponce Inlet
October 14, 2019

Ponce Inlet

ponce seatrout fishing

It’s that time of the year when the bull reds stack up inside of Ponce Inlet. These fish have some shoulders so beef up your tackle so you can land them quickly and get them back in the water as soon as possible for a safe release. Don’t be surprised while targeting these big reds if you lock horns with a nice snook or tarpon as well. They always make for some added fun! Inside the Mosquito Lagoon, the trout fishing has also been very good. We’ve been having a lot of success first thing in the morning in throwing Zman paddle-tails and Rapala Skitterwalks.

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

Big IRL Tarpon Bite Continues
October 14, 2019

Big IRL Tarpon Bite Continues

kurt tarpon

The wind and seas kept boats under 35ft from getting out to the blue water, but I crushed it inshore. It was mostly last minute trips with a busy schedule. In total, I caught a 40lb tarpon, jumped a few smaller, a 48 inch red, a 31 inch red, and missed several large trout. The only thing I didn’t find was the snook.

30-60lb tarpon are still biting in the same spots as last week. Fish calm mornings near the ICW channel. Find them rolling and cast 6-10 inch mullet ahead of them. Most these fish are caught in reasonable time by using medium to heavy spinning gear with 4000-6000 size reels, 20-30lb braid, 40-60lb leader, and 4/0-8/0 circle hooks. There occasionally are some 100 lb tarpon, and what I mentioned is too light for that.

With brown tide and green algae gone in some places, the mangroves have been fishy. Thousands of mullet are on some flats. Big trout, decent size reds, and finally a few black drum have been seen near the mangroves. Skip small soft plastics or fish fingerling mullet, and you will catch fish. The key is finding water that is not light brown or dirty green. Sight fishing opportunities would exist if the water level was not so ridiculously high. It’s over the bank in some parts of the IRL.

I look forward to possibly getting offshore Friday, so fingers crossed the forecast holds. As always, practice catch and release in the lagoon, and be extremely careful with the bull reds since they are the future of our lagoon.

Offshore October 18
October 14, 2019

Offshore October 18

Calm seas finally. Lots of barracuda, bonita, small sharks and few smaller dolphin here and there. Not many weeds and no hard edge between 160 ft to 200 ft.

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Prime Conditions for Bottom Bite
October 13, 2019

Prime Conditions for Bottom Bite

midnight snapper run

Finally, a marine forecast we can work with! Starting Sunday, the wind shows 5-10 knots and extended we can see 2-3ft seas in the forecast. We have some awesome trips planned this month that we are very excited about.

The reefs have seen almost zero fishing pressure for a month and the ground swell will have inhibited the natural feeding of bottom fish. What does all that mean? It means they should be hungry and a added bonus is that seas are starting to calm at the same time we are having a full moon.

Sunday we are running a full moon snapper trip targeting mangroves, muttons, lanes and vermilions. We expect to see a few cobia also. We will leave out at 5pm and return at 2am. The price is $95 per person, includes dinner and we are limiting the trip to 35 people so there will be plenty of elbow room.

October can have some really great bottom fishing when it is timed just right. After the seas finally calm and the bottom starts to clean up in the deeper water, it can trigger a killer bottom bite in the 140 to 220 ft range. Typically, we need at least 4 or 5 days of calm seas for this to happen. We are hoping we time it just perfect for our 15 hour trip on October 18th. Leaving out at 7am and returning at 10pm we plan to fish the deeper water and work our way back in to mangrove fish toward the evening. Current and the bite will dictate where we fish but we plan on going for it and having a blast. This trip is also limited to 35 people. Price is $155 per person and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We are keeping our fingers the forecast holds and we can finally get out to do some very exciting trips.

Call us at 321-453-3474 for more details.

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

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FIRSTS TUESDAY FISHING SEMINAR

Spacefish contributor, Capt. Alan Ryland, will be the featured speaker at the Boaters Exchange Fishing Seminar next Tuesday, August 6th at 6:00pm (Rockledge location on US1). Alan will be discussing “Summer Time on the Flats Tactics,” which will definitely be a nice opportunity to learn from a fishing great. Plus, the seminar is FREE to attend, drinks and snacks are provided, and there’s also some nice door prize giveaways!

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FISHING CLUB EVENTS

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  • South Chapter Club Meeting
    Oct. 8th @ 6:30pm – Front Street Community Center
    2205 S. Front Street, Melbourne (Across the street from Harry Goode’s/Next to the boat ramps)
    Speaker: Caleb Couture of Pompano Riggs by Couture and Tradewinds Fishing Charters.
    Topic: Surf Fishing the Space Coast
  • North Chapter Club Meeting
    Oct. 22nd @ 6:30pm – Brevard Veterans Center
    400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island (Behind Merritt Square Mall)
    Speaker: Capt. Alex Hughey of All Water Adventures
    Topic: Inshore Fishing

19th Autumn Inshore Classic

Treasure Coast Marina’s tournament (October 19th) to benefit their Children’s Christmas Event. Learn more on the event’s Facebook page here.

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