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WEEKLY FORECAST

11.17.2020 – 11.23.2020

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

redfish mullet run

We’re still seeing some solid catches from persistent anglers getting out there.

Unfortunately, the unrelenting winds project to keep blowing this week. Frustrations are high among anglers, especially those looking to get along the beach and offshore. If it’s any consolation, we’ve got a new monthly giveaway starting this week — get the details in this week’s forecast below!

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

53.12%

INSHORE

74.87%

BEACH

77.68%

WEATHER OVERVIEW: Well, here we go again. It looks like we will have another week of high winds. High temperatures will be in the mid 70’s throughout the week which will feel nice, but the wind will severely limit fishing opportunities. The wind will be out of the N through Wednesday before shifting out of the ENE on Thursday and remaining that way through the weekend. On a positive note, “IF” the current forecast holds, it looks like the following week could actually be nice and we might get lucky and get a full week of nice weather over the Thanksgiving holiday. Fingers crossed!

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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, Jack Gustke of Melbourne — Jack, 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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CLUB MEMBERSHIP GIVEAWAY

FSFA We’ve got a great new MONTHLY giveaway: an annual family membership in the Florida Sports Fishing Association. Membership confers many great benefits, but most of all, a strong fellowship within a diverse, family-friendly and experienced group of anglers focused on “Sport Fishing.” Learn more about the club and membership benefits on FSFAclub.org. For a chance to win your free family membership, enter the giveaway below.

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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!

Striped bass
May 18, 2021

Striped bass

Came up to visit my family in NJ. Went out fishing with my friend Sunday and hooked up with spring run of striped bass.

by Blazer

Striped bass
May 18, 2021

Striped bass

Came up to visit my family in NJ. Went out fishing with my friend Sunday and hooked up with spring run of striped bass.

by Blazer

Other Side
May 17, 2021

Other Side

yellowfin tuna

Mike with a 61.7lb yellowfin caught fishing the Otherside!

We had the opportunity to make a run to the Other Side (of the Gulf Stream) last Wednesday. We had a group of FSFA Fishermen onboard, most of us had little experience with fishing the Other Side, but plenty of experience fishing. We left the Port at 3:30am with smooth seas and calm winds. We ran almost 100 miles before setting up the lines and then turning our attention to the radar in hopes of finding some working birds. Waves were a bit rougher than we had hoped for so we pulled lines and headed south.

About 15 miles into the run we found what we were looking for and setup for the troll. As luck would have it, we had three rods go off with the call of, “Fish On!” breaking the drone of the twin Yamaha’s. Just as quickly as we had the fish hit the lines we had a Taxman (Shark) enter the spread and the Yellowfin Tuna (YFT) did a starburst breaking two of the three lines off immediately. We were able to get the third YFT (see picture) to the boat weighing in at 61.7lbs, with minimal taxes paid.

YFT always make for an exhilarating fight and my crew was not disappointed! We retied the lines that had broken off and reset for another troll through the area. The birds were still working the area so we all had high hopes the YFT were still around and hungry. Our second pass yielded a big bull Mahi-mahi and unfortunately as it got close to the boat it darted towards the engines just as the First Mate went for the gaff shot and broke the line.

Seems like no matter how successful you are, the Other Side always leaves you wanting more. No time to ponder, “what if,” we still had working birds and we retied and reset lines for a third troll through the area. Success was with us one more time and two lines went off with YFT on them. We were able to get one to the boat weighing in at 45.7lbs and giving one of our new FSFA members his first Florida YFT! Way to go John!

All in all, not a bad day for this Other Side rookie crew. We went 2 for 5 on YFT and had one of the biggest bull mahi-mahi on the line for another FSFA member who had never had the opportunity to fight a mahi-mahi. Can’t wait for the winds to subside so we can make another run to the Other Side!

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Catch the Right Tide & Have the Right Bait
May 17, 2021

Catch the Right Tide & Have the Right Bait

Sebastian redfish

Kevin and his wife Karen caught huge redfish in the lagoon as well as a few over slot and under slot snook and a bunch of jacks in the inlet with all of the heavy winds this week!

Another week of fronts and wind in the middle of May. We should be past this kind of weather and moving into our rainy season, but despite the winds, the fishing has been good in the lagoon and in the inlet — especially if you catch the tide right and have the right bait. Big snook, trout and redfish are in the lagoon and they’re hungry. If you can find bait pods around the docks and shorelines you should be able to find some decent fish. Live bait has been the key for us, but we caught a few redfish and snook on artificial baits, as well. Most of the fish we have caught in the inlet has been jacks but we got a few redfish in there, as well.

inlet jack

We’re catching lots of big jacks in the inlet.

Look for another week of high winds and rough water, but if you can find the bait, you should find some hungry fish.

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

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Kenansville/Headwaters Bass Fishing
May 17, 2021

Kenansville/Headwaters Bass Fishing

fellsmere bass report

We had some great trips this week on Kenansville and Headwaters Lake! Lots of fish over 6lbs and some great numbers, as well. We had several days catching over 50 fish. The Bass Assassin RSB worm Junebug with Blue tail was the ticket. Give me a call to book a trophy bass charter.

fellsmere bass report

by Kenny Hass
Catchin' Bass Guide Service | (772) 494-7400

Post Spawn Activity
May 17, 2021

Post Spawn Activity

stick marsh bass report

The post spawn topwater bite has been incredible in Stick Marsh and 3 Forks

Last week’s new moon didn’t disappoint for good numbers of bass, but big fish, as well! I got to be a tag along for three days in a row and fished both the Stick Marsh and 3 Forks. Both bodies of water are still holding good water volume even though we have had little rain. We threw square bill crankbaits and suspending jerk baits, but the topwater bite was insane! YO-Zuri Prop baits and the Pencil were the lures of choice for the most part. The spawn is over and the fish are showing how active they always get after it’s over.

bass report

by Terry Lamielle
| (321) 537-5346

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Warming Surf Temps Heat Up Snook Bite
May 16, 2021

Warming Surf Temps Heat Up Snook Bite

surf fishing snook

It’s getting to be that time of year for snook in the surf!

Fishing from the beach transitioned into new patterns with the extreme warming surf temperatures. In turn this cranked up the heat for snook fishing, as it continues to produce from Cocoa Beach to Sebastian Inlet, exciting anglers with a seasonal species not seen during colder months. Shark fishing catches undoubtedly remain the most consistent species we’re finding on a daily basis and there’s no end in sight to this trend. Pompano and whiting remain surf fishing staples but come with fractional numbers in summer month’s compared to the frequency and size of catches this spring. Lastly, the flounder bite off the beach will continue to reward anglers who invest the time with casting jigs and live baits.

flounder beach

Jigs and live baits are rewarding the occasional flounder.

Flexibility is the name of the game when dialing in on the possible opportunities surf fishing holds for this time of year. Traditional equipment used during our cooler months play a lesser role as the hot days begin their consistent onslaught. Choosing between tarpon, snook, shark, flounder and mackerel will be an exciting choice left up to each angler, while the means of obtaining these species vary greatly. Make a game plan days prior and prepare accordingly by having the correct equipment, bait and departure times synchronized for success.

spanish mackerel

Personally, one of my favorite methods these months entail walking the beach with a light to medium tackle spinning rod flipping jigs, swim baits and diving plugs for snook, flounder, jacks and the occasional tarpon.

This technique can be applied with live bait as well, swimming a croaker or mullet off the shore for massive snook, and other predatory species. If dinosaurs are what your after then take the paddleboard or kayak just outside the sandbar and slow troll live baits around the pods of tarpon for a fish story that will last a lifetime. Nothing like the “Florida sleigh ride” of being dragged around by a powerful prehistoric silver king, jack crevalle or kingfish.

blacktip shark

Take your pick for what excites you most about this seasonal blitz of large predatory fish. The key will be the right baitfish or lure presentation, and with this being said it’s always a good idea to bring a castnet to use from the shoreline, catch croakers in the surf or use a sabiki rig to jig up pogies and menhaden around the tarpon schools. While bait may be obtained in the surf it’s always encouraged to grab a few from the lagoon to insure you have a fast start to your fishing day. Enjoy the wild wonders our fishery has to offer this month where at any moment landing a trophy snook, flounder or tarpon is within reach.

by Capt. Lukas Brickweg
Cocoa Beach Surf Fishing Charters | (321) 205-4672

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Snook Bite on Fire
May 15, 2021

Snook Bite on Fire

snook season

Snook season closing is coming up fast, but the bite is still hot! Snook are a popular favorite along the entire east coast, from the fight to the table fare they are all around amazing fish.

This week the snook were on fire! Large live baits such as pinfish, pilchards, croakers and even large mullet were getting the job done. A fish finder rig with 50 pound fluorocarbon leader and a 6/0 j hook is my “go to” rig. Artificial baits such as large lipped plugs, jerkbaits and swimbaits are great choices when fishing around structures or drop offs.

As we move into summer the snook are staging to spawn and it’s very very important we handle these fish with care! Try to avoid dragging them on the deck, keep your hands wet when handling and never hold vertically, as you shouldn’t with any fish especially more so with snook. These fish will be moving about the inlets and areas in the river getting ready to produce many more small snook, so to ensure a good healthy survival and to help the next generations, it’s critical we handle with extreme care.

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

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Fellsmere Bass Report
May 14, 2021

Fellsmere Bass Report

Fellsmere bass report

This week was fantastic on Fellsmere area lakes. We had several bass over 7lbs this week on topwater bait and the Bass Assassin RSB worms in Junebug and Redbug were the ticket. The Bass were relating to the edge of deeper water or in scattered Hydrilla. Most fish were caught in 7-9 feet of water in areas that had 12-26 feet of water near by. I was using the new HFX Halo rods in the medium heavy 7’3″ length.

You can find the lake maps, Halo rods and Bass Assassin baits at Fellsmere Outdoor Adventures. Tight lines!

by Kenny Hass
Catchin' Bass Guide Service | (772) 494-7400

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Cold Fronts Making Consistency Tough
May 10, 2021

Cold Fronts Making Consistency Tough

redfish

David with a big Redfish in the inlet!

These cold fronts are making it tough on us to get in some consistent fishing. The beaches are doing well when we can get out. Plenty of schools of Bonito and jacks running the beach and some Snook in the trough and eating live baits as well as some soft plastics if you can get a good presentation. The inlet has been pretty good with some redfish, plenty of jacks and a few snook here and there. Inshore bite around the docks and spoil islands are good for snook and some trout with live bait.

inlet redfish

Amanda with a big jack off the beach!

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

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LOCAL EVENTS

FSFA Club Meetings

FSFA The November 24th Club Meeting will feature guest speaker Capt. Alan Ryland. He will be talking about fishing the St. Johns River shad run. The meeting will be at 7:00 PM at the Veteran’s Memorial Center, 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island. The meeting will also be available live on the Club’s Facebook Page.

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