Sunrise Marina - Port Canaveral, FL


11.23.2021 – 11.29.2021



Don’t miss Paul MacInnus’s featured story on The Mayan Invasion!

This week, we’ve got a featured story covering the MAYAN INVASION… And as always, check out the latest word on the bite from our pro contributors. Otherwise, enjoy family, friends, good food, and hopefully some good fishing, too. Happy Thanksgiving!

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WEATHER OVERVIEW: This week our highest winds will be at the beginning of the week as our next cold front moves in Tuesday. Winds will be out of the NE through Wednesday. However, Thursday (Happy Thanksgiving) is when things start to settle down some as the wind shifts out of the ENE before making a WNW turn Friday that will carry through the weekend. Friday, Saturday & Sunday look like decent days.

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

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strike zone giveaway


The month, Strike-Zone Fishing is giving away a free pair of Costa sunglasses, of the winner’s choice. The winner will be randomly drawn from all entries and announced on Tuesday, December 7th. The winner must pick out their pair of Costas, locally, at the Strike-Zone Fishing store in Melbourne.


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Mayan Cichlid Fishing

Paul MacInnis discusses fishing for the invasive Mayan Cichlid on the Space Coast, where this fun-to-catch (and rumored good-to-eat) exotic species is rapidly becoming a popular target among anglers.


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!

Vero Beach Wreck Fishing
December 2, 2021

Vero Beach Wreck Fishing

Caught this fish and a lane snapper jigging a Got-Cha plug over the wreck. What kind of fish is this?! It’s not a sheepshead right?

Good Pre-front Bite
November 29, 2021

Good Pre-front Bite

sebastian seatrout

Grace and her dad with a nice trout Grace caught on a DOA 3” cal paddle tail.

Fishing has been hit or miss between the fronts lately. Pre-front, the bite has been pretty good with decent snook and redfish action in the inlet and nearby lagoon. The trout, pompano and bluefish have been good, as well. However, once that high pressure sets in after the front clears, the bite has been slowing down over a few days.

The bluefish and mackerel have been along the beaches and the blacktip sharks and spinners are mixed in. It’s definitely time for some topwater action when the seas are nice. DOA swim baits and jerk baits have been our “go to” baits inshore, and live bait in the inlet for the snook has been best.

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

Still Waiting for the Pompano Floodgates to Open…
November 29, 2021

Still Waiting for the Pompano Floodgates to Open…


Surf fishing conditions continue to be a roller coaster ride for the month of November. Without any consistent patterns holding true it’s been challenging for beach fishing to take place with much efficacy. Wind, waves and dirty water clarity have been factors thwarting the beach fishing scene along the Space Coast. Front after front with prevailing North and Northeast winds tampered with ever developing a stable surf fishery. For those who persisted the rewards were sharks, whiting, croakers, catfish, bluefish, pompano and Jack crevalle.


Fishing near Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral provided more ideal fishing conditions in the early part of the week. Catches of pompano and whiting along with bluefish and Jack Crevalle were caught. Pleasantly surprised to not have to deal with seaweed during the first part of the week before the winds cranked up. The bluefish were chewing heavy on shrimp and cut bait, along with the occasional Jack crevalle and ladyfish.


Pompano fishing still isn’t happening to the dissatisfaction of most. With the unruly conditions and current location of the major schools, it’s been like watching paint dry in anticipation. The warmer weather from the prior week actually stabilized ocean temperatures halting the flooding migration of fish south. These fish are currently being caught in numbers from Daytona to Jacksonville, so the time’s coming even though we probably still have a week or two before the floodgates open up.

shark fishing

Without the pompano fishing to take the cake, we’ve relied on shark fishing trips to excite surf fishing clients looking to bend the rod. This fishery still hasn’t disappointed with multiple hookups possible in a four hour fishing trip. The key is the fresh cut bait with mullet being particularly successful this week along with croakers. There’s been a surplus of croakers when fishing the first or second trough, so don’t be worried about the capacity to acquire fresh bait.

As mentioned before, this week hasn’t been all rainbows and unicorns in the surf fishing world. Dirty water conditions infiltrated the central and southern beaches bringing with it heaps of catfish. As any experienced surf fishing angler knows this can be discouraging and down right exhausting catching one after another. Even though our beach fishing charters have been catching pompano, sheepshead, whiting and bluefish, it hasn’t been without sifting through the high numbers of kitty cats.

Look forward to the conditions improving soon — and be the first one to know if the Pompano have arrived by being persistent and getting your lines wet in the week ahead. If bending the rod is your goal, keep half your gear fishing chunked bait in close for bluefish, Jack crevalle and sharks. Take the other half of the gear and dial it up for pompano, sheepshead, whiting and black drum using Fishbites with sandfleas, shrimp or clams.

I hope you’re able to hit the sand for some fun in the sun this week!

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

Slowed Bite
November 29, 2021

Slowed Bite


The cold weather has slowed the bite down a bit but there are still quite a few fish out there to be caught. We’ve managed to stay on the big reds in the near shore waters pretty consistently. In the river, the trout and redfish bite has been good as well. The snook, however, have been hunkered down trying to stay warm.

If you would like to get out in a charter with us give us a call at 321-636-3728 or go online to

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

Clear Water in Mosquito Lagoon
November 29, 2021

Clear Water in Mosquito Lagoon

lagoon black drum

The water in the Mosquito in Lagoon is crystal clear now with site casting redfish becoming very easy on sunny days. Redfish and black drum are starting to school up and shallow edges of drop offs. A well-placed live shrimp will do the trick to make both fish want to eat. For reds specifically, I also always like throwing a Z man paddle tail 3 inch on an 8 ounce jig head. On the overcast days, top water has been very productive with the Mullet schools still around.

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

Much More than Just Spiced Rum
November 28, 2021

Much More than Just Spiced Rum


Finally a break in break in this wind — and what do you know? The fish are here!

This week, I’d like to highlight another one of our awesome captains, Capt. Morgan, who had a great few days when the wind allowed us to get out there. Two sailfish yesterday and a pile of other species including kings and some mahi.

Capt. Morgan, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, has been with us for about two years now, but make no mistake… He’s been fishing this port since he was in diapers. As an experienced tournament fisherman, this man knows a thing or two, and not just about his favorite spiced rum!

Having recently taken over the Fired Up, you can slowly see Morgan’s pride shine through as he’s in the midst of transforming the boast into a shiny new beast for the fleet and our customers. He is a hard worker and a great fisherman. You can count on him to take care of you and your family.

Capt. Morgan, I thank you and hope to see many more years of you with Fired Up Charters!

big kingfish

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

Ready to Get Offshore!
November 28, 2021

Ready to Get Offshore!

party boat

Customers on the Ocean Obsession (OO) party boat have been bringing home groceries!

I am excited to see what the week brings! If the last couple of days are any indication, it looks like the bite on the reefs is good. Along with kingfish making an appearance, we’re also seeing some sailfish and black-fin tuna mixed in. I am anxious to see how the dolphin bite is, too.

A couple weeks ago during our last weather window there were some decent fish caught. I am hoping they are still around. The Ocean Obsession (OO) out of Port Canaveral did well targeting the bottom. Their customers enjoyed catching a number of tasty critters. If you don’t have a boat and want to get offshore the OO is a great way to do it.

I have a sneaky suspicion there will be some sick days cashed in this week!

by Damon

Kayak Camping Chokoloskee, FL
November 28, 2021

Kayak Camping Chokoloskee, FL

Join host Ryan Wood on an exciting adventure kayaking, camping and fishing in Chokoloskee on the Gulf Coast of SW Florida (Everglades National Park). 4 days, 3 nights, 28 miles and good fishing!

Hot Redfish Bite!
November 26, 2021

Hot Redfish Bite!

bull red

It might be cold and windy, but the redfish bite is hot! This week was brutal! Windy, cold, but the redfish definitely haven’t seemed to mind. The more cold we get, the more consistent the fishing will become.

The redfish from 18″, all the way to +45″ have been showing in great numbers. Smaller fish in the “slot” size range have been biting good in areas where shallow flats dip off into deeper holes; specifically, areas with muddy bottom and lots of mullet. If you find a flat that’s a foot or less with a pocket of 2-3ft of water and some mangroves, you are sure to find the reds.

Artificial baits such as Gulp are getting the job done, but just as you feel the cool, the fish are feeling it too, so slowing your baits way way down or even switching to dead shrimp and cut baits are the way to go!

Larger fish are stacking in their usual deeper holes, large channels, bridges, and various deep water structures. The bite remains consistent for the bulls, large blue crabs, fist size chunks of mullet, and even live pin fish when available are all great choices when fished on a fish finder rig with 1-3oz egg sinkers, depending on depth and current.

I highly recommend circle hooks for these fish as they are our brute stock of breeders and help us to create a sustainable fishery for years to come. And please, if you can help it, let’s let the slot fish go for years to come so others can enjoy this amazing sport.

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

Mid-Morning & Midday Action
November 22, 2021

Mid-Morning & Midday Action

lagoon redfish

Colder weather means a hot midday bite. We’ve definitely come to the colder portion of the year here in central Florida and the fish are responding accordingly. Morning action on most days is a little slow but mid morning and midday action has been very good over the past week and a half. Speckled trout, redfish black drum and even a few small snook have been landed by our customers.

Shallow flats that typically produce first thing in the morning have not been productive at all for us. Instead we’ve been targeting fish along deeper sections of the lagoon in 3 to 6 feet of water and also in many of the residential canals and dredge holes throughout the region. This deeper water is more stable and insulated from temperature fluctuations caused by overnight temperatures in the 50s and 60s. The fish here are more receptive to biting early in the morning.

We’ve downsized our baits and are using soft plastic Saltwater Assassin lures from about 2 to 4 inches in size. Once we get done playing with the speckled trout then it’s time to move out onto the sun warmed flats in search of redfish. Cut baits are working better than anything else for these fish right now so set up in a place where you see mullet schools and cast these cut baits out and wait. If a redfish is around it won’t take long before they sniff it out, eat it and you’re hooked up!

Captain Justin and I will be running a Black Friday special on any Charter booked with us between December 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022. You will have to call us at 321-636-3728 and mention that you saw the special offer on Spacefish and we will give you a discount code to apply to your reservation for a $100 savings. This Black Friday special is good toward any type of trip you would like to go in but must be booked on Black Friday.

We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! Let’s go catch your next memory!!

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

Take Advantage of the Pre-front Bite
November 22, 2021

Take Advantage of the Pre-front Bite


Monster Jack for Brian in the inlet!

Another week of high winds, but the bite at the inlet has been decent for snook and redfish if you can stand the rough seas. We will have light winds early this week so you should get out and enjoy the pre-front bite as mid week the front will pass and should make the fishing interesting for Thanksgiving.

Inshore, the bite will be decent with some bluefish, pompano, sheephead, snapper, drum and trout. There should be plenty of action on artificial for most species but you will need live bait for the sheephead and snapper.

If the beach is fishable, keep an eye out for Pompano, Mackerel and Bluefish as well as the occasional Tarpon and Shark.

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

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Check out what’s been caught on camera while fishing in around the Space Coast this week.

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Let’s Get Jiggy With It!

Ocean Obsession II is hosting a jigging specific trip on Monday, November 29th from 6am – 6pm. This is ONLY jigging — high speed vert, slow pitch, bottom bouncing, and top water, targeting depth starting at 180’ and maybe out to even 500’.

The cost is $200 and is limited to 26 people. All participants will get some swag from sponsors (AFTCO, Sea Falcon, Spro, and Gamakatsu) and the person who gets the heaviest keeper grouper, snapper or amberjack will win $250 to spend on AFTCO products at Sunrise Marina. Three meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Customers need to bring all their own rods/reels and tackle.

Book online at or call 321-453-3474.

jiggy with it


Thanks for reading another weekly fishing report from Spacefish. Don’t forget to listen to Spacefish ON THE RADIO every Friday at 4pm as we talk fishing with Mark Moses on SPORTS RADIO 1560 THE FAN.

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