WEEKLY FORECAST

11.29.2022 – 12.5.2022

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

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The Ocean Obsession out of Sunrise Marina in Port Canaveral have had their customers on some great tasting and hard fighting fish. The next weather window is this Wednesday before the wind starts blowing again so if you are wanting to get offshore book your trip now.

A lot of folks had a busy fishing schedule over the holiday weekend. Fortunately, the bite generally cooperated and we’re finally starting to see the lingering effects from Nicole dissipate. Check out the latest reports below…

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

4.8

INSHORE

7.1

BEACH

7.3

WEATHER OVERVIEW: This week appears to be another windy week which is pretty normal for our winter months. What is not normal are these unusually high temps for this time of year. Hopefully, we will get some real cooler weather sooner than later. If the current forecast holds, Tuesday and Wednesday do not look bad. Both days are breezy with winds out of the E on Tuesday and SE on Wednesday. Thursday is when the wind will shift out of the N/NE and start blowing and last through Friday. Saturday the wind will shift out of the E and start to drop off later in the afternoon. Sunday actually looks the best this week with lower winds out of the NE.

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GIVEAWAYS

Strike-Zone Penn Battle Combo Giveaway

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This month, Strike-Zone Fishing is giving away a Penn PENN Battle® III LE Combo! One winner will be randomly drawn from all entries and announced in the weekly forecast on December 13th.

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With a 78 year track record of service, American Air & Heat of Brevard has long mastered the craft of keeping Central Floridians FEELING COOL with the highest efficiency and reliability in HVAC services. Now they’re taking COOL up a notch by hooking up a lucky Spacefish reader with a Fish-N-Mate Junior Cart. The winner will be randomly drawn and announced on Dec. 13, 2022! Note, the winner must pick-up the prize in person at Strike-Zone Fishing in Melbourne.

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SURF COMBO GIVEAWAY!

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For over a decade, Benjaminsaver Water Solutions has provided households across Central Florida a higher quality of water while helping them save countless sums of hard earned cash. Now, they are hooking up one lucky Spacefish reader with a Penn Battle III 9′ surf rod and reel combo valued at $180. To enter, fill out the below entry form. One winner will be randomly selected from all entries and announced in the Weekly Fishing Forecast on Tuesday, December 13th.

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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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North Georgia Trout and Fly Fishing
January 26, 2023

North Georgia Trout and Fly Fishing

The warm weather that oddly hung around throughout December ended abruptly with a deep freeze during the holidays. Our first major cold front has pushed through the mountains and left a bit of snow and ice behind in its wake, but it did raise the water levels in the creeks and rivers. The fish can now find a bit of sanctuary in the deeper pockets and troughs. The higher water has also pushed up a good many of the trophy trout onto public waters. Keep an eye out for these behemoths as they move from pocket to pocket upriver. If you locate one, chances are there are one or two more in the same area. Look for these movements to continue throughout the month following medium to heavy rains.

North Georgia Trout Streams Report
The bite throughout North Georgia should progressively get more and more tough in the coming weeks. The wild trout bite is slowing quickly as they congregate in their winter haunts. The trout on the Delayed Harvest waters have been pounded into submission over the holidays, but plenty of trout are still around. This is likely the most productive bite around for anglers looking to put a bend in their rod. So when the junk fly patterns lose productivity and if you can stomach it, drop down to smaller size 18,20, or smaller fly patterns along with light tippet and you can still net the all the trout you manage to not spook. It won’t be long before we begin seeing the Blue Wing Olive hatches. Have your emerger and small profile dry fly patterns ready when you begin seeing the BWOs appear. Fly patterns between size 16-22 will work best. Be prepared to cycle through sizes until you can find what the trout are looking for.

This is also a good time to explore some new streams as the undergrowth is a bit more dialed back than normal. If you do manage to find some trout, remember that you can have 2-3x as much success in these places during the warmer months.

Chattahoochee River Tailwater Fishing Report
If light tippet and small flies is your thing, the bite on the Chattahoochee tailwaters is also back. The water has finally cleared from fall turnover and the fish are feeding well. Warm/mild afternoons have been leading to increased midge hatches and the trout fishing improves along with the afternoon temperatures. The activity level of the wild brown trout should continue to pick up in the coming weeks for anglers who know where to look for the trout transitioning for their spawn.

For any streamer fisherman, January is the time to shine. Whether you’re throwing a big wooly bugger, clouser, or a real meaty fly pattern with some bulk, make sure you are keeping your bait down in the water and bump the bottom of the bigger holes. This is the time of year you can find the big trout being a bit gluttonous and taking advantage of an easy meal.

The private waters are the best bet during winter as the fish tend to eat more regularly and see much less pressure this time of year. Expect a warm afternoon to really activate the trout. Junk flies and small (size 18 and 20) natural patterns will work best.

If you get stuck inside during poor weather, check out the new articles from American Fly Fishermen and start planning your fly fishing trips for 2023. Also learn WHEN to find trout and WHERE to fish for trout, along with the BEST FLIES that you will need on the water in our updated articles.

by gwt555
Georgia Wild Trout | (469) 678-9154

Kayak Fishing Report: Changing Seasons, Changing Tactics
January 23, 2023

Kayak Fishing Report: Changing Seasons, Changing Tactics

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Happy Monday Spacefish,

After hitting the road and spending MLK weekend out of town, I was able to fish on Saturday. I went to a place I have been wanting to go for sometime – Lake Toho. The coolest part about this trip was I got fish with someone that I connected with after linking up on Spacefish. We’ve been in touch since the first of the month, and because he has had a few trips out to Toho, I wanted to get out and follow his lead and fish with him. Kayak fishing can be a lone wolf, solo type experience, which at times makes it very enjoyable in its own way, but it was great to fish with someone, especially when exploring new waters!

I was really excited to fish this lake, and had really high expectations from the stories we hear about this legendary Bass fishery, but also I felt like after a cold snap the week before the weather and lunar cycle was shaping up for an epic day of fishing. Sometimes everything looks aligned for an epic day, and it just doesn’t quite work out that way, and that’s ok! In fact, those days that I feel like “shoulda” been epic and weren’t can turn into great learning experiences. To be clear, the trip wasn’t a bust, I caught 7 total Bass, which wasn’t a great day for numbers, but I did catch 2 fish I was able to place into my top 5 for this month’s Kayak Bass Federation (KBF) State Challenge Tournament. The person I fished with ended up catching 10 and provided us both with a great moment of excitement when he landed a 24 inch Bass, that we both guesstimate to have been over 8 pounds. We had our measuring boards, and not a scale. My fishing partner on this day was not entered into this month’s challenge but to put things into perspective there have been 142 kayak anglers entered into this challenge, there have been over 650 entries this month, and his fish would have been the 3rd biggest fish caught in the entire tournament.

This is my first time doing one of these virtual kayak tournaments, and it has been a fun experience to this point. I’ve never done anything like this before, I entered with a goal to finish top 10, how this deal works is you take your top 5 Bass in length caught over the month. Anglers are required to catch-photo-release, but the photo has to be taken with a tournament ID card on a KBF. I have only been able to fish 3 times this month; with family trips and my 3 year old playing soccer on the weekend (and me coaching, what a wild experience it is to coach 3-4 year old soccer!) I’ve been limited as far as the opportunities to maximize my chances. But after a good day at the Stick Marsh on January 8th that gave me the opportunity to list 5 good fish, and being able to cull out 2 and add in some, I’m currently in 8th as I write this. I am hoping to go out this weekend and hopefully have a chance to compete my way closer to the top 5, or be able to hold in the top 10. But for any Kayak angler that likes to target Bass, and wants to go see where they stack up against some absolutely phenomenal Kayak Bass Anglers, it’s a cool opportunity, and something I have enjoyed thoroughly!

So let me talk about my day at Toho a bit, we fished the southeast part of the lake. There is a lot of hydrilla in this lake, but there is a lot of emergent vegetation and lily pads to target fish in. Within the first 30 minutes of fishing I had my black hollow body frog taken under twice, but missed both fish. Then I started fishing a speed worm into the grass, and within a few casts had a fish on, but lost him at the kayak while trying to get him in the landing net. At this point we were fishing some offshore grass and lily pads, I spent an hour fishing up closer to the bank and came back with nothing. Working back out to the offshore stuff again, I caught and landed my first of the day. I then went through a long lull period where I had another bite, hook up and then near the kayak shake off, and landed a dink that I didn’t even bother measuring. With this being the only thing I had to show for several hours of fishing on Lake Toho I felt pretty defeated, and to be honest, slightly embarrassed at this point. But I was able to link back up with my fishing partner and asked him for his advice and pointers. I contribute my non-success to being too stuck on throwing my confidence baits, and not having a better plan to adjust to new waters and conditions

I didn’t start kayak bass fishing, and bass fishing in Florida until last May. To be honest, it came pretty easy, maybe a little too easy. And maybe that ease led to a certain degree of stubbornness. If you’ve read my Bass reports here you know what I like. I throw Frogs on top, Gambler Swimbaits and Speed Worms. On days that haven’t worked I throw Trick Worms on shaky heads, and Texas rig Ribbontail Worms and drag them along the bottom. That’s pretty much it. Well, the Trick and Ribbontail Worms have been able to bail me out and put fish in the boat on slow days before. I’ve never had a need to find another alternative to my big 3. That day came on Saturday. There was so much hyrdrilla, both alive and dead in the water that I couldn’t fish the bottom without catching a bunch of vegetation….so what in the hell do I do at this point?

That’s where I was very thankful to have had a buddy with me on the water, he even gave me a sampler pack of his baits that he’s been catching them with out there. Gambler Slim EZ’s, and Yamamoto & Yum brands version of the Swimming Senko, rigged weedless and weightless. Throwing these baits out into the vegetation, letting them sink and fall into holes and slowly pulling and bumping and bouncing them out. Well, I never caught that big mama like my buddy did. But I was able to catch 5 in the last hour and walk away with some confidence that I can come back to this lake and succeed, and that in the future, I have another trick up my sleeve when its a slow day.

I’ve covered the aggressive baits I powerfish and cover water with, and if those baits are working it’s probably going to be one of those outings that result in 20+ fish. But if they’re not, then it’s great to have answers. Just because it saved me, doesn’t mean it’s what you should fish with, but if you’re looking to beef up your winter arsenal, then Senkos, Swimming Worms, Trick Worms, and Ned rigs have been baits that have put finicky fish in the kayak for me on tough days. Color schemes, I keep it similar to how I select speed worms. Watermelon Red is a must have, but Bitter’s makes colors called Okee Magic, Toho, and Sprayed Grass that have all been producers for me. The swimming worms my buddy gave me out on the water were in watermelon red, and Junebug. The Junebug was what nabbed 4 of those last 5 fish for me that day.

I am looking to get out this weekend, try and finish this month-long challenge on a strong note. After this, I am looking to get back into more inshore fishing in February. Bass fishing this winter has definitely been a learning moment for me, I’ve had the best of times, and I’ve had the slowest of times but I have enjoyed the struggle and the opportunities to grow. If anyone reading this has had similar experiences and has some great winter Bass confidence bites to get out of a slump in real time, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

Have a great week everyone, until next time!

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Surf Fishing Florida in January!
January 23, 2023

Surf Fishing Florida in January!

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January delivered big catches after a hit and miss December that had many wondering if the fishing, conditions and weather would ever align. The previous weeks we’ve been blessed along the Space Coast with ideal surf fishing conditions, cooperating fish and pleasant weather. You can’t beat Florida this time of year when one can hit the sand and enjoy the spoils of the surf fishing species on tap. Everything from pompano, black drum, bluefish, whiting and sharks were active and frequently caught during our surf fishing charters and seminars.

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Florida pompano are clearly the talk of the town when it comes to surf fishing Brevard county beaches in the winter months. Anglers flock in droves to the Space Coast to try and catch this prestigious species. Known not only for the delicious table fare they provide, but also as a hard fighting fun species that can bend the rod and send surf fishing anglers into euphoria. For those that have been in a hot pompano bite they understand the pursuit of replicating those amazing memories day in and day out.

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The key to catching pompano consistently has been the mastering and understanding of reading the water. After the hurricane in November many of the sandbars and troughs have shifted about throughout our region spanning from Cape Canaveral to Sebastian Inlet. The technique of reading the troughs, run-outs and sandbars as a course study has directly resulted in those having success and others not as much. Fishing the different troughs and run outs throughout the region using Fishbites Clam and Crab scent has proven to be the hot ticket item on the Pompano palate. Fresh shrimp, sand fleas and clams in combination with the Fishbites and rigged on pompano rigs proves to be irresistible as of late.

Pompano aren’t all that’s on offer though as we’ve experienced a red hot month for catching black drum and bluefish. The black drum have ranged in size from undersize puppy drum to behemoth sizes pushing over 40lbs. Although you are allowed to retain one larger than 24”, I recommend releasing the large ones to sustain the fishery in addition to the fact they don’t taste well and commonly have worms when they grow larger. We’ve been catching the black drum on the same setups as used for the pompano fishing.

bluefish

Bluefish, as persistent as they may be, have offered a lot of relief for those looking to bend a rod and head home with somewhat of a guaranteed catch. Fresh shrimp, clams and chunked baits have accounted for most bluefish catches and the artificial lures used for them haven’t been quite as hot. This month I’ve seen a run of some of the largest bluefish hitting our shores as far as I can remember. Bluefish make a great fish jerky and for that reason we’ve kept most for the smoker, but be sure to bleed and get your fish on ice immediately for best results for table fare.

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Lastly the shark fishing charters spike way up once again in the previous weeks. December hit a bit of a slow spot but that seems to be in the rearview mirror. Blacktips have been the main shark species while shark fishing near Cocoa Beach and Melbourne Beach. Oftentimes when you lose your whiting or pompano catch on the retrieve you can attest that to the mighty blacktip. We’ve caught multiple blacktips in the last two weeks with surf angler pompano rigs attached as the sharks most likely ate your pompano or whiting on the retrieve. We’re always sure to untangle any remnants of anglers’ rigs and line and get the shark in its way in a hurry. Looks like another good week of surf fishing in the forecast so be sure to get out there and give a go.

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As a reminder we’ll be running our monthly surf fishing seminar on February 11, 2023. If you’re interested in learning to surf fish like a pro then give us a call to book your spot. Everything is included in this 4 hour hands on seminar and we’ll be fishing during the interactive lessons. Look forward to seeing you there.

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

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Near Coastal Waters Producing!
January 23, 2023

Near Coastal Waters Producing!

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It was another great week of fishing for us here at Fineline Fishing Charters. The near-coastal waters came alive with fish this week, including bluefish, black drum, pompano, sheepshead, and tripletail. Live shrimp rigged on a jig head was the simple setup we were using for all of these species. The flats and near-coastal waters should continue to hold good numbers of these fish for a little while, so grab your fishing buddy and book a trip with us to get out there and catch your next memory.

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

Fishing Made Fun Again
January 23, 2023

Fishing Made Fun Again

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What a nice week we had here at Fired Up Fishing Charters. Very happy customers and cooperative fish. We had kings and cobia with an excellent mixed bag of bottom dwellers. All types of species from beeliners to triggers. Scattered Cobia and Amberjacks. We also got lucky with some beautiful days! Cleaner water and less winds. When the factors line up, you’re gold.

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Ya know, when the ocean is on, it’s on. All of your normal spots doing what you normally do will produce. No secret spots. You’ll be amazed what you catch on the reefs. It’s honestly days like this that make it fun again.

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We haven’t seen any bunka around. Frozen minnows are the bait of choice with various skirts. Try naked, deep and long till you find the strike zone. In case you haven’t seen the forecast, you will not be going anywhere till February. So, maybe next week we can talk about beer or something. lol, Stay Safe.

by JC

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Solid Artificial Bite
January 23, 2023

Solid Artificial Bite

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The artificial bite is really solid right now. Most of our big fish have been caught on Bass Assassin Vapor Shad’s in Panhandle Moon and Watermelon Red. Another bait we have had great success on is the Hybrid Hunter in Shad color. You can fish these in grass and around pads with great success. Andrew Mixon boneshakers with gold blades and the BA Panhandle Moon Vapor for a trailer are deadly. John Laurenza Jr. makes one hell of a spinnerbait. Check him out Lure Concepts. I just received my order last week and caught this beauty in the picture on the 2nd cast.

The best area of the lake for us is the south end below the box ponds. There are a ton of beds that popped up in the ponds around the “pie” pond. The canals and ponds are producing great fish. The frog bite was really good in hydrilla fishing the holes in the hydrilla. The black Spro 65 is my favorite.

Good luck this weekend.

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

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Inlet Bite Remains Hit or Miss
January 23, 2023

Inlet Bite Remains Hit or Miss

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Zach with a Blacktip off the beach!

The inshore bite has been a little slow this week for snook, reds and trout but the opportunities for sight fishing has been good, as it typically is this time of year. Clear water makes the Snook and redfish easy to spot while they are laid up on the shorelines and along the mangroves. The inlet bite has still been hit and miss with some drum, snook and redfish and jacks. Hot bite one day and slow the next few days. Beach fishing has been okay for Bluefish, jacks and pompano on jigs with some sharks along the beaches, mixed in with the jacks and bluefish.

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

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Tough Fishing But Getting Better
January 23, 2023

Tough Fishing But Getting Better

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Fishing has been tough this week but turning around with the cooler temperatures. The trout bite has been really good throwing Clowser‘s on fly and Z-Man paddle tails on spin. Black drum are still around and should be easier to find with the cooler temperatures and will readily eat a live shrimp or partial shrimp on a jig head.

snapper

Offshore the lane snapper, red snapper and mangrove snapper bite has been on fire with a few cobia being caught here and there.

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

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Crushing it in the Surf
January 23, 2023

Crushing it in the Surf

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Captain Matt with Momma b Beach Fishing guide services has been crushing the fish recently! Pompano, whiting, black and red drum are out in full force. Flounder have made a nice showing as well — live finger mullet or mud minnows on knocker rigs have been the best rig to get a bite. The bite should continue to be great through next month.

Snook season kicks off February 1st and they are snapping on paddle tails, flare hawk jigs, Rapala jerk baits and big live shrimp, so get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Beach fishing and the rivers and inlets will be firing all month.

If you are new to the area or surf fishing in general, we offer full service guided beach fishing trips all inclusive. We also do private lessons, birthdays, reunions and business groups for team building. We can accommodate any size group so call us today 772-713-3900 or stop by Riggs Outpost downtown Melbourne and see me to get booked and get hooked! See ya on the beaches, stay safe and tight lines!

by Capt. Matt Burr
Momma B Sport & Beach | (772) 713-3900

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Hit or Miss Bite in the Surf
January 23, 2023

Hit or Miss Bite in the Surf

This week has been hit and miss in the surf, but the main bite in the surf has been some nice whiting and tons of bluefish, with a few pompano getting caught in the area. The main body of the pompano have made their way to South Florida. For me, the hot bite has been on fresh shrimp, however Fish Bites and fish gum have been producing also. The Fish Bites clam and sand flea flavor along with the ghost crab fish gum have been working well. But, you will need to make the longer cast to get on the better fish. The first part of the incoming tide has been producing better for me this week.

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

Kayaking is South Mosquito Lagoon
January 20, 2023

Kayaking is South Mosquito Lagoon

I went out yesterday to try out a new spot in the kayak and I might have bit off more than I was ready for. I ended up going over 10 miles and spending almost 7 hours on the water with not much to show for it. I think I am learning that I need to do a better job with preplanning and fish in smaller bodies of water. I did find a fun red but that was about it. Open to anyone who does fish from a kayak and has some tips for a newbie!

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