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2.26.2018 – 3.4.2018

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WHAT THE MUCK?

As you probably already know, Brevard County commissioners recently rejected the lagoon funding plan proposed by the Citizen Oversight Committee, citing too much money allocated towards muck removal projects. While Brevard residents overwhelmingly support the half-percent sales tax for lagoon restoration, opinions on how this money is best spent could not be more divided. Why are efforts focussed more on muck removal then infrastructure? Why not just flush the lagoon? Are new septic systems still really being installed? How are the lagoon restoration funds being spent and why?

Everyone has questions. To be sure, it’s a complex situation that carries high stakes; one for which personal emotions often run high. Fortunately, there’s a great opportunity TODAY to get answers from the myriad local organizations, institutions, and individuals that have been working hard to help effectively guide restoration efforts. This free forum, “Straight Talk: Sewage Systems, Septics and Muck in Our Lagoon,” is hosted by Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition, Marine Resources Counsel and FIT, on February 26th from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Gleason Performing Arts Center. Learn more on the event Facebook page here.

Red Tide Free!

There’s positive news on another ecological front — FWC reports that Karenia Brevis algae was not present in ANY water samples collected around the state this past week. This is the first time all of Florida’s water samples tested red tide free since September of 2017!

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

66.28%

TOP TARGETS

  • Dolphin
  • Tripletail
  • Snapper

INSHORE

80.01%

TOP TARGETS

  • Seatrout
  • Redfish
  • Black Drum

SURF/JETTY

77.86%

TOP TARGETS

  • Pompano
  • Whiting
  • Snook

WEATHER OVERVIEW: The latest cool front is upon us, bringing high winds and a small craft advisory in effect until today; however, these conditions will be short lived. The rest of the week is shaping up pretty nicely with low wind and temperatures in the mid to upper 70’s. It looks like Thursday, Friday and Saturday will offer up ideal conditions if wanting to venture offshore. The wind will start to pick up Sunday and remain in high force through the majority of the following week, so take advantage of this week’s weather and get out there and fish if you can.

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

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GIVEAWAY CONTESTS

For the past year, we’ve drawn an email subscriber every week to win a $20 gift card to Strike-Zone Fishing. This giveaway is going on a temporary hiatus while we instead dole out tickets to the 2019 Central Florida Shootout. Each ticket is good for tourney admission in addition to entry in the grand prize raffle to win a $60,000 new boat. Congrats to this week’s winner, Jeffrey Suazo of Palm Bay — Jeffrey, please email us within 7 days to claim your prize.

Over the next eight weeks we’ll be providing readers new ways to win Shootout tickets, in addition to being randomly drawn from our email subscriber list (click here to subscribe), so stay tuned!

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Fishing Reports

In every week’s Spacefish fishing report, we turn to both fishing pros and average joe’s for input on what’s happening in and around Brevard County’s many fisheries. Check out what people are saying about the bite in the Space Coast this week:

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Back from the Keys
November 17, 2019

Back from the Keys

keys fishing

We got to fish in the keys last weekend and early this week and had some solid action on grouper, mutton snapper, hog snapper and yellowtail snapper — plus, feed the tarpon at Robbies and do a little bit of snorkeling.

Sebastian jetty redfish

We got back to the Space Coast in the middle to the end of the week and the fishing was pretty good inshore, and also in the inlet, when we could get in there. The snook and redfish bite in the inlet has been good, too. When it’s too rough to get outside on the tip of the jetty, the snook have been feeding on the shorelines around the T-dock and the north shoreline of the inlet. Inshore action has been good with live bait. Big trout, slot snook and some slot reds have been feeding along the mangroves. Meanwhile, school trout, jacks and ladyfish have been feeding well on artificial baits along the spoil islands and the mangrove shorelines. The bait schools have thinned a little, but there are still some pilchards around as well as glass minnows and small schools of mullet. We have been keying in on these areas that still holding the baitfish.

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

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Fishing Still Heating Up
November 12, 2019

Fishing Still Heating Up

seatrout

Things are finally starting to cool down here on the Space Coast, but the fishing is heating up! This time of the year can be a bit challenging at times with cold fronts coming and going. The constant change in wind direction and water temp can really throw a curve ball to a pattern you might have just figured out.

With the first few fronts, the trout, redfish and snook bite has only gotten better. The finger mullet are still showing up in full force and the predators are right behind them. Topwater plugs and free-lined live mullet early have been getting the job done! As the sun starts to rise, switching to soft plastic jigs such as the Mirrolure Lil John and Gulp shrimp are having great success. Another great technique is an 1/8oz jig-head with a dead shrimp — I prefer to pop the head off the shrimp and thread it on the jig-head. Slowly bouncing this off the bottom can produce everything under the sun. The cooler the weather we get the less snook and tarpon we will see, and most fish will feed more on shrimp and less on bait-fish. I’m looking forward to the next few weeks to come with some cooler weather and some great fishing!

by Capt. Alex Hughey
All Water Adventures | (321) 795-8566

lost glasses
November 12, 2019

lost glasses

fishing beach south of inlet this am, several blues, jack and Sp Mack; all on metals; brother-in-law got taken down by a wave and lost his glasses; faint hope but if anyone finds them you can post it here

by bmw

Pompano Prime Time?
November 11, 2019

Pompano Prime Time?

pompano prime time

The moon and stars may be aligning just right over the next few days to hit limits on pompano in the surf. We’ve got a full moon and the solunar calendar forecasts the month’s PEAK fish activity on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Major and Minor periods of peak fish activity for both days are:

TUESDAY MAJOR:
12:18 PM – 2:19 PM

TUESDAY MINOR:
6:36 AM – 7:36 AM
5:55 PM – 6:55 PM

WEDNESDAY MAJOR:
12:42 AM – 2:42 AM
1:07 PM – 3:07 PM

WEDNESDAY MINOR:
7:33 AM – 8:33 AM
6:35 PM – 7:35 PM

Currently, the weather projects to be windy and wet on Wednesday, so Tuesday looks like the most promising shot to fill a cooler at the beach. In Central Brevard on Tuesday, high tides will be around 7:22 AM and 7:28 PM with low tide at 1:33 PM. The period just before and during falling tide tends to typically produce well for pompano, and this same period happens to coincide/overlap with each of the day’s windows of forecasted peak fish activity. This means there should be some great catching potential on Tuesday all morning and early afternoon, and again for a few hours in the evening starting around 6:00 PM.

Also note that, to this point, beaches on the south end of the county around Sebastian Inlet have been reportedly holding pompano, while there hasn’t yet been much reported activity further north.

Will it be pompano prime time tomorrow? The conditions look to line up well, but there’s only one way to find out for sure!

by JC

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Water Clarity to Improve
November 11, 2019

Water Clarity to Improve

seatrout ponce inlet

Fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon has been good this week. We’ve been throwing Z man paddle-tails with great results, catching trout, snook and jacks. With the upcoming cold weather, the water clarity should start getting better and the site casting should really turn on.

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

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Good Fishing Continues
November 11, 2019

Good Fishing Continues

tripletail

Not a lot has changed in fishing, with the bite remaining very similar to last week. At Port Canaveral, they are still getting some nice tripletail and cobia. When the wind backs off enough to target the surf, anglers are catching black drum, redfish, margate and whiting. The pompano are starting to show up, too. We heard of some decent catches south in Melbourne Beach. Meanwhile, the river and canals around Satellite and Indian Harbour Beach are holding a lot of mangrove snapper, black drum and some really nice speckled trout.

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

Another Solid Week in the Books; Although a Different Bite
November 11, 2019

Another Solid Week in the Books; Although a Different Bite

The fronts of this week changed the target species, but the fishing is still pretty good with sustained clear water in certain areas. The black drum showed up on the flats, and they have been super cooperative. Look for dark shapes barely moving, and cast dead shrimp in their path for a probable hookup. Gulp shrimp also works, but black drum rival juvenile tarpon for difficulty to get on artificial. The trout action remains pretty good with widespread catches, but a lack of size. Rapala skitterwalks are a great bet early on, and Rapala X-rap subwalks or DOA Cals on worm hooks are the best options during the day in deeper water including some canals now.

Nearshore fishing has been very good when the weather allows. Bull redfish can be caught consistently on cut bait and pogies if you find them. These bull reds in the ocean are far different than the ones in the lagoon. They are genetically different in most cases, lighter colored, and tend to have a larger girth for their length. Even though you may see more boats than inshore, their migratory patterns make them far less pressured than the Lagoon’s breeders.

Bull reds are far from the only target. If you time the tides right with the right bait, the snook will be chewing. Mullet never gives me much luck unlike baits that swim down own their own. Tripletail are showing up, but the size and consistency isn’t that good yet. The beach has been loaded with bigger than normal bluefish and spanish mackerel. Both will take all plugs, spoons, or live baits less than 7 inches long. Ideally, you want to mimic or use a finger mullet. 75-140lb spinner sharks have shown up in the same areas. They will snatch smaller fish off your line, but they also are super fun to catch on heavy spinning gear.

Wabasso
November 11, 2019

Wabasso

Wabasso Kayak Fishing

Put the kayaks in at Wabasso after picking up shrimp at Treasure Coast Marina. Started out slow then picked up some trout in 15”-18” range around the mangroves. Also caught a nice Black Drum, too.

by Raider

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Good Fishing Around Sebastian
November 10, 2019

Good Fishing Around Sebastian

Sebastian inlet seatrout

Jeremy with a big trout.

We had some decent weather last week and the bite at Sebastian Inlet was still pretty good. The redfish and snook bite was good and the bait was plentiful. Lots of pinfish, pigfish and croakers have been present in the lagoon to catch on hook and line. If you’re into shark fishing, the beaches have also been loaded with Blacktip sharks feeding on bluefish and mackerel. Live baits or chunk baits work well, and as we get more schools moving in, we can catch the blacktips on top water, which is always a whole bunch of fun.

Sebastian Inlet snook fishing

Dave from Ohio got on a great Redfish, snook and jack nite and said it was the best day of fishing he’s ever had!

The big trout are feeding in the lagoon along the mangroves and schooling trout are thick in the lagoon around the deeper water bait schools. The gator trout bite is best with live bait, but we’ve been getting some mid 20” trout on soft plastics and top water baits. The snook and redfish bite is still decent and there are plenty of jacks marauding the bait schools as they roam the shorelines.

This weekends’ cold front should change up the fishing a bit. It should bring in some bluefish and mackerel and get the pompano and flounder moving in the inlet. It’s a good time for soft plastics rigged on 1/4-3/8 ounce jig heads in the lagoon and inlet.

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

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Transitioning to Fort Pierce
November 10, 2019

Transitioning to Fort Pierce

Mark Wright Fort Pierce

Dreams can and do come true; our dream (Kim’s and mine) to retire to Fort Pierce has become reality, at least for her. I’m not ready for retirement and I’m going to continue running fishing charters from the tidal regions of the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem!

We’re caught-up in moving as I’m writing this report and it always takes longer to “move” than expected. There has been no time to fish this past week, though I’m expecting to get out a day or two this coming week.

My north/south range will be from Sebastian to Stuart and most of my trips will be between the Barber Bridge and the power lines at Big Mud Creek. That’s a whole lot of water to offer potential clients!

Much of this water south of town along the east bank is wide open with miles of mangrove covered shorelines. The west bank is riddled with residential docks holding plenty of gamefish as well as dinner fish.

To the North the water is much more sheltered due to the narrowness of the lagoon. The population in this area is denser and we have lots of canals to hide in and docks that hold fish of all flavors.

One of the more exciting factors of fishing this region is the long list of fish we catch here. We routinely catch dozens of different species of fish in these waters as we target the usual spotted seatrout, redfish, snook, tarpon and pompano.

Stay tuned for future reports and photos from my little slice of heaven… It’s good to be back home!

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

Jurassic Park
November 10, 2019

Jurassic Park

Ryan Wood goes on an exciting kayak fishing adventure around Sebastian Inlet in pursuit of giant snook!

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Challenging Fishing in Grant
November 10, 2019

Challenging Fishing in Grant

treasure coast marina fishing report

It was another challenging week in the Grant area. The weather was rocky and you had to pick and choose your windows of opportunity. All of the rain has also messed with the salinity, which we check daily at our docks, and it has been unusually low.

Having said that, those who have fished made the best of the situation and had some good catches. Trout are thick schooling in the deeper pockets around the islands. The ones taken this week were healthy and fat. There were also good numbers of drum caught. Moving out toward the inlet, the salinity was better, and snook and reds were active on finger mullet and big pin fish.

We hear things are picking up in the surf and people are cleaning out our shop of our NATIVE SALT BAITS. Come on by and we will share our fish stories with you!

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

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UPCOMING EVENTS

FISHING CLUB MEETINGS

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The FSFA North Chapter club meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 26th at 6:30pm at Brevard Veterans Center 400 S. Sykest Creek Pkwy, Merritt Island. International Record holder and renowned local guide, Capt. Scott Lum, will be the featured speaker. Come on out and join us!

CFFW MARINE FLEA MARKET

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The CFFW 22nd Annual Marine Flea Market is March 30th – 31st from 8:00am to 4:00pm at Harbortown Marina in Merritt Island, FL. Central Florida’s LARGEST marine flea market offers free admission, free parking, and something for everyone! Don’t miss out!

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