Weekly Forecast: 2.5.2019 – 2.11.2019

2019-02-10T10:31:25+00:00

BT's Welding - Custom Aluminum Products

WEEKLY FORECAST

2.5.2018 – 2.11.2018

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

central Florida shootout tournament 2019

We’re giving away a boat load of tickets to for the Central FL Shootout Tournament & Boat Raffle over the next few months…

How about that Super Bowl? *Yawn…* If you tuned in to the big game, you were one of countless viewers that experienced all the exhilaration of a routine dental exam — one that lasted four hours and didn’t leave you with the satisfaction of a minty clean mouth. For that part, you’ll need to see Dr. Jasin Youmans DMD. We have been assured that his Melbourne dental office enforces a strict “NO MAROON 5” policy in the lobby waiting room.

Anyways, we wanted to do something special for all those who are undoubtedly tired of hearing about Tom Brady’s 6th ring, Bill Belichick’s breakfast cereal, and the Patriots’ visit to Disney World. We figured, what better time than now to freshen things up with some FRESHWATER content? This week, we’ve got an awesome story on American shad fishing on the St. Johns from Capt. Tom Van Horn, and also introduce a new featured freshwater contributor, Capt. Byron Hennecy, who reports on Stick Marsh and Lake Garcia…

UPCOMING EVENTS

If you want to improve your fishing game or are just looking for something to do, check out the upcoming seminars. Boaters Exchange is featuring Spacefish contributor Capt. Justin Ross this Tuesday. Next week, CFOA is hosting a rigging seminar and Capt. Scott Lum will be the featured speaker at the FSFA’s Front Street Park meeting at 6:30pm.

boaters exchange fishing seminar

JOIN THE CLUB!

FSFA
If you’re looking to expand your network of fishing buddies, hone your craft of sport fishing, promote local conservation efforts, and generally have a good time, you have to check out the Florida Sport Fishing Association (FSFA). The club hosts two monthly meetings — one on each end of the county. This month, Capt. Scott Lum of Outcast Fishing Charters will be the featured speaker at both events. Come on out and join us!

WHAT: FSFA South Chapter Meeting
WHERE: Front Street Park – Melbourne
WHEN: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 6:30 PM

WHAT: FSFA North Chapter Meeting
WHERE: Brevard Veterans Center 400 S. Sykest Creek Pkwy, Merritt Island
WHEN: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 6:30 PM

Sunstate Pest Control

SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

72.84%

TOP TARGETS

  • Sailfish
  • Kingfish
  • Cobia
  • Tripletail

INSHORE

79.43%

TOP TARGETS

  • Snook
  • Black Drum
  • Redfish
  • Spotted Seatrout

SURF/JETTY

75.60%

TOP TARGETS

  • Pompano
  • Whiting
  • Snook

WEATHER OVERVIEW: Let’s face it, outside of this past Sunday the weather the previous ten days or so was complete nonsense! It got really cold a couple days and the wind just didn’t seem to want to leave. It may be typical for this time of the year but, come on man! This week will be much different. With temperatures in the low to mid 70’s throughout the week and low wind being predicted, this week is shaping up to be a good one. The wind will be down most of the week but it does pick back up Saturday and Sunday before dying back down again Monday. This should present many opportunities from inshore and offshore to the surf and jetties, so you should be able to get after it this week! Keep in mind we always like to hear how you are doing so join our Spacefish community and share your adventures with us.

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

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, Casey Cleary of Cocoa Beach — Casey, 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!

Sunstate Pest Control

American Shad Fishing

It’s a cold post-frontal January morning in east Central Florida. While launching my skiff in predawn darkness I can barely see the end my trailer as a heavy fog bank has settled in. Luckily, I know this part of the Saint Johns River like the back of my hand, so finding my intended fishing spot in zero visibility goes according to plan.

READ THE STORY HERE!

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:

Port Canaveral Offshore: Slower Week
February 9, 2019

Port Canaveral Offshore: Slower Week

I got to see an incredible sight last Wednesday. There were hundreds of bottlenose dolphin offshore they were jumping and playing right by the boat!
Fishing was tougher and slower than normal. The water temperature was in the low 60s all the way to well past 100 ft. There were not even threadfins on the buoys. Somewhere around 125 ft we hit blue, 70-73 degree water. There was a lot of life but there were not any pelagic fish excluding baby bonito and a few barracuda.
We tried for bottom fish other than red snapper, but they were everywhere and unavoidable. While trying to catch smaller fish, I accidentally hooked into what likely was a big grouper on spinning tackle.

Video: https://youtu.be/kKatV8AOapk

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Back in the Skinny Backwaters
February 9, 2019

Back in the Skinny Backwaters

The first of many fish for Keith on this beautiful Mosquito Lagoon day!

Tuesday I scouted the Mosquito Lagoon with Rayzor Ray. Even if the fish don’t cooperate it’s still a great time with Ray on the bow. The good news was the fish did cooperate eventually. We both caught a redfish and trout or two or three before leaving the happy fish I needed for my Wednesday charter.

Wednesday morning I found the fish close to where Ray and I left them on Tuesday. They were still a bit reluctant to eat early in the morning. Keith did a good job of presenting his Z-Man Curly Tailz and Minnowz to several reds and trout with only one spotted seatrout caught and a few short strikes to show for his efforts.

Deciding to offer the fish a different shaped lure with a more aggressive retrieve was the right call. Keith now tossing a four inch Jerk Shadz in the Houdini color captured the attention of plenty of small reds and lower-slot trout.

The rod bent frequently over the next few hours for Keith as I pushed into backwater areas I haven’t been able to access in a month or more. The bite was pretty much over by eleven thirty or so.

While we did not catch any trophy trout on this day it was gratifying to see three huge hens laid-up in the super skinny backwaters. Now that I know where they’re hiding I’ll be back in low-light conditions to offer them a big top-water plug and invite them aboard the Banshee for a quick photo-op!

Sorry, the only photo we took was of his first fish of the morning… This beautiful weather won’t last long and now is the time to go!

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

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Treasure Coast Marina Joins the Party!
February 9, 2019

Treasure Coast Marina Joins the Party!

Treasure Coast Marina is pleased to join the impressive list of contributors to Spacefish! We will provide the best information available for central and south Brevard County as shared with us from the expert anglers and guides who come to us with their stories. Many of these people are career anglers with decades of experience fishing the Indian River Lagoon, its tributaries and Sebastian Inlet.

This week we have finally got some offshore information and the news is good! Fish in close, inside the 90 ft bar, and the bite is good. Sailfish, Blackfin tuna, among others. Eighteen lane snapper and 9 trigger fish. Lots of grouper and snapper but those all out of season so released. Stay in close. If you cross the second bar, you ran over them!

Inshore is also cranking. Use big shrimp for trout and reds. Pinfish work best at the inlet during the tide change for snook. Go up Sebastian River if you want to try for tarpon. There are also pompano in the river. Use live or salted clams on pompano rigs for that. We are very impressed with NATIVE SALT CLAMS. We have just started our guys using them and they love the ease of using this well packaged, clean bait.

That’s it for this week! We’re glad to be here and will do our best to help you get on the fish!

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

Wabasso kayak trip
February 8, 2019

Wabasso kayak trip

So wife and I went to Wabasso for the first time yesterday. She caught a lot of snapper around the docks and one pomp. I just got cat fish and one snapper. We were using live shrimp. When we were done and got back to the launch we find out the pompano are biting over by the west side of the 510 bridge. We should have checked it out early but who knew. All and all a good time, we’re still learning everytime we go out and thanks to everyone here for that.
We’re looking forward to the next time out.

by Raider

Snook Season Special! Full Mount 44″ Replica $275
February 7, 2019

Snook Season Special! Full Mount 44″ Replica $275

snook replica special - mount this

In honor of Snook Season starting back up, Mount This Fish Co. has offered Spacefish readers an exclusive — and unbeatable — deal. While supplies last, you can get a Full Mount 44″ Replica for only $275. That’s just about half the retail price of $528. Just click the link below, enter your email address, and you’ll be provided a unique link to purchase along with a coupon code to enter at checkout.

CLICK HERE TO CLAIM THE DEAL!

by JC

Early Spring Shrimp Forecast
February 7, 2019

Early Spring Shrimp Forecast

shrimp forecast

Brad Helms from New Smyrna Beach landed on the jumbo shrimp in Oak Hill.

March is wake up month in the world of big shrimping. The run has started in Volusia County albeit 4 weeks late. Brevard is hit and miss, the hot spots are hovering at “Get ready, get set….” but not quite hit the “go.” They are just on the cusp, but all indications are they will have a season as well. Brevard lagged behind Volusia last year, so this is not of any concern. The place to be is Oak Hill the last couple of months, but perhaps March will be the month of consistency for Brevard. The sizes of the Oak Hill shrimp are impressive. January-March requires more skill then the Late March to May run when we are inundated with a bazillion dinks (under 4 inches). Typically you cannot pull a bucket without a high percentage of dinks and smalls. But January, the full pull bell has rung for several who employed proper light set techniques, and could blast the catfish off their lights using high tech MacDaddy lights.

The catfish and bait fish remain a big problem for the 3rd season, and this is as a result of warm waters. Nuisance fish hover over your lights choking the light into blackness. This problem interferes with your visibility and this interference is what is causing lower pulls for boaters. The sizes in Oak Hill are dependent on your skill level and ability to blow the big ones up into the upper water column using light. Personally, I am seeing Volusia County buckets of 5-7” inch, and seeing buckets 4-6 inches with high majority small to medium.

The tides decide where anglers choose their locations. If they want an earlier tide, go North towards Edgewater. The favorite place remains Oak Hill from the ramp area all the way down passed Lopez to CM 9a. FWC spent the entire weekend pulling boats over doing full inspections. We have not seen this in nearly a decade. They skipped very few boats. Titusville pier is off to a slow start but that can change any day, you have to go to know.

The Brevard hot spots like Rail Road Bridge are hit or miss but the locals are saying the run is still at its beginning stages. They predict the run will be fully developed this month, so monitor the intel daily. Reports from Melbourne indicate a lack of shrimp. Remember, Volusia County is boater country only and it is tide driven. Brevard is wind driven and is suited for boaters, trappers or plank warriors. Shrimp reports change daily as the amount of moon showing/winds changes daily. The currents go in 30 day cycles and daily they are either in a pattern of getting stronger for the week or getting weaker for the week. Shrimping in Volusia is an outgoing tide sport. I have computed the tides for you for 6 months at LeeNoga.com for Volusia, for all the hot spots. This month you will be able to catch shrimp in Volusia on the beginning of the incoming tide. March is normally where the sizes start to get smaller towards the end of the month, so get out there and fill your freezer.

Help! Bank fishing
February 6, 2019

Help! Bank fishing

I’m from Slidell, La.
I travel to KSC to work on another program for a month at a time. I was there from Dec -Feb. 1st, I’m currently home in NOLA and will be back down to KSC Feb 10th thru March 1st. I bring my travel rod n reel, tackle box with me but last month with the weather and government shutdown I couldn’t get out and fish. Can someone give me a spot I can pull off of the side of the road and catch a Trout, Snook or Tarpon? I have never caught a Snook or a Tarpon in my life and I’m dying to catch one.

Thanks

by Coonass

Surf
February 6, 2019

Surf

Went to Melbourne Beach yesterday , we caught a few whiting, one nice fat black drum and a small black tip. We were using frozen sand flees (yuck) and fish bites. The shark took the fish bites 🤷🏼‍♂️ I had one really strong hit that was definitely something big and then the line was slack. Reeled in and the rig was gone and the line was full of abrasions about five foot up the line, so am thinking a shark maybe??
All and all a fun time! We’re learning more each time we go out, heading to Wabasso on Thursday with the kayaks and try for snook.
As they say tight lines everyone!

by Raider

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Exciting Week Inshore!
February 5, 2019

Exciting Week Inshore!


The past few weeks have been some extremely un-pleasant weather that has kept us off the ocean. With heavy winds from all different directions and cold front after cold front, it has definitely kept things interesting. Subsequently, the inshore bite has been pretty good! The few good weather days have been great sight fishing for large tailing black drum. These fish have been all over the Indian River in large schools tailing on small marine worms, crabs and any other organisms that might be living in the mud. These large drum can be picky at times but often don’t refuse a handpicked live shrimp on a light jig-head. As stealthy approach as possible and a long cast seems to do the trick.

We have also had plenty of action in the Mosquito Lagoon throwing small Gulp lures and D.O.A. paddle tails in pearl white, most fish are laying on the edge of small spoil islands and in deeper troughs which are both easy to fish even with a good breeze. Water temps are in the 50s and 60s so this is the time to slow your presentation way down, a slow bounce off the bottom is the way to go.

by Capt. Alex Hughey
All Water Adventures | (321) 222-7511

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Pompano Surf Fishing Derby
February 5, 2019

Pompano Surf Fishing Derby

I sure hope everyone survived winter in Florida last week!

With surf fishing weather finally making its way around last week, I was able to hook up on a few fish but had to battle out the wind, rain and cold! We should have improving conditions as we move into the early week. Wind starts back up this weekend, then should get good again early next week! Anglers are still catching Pompano, Whiting, Spanish Mackerel, croakers, red fish and Big Black drum from the surf! Most species are being caught on live or blanched sand fleas as well as clam and shrimp! We will continue to catch Pompano off our beaches well into late April.

I’m putting on a Surf Fishing Tournament hosted by Strike Zone, March 30 & 31st. And the weigh in will be held from 1-3pm at Strike Zone, Melbourne! There is (3) divisions to fish in and $30 gets you signed up for all of them! The divisions for the 1st Annual Pompano Surf Fishing Derby presented by Pompano Riggs by Couture will be Biggest Pompano, Biggest Whiting and Biggest Trash Fish, plus the Jr. Anglers Division ( 12 & U )! We’ll have great prizes as well as cash pay out for first place anglers! If you’re interested in more information about the tournament you can head to the official facebook page, or alternatively, head into Strike Zone and sign up! Remember, part of the proceeds of this event will go towards Maddie Goode and the Goode family and helping fight her battle with leukemia! I look forward to seeing everyone come out as a community and show support for such an amazing family!

Tight lines!

by Caleb Couture
Tradewinds Surf Fishing Charters, Pompano Riggs by Couture | (321) 271-1061

Okay Fishing, but I was Able to Fish
February 4, 2019

Okay Fishing, but I was Able to Fish

This week had okay weather and I managed to find a few fish. I caught a few small reds and trout in the Indian River Lagoon. Most fish were in or near deeper holes. Use live shrimp with light tackle for the best chance. Brown tide is really bad right now, so I honestly would avoid the area. Your inshore best bet would be the north Mosquito Lagoon near Ponce Inlet or near all the Treasure Coast inlets.
I got offshore Sunday afternoon. We wanted to test out our center console, so it wasn’t a serious trip. We were unsure of the increasing north winds. We went northeast from Port Canaveral so that if the winds and seas became bad, getting in wouldn’t be a problem. We got a bunch of red snapper, and had a great time testing gear out. There were a ton of weedlines in the 80-110 ft range, but nothing on them. The 61 degree green water was probably why. This makes me wonder how the gulf stream has been recently.

Videos

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Stickmarsh/Lake Garcia Bass Report
February 4, 2019

Stickmarsh/Lake Garcia Bass Report

stick marsh bass report
The warm weather lately has been a pleasant surprise. The bass are back to working beds and eating everything in sight in order to prepare for the spawning season. We have been landing bigger bass and higher fish numbers in the last few days. The bigger fish have been on swim baits in about 2-3 feet of water. The Gambler EZ-Swimmer in black and blue and also in lane toad colors are best.
We have also been hooking up on some real quality bass on top water using floating frogs. We get our best action with a “Top-Toad” or “Spro” frog. Both frogs have the pointed nose and work really well in the heavier cover where we are seeing bedding fish.

by Capt. Byron Hennecy
Osceola Outback Adventures | (407) 908-3216

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
North of Brevard
February 4, 2019

North of Brevard


In the Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna area, the fishing has been great. The water has cleared up and the fish have really been chewing! Shrimp-tipped jig heads or a 1/8 ounce jig head with a Z-Man bad shad colored paddle-tail will get the job done well! Black drum have also been schooling in the deeper edges and have bene partial to 1/8 ounce jig heads rigged with live shrimp.

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

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Landlocked
February 4, 2019

Landlocked

Well, I wish I had some great news to share but the truth is that the winds have been terrible and kept us landlocked. One day was fishable and we caught zero. The few Amberjack we hooked into were eaten by sandbar sharks. All in all, it was a total dump, as we say. Though this stinks it is a very predictable time of year with bad weather. I wish we had better news but this is the plain truth.

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

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Tough Past Week
February 4, 2019

Tough Past Week

Sebastian inlet bridge redfish

Last week was a tough one for those in the fishing business. As with everything you have some tough times and it wasn’t the best week of fishing as the water temps dropped to 56 degrees in the Indian River Lagoon near Sebastian. It slowed the bite down inshore for sure but we managed to get some trout, jacks and ladyfish. The seas were very rough so people couldn’t get offshore to fish for snook and reds. The jetty anglers did very well during the rough seas on the snook and reds as the season opened, though. Live pinfish were the bait of choice for live bait anglers and bucktails worked well at night.

Look for a much warmer weather pattern and warmer water this week as the temps were up over the weekend and during the week. The trout bite and pompano should improve and with the seas laying down a bit we can get out in the inlet for snook, reds, pompano and mackerel along the beach.

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

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Pompano, Tripletail Still Being Caught
February 4, 2019

Pompano, Tripletail Still Being Caught

tripletail

We are seeing scattered pompano on the beach with some nice bull whiting mixed in and lots of small bluefish. The river/lagoon is still holding just about everything. Black drum, redfish, trout, mangrove snapper and sheepshead are all being caught between Eau Gallie Causeway and Pineda Causeway. Port Canaveral is still the place to target tripletail. We are still seeing good numbers of fish being caught. Look for any floating debris and work the buoy line.

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

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Here come the Sheeps
February 4, 2019

Here come the Sheeps

master baiters

It’s that time of year, we are seeing lots and lots of sheepshead and drum being caught. The most consistent catches seem to be on dead shrimp using a light leader and small hooks. Also, the snook bite has been good at the jetty. Shrimp and pinfish have been the bait of choice. The water is clearing up in the river so you should expect the trout bite to pick up as well.

by Masterbaiters Bait & Tackle
Masterbaiters Bait & Tackle | (321) 674-2060

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Mosquito Coast February Fishing Forecast
February 2, 2019

Mosquito Coast February Fishing Forecast

mosquito lagoon - port canaveral fishing report
As winters go here in Central Florida, we certainly can’t complain about the weather we’ve experienced thus far. Other than some rain and extreme winds we experienced this week, gorgeous fishing conditions have prevailed, and we’ve had some first-rate catching as well.

Inshore: Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon Flats

Inshore on the flats of the Mosquito Lagoon, water levels are starting to drop and the water clarity is cleaning up in some areas. These concentrations make for some tight schools, but shallow conditions also make access both difficult and dangerous for those who do not know the area. On colder days, falling water temperatures force fish to seek deeper locations in search the warmest water they can find, and they become very sluggish. As the sun warms the water, all it takes is a degree or two of change and the fish begin to move and feed in the shallows. On the sunny mornings it is not uncommon to find redfish and trout holding in the sand pockets or potholes within the shallow flats where water temperatures raise is warmer. Additionally, warming water temperatures combined with sunny spring days and clear water make February one of the best months to site fish for redfish, large sea trout, and black drum on the lagoon flats.

Offshore & Near-shore: Port Canaveral

Offshore, kingfish are still present along the inshore reefs and wrecks, and they will remain there as long as the water temperature stays above 68 degrees. When targeting kingfish this month focus your efforts on the areas of 8A Reef, Pelican Flats, and Bethel Shoals to the south for best results. Look for cobia and amberjack to be present on the inshore wrecks like the Carol Lee, Dutch, and Sub Wreck out of Port Canaveral. Additionally, live bait is tough to find this time of year, so always carry a box of frozen Spanish sardines with you as backup.

Near-shore, look for tripletail concentrations to improve greatly along the Port Canaveral buoy line and under floating weeds and structures, and for cobia to move in shadowing manta rays if the surface water temperatures reach the upper sixties. Now is also the time for shore fisherman to target pompano, bluefish, weakfish, small black drum, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel and whiting in the surf and larger redfish and flounder around the inlets and jetties.

Freshwater Fishing

Finally, windy days in February are great times to check out those freshwater fishing holes on the St Johns River. Currently good catches speckled perch are being reported, and the America shad bite is improving. Water levels have been on the low side this year, but today we are experiencing a full day of rain which will increase both water levels and flow rate. Thus far the shad bite has been intermittent, but as the rate of flow increases, the shad will be moving up into the Econ and upper St Johns River south of Hwy 50.

As always, if you need more information or have any questions, please email me or call me at 407-416-1187.

Good luck and good fishing!

by Capt. Tom Van Horn
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters | (407) 416-1187

Share your latest fishing trip with the Spacefish community! Login or create an account to participate!

LOGIN
JOIN

Grills Seafood - Lakeside, Port Canaveral, Melbourne

CAUGHT ON CAMERA

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

Share your photo with Spacefish! Login or create an account to share!

LOGIN
JOIN

THANKS FOR READING!

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.

Spacefish on the Radio!

Jasin Youmans Dental - Melbourne, FL

Leave A Comment

Spacefish Community

667
REPORTS
390
PHOTOS
2
COMMENTS
VIEW PROFILE
SUBMIT PHOTO
SHARE A SPACEBYTE REPORT
JUMP TO LATEST REPORT
PARTNER ACCOUNT
Logout