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WEEKLY FORECAST

3.10.2020 – 3.16.2020

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

port canaveral cobia fishing

During the few days boats were able to get out of the Port last week, Fired Up Charters were among those that CRUSHED the cobia. We’re hoping to see plenty more nice fish at the docks this week!

This past week, a cold front rolled in and brought the blowing wind with it. Plenty of fish were caught by anglers that braved the elements to make it happen, with the cobia bite being notably exceptional. Hopefully, that bite will continue this week as the forecast projects for some much more fishable conditions — inshore, offshore, and in between.

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

61.60%

TOP TARGETS

  • cobia
  • snapper
  • tripletail

INSHORE

76.23%

TOP TARGETS

  • drum
  • seatrout
  • snook

BEACH

73.12%

TOP TARGETS

  • Pompano
  • Whiting
  • Tarpon

WEATHER OVERVIEW: This week we are looking forward to a reprieve from the higher winds. It’s not going to be flat calm by any means, but with the wind expected to shift out of the ESE and remain that way through the weekend, conditions should be pretty fishable. With the wind being lower, it should provide some good opportunities to target the surf, inlets and lagoons. Offshore looks possible, as well. However, as always, take the correct safety precautions and exercise commons sense if venturing offshore.

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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!

Springing into Offshore Fishing
April 6, 2020

Springing into Offshore Fishing

Team Flippin’ Tail brought home some groceries!

Spring is by far one of my favorite times of the year to fish here in east Central Florida. We are transitioning away from our winter patterns which typically provides us with better weather days to get out on the water. It’s obviously not as hot and calm as the summer months, but there are still plenty of advantageous opportunities to go fishing.

A great example was this past Saturday. Anglers awoke to light winds and calm seas. Many anglers chose to venture offshore due to the near perfect conditions and, let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint.

In most cases, anglers will head out on search of dolphin (mahi, mahi). No doubt, they are an amazing fish to catch and eat. That’s why they are a staple on most restaurant menus. When is the last time you frequented a restaurant that didn’t have a blackened mahi sandwich on the menu? My point, exactly. What makes dolphin so fun to catch is that they are very visual; their colors are incredible with gold and blues and they go airborne once hooked which creates one heck of a sight. They grow very quickly so it’s not unusual to catch some really big ones in the 30-40 pound class. The typical fish caught off our coast is 10 to 20 pounds on average. We have been waiting for signs that the dolphin run is on and I think this past Saturday gave plenty of proof you should be out there dragging baits when the weather cooperates.

tilefish

Deepwater tilefish are great eating and now much more accessible to recreational anglers.

Another fishery that has really gained steam in the last 5 to 7 years is tilefish. With the cost of electric rod & reel combo’s (Ex. Diawa Tanacom 1000) coming down to where recreational anglers can afford them, it’s really changed the game for catching these deep water fish. Typically, you are targeting these fish in 600-700 feet of water. Unlike traditional bottom fishing methods where you are looking for a reef, wreck or some kind of bottom structure, these fish live in burrows scattered across muddy bottom — and they defend them fiercely. If you have ever targeted snapper or triggerfish using a “chicken rig,” it’s very similar, just with a lot more weight and another hook or two added to the setup. You are drifting for these fish, so the goal is to get your bait to the bottom and let the weight bounce across the muddy bottom stirring things up to entice a bite. Both squid and fresh cut bait work well. Did I mentioned these fish are delicious? Ohhh my goodness!

yellowfin fishing

Hank Baron and crew a nice yellowfin tuna!

April and May are prime months for yet another incredible fishery we have access to here in east Central Florida: yellowfin tuna. This fishery is also referred to as fishing the “Otherside” due to the fact you are traveling east of the Gulf Stream in search of these fish. It’s a long run, so you need a boat that has both the size and range to get there and back safely. I’ve personally covered over 300 plus miles of ocean in a day and came home with only one skipjack to show for it; and then there have been times it was like fishing Jurassic Park, and we absolutely loaded the boat!

yellowfin tuna

Talk about a BOAT LOAD of Tuna!

Anglers rely heavily on their electronics for this type of fishing, specifically, their radar. You’re looking for flocks of birds that are feeding on bait balls the tuna have pushed up to the surface of the water. They will show up as blips on your radar screen and once you see one, you run like hell until you get to the site of the crime. Never troll your baits through the middle of the school; I believe everyone learns that lesson the hard way. You want to troll your baits on the outer edge of the school. Be sure to try and position your boat so you are not casting shadows into the water as you troll the outer edge. Many times it will scare the fish and they will sound and you will have to wait for them to resurface. Beef up your gear because these fish are no joke.

by Damon

Staying at Home
April 6, 2020

Staying at Home

bass fishing

I was able to get out one time before the Stay At Home order was put in effect for the state of Florida. Even though fishing isn’t closed, I took it as a warning since the 65 year old and underlining condition rule to just stay home.

The Stick Marsh fished good the day I got out and a great topwater bite was on fire! The YO ZURI Prop bait and the new Topknock Pencil, both in the bone color worked really well for my bites. Now that I’m landlocked, I am taking the time for some DEEP CLEANING of my boat and hatches. Also going through and reorganizing my tackle as well. Please everyone take care, keep your social distance to others and soon we will all get to wet a line once more soon.

EASY DAYS.

by Terry Lamielle
| (321) 537-5346

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Port Canaveral April Forecast
April 6, 2020

Port Canaveral April Forecast

dolphin offshore fishing

MARCH RECAP

Wow! What a great month from purely a fishing POV. Hands down the best March we have seen in a decade. I just hate that so many people had to miss it! The sea conditions were fantastic and the fishing was phenomenal. I can’t even hardly highlight anything because from top to bottom, close to far everything was on fire.

Port Canaveral monthly fishing forecast

NEARSHORE

I am not really expecting good things near shore this month. Cobia have already passed, surf fishing has seemed to die off and the bait has disappeared along with the sharks. We have a giant swell that is going to be moving a lot of water and it will take a few days after it is gone for things to get right again. Honestly if near shore is your only option this month, I would just put away the fishing gear and grab the surfboard. The diehards might find a decent snook bite but the key to successful snook fishing will be to grind out catching live croakers in order to have a bait that gets a lot of attention. We have some funky water being held in or brought in from this swell. I do not know where it came from or why it’s here but it is dirty and nasty. It is bluefish water and that is the only thing you catch in it. That being said a big blue fish makes for a fun fight.

OFFSHORE

The first part of this month is not going to leave us many options. The options we do have will be phenomenal, but will require some commitment. The dirty water from this upcoming swell will push hard against the Gulf Stream creating well defined edges. This big of a swell after a month of flat calm seas literally creates a wall that stops all bait fish and pelagic species on this line. When this happens in April good things come to those who dedicate a entire day. Mahi, sail fish, wahoo, and tuna fishing will be epic. If you are thinking about a charter or taking your own boat you absolutely have to commit to a full day. It will increase your odds even more if you do a mahi specific trip so we are not limited by range and time or book a yellowfin tuna trip where we fish the back side of the Gulf Stream for tuna, marlin and where the bigger mahi like to stay. Deep drop fishing for golden tile fish and yellow edge grouper won’t be affected by the swell at all, in fact it might just be what gets them moving around a bit down in the deep. In a few weeks after the swell has settled out and given some time we will once again have great live bait trolling options and good bottom fishing but until then the deep will be the place to be.

by Capt. Greg Rapp
Sea Leveler Sport Fishing Charters | (321) 794-3474

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Great Week Fishing Inlet & Beaches
April 6, 2020

Great Week Fishing Inlet & Beaches

Sebastian inlet snook

Jimmy with an over spot snook caught in the inlet with Capt. Glyn.

We had a great week fishing the inlet and the beaches. The redfish and snook bite was pretty good to end this last week. Live greenies were good baits, but we got our fish on pigfish and pinfish. There’s been plenty of big jacks along with the snook and reds, and we even got some of the bigger bluefish over 10 lbs.

Inshore, the fishing has been hit or miss with some trout being caught around the spoil islands and mangroves. It’s been tough to get them to bite with the clear water, but there are some big trout around, as is usual, in the spring time. The best bet to target the inshore snook, redfish and trout is by using live greenies or mullet in the early morning and freelance them along docks and mangrove points along the shorelines or the spoil islands.

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

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Really Good Topwater Bite
April 6, 2020

Really Good Topwater Bite

mosquito lagoon fishing report

With the overcast skies, the topwater bite in the Mosquito Lagoon has been really, really good. Target the schools of mullet using a Rapala Skitterwalk in either black and silver/blue, silver or bone colored. These lures have been getting the job done with great consistency. Also, the site fishing for black drum has been great on the Indian River side. For these drum, target depths of one to two feet of water and look for either tailing fish or cruising fish along the sandy bottom mixed with grass.

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

2020 Hot Streak Continues
April 6, 2020

2020 Hot Streak Continues

black drum

I need to start this report off with an urgent message so that we don’t lose our right to fish or access to boat ramps. Please comply with the social distancing guidelines in place. Brevard County is one of the few places with no boat ramp closures yet, but failure to comply could shut the ramps down. It could even cause a statewide fishing ban like Washington or Oregon. I know a lot of you, myself include, strongly disagree with closing boat ramps and fishing. The guidelines are simple though. Don’t hang out on spoil islands or sandbars. Keep at least 50ft from other vessels on the water. It’s standard fishing etiquette, anyways. Don’t chit chat at the boat ramps, and use common sense. The virus is serious, but fishing doesn’t spread it when we use common sense.

Back to the fun stuff, the fishing is still excellent. It sounds like a broken record ever since Hurricane Dorian basically. I only got out twice this week. Both time produced some baby tarpon, but it has yet to improve to summer levels. They can’t resist a live finger mullet in low light, but they get pickier in the day time. I enjoy catching them on light tackle. The big black drum are still around, but the numbers of them are less this week. The time I tried produced 2 catches and 2 lost fish. Mark the school, then drop a blue crab or shrimp on their nose. There are a lot of little jacks in the same area right now. The bigger lagoon tarpon are starting to show near any bait pods on ledges, but there aren’t many yet. The flats are turning on, and the canals are keeping steady action. The wind this week could be tough at times as well.

Check out the videos, and good luck if you go.

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In Response to COVID-19
April 6, 2020

In Response to COVID-19

Hello to all of our favorite anglers out there. As we all know, we are currently living in and through some extremely difficult times. Times that most of have never seen before. Captain Justin Ross and myself would like for you all to know that here at Fineline Fishing Charters, we are suspending all of our current fishing charter operations in an attempt to comply with the “Stay at Home” mandate ordered by our states’ governor this past week. We plan to keep our fishing charter operations suspended through April 30, 2020 at this time, unless it is deemed safe by public officials to do otherwise. We will reevaluate this decision as new information is released.

As much as we need to be out on the water, working to put smiles on our customers faces, and creating memories for them to be re-lived time and time again, we feel it is more important to help curb the possible spread of this virus by complying with the isolation order in this extremely infectious stage of the Pandemic.

Fear not, we will begin running charters again as soon. We can clearly see that here is a light at the end of this tunnel. Hopefully it won’t be far off. Until then, we have prepared a short video for you all. We want to let you know what we have been doing for the past three weeks to help all of our customers stay safe and infection free. And what we will continue to due in the foreseeable future once we resume running fishing charters again.

Although we are currently not running charter excursions during the next few weeks, we look forward to getting you all out during our summer fishing season. The tarpon bite started off with a bang this March. We had plenty of hungry fish roaming the near-coastal waters outside of Sebastian Inlet and Cocoa Beach. Huge schools of sharks, jacks, and Spanish mackerel were also present at this time. In fact, our customers casting topwater plugs were catching shark off Cape Canaveral that went well into the 150-pound class. As the summer rolls on, we expect the red snapper, king mackerel, cobia, jack, barracuda, flounder, and snook fishing to be as good as ever. Of course, when trolling on the reefs, Sailfish are always possible too. As many of you know there is no telling what you may encounter on an offshore trip abord our Skeeter boats. We hope to start operations back up in the month, and by June be running at full capacity once again. As many of you that have fished with us in the past know, June and July are incredible months for fishing here on the Space Coast. During August and September, we often get some of our biggest snook, king mackerel, flounder, and redfish of the year.

flounder

We would also like to thank all of our guests of Fineline Fishing Charters, both old and new. To do so, we are offering you all an incredibly special offer that will run through April 30th. Any customer that buys a Fineline Fishing Charters gift certificate through our website with a value of $550 or more, will receive a $100 rebate toward the final cost of their trip. This discount applies to charters booked with your gift certificate that are redeemed toward a trip with Captain Justin or myself-no exclusions during the offer period.

Once again, for the discount to apply, the purchaser must purchase their certificate prior to April 30th 2020. Once we receive your gift certificate confirmation email, Captain Justin or I will contact you with your specific coupon code to redeem for the $100 credit toward any of our fishing charter trip types valued at $550 or more. The gift certificate coupon must be used to book a trip between June 1, 2020, and September 30, 2020 for the discount to apply. Again, purchase one of our gift certificates for $550 or more, get the discount code from us, and book your fishing excursion between June and September 2020 and SAVE $100 from your friends here at Fineline Fishing Charters.

cobia fishing

Please everyone, stay safe and healthy in this time of crisis. We look forward to helping you get your lives back to normal and help you catch some really great fish in the months to come.

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

Venturing Further out from Satellite Beach
April 6, 2020

Venturing Further out from Satellite Beach

Sebastian inlet snook

On Saturday, my dad and I went south from Satellite and tried the river near the inlet. The water was very blue and pretty clear. We found some snook and some very spooky reds. The snook had no problem eating big threadfins.

On Sunday I tried some fly fishing on the flats in Rockledge. We saw some nice redfish, big trout, and a giant snook, none of which seemed to want to eat our flies though. Fly fishing is a work in progress.

Earlier in the week, I tried the Satellite canals some more. There was not much action at all except for one school of slot snook and a dock with some tarpon on it. They wouldn’t even eat whitebait. The only fish in the whole canal that would eat were redfish. They were all lower slot, probably all from 20-22 inches. They are hard to find but once you catch one there are usually a lot more willing to eat in the same area. I’m hoping that with some rain forecasted for this week that it will make the fishing turn on in the canals.

Thanks to some tips from Capt. Glyn Austin, I got this nice snook in the mangroves near the inlet.

Great trout action on the Banana River
March 31, 2020

Great trout action on the Banana River

seatrout

Hot early trout bite on the Banana River. Top water was on fire early then switched over to 4″ DOA shrimp to put a couple more fatties in the boat. (5 total in the 25″ range) All released to go make baby trout. These females are full of roe and eating everything in site. One small red but couldn’t get a snook for the slam. 😥 All fish were caught up against deep water mangroves.

Fun offshore fishing early in the season out of Port Canaveral
March 31, 2020

Fun offshore fishing early in the season out of Port Canaveral

dolphin, wahoo

Went out Last Sunday the 29th and found some rips around 170 ft. Started to troll the edge and ended up with a nice dolphin around 15lbs.
Later in the day we picked up a Wahoo on the short line dragging a Nomad plug. The wahoo came in close to 40 lbs and was caught in 230ft. All in all a really fun day early in the trolling season.

by Glundgl

Melbourne Beach Pomps
March 30, 2020

Melbourne Beach Pomps

keeper pompano

Monday, March 30 – After a dismal morning on Sunday being overrun with catfish I chose not to fish this morning. Late in the afternoon I needed to go rinse some fleas. I gathered my gear and started my short walk to the beach around 3:30. I caught several small pompano, three big lady fish, and by 6:00pm, I was headed home with six nice sized pompano! The beach was empty and the few passersby’s maintained distance of probably 20-30 feet.

Stay safe.

by ghost

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Spectacular Nearshore Fishing
March 30, 2020

Spectacular Nearshore Fishing

nearshore fishing

Paulo and his family with a triple header from this week!

Spring is usually one of the best times of the year for giant seatrout, but what’s really had my attention lately is the nearshore fishing around the inlets, from Ponce to Sebastian, even down to Fort Pierce and everywhere in between, the fishing is all pretty similar. Most fish are on edges of the rock jetties and drop-offs in search of large live baits, including jumbo shrimp, pilchards, pigs and pin fish. Match your bait with the appropriate hook from 3/0 circles for shrimp and threadfins to 6/0 j style hooks for your larger thicker baits like mullet and pin fish.

These particular areas are very tide dependent. The faster the tide is moving, the better the bite. It’s as simple as that! The artificial enthusiast can find a good bite on bucktail jigs, lipped diving plugs, and swimbaits such as spooltechs. Cover as much ground as possible, and don’t be afraid to cast away from the rocks. Most fish like to hang on the steep drop offs, so these areas provide lots of great night action, as well. Unfortunately, Corona virus has put a damper on some of these areas, but once they are back open, the fishing should heat back up!

I encourage everyone to keep their social distancing, but getting out and doing a little fishing away from everyone never hurts! Good luck and tight lines!

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

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Front Expected to Bring in More Bait
March 30, 2020

Front Expected to Bring in More Bait

shark fishing on the beach

We had a pretty decent week of fishing nearshore and inshore around Sebastian Inlet. The inlet snook bite was pretty decent but most of the fish caught were under-sized. Pilchards and greenies have been the best bait!

The schools of jacks and Bonito are roaming the beaches and a popper is best bait for the big jacks. Bonito are hitting lil jon and ABOA Dart Spin on 3/8 ounce jighwads. Blacktip are along the beaches as well and large topwater lures have been working as well as live bait.

The inshore bite is pretty decent early mornings with trout and snook on artificial baits and live bait around docks and deeper mangrove shorelines. Sheephead have still been hot inshore, as well, with live shrimp. This week’s front should add to the bait we have in the lagoon and hopefully bring some more along the beaches.

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

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LOCAL EVENTS

FISHING CLUB EVENTS

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March 10th, 2020: The south chapter meeting will feature Captain Scott Lum of Outcast Charters. The IGFA holder will be speaking about Cobia and Tripletail fishing. Meeting at Front Street Community Center 2205 S. Front Street, Melbourne (Across the street from Harry Goode’s/Next to the boat ramps) Social time for the meetings starts at 6:30 and the meetings start at 7:00. Public invited.

March 24th, 2020: The North chapter meeting will feature Captains Chris Cameron and Tyler Vollmer of Fired Up Charters. They will be speaking about kingfish and Cobia fishing. The meeting is at the Brevard Veteran’s Center, 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island (Behind Merritt Square Mall. Social time for the meetings starts at 6:30 and the meetings start at 7:00. Public invited.

CFFW’s 23rd Annual Marine Flea Market

Save the. date for Central Florida’s BIGGEST marine flea market! The weekend-long event is Saturday and Sunday, April 4th & 5th, at Harbortown Marina in Merritt Island. Admission and parking are FREE.

Palm Beach Boat Show

It’s boat show season — and up next is the Palm Beach International Boat Show from March 26th – 29th. If you’re going, be sure to check out the latest boats from Falcon Marine. These sleek cats are changing the game and are manufactured locally right here in Titusville, FL.

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See the latest cats from Falcon Marine at the Palm Beach International Boat Show!

Palm Coast Songwriters Festival

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You’ve heard the songs, now hear the stories. Join songwriters from across the country as they share the stories behind some of the most popular songs on the radio today. For the 2020 festival (April 30th – May 3rd), more than 25 artists will be performing. This 4-day event allows the audience to go ‘behind the curtain’ and see the faces, and hear the songs and stories behind some of the most popular songs of yesteryear and playing on the radio today. These artists will be performing their hits for festival attendees. Learn more here.

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