Weekly Forecast: 3.19.2019 – 3.25.2019

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WEEKLY FORECAST

3.19.2019 – 3.25.2019

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

Pompano Derby

Central FL’s Tournament season officially kicks off with the Pompano Surf Fishing Derby presented by Pompano Riggs by Couture – March 30th – 31st.

IT’S TOURNEY TIME!

Hopefully you’re acclimated to the clocks turning forward by now because there’s little time to lose before Central Florida’s tournament season OFFICIALLY kicks off! Spacefish will be covering many awesome tournaments this season, some brand new, others as old as time. The coolest thing is that there’s a tournament for everybody, regardless of skill level, boat ownership (or lack thereof), or fishing style. Whether you’re a gunner vying for a big pay day, or just a casual angler looking for some friendly competition, get ready to slap on the war paint to battle some fish and have some fun! Check out the full run of tourney events that we’re covering on our 2019 TOURNAMENT CENTRAL page.

Pompano Derby Surf Fishing Tournament

First Annual Pompano Derby

The action gets started with a new event: The First Annual Pompano Derby held by Pompano Riggs by Couture, presented by Strike-Zone Fishing. It’s awesome to see an opportunity for some competitive surf fishing and this will be a really cool event. The Derby kicks off with a captain’s party at Strike-Zone from 6-7pm on March 29th. Fishing is the following two days with the weigh-in at Strike-Zone on Sunday from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. The entry fee is $30 ($10 for juniors 12 and under) and contestants can fish anywhere in Brevard County. There are four divisions: 1) Biggest Pompano, 2) Biggest Whiting, 3) Biggest Trash Fish, and Juniors. Cash prizes are awarded to all first place winners, and tackle prizes will be awarded for 2nd and 3rd place.

CLICK HERE to learn more or register online. You can also register at Strike-Zone in Melbourne.

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

77.19%

TOP TARGETS

  • Tripletail
  • Snapper
  • Amberjack

INSHORE

76.32%

TOP TARGETS

  • Seatrout
  • Black Drum
  • Redfish

SURF/JETTY

79.18%

TOP TARGETS

  • Pompano
  • Whiting
  • Snook

WEATHER OVERVIEW: As you can see our most recent cold front is upon us and the north winds are blowing. If you don’t like the cold weather, just blink, and summer will be here bringing the heat. However, this week we will enjoy high temperatures is the low 70’s throughout most of the week. Thursday, Friday and Saturday look like they are going to be nice. Friday and Saturday appear to be best in terms of the lowest wind but all three look like they will be sunny days with cool temperatures. Sunday the winds shift out of the east and kick back up and remain with us through the middle of next week.

The trout bite was the talk of the town last week and that still holds true and is likely to continue. Now the black drum bite is starting to really pick up, and there are some bigg’ns out there offering a load of fun and fight to catch. Check out some of the tips for targeting these fish from our Featured Contributors in the reports below!

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

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GIVEAWAY CONTESTS

Central Florida Shootout Fishing Tournament

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, Jeff Surber of Satellite Beach — Jeff, 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:

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
8A and Pelican
August 20, 2019

8A and Pelican

vermillion snapper

An awesome trip aboard the 🔥 Fire Fight with Capt. Joe! 35 Vermillion Snapper (including one over 20″), Trigger, Alamacos, and loads of Kings.

8A and Pelican. That’s what you need to know for the week. As of lately, it has been one, or the other — or both. Honestly, it’s just the luck of the draw. Kings, Mahi, and Sails are all in full force. Here’s the secret trick… Get either live bait or spin frozen cigar minnows. Shhhhhh! Don’t tell anyone! LOL. Bunker have been plentiful all week and if you manage to get them in your cast net, your set for the day; if you can’t, don’t stress, the fish have also been eating on frozen. From there, just get into some nice and easy slow trolling. You do not need to be gunning at 8 knots pulling ballyhoo. Literally, everything out there eats a live bunker. With that said, please don’t be trolling the reefs throwing a wake. There is no need for more than 2 knots. With the current lately, you can drift the reef. Yes, its ripping at 3-4 knots from the south. Why, you might ask? I have no idea, but it’s certainly odd. It’s also making it nearly impossible to bottom fish, so stick with the slow trolling.

Good luck and get out there!

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

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Dark Water Fishing
August 19, 2019

Dark Water Fishing

Juvenile Beach Tarpon

Juvenile beach tarpon for the kids!

This rain has caused high waters in the drainage canals and the dams in the Sebastian River and Turkey Creek, putting a lot of fresh water into the lagoon and inlet, along with the nearshore reefs. The water is black and it looks like we are fishing the St Johns River just outside the inlet on outgoing tide.

That said, fishing in the inlet is okay for snook. Fishing along the beaches, in general, is still good, too. Bonito, Kingfish, Jack Crevalle and Macks are along the beach with some small blacktip sharks and atlantic sharpnose sharks in the mis. Tarpon, bigger sharks and mackerel are also along the beaches mixed in with the glass minnows and small pilchards. Live bait is best and greenies are working well for the tarpon, kingfish and sharks but we are also catching a lot of kingfish and sharks on soft plastics and topwater baits. If you are fishing the bonito or false albacore hitting the minnow schools, fish small soft plastics or very small hard baits for best success. This week looks like more rain which will flush more boat out of the creeks. We may start to see more mullet schools along the beaches which will give us more opportunities for the gamefish.

kingfish

Zack with a Kingfish caught on a soft plastic and 1/2 ounce jighead!

inlet snook

Raffi with an inlet snook in some dark water!

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

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Nearshore Tarpon & Shark Action
August 19, 2019

Nearshore Tarpon & Shark Action

tarpon fishing

The nearshore tarpon and shark action out of Canaveral is still on fire this week. Capt. Justin and I have been putting multiple fish in the air and bringing quite a few to the boat with our customers over the past seven days. This activity should continue and even get better as we move into the first part of September and we start to see a larger version of the “mini” mullet run that we saw along this section of coastline over the past week. Live pogies and mullet are still the top bait choices to get these fish to strike. Lures will also work at times with Saltwater Assassin 5-inch soft plastics and Rapala long cast shallow in the size 12 being the two we’ve had the best luck with.

Both Captain Justin and I have a few days open over the next few weeks, so if you’re looking to get out and chase one of the silver kings or pull on the awesome variety of large sharks that are here now, give us a shout and we will put you on them. This is also the last week we are offering a $100 discount to our Space Fish readers. This discount is good on one of our half-day 4-hour flats fishing trip in the Indian River. This trip must be booked with us and run before August 31st for the discount to apply. Call Captain Justin or myself at 321-636-3728 to take advantage of this special promotion.

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

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
In and around IHB
August 19, 2019

In and around IHB

snook canal

The Pompano bite is still going strong in the lagoon. In the canals around Indian Harbour and Satellite Beach, live shrimp have been producing lots of action, including small tarpon, snook, and redfish. Moving offshore, the mangroves and muttons are starting to bite out of Port Canaveral. On the beach, fishermen are catching small whiting and margate, and are also reporting a good number of Tarpon hookups.

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

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Good Activity Despite Full Moon
August 19, 2019

Good Activity Despite Full Moon

seatrout keepers

While Mom’s away the boys will play; with slot sized spotted seatrout!

I was out several trips this week and fish activity was actually pretty good, even with the full-moon influence.

Once again the top-water bite was consistent with the Tsunami K9 Walker getting lots of action from spotted seatrout. Unfortunately, the two trophy trout we hooked this week managed to free themselves after extended battles. Sometimes the fish win and I’m perfectly fine with that!

On another trip we mixed it up with a little lure tossing by a pair of brothers who haven’t fished much and haven’t really fished in a few years. We worked a favorite shoreline in the south Mosquito Lagoon with only a couple of bites.

Drifting toward a “honey-hole” I frequent, I had the guys secure their lures and put the rods away as I baited two chunk mullet rigs. We anchored the Banshee and I tossed out the baits. The first rod doubled over about five seconds after the second rod was tucked into its holder.

We stayed in place for the next ninety minutes with slow, but consistent action. The brothers went six for seven on slot redfish and I was thrilled when they released them all.

Sunday, Mark treated his sons Troy and Trent to their first ever inshore fishing charter. We fished shrimp under popping floats in several places and couldn’t seem to get away from the hardheads. The guys did catch a few mangrove snapper, big gafftops and jumped some ladyfish as we drifted around the spoil islands.

Eventually we found a shoreline with mullet streaming through and the guys managed three upper slot trout for dinner. Yep, the catfish were here too and we went through an inordinate amount of bait because of the hungry pinfish. Still, the gang had a great time!

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

From Aug-Bust to August
August 19, 2019

From Aug-Bust to August

snook kurt

This week, the fishing turned back to the August we all know. Plenty of fishing opportunities within our nearshore and offshore waters. Looking through my past catches, it’s clear that August is slower than May, June, September, and October.

This month’s southwest winds have made the water dirty close to shore, particularly between Cocoa Beach and up to the back side of the Canaveral Shoal. The good thing about westerly winds is the seaweed gets pushed offshore. Surf-casters shouldn’t have any issues except in the South Beaches region on incoming tide or if the wind shifts east.

It’s a relief to have pogies back and you’ll regret not having them right now. They might be found anywhere from Jetty Park down to Cocoa Beach, Look for pelicans diving in 5-12ft of water and you should see them flipping. You’ll need at least an 8ft heavy weight cast net to get them. My favorite is a custom 10ft, 5/8 inch mesh Tim Wade cast net that has 1.6oz of lead per foot. Once I get more experienced, I see myself potentially upgrading to a 12ft.

Tarpon have been off the beach from Cocoa Beach southward, but the best action has been near Sebastian. The finetooth, lemon, and hammerhead sharks have been really thick so getting a bait past them to a tarpon won’t be easy. Try to break the line if a hammerhead comes in to get your tarpon so we’re not just feeding sharks. Use spinning or conventional gear with 30-60lb line, 60-80lb leader and a big circle hook with a live bait. Pogies, croakers, and mullet all work well.

Big snook have been close to shore on any rock or reef patches, but they’ve been quite picky so have a variety of live baits. They’re breeders, so please handle with care. The shark fishing right now is a great time to take the kids fishing. Anchor up in 8-15ft of water off the beach and throw a chunk of any fish out on a wire leader with heavy tackle and at least 300 yards of line.

The offshore bite has been hit or miss with king mackerel and bonus pelagics over the reefs. The bottom fishing and trolling should get better for grouper, amberjack, and stringer fish as the Gulf Stream becomes a harder edge and not in so close.

The Upper IRL system is still a dump with brown tide everywhere and not many fish other than a few juvenile tarpon for fly anglers and those willing to spend hours getting live bait. If you want to fish inshore, focus on clear patches between Melbourne and Stuart.

What a difference a day makes…
August 18, 2019

What a difference a day makes…

Hit the surf yesterday about a mile north of Sebastian. NOTHING. Nobody was getting literally anything. Big snook cruising but no hits. Water was crystal clear and weed free.

Today I hit Satellite and the bite was good. Two keeper drum, some jacks, the usual margate and croaker for bait. Snook all around but also not hungry. Everything stopped as high tide leveled, and the weeds returned with it.

DAILY REPORTAGE
August 17, 2019

DAILY REPORTAGE

My attempt at up to the minute reporting on seaweed conditions, which would save a fisherman/woman the time to find out for themselves, is being edited out. So be it. Time to find another site.

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Beach Bound
August 15, 2019

Beach Bound

nearshore tarpon fishing

It’s been another exciting week here on the Space Coast! The fishing has been about as good as it gets, in my opinion. The lagoon has been producing great numbers of redfish, trout, snook and tarpon of all various sizes, even some real trophies. However, my main focus has been nearshore.

This weeks forecast consisted of west winds and calm seas, which pointed me towards the beach. This time of the year we start seeing lots more bait and different types at that, anything from glass minnows and menhaden to even some mullet. With the variety of bait and plenty of it to go around, the possibilities are endless. Anglers can find massive schools of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and even some large bonito traveling along feeding on the larger pods of glass minnows. Bonito are a great battle on light gear and typically don’t refuse smaller silver spoons, Gotcha plugs, and small Rapala X Raps. Small, shiny baitfish imitation flies have been working great, as well, and these fish sure are a blast on fly!

We have also been seeing greater numbers of large tarpon in the 80 – 150 lb range. Most of these fish have been around the Sebastian inlet area and are feeding on almost any large live bait that you can get past the sharks — which has been a constant battle in and of itself. Look for the fish rolling and blasting bait (it’s pretty hard to miss!), then position yourself ahead of the school and allow them to cross paths with your bait. Try not to land right in the middle of the school! Large swim-baits, lipped plugs, and large white flies have been working well, too, but for the best bet I have been sticking to live bait.

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

Seaweed Mel Beach to 4 miles south
August 15, 2019

Seaweed Mel Beach to 4 miles south

I was out yesterday, 8/14/19 fishing from the beach and the seaweed was the thickest seen yet.

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Kings are on Fire!
August 15, 2019

Kings are on Fire!

kingfish Sebastian offshore

The kingfish bite just keeps getting better and better out of Sebastian Inlet. Two weeks ago the bite was hot, but this past week it’s been straight up explosive! These fish seem to be on every rock and every piece of structure that you can imagine, all the way out to 100 feet. Bait hasn’t really seemed to matter, either. They are destroying lives almost instantly. For the bigger kings, an 8-10″ slow-trolled live mullet has been hard to beat.

In addition to the Kings, we’ve had a good mixed bag. The topwater bite has been a lot of fun with good catches of mahi, cobia, bonita, Spanish mackeral and even a few Amberjack have crashed the party. Most of these fish are coming on a live bait out back while bottom fishing.

The bottom bite has gotten a little better with a few mangroves, beeliners and triggerfish coming up to round out the box. The 90 ft ledges have been the best producers, but there have been some nice fish caught in the 60 ft depths, as well. Get out there and catch some fish!

by Capt. Justin Ambrosio
Filet Show Fishing Charters | (321) 693-4918

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
That First Bucket List Fish on Fly…
August 14, 2019

That First Bucket List Fish on Fly…

redfish fly fishing

Of all the types of angling — from the salt flats, deep blue oceans, rivers, streams, etc., — there is most likely not one angler who doesn’t have that “bucket list” fish on their list on all types of gear from spin to fly. I had the honor and privilege of making one of those bucket list fish catches happen for an angler this past weekend.

We decide to fish out of his skiff so I was a little out of the comfort zone of my Maverick HPX. We hit the Mosquito Lagoon bright and early and made a run to an area that is still fairly clean to sight fish. I assumed my position on the poling platform and we were on quite a few small snook on fly pretty quick. Although fun, my angler was after his first redfish on fly. We left the small creek mouth that was holding a multitude of the snook and began creeping down the adjacent shoreline. He was throwing a fly I had actually tied the night before that is usually a given to produce Redfish. Not long after, he made a cast to a fallen cluster of Mangrove snags and began the retrieve. After a couple of strips with the fly a very apparent wake was tracking the fly and boom, he was hooked up. The fish made a couple a short runs without breaching the surface even once.

I was pretty convinced this was neither a Trout or Snook due to its behavior after the hookup. Much to our delight, as the fish was retrieved boat-side our mission had been accomplished. My angler had his redfish on fly in hand. Although not a giant just the fact that he had his first redfish on fly and I was there to assist him in making it happen was enough for us. A couple of high fives and the fish was released to fight another day. Perhaps as one of the large bulls the Lagoon is famed for. But today, this small slot Redfish made one anglers “bucket list” a little shorter and the fact that I was there to help make it happen is bittersweet.

For anyone looking to experience sight fishing the shallows on fly and light tackle contact the Charter Captains of Florida Fly Co. Charters on Facebook at Florida Fly Co. Charters or our website.
Captain Alan Ryland

by Alan Ryland
Florida Fly Co.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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!

2019 BOATING & FISHING EXPO

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This year’s Boaters Exchange Expo is April 6th, 2019. If you’ve never been, this an awesome, FREE, event that you don’t want to miss. There’s food, beer, boats, and some amazing guest speakers. This year features Joshus Jorgensen of BlacktipH, Joey Antonelli, Leiza Fitzgerald, Justin Ross, and more.

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. More than 12 songwriters will converge in Flagler County for the second annual Palm Coast Songwriters Festival May 3-5, 2019. The event will showcase more than 12 songwriters at two outdoor venues – Daytona State College Palm Coast Amphitheater May 3-4, and the Palm Coast Arts Foundation stage May 5 – for a weekend of melody and music.

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