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WEEKLY FORECAST

4.14.2020 – 4.20.2020

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

75.89%

TOP TARGETS

  • dolphin
  • wahoo

INSHORE

68.02%

TOP TARGETS

  • seatrout
  • snook

BEACH

81.30%

TOP TARGETS

  • Pompano
  • Whiting

WEATHER OVERVIEW: This week we will experience higher winds out of the S through Wednesday and high temperatures will fluctuate between the high 80’s and low 90’s. Thursday, the wind will shift out of the NNE bringing increased rain chances and cooler temps in the high 70’s. Friday and Saturday the wind should decrease substantially and hold through the weekend. We are currently showing winds out of the E on Friday and W on Saturday with a 40% chance of scattered thunderstorms both days before working its way back to SSE by Sunday.

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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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Bull Season is Here!
September 16, 2020

Bull Season is Here!

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Hunter with a bull red from this past week!

Bull season is upon us! Every year around September and October the bull redfish are gathering up to spawn. These are some of the most important months for redfish in the entire lagoon system. These fish are anywhere from 20-40 years old and produce thousands of spawn in a single cycle. Most anglers can find these bull redfish in larger deep canals, sandbar edges, and drop-offs with deep water close by.

When targeting these big bulls, it’s very important to upsize your tackle. I prefer a 4K or 5k size reel with 20-30lb braid and 40 pound leader. This ensures the fish doesn’t get too exhausted and makes for a clean, healthy release. When it comes to baits, any cut or live bait will work, from ladyfish to mullet. I myself prefer throwing artificial.

It’s pretty common to see the fish daisy-chaining in a circle, which makes for great sight fishing! Larger artificial baits like swimbaits, and large gold spoons are a few great options. Try to avoid treble hooks as they typically can cause issues if the fish gets hooked too deeply! Again, these fish are very important to our estuary and it’s critical we take the most absolute care of them!

by Capt. Alex Hughey
Coastal Fishing Expeditions | (321) 795-8566

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Expect Great Action After Cooling Water
September 15, 2020

Expect Great Action After Cooling Water

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Had another good week of tarpon fishing on the bait pods but with the tropical storms, the seas have been too rough to get out since the weekend. Offshore has been great as well with cobia, snapper, triggerfish and kingfish on the menu. With the winds and seas building, we will be fishing the lagoon for the foreseeable future. This week we should start seeing more bait in the river. The mullet run is getting started and the river should have great action as the water is cooling down due to shorter days and a bit of rain from the tropical storms. Fish the bait pods along the shorelines for Snook, trout and reds and you will also get some flounder and ladyfish and jacks. Should be a great week if you find the bait and can put in the time.

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

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Mahi Sightings & More Offshore
September 14, 2020

Mahi Sightings & More Offshore

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Great Times Aboard the 🔥 Fire Fight with Capt Joe catching all the Kings you could ask for with Amazing Peeps!

Apart from some tough weather, there’s not too much to complain about this past week! Fishing was really good when we were able to get out. For those of you that just love your mahi mahi mahi mahi, we caught several in the reef areas. No flouro. No weedlines. No islanders. No rips. Just random fish eating steel wire and hooks. Gotta love it! Kings did well, too! We had several days of limiting out with full boats and tight lines all day.

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Great Shot of a Beautiful Water Spout touching down very close as Capt Joe and Garrett tried to outrun a Nasty approaching Storm. #Firemeupcapt

Bottom fishing for triggers, lanes and snapper provided some excellent table fare, as well. This week is going to be a shit show (sorry). High winds and rough seas will keep us tied to the pines (docks). Will let you know as soon as we get out on how we do! Till then go do your oil changes and maintenance. Keep safe out there. Capt. Chris Cameron

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

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Dodging the Rain
September 14, 2020

Dodging the Rain

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Well, if you managed to dodge the rain for the last week, you probably had some pretty good fishing. The sharks, snook, kingfish, jacks, redfish and even the tarpon have been very eager to play lately. We’ve been catching the fish on a wide variety of things from live finger mullet to pogies and even on artificial using topwater lures such as the explode mini and subsurface lures like the subwalk. All you have to do is follow the caravan of mullet up or down the beach until you see them getting fed on and with snook season here, you can even take one home with you if you catch one in the slot. I expect the fishing to get even better into the next week as the mullet run continues to grow.

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If any of this fishing interests you give us a call at 321-636-3728 we have a couple of days open so we may be able to get you out.

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

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Fall Mullet Run Right on Schedule!
September 12, 2020

Fall Mullet Run Right on Schedule!

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Surf fishing rigs like pompano and knocker rigs have been on fire this last week. Fishing from the beach with these rigs has delivered a wide variety of species leaving fisherman to ponder what could be next. This event is a direct result of the fall mullet run appearing right on time. Predatory species such as snook, tarpon, jack crevalle and sharks can be caught fishing the tightly packed bait pods moving along the beaches from Port Canaveral to north of Sebastian Inlet.

Targeting the above-mentioned gamefish can be accomplished with live bait worked on a jig head, knocker rig, fish finder rig or free lined. Catching mullet with a 5-7 foot cast right from the shore of the beach makes it possible for even a novice angler. Bring a bait bucket with aeration to keep your bait alive and well.

Live bait fishing from the beach can be an extremely rewarding tactic. Jumping tarpon from the shore never disappoints. The distinct thump of a snook inhaling the restricted bait will send your heart rate through the roof. These exciting surf fishing opportunities are here today, and I strongly recommend preparing with the proper tools for the specific species on hand. If you’re curious about surf fishing equipment or surf fishing setups, please give us a call for recommendations, or visit your local tackle shop for professional advice.

Pompano fishing still has provided the table fare for the patient and motivated anglers willing to find the best conditions. Sand fleas have been plentiful still with more positive results on a higher tide. Along with the pompano, fishing charters this last week were reeling in bluefish, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, whiting and even a mutton snapper. Yes, you heard that correct. Although it’s more of a seldom catch fishing the shore, it definitely wasn’t the first time it’s occurred.

The immense presence of baitfish, including glass minnows, pogies and mullet has predator fish from all depths getting in on the action. Finding the right rip currents, eddies and troughs between sandbars will define your success. Understand what the fish like in a certain area or condition and attempt to repeat the positive results by mimicking that approach. The sand along our Space Coast beaches is in constant influx, so do the proper reconnaissance to find the hidden gems at a location perhaps outside of your normal hunting ground!

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

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Amped for the Mullet Migration!
September 11, 2020

Amped for the Mullet Migration!

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Fall is arriving quick and so are the mullet! Every fall anglers across the entire coast get amped up for the mullet migration. The mullet run typically consists of a plethora of bait fish and, as most know, the big fish follow the little fish! The mullet run can be incredible and makes a plethora of species available, including Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, snook, tarpon, sharks and much more. It’s an awesome sight to see!

Although this all sounds great, the mullet run can be difficult to fish at times. That’s because with thousands of baitfish, it’s hard to make your own bait stand out! The best advice I can give is to be patient and I myself have better luck on larger mullet style artificial baits such as Rapala skitterwalks, Hogy swimbaits and sub surface plugs like the Rapala x rap. Darker colors are always my “go to.” This way you can make your bait stand out but still match the hatch as closely as possible. Anglers can also target these massive pods of bait using large mullet, live or chunks depending your desired species.

I highly suggest everyone take advantage of this time of year and get out and enjoy some incredible fishing.

by Capt. Alex Hughey
Coastal Fishing Expeditions | (321) 795-8566

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Like Fishing on A Lake
September 7, 2020

Like Fishing on A Lake

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Great Day of Bottom Fishing For Devin and his Father Aboard the 🔥 Fire Fight with Capt Joe and Garret catching Limits of Vermillion Snapper and over 30 Jumbo Choc Chip Porgies!

Another banner week with amazing flat calm seas. Nothing better than fishing on a lake! The reefs were on fire with the slow troll. Kings, Mauis, Cobras and a few blackfins. Bottom fishing has been insane, as well. Big amberjacks were plentiful along with a pile of the porgies and lane snappers. Great eating all around!

Bait was all over along the beach, so look for the pelicans and you should find it. Tarpon and snook have been in the surf, as well.

Just an awesome week all around. Night time shark fishing has been on fire, too.

Good luck and see ya out there!

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

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Nuggets of Silver
September 7, 2020

Nuggets of Silver

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We talked about it in last week’s fishing report and right on schedule, the mullet run has started along the Space Coast beaches. Anglers up and down from Playalinda Beach to Melbourne Beach are cashing in on these little nuggets of Silver that are swimming south. Captain Justin has been catching shark, tarpon, king mackerel, bluefish, jacks, snook and a variety of other fish as they feed on these bait pods.

Two of the best things that you can use right now are a live mullet on a jig head or an artificial that imitates one of these bait fish. We prefer Rapala X-rap subwalk and if the ocean is calm enough, skitter walk plugs, especially during early morning or late afternoon sessions.

We have been fairly booked up with charters during this first part of September, but we do still have some openings if anyone would like to try this type of fishing with us. Just call Captain Justin or myself at 321-636-3728 and we will get you out to try and catch your next memory!

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

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Great Week of Tarpon Fishing
September 7, 2020

Great Week of Tarpon Fishing

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Amanda with a nice Jack Crevalle.

What a week of Tarpon fishing along the beach! Plenty of bait pods and lots of fish spread out along the beach with tarpon, bonito, jacks, Spanish mackerel and sharks all giving chase. Live baits and artificial both are working well. We’ve been using live mullet and greenies and a 1/2 ounce jighead with soft plastics and getting quite a few fish to the boat. Earlier this week we went 6 for 11, which wast my best day this summer. Six came on live bait and 5 were on artificial.

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James and Amanda with a double on some Bonito

One word of advice is to show some etiquette on the water, which seems to be lost these days. Last weekend I was fishing a school of bait and when we hooked a fish and moved off the school to fight the fish, another Charter guide pulled in on the school and blocked us out of it for the rest of the morning. Then proceeded to race us to the same fish we’ve been fishing for the last month once he found out I have been fishing. Don’t be that guy. Give people at least 100 or more yards of distance and don’t try to fish the same small school someone else is fishing. There are a lot of schools of bait and plenty of fish so show some etiquette and give people room. All it does is create animosity and can ruin someones fishing day. Luckily for us, we picked up our lines and moved on to jump 8 more fish down the beach some more.

Jesse has been running offshore trips and doing well with Cobia Mangrove snapper, Lane Snapper, triggerfish and kingfish. Plenty of action at the 90’ ledges.

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

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Happy Labor Day!
September 7, 2020

Happy Labor Day!

Fishing has been pretty good here lately. Around the canals, rivers and bridges they’re catching nice black drum, redfish and of course the mangrove snapper bite is off the hook!

On the beach, surf anglers are catching snook, tarpon, whiting — and some pompano have shown up, too. We also had some lane snapper and mutton snapper caught off the beach, as well.

Meanwhile, offshore, we’ve had a few dolphin and kingfish being caught. For the bottom fishermen, mutton snapper have moved in but there are a lot of shorts, also there are quite a few cobia being caught.

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

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Port Canaveral Offshore Forecast: Sept. 2020
September 6, 2020

Port Canaveral Offshore Forecast: Sept. 2020

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AUGUST RECAP

Well I was totally wrong about the water clarity last month going to garbage. We were gifted a extended Summer even with our first tropical storm activity from Isaias and then from the threat of Hurricane Laura combining with Hurricane Marco our sea conditions remained calm and our water clarity remained pristine. Live pogies did disappear with the first passing storm but slow trolling dead baits produced like it always does when water clarity is good. King mackerel, cobia, mahi, blackfin tuna and sailfish were all common catches.

The bottom fishing for amberjack, vermillion snapper and triggerfish was on point. Groupers were few and far between but not completely absent .

Yellowfin Tuna fishing remained very good even with the warm water along with a few nice mahi in the mix while targeting the tunas.

Shark fishing near shore was almost as good as it gets with blacknose, black tip, spinner and a few big boys in the mix like tiger sharks and hammerheads. The goliath grouper fishing was decent and the big bull reds have already started to make a appearance.

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SEPTEMBER NEARSHORE FORECAST

As the water starts to cool down a little, we usually see our jetty fishing come alive. Live shrimp will produce nonstop action from slot size red drum, black drum and snook. We will also have sheepshead, mutton and mangrove snapper, so it is very possible to put a great day together of nearshore fishing that will provide a few fresh fish dinners.

The big bull reds will be moving into the channel and up into the Canaveral bite. Anyone that loves a good fight will absolutely have to take advantage of the world class red drum fishing we have. Big dead baits on a knocker rigged with a 6/0 circle hook soaking in the channel, anywhere in the bight, or you can look for the mud plumes made from schooling fish. No matter how you do it, if you give it a little time, it is going to produce a big red.

Shark fishing will remain good with the exception of fishing for them directly after any major sea conditions produced by tropical storms or hurricanes.

SEPTEMBER OFFSHORE FORECAST

When it comes to offshore fishing in September, I have to be honest in that it is tied with February for my least favorite month of the year. Put it this way, I hit “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day on the play list a awful lot.

That being said, I am a couple days late on my report and the forecast for the upcoming week looks good. Slow trolling the 60 to 100ft reefs are going to produce a mixed bag of king mackerel, cobia and mahi with the kings being the most dominant.

In this same depth, the bottom fishing for mangrove and mutton snapper should be very good until we get a major swell. I have tried to explain it many times over the years but fishing for mangrove and mutton snapper in our area is not a good fishery for someone who has not learned the proper techniques. You absolutely cannot expect to mangrove snapper fish out of Canaveral and be successful without having the angling skills to do it. If you don’t know how to free spool fish and have perfect presentation, then you have no real chance of success. I am not writing that to be discouraging. I am writing it so you don’t get discouraged if you are not successful at first. If anyone would like to learn how to become better at mangrove fishing I suggest spending some time aboard the Ocean Obsession II and get pointers from the crew and regulars.

When the sea conditions turn on us this month and the water clarity gets trashed we will need to transition to bottom fishing in 160ft or better focusing on vermilion snapper and amberjacks with the occasional gag grouper making a appearance. The reason for this is that the vermilion are not as affected by clarity and will stack up on large structure. The amberjacks will be above them in the cleaner water, you just have to hope you can get the amberjacks and occasional grouper past the sandbar sharks that have become a plague to fishermen.

Cobia fishing can be phenomenal on a few select days in September if certain things happen. The cobia are scattered taking up residence on our bottom structure 60 to 140 ft. They are with sharks, bottom rays, free swimming etc but they are on the bottom. You will not find them on the surface unless they follow something up because the surface temperature is too warm. Right now, it’s just a numbers game. Hit enough spots, drop to the bottom enough times, reel up x amount of fish that the cobias will follow up, reel up enough big sharks that the cobia are holding on and you end up with 1 or 2. When and if the water clarity goes to garbage they will congregate on big structure and will be found in deeper water. This perfect cobia cocktail only happens after water clarity goes to garbage and when you get that 1 or 2 day window when the ocean starts to straighten itself back up.

Hopefully I will be hitting “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire instead for September 2020.

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

Disgusting Water and Tarpon
September 6, 2020

Disgusting Water and Tarpon

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Unfortunately, the algal bloom has gotten even worse now. You can’t even see two inches down, and it has the look of green slime. It also has spread much further now. It made its way north from the Railroad Bridge all the way to the very north end of the river and into most of the Mosquito Lagoon almost all the way to Ponce Inlet. It spread much further south in the Indian River and now is impacting most places almost all the way to Sebastian Inlet. It still is less bad down there than north of Rockledge. It also has made its way east into most of the Banana River where it keeps getting worse. Please do your part by not using fertilizer, keeping everything you can out of storm drains, researching what candidates will or will not support clean water, practicing catch and release, etc. If we all do something, it will make a difference. An inlet probably will not fix the problems either, but that is such an under researched concept.

Tarpon are pretty much the only thing that can live in this because of their ability to breathe air. Even the mullet seemed to have left, and what little I caught died within 2 minutes of being hooked because of low dissolved oxygen. Fortunately, I was able to find some keyed into glass minnows and other small fry. I typically would say that the DOA mini terroryz is a great choice, but the water is so bad they can’t seem to find that. I switched to a Rapala x-rap saltwater subwalk in the smallest size they make. It produces a loud rattle and bright flash to help the tarpon find it. I also put some Pro-Cure mullet scent on it to further help the tarpon find it. Tarpon are all over the lagoon system as usual this time of year, so just move around until you find them.

I look forward to getting out of this nasty water and on the ocean the next chance I get. It’ so much better fishing out there if you know how and where. I can’t say for sure without fishing myself, but you should catch something no matter what. Mullet pods are definitely here, but it’s not what I’d call a good run yet. The last few years have been weak, but hopefully this is the start and not the peak.

Tarpon fishing during the first wave of the mullet run before it shut off again:

Algae Bloom in the River.
September 6, 2020

Algae Bloom in the River.

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Golden Snook caught in the canal.

This week, due to an algae bloom, the water got very dirty and green — especially in the northern Indian River. To avoid this, my dad and I went south of the power lines, and the water looked a lot better. With the water being very low, most of the bigger fish were under the docks a little deeper. There were still fish in the mangroves, but much smaller.

We were also sight fishing a little. I think some of the fish moved out of the mangroves and into the open because it was too shallow for comfort. All we caught down that way was snook and jack with all of the snook ranging from 20-25 inches. Nothing bigger was even seen.

After that, we moved into the Banana River where we found a lot of big snook under one single dock. There were a couple smaller ones which, of course, ate before the big ones. My dad caught a 22 inch snook and then lost one which seemed like a slot. It ran perfectly parallel with the mangroves and then took one hard turn into them and ended up breaking off. I caught one more mid-twenty inch snook from the same spot but then they vanished.

We then moved into the Satellite canals where we caught one redfish and one snook under a mangrove and a dock. The redfish was 22 inches and the snook was about 24 inches. The snook was a really cool, golden bronze color which unfortunately is likely due to the algae in the water.

The tarpon weren’t out like they have been the past month, but there are still tons of mullet moving through. Most of the mullet are either three to four inches or very big like 10 to 12 inches.

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