4.16.2019 – 4.22.2019
A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY
Tempers — accompanied by lead weights — have been flying recently at Sebastian Inlet.
LEAD’S BE FRIENDS
“Don’t hurl projectiles at boats” should go without saying, but when it comes to the seemingly endless conflict between jetty anglers and boaters at Sebastian Inlet, the normal rules of civil society are sometimes cast out to sea. In the Florida Today, Ed Killer sums up the situation pretty well, explaining this is why we can’t have nice things. In an effort to curb these types of violent incidents, the park will be increasing ranger patrols with a focus on keeping attitudes — and tempers — in check. We’re also told that other unconventional methods may be employed to reduce physical outbursts from angry anglers. This includes the dispersement of emoji stress balls at the park entrance, and also the installation of staggered bluetooth speakers along the jetty rail, which will broadcast soothing, easy-listening hits from artists such as Enya and Michael Bublé.
A behavioral psychologist consulted by the park explained, “if the very act of fishing itself is not sufficiently relaxing to reduce anger among these individuals, there’s no telling what is… We’ve got to try everything.”
The following anger management techniques were offered for jetty anglers that may sense an angry outburst coming:
- Use “I” statements to describe the problem. For example, say, “I’m upset that this boat is inhibiting my fishing by approaching too close to the jetty,” instead of unleashing a fury of lead upon the passing vessel.
- Take a few deep breaths and imagine the boat’s captain is actually the late, beloved Mister Rogers from the Neighborhood, and he’s approaching the jetty only to say that you’ve made this a special day, by just your being you.
- Set down your rod and pretend you’re cradling an imaginary kitty. Repeat the phrase, “pet the cat,” “pet the cat,” with each stroke of Mr. Whisker’s soft, soothing fur until your rage has subsided.
We are further advised that these same techniques can also prove effective at boat ramps, parking lots, on the water, and other locations where angler tempers have a tendency to run hot.
Don’t hurl projectiles at boats!
EDITOR’S NOTE: The above was written in jest and is NOT the actual plan of Sebastian Inlet District.
IN THIS WEEK’S FORECAST…
SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST
WEATHER OVERVIEW: Winds are expected to howl for much of this week. Thursday through Saturday can be pretty safely ruled out for those looking to get offshore. Inshore, anglers have some good options even during periods of heightened wind. The Sebastian River, Crane Creek, Goat Creek, and the Eau Gallie River offer both wind cover and the opportunity to get after the juvenile tarpon that are rolling in these waters.
Click here to check out the forecast from the National Weather Service.
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, David Robb of Titusville — David, 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!
In every week’s Spacefish fishing report, we turn to both fishing pros and average joe’s for input on what’s happening in and around Brevard County’s many fisheries. Check out what people are saying about the bite in the Space Coast this week:
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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.
Saltwater Classic – May 3 – 4
Central FL Shootout – May 10 – 11
The Sunrise Marina Dolphin Tournament is also running through the entire month of May.
KEEPING UP WITH THE CLUB
The FSFA Club’s North Chapter meeting is next Tuesday, April 23 from 6:30 – 8:30PM at Brevard Veterans Center 400 S. Sykest Creek Pkwy, Merritt Island. The featured speaker is club Grand Master, Steve Collins, who will be talking about light tackle grouper jigging. The event is free and open to the public, so come out and join the fun! Food and drinks are available with a donation.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA
Check out what’s been caught on camera while fishing in around the Space Coast this week.
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