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WEEKLY FORECAST

4.28.2020 – 5.4.2020

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

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Grouper season is opening May 1st, coinciding with some great weekend weather. The monster above was caught with Fired Up Charters.

The kickoff to Grouper Season is Friday, May 1st, and is expected to coincide with some beautiful weather to get offshore. There will be plenty of Gags, Scamps and Red grouper hitting the Box this weekend!

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

72.45%

TOP TARGETS

  • GROUPER (May 1st)
  • AJ
  • snapper

INSHORE

76.22%

TOP TARGETS

  • snook
  • seatrout

BEACH

75.76%

TOP TARGETS

  • Pompano
  • Whiting

WEATHER OVERVIEW: It’s currently beautiful outside and is shaping up to be a pretty good week. The first part of the week the wind will be up but the overall temperatures down with bright blue sunny skies with high temps around 73 degrees. The wind will last through Thursday when our next small cool down arrives. This should make for a beautiful weekend — Friday, Saturday and Sunday it is showing sunny skies with low winds and temperatures in the low to mid 80’s.

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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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Beach Fishing A Little Behind
May 26, 2020

Beach Fishing A Little Behind

Big Macs on the Beach!

Big Macs on the Beach!

Early week we were able to fish the beach with a lot of action from big Jack Crevalle as well as big Spanish macs and Sharks. There were also some tarpon in the mix, but not a lot. The beach fishing seems to be a little behind this year — like most everything else. There is a lack of bait and not as much action as there should be to start the summer.

The inshore bite has been pretty good fishing mangrove shorelines and docks. Better get out super early and beat the crowds because everyone is using this time to enjoy the outdoors and get away from the crowds.

Offshore fishing has been tough with the rough seas and high winds but we are on the cusp of our summer patterns which should bring light winds and calm seas. Snook season closes this week so this is your last full week to get out and get a slot snook. Anglers don’t need to hit the inlet to get a fish in the slot, there’s plenty of fish on the flats and around the spoil islands and live bait is best but topwater baits work early and soft plastic as the sun comes up!

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

First Fluke (Summer Flounder) Trip Of The Year
May 26, 2020

First Fluke (Summer Flounder) Trip Of The Year

summer fluke

My son Jason and I made our first party boat trip (better late than never) yesterday. We were not expecting much since the weather & conditions were not the best. Jason was able to put 2 keepers in the box out of the 5 he caught. I had no keepers out of the 4 I caught. Only one other keeper was caught among the other 23 fares.

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Space Coast Surf Fishing Report
May 25, 2020

Space Coast Surf Fishing Report

central Florida Surf Fishing Report

Capt. Lukas gets into some whiting on the beach with his surf fishing clients.

Surf fishing during the month of May has offered some much needed family fun experiences with the opening of beach accesses across Florida. Getting to the beach has been one of the top things to do outside on the Space Coast. Incredible weather and social distancing measures are a few factors that make beach fishing Central East Coast of Florida a top choice for individuals and family looking for some outside recreation.

The cooler weather patterns that graced us during early May made mornings crisp and clear. Look for that to become a thing of the past as we steadily creep towards the dog days of summer, accompanied by high temps and humidity. Surf fishing conditions from Cocoa Beach to Sebastian Inlet for the first weeks of May were challenging due to the wind, waves and onslaught of seaweed that blitzed our coastline. Water clarity was one of the few positives that kept things interesting amongst the myriad negatively contributing factors.

Pompano fishing has continued to remain consistent. Moreover, fish that have stuck around are providing beach fishing anglers with the perfect chance at catching, cleaning, and cooking this Florida delicacy. Catching your limit of six fish has proved more difficult compared to months prior when the water temperatures were more conducive. With the surf fishing water temps currently holding in the 75-76 degree range, anglers have been reporting fewer fish. To catch Florida Pompano, use pompano rigs with a variety of colored floats and no floats, baited with Fishbites (sandflea, crab, clam) and a live or frozen sand flea. Try casting various distances from shore to ensure you’re targeting areas of concentration.

Meanwhile, snook fishing has steadily increased in the surf as the water temperatures continue to climb. Focus your efforts on area beaches around Sebastian Inlet and Melbourne Beach. Beach fishing for snook around a high tide with live mullet or croakers have produced the best results. Note, however, that catching snook in the surf requires slightly different equipment than traditional surf fishing. Make sure to beef up your tackle with braided line, 30-50lb fluorocarbon leaders and hook sizes that match the bait size accordingly. Snook fishing will continue to heat up on our local beaches, so get out there and dialed in for the rest of the season!

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

Lakes Needing A Rain Refill
May 25, 2020

Lakes Needing A Rain Refill

Rain… We need rain to start filling up our lakes. As the summer moves into where we start every afternoon to get the rains the waters should fill our lakes. This will make a great time to target spawning bluegill and bass, which are protecting their fry, even better.

This week I went on an adventure with a long time friend to the 3 Forks area at the end of Malabar Road in Palm Bay. I have nicknamed this body of water the Tracker Lakes just because it is best to have a lighter weight boat to get to some areas in this vast system. At one point, we actually had to get out of the boat and push it through a very shallow area. Once we were in fishable waters we had a very good day with over 40 bass and lots of bluegill and specks. The bass would only eat our smaller lures that we offered to them. Smaller prop baits and crank baits were the pattern for lots of fun.

by Terry Lamielle
| (321) 537-5346

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Reliably Targeting Speckled Trout
May 25, 2020

Reliably Targeting Speckled Trout

seatrout

Speckled trout continue to be our most reliable targets in the lagoons. Captain Justin and I have been catching them in a variety of ways on our charters this week. Live fingerling mullet free-lined near mangroves and spoil islands are accounting for the largest trout on most of our trips. Most of these fish are 18 to 24 inch models that are fat with row and preparing to spawn. We handle these with extreme care and only take them out of the water briefly to get a quick photo prior to release. These breeder females are trying their best to restore our once “world class” trout fishery here on the Space Coast, so they deserve all the respect and help they can get. Juvenile tarpon, snook, and slot-sized redfish are also feeding in the same areas, so a mixed bag or a slam is possible on almost any given day.

Rapala Skitterwalk top-water plugs and Saltwater Assassin 4-inch seas shad tails have been working for us when we’re not using live offerings. We are pretty well booked up for the next two weeks, but do have a few openings. If your ready to get out of the house and chase some fish in the lagoons — or tarpon, snapper, sharks and other species along our beaches give us a call or check out our website.

Let’s go catch your next memory!!

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

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Canaveral Offshore
May 25, 2020

Canaveral Offshore

Fun day of catching some tasty critters with Fired Up Charters.

Grouper and amberjack are firing out of the Port and are chewing hard on live croakers, whiting, and big pins. Deep drops also turned on this week, producing some nice catches of golden tilefish and snowy grouper. If you like pressing a button, come on out! LOL. Meanwhile, kings have been a day-to-day thing on the reefs, and sharks are continuing to feast nearshore.

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

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Inshore, Beach, and Offshore
May 25, 2020

Inshore, Beach, and Offshore

lagoon tarpon

In the lagoon, north of Pineda, anglers are catching a lot of redfish and tarpon. The canals around Satellite are holding nice sheepshead, mangrove snapper and black drum, as well. The beach anglers when fishing are catching some nice snook, margate, whiting and still a few pompano. We’ve even seen a permit or two mixed in a little further south around Melbourne Beach.

Offshore, the mangrove snapper bite is HOT! On the troll, we’ve seen a handful a dolphin being caught in reported depths of 175 feet.

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

Summer Bite Seems to be Coming!
May 24, 2020

Summer Bite Seems to be Coming!

inshore tarpon fishing

One of the tarpon which was laying up next to the mangroves.

This week, the canals around Satellite were hopping with big snook and juvenile tarpon eager for live bait. I caught two tarpon and had a lower slot snook come out of nowhere and eat my mullet while an overslot snook was licking its lips for my bait. Early in the morning, before sunrise, I attempted fishing at a marina. With many snook hitting, one after another, I only got one mid-twenties to the boat. Another one which got off on structure felt a bit bigger. Later in the day I moved on to the flats and did good there too. My dad got a solid trout and another mid-twenty inch snook ate my white bait and almost got me stuck in the mangroves. With a lot of rain forecast this week, hopefully the water will finally rise and turn on the bite even more.

Fishing is on Fire
May 23, 2020

Fishing is on Fire

Hit the island houses early this morning around 4:30am. Lined up on the east side of the island and worked the dock with a top dog. Almost every cast got exploded on. Set a PB on trout with a solid 27.5ish. Hit a slam within an hour. Bait was getting crashed everywhere. Landed several slot to over slot snook, a few jacks, trout, and some nice keeper size reds. Top water, gold DOA shrimp with the rattle and tipped with shrimp fish bites landed the reds, snook on top, doa shrimp, and DOA white paddle tails.

Spring Bluefish & Fluke (Summer Flounder)
May 19, 2020

Spring Bluefish & Fluke (Summer Flounder)

I fished several days in the past week. My first few trips were in search of springtime bluefish in the Manasquan River. The first day I caught 3 (1 on a bone SP Minnow and 2 on a Hopkins shorty) in addition I caught a small striped bass that fell for a ghost white SP Minnow. Returned the next day with my son, once again I caught 3 bluefish and he caught 2-al on a bone SP Minnow. All the blues were in the #2-3 class-which is unfortunate is not close to the size of the bluefish the last 3 springs during the first part of May when they were in the #10-15 class. Switched gears the next two days and did some summer flounder (fluke) fishing in Shark River. Since the season for them doesn’t open until 5?22-it as all catch & release. Caught several each day by bouncing a bucktail with a teaser hook above-both tipped with GULP.

flounder

One of several summer flounder I caught over the past several days.

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Canals, Lagoon, & Surf
May 18, 2020

Canals, Lagoon, & Surf

In the canals and river around Satellite and Indian Harbour Beach, anglers are doing well fishing for trout, redfish, sheepshead and mangrove snapper. When conditions have allowed on the beach, the surf fishermen are getting bluefish and big numbers of whiting; the snook have also started to show up for their annual summer spawn. Meanwhile, pompano have slowed a little bit, but the residential fish are out there, and anglers are still putting them in the cooler.

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

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Pretty Good Fishing
May 18, 2020

Pretty Good Fishing

snook fishing

Fishing has continued to be pretty good inshore and on the beach. We are starting to get pigfish as well as croakers as bait, which is producing really well for snook, redfish and trout. Black drum and mangrove snapper have been biting on jig-heads tipped with shrimp. With the mullet run in full swing, tarpon are starting to show up in the river and the beaches, too.

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

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Windy Week
May 18, 2020

Windy Week

big jack

Eric and his boys missed their spring fishing trip but got into some great early summer action along the beaches.

What a week of wind! We got to fish the beach a few days before these winds picked up and had a few great days with plenty of big jacks, sharks and some mackerel. Theres still plenty of Lane Snapper on the nearshore reefs as well. We’re also finding some big trout and snook inshore — and plenty of jack crevalle around the islands and mangrove shorelines.

This week, the winds should lay down and we should have some good action inshore and offshore.

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

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