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WEEKLY FORECAST

4.6.2021 – 4.12.2021

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

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Paul MacInnis with a RIVER MONSTER from the St Johns

Find out if you’re one of two big giveaway winners in this week’s forecast. Plus, get some great tips from our featured story on targeting river monsters in the St Johns…

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

6.5

INSHORE

7.9

BEACH

7.6

WEATHER OVERVIEW: It looks like this week should provide us with a nice weather window for anglers wanting to run offshore. Tuesday (WNW) and Wednesday (WSW) both look really nice. Thursday (SSE) looks good as well, but the wind will be up some compared to the previous two days. Friday(S) and Saturday(S) will be the highest wind of the week. Sunday (SSE) should begin breezy but the wind starts to drop off in the afternoon. Look forward to low rain chances, high temperatures in the 80’s and mostly sunny skies throughout the week!

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GIVEAWAY CONTESTS

Strike-Zone Penn Spinfisher Combo Giveaway

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This month, in celebration of COBIA SEASON, Strike-Zone Fishing is giving away a Penn Spinfisher Cobia Combo!

AND THE WINNER IS…

Aaron Huston of Melbourne

Congrats, Aaron! Big thanks to Strike-Zone for providing this awesome prize!

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AND THE WINNER IS…

Mathew Harlow of Palm Bay

Congrats, Mathew, and another big thanks to American Air & Heat for sponsoring this giveaway!

FSFA SLAM ENTRY GIVEAWAY

FSFA SlamThe 52nd Annual FSFA Offshore Slam (JUNE 4TH – 5TH) is Central Florida’s longest-running offshore fishing tournament. This year, $22,000 in cash prizes will be up for grabs as anglers compete in categories including Big Fish, General Slam, Individual Species, Ladies, and Juniors. Here’s your chance to compete with house money — enter the giveaway to win free entry into the tournament ($175/boat value). Three Winners will be randomly drawn from all entries and announced in the weekly forecast on Tuesday, May 4th. Winners will be contacted via the email/phone number provided in their giveaway entry below.

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FEATURED STORY

ST JOHNS RIVER MONSTERS

St Johns River Monster Fishing

Just like Jeremy Wade in his iconic TV show, you can target and catch river monsters right here in the St Johns. Paul explains how to tackle this monstrous fishery that includes alligator gar, bowfin and channel cats.

READ THE STORY!

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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!

Cuda snatch
April 16, 2021

Cuda snatch

Fishing for Spanish mackerels off jetty park pier last Friday. Had a nice size one on and just as I was about to flip it up onto the pier a 4 ft barracuda snatched it! I really wasn’t too upset cause it was fascinating to see. Caught my limit anyway.

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Lower Water Levels Changed the Game
April 14, 2021

Lower Water Levels Changed the Game

seatrout

Low water levels have definitely changed the game this week on the Space Coast. Despite some wild rainstorms over the weekend the water levels still seem to be quite low. With the low water, the clarity remains quite well! Most of the region is experiencing very clean water, although I don’t expect it to last, it’s a very good sight. With the water levels being lower than usual most of the fish seem to really be bunched up along any mangrove shoreline with small depressions and larger sandbars. You may cover miles of shoreline only to find a 100 yard stretch with schools of fish ranging from redfish, trout, snook, and even a few tarpon showing up with the warmer conditions.

big red

My favorite way to fish this time of year is starting early with top water plugs and Gulp artificial soft baits around the mullet pods. Another great technique I like to utilize is fishing large cut baits, or even finger mullet when available. I like to work the mullet with artificials until I get a bite or see other signs of life, large pushes, v wakes, or even fish popping on baitfish, then being quiet and making long casts with live or dead bait definitely produces good numbers. With low clean water it’s very critical to be as quiet as possible, push poles or even wading can really make a difference.

I highly suggest everyone catch and release for future generations and get out and enjoy the clean water while we can; come summer and rainy season it’s subject to change.

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

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Big Catches Hitting the Beach!
April 12, 2021

Big Catches Hitting the Beach!

whiting, pompano

Big bull whiting and nice keeper pompano have made for some great days at the beach this week!

Surf fishing’s firing on all cylinders this past week with big catches hitting the beach! As predicted, the clean water accompanied with ideal water temps brought enormous bounty for surf fishing anglers on the Space Coast. Astonishing numbers of whiting, keeper pompano, and sharks headlined the week’s catches. Bluefish and mackerel made a resurgence from the prior week and that was a welcome sight for light tackle beach casting anglers.

pompano

Plenty of pompano to go around!

Spring weather cooperated favorably with friendly skies, calm winds and clean water tipping the scales in local surf fisherman’s favor as all the stars aligned and the bite turned positive for the entirety of Brevard County beaches. Cocoa Beach to Sebastian Inlet produced astonishing catches of bull whiting, limits of pompano, bluefish and sharks. While particular beaches had a hot bite one day and slim bite the next, the swarms of whiting and pompano are on the move. Setting up miles in one direction or the other could mean staying in the meat or striking a blank on the previous day’s success. The focus on food concentrations of crustaceans and baitfish will determine the banner days versus the “should have been here yesterday” moments.

black tip shark

The blacktip migration. remains in full effect!

Shoreline shark fishing continues to reign as a consistent and exciting fishery over the past weeks. Blacktip migration patterns are in full effect with line of sight views from the beach seeing multiple airborne sharks clearing the surface outside the breakers. With that being said. they’re also cruising closer in on the first and second trough, snatching up whiting and blue runners at every opportunity. Savage power and ferociousness are the words that come to mind when these supercharged species bend the rod. But blacktips aren’t the only species we catch regularly. Other superstars include lemon sharks, Atlantic sharp nose, and sandbar sharks.

reef shark

Shore-based shark fishing trips are producing anywhere from 3 to 7 sharks caught within a four-hour span, and, of course, and all released immediately. As mentioned previously, if you have ever had interest in trying your hand at shark fishing, be sure to study the FWC guidelines and follow that information for a successful catch and release.

pompano

Pompano are responding well to the water temperatures.

Pompano fishing continues its upswing as these fish are charging back north with correlating water temperatures. I see this trend continuing for the next few weeks and into May as well. The schools are scattered currently with separate groups of fish spread from South Florida waters
north into Volusia County. Regarding this matter, we’re seeing steady to stellar days this last week fishing pompano in the surf. Sand fleas remain the top bait of choice tipped with white clam Fishbites and the electric chicken crab scent.

Tidal swings have commanded the numbers of fish being caught with varying days producing results on the outgoing or last of incoming. Another trend that remains consistent is the afternoon to evening bite, whether the sun is high overhead or setting, firing off for big pompano ranging from 2 to 4 pounds. With the variety of life in the surf, make sure to set days aside for your opportunity to reap the rewards. I’m anticipating the next few weeks to be particularly bountiful.

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

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Good Fishing Inshore & Near
April 12, 2021

Good Fishing Inshore & Near

We’ve been having a lot of fun chasing bull sharks lately!

We hope everyone out there had a fantastic Easter celebration and hope you got to spend some time on the water, as well.

It’s been another great week of spring time fishing here at Fineline Fishing Charters. Captain Justin Ross has been putting his clients on small tarpon, ladyfish, and trout on most of his inshore outings. He’s been using a variety of things to get these fish to strike because it seems like they want something different every day. Live shrimp, Saltwater Assassin 3″ shad tails, and small silver spoons seem to be working best for the miniature silver kings and ladyfish, while Assassin 4″ paddle tails are the best producer for the trout. Rig these on a 1/16th to 1/8th ounce screw lock jig head.

Meanwhile, I’ve been chasing the bull sharks a lot with my customers lately. These fish are really fun to target on light “redfish sized” tackle. Most of these are baby bulls averaging 12 to 20 pounds, but a few are ranging up to 5 feet long and scaling into the 50 to 75-pound range. Cut baits are by far the best way to get the bull sharks to bite — and don’t forget to use some wire leader material.

Along the beaches, a mixed bag of bluefish, Spanish mackerel, snook, redfish, shark, and full sized tarpon can be found. Keep a variety of lures and baits available when fishing the near-shore waters because you never know what you will come across out there. Cobia have also been showing up lately so you just never know what you will get to bite.

You can book us directly on our Fineline Fishing Charters web site or call myself or captain Justin at 321-636-3728. We look forward to getting you out for some fun on the water real soon.

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

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Checking in from Fort Pierce
April 12, 2021

Checking in from Fort Pierce

sail cat

Allie’s first fish caught from a boat was also her first fish caught on an artificial lure. The six pound Sailcat ate a Z-Man Minnowz suspended under a popping float.

First off, I’d like to apologize for my lack of regular reports. I promise I’ll get back on a normal weekly schedule very soon. Aside from this past week, the blustery winds have made fishing “iffy” at best and downright dangerous at times!

Easter Sunday was my most recent outing. Michael and Allie were here for nearly a week and the weather simply wouldn’t let us get on the water. Since Sunday was their last day in Fort Pierce, we gave it a shot as the winds diminished just enough to make boating at least comfortable.

This trip was Allie’s very first experience fishing from a boat, and while the fishing was awful, it gave her time to learn some basic casting skills.

We hid from the fifteen knot easterly winds under sheltered shorelines and found nothing interested in eating cut mullet or the array of lures Michael was tossing non-stop. Much to my chagrin, the bait shops were out of live shrimp.

Eventually we decided on trying some canal fishing to hide from the building winds. Allie caught the only fish of the morning near a residential dock.

On a brighter note, this past week the weather was fantastic and the jetty and land based anglers caught a wide assortment of critters. Snook were taken on live shrimp, pinfish and whitebait from the rocks and boats during incoming tides most every day. Pompano were occasionally active for the jig casters and bluefish and jacks eagerly devoured cut bait, jigs, spoons and plugs.

On an even brighter note, I’d like to report the presence of baitfish on the beaches and inside the inlet. Lots of “small fry” too little to identify as well as SOME pilchards, anchovies and thread fins large enough to sabiki. While they’re not here in big numbers yet, more are sure to show up soon.

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

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Rain Should Improve Bite
April 12, 2021

Rain Should Improve Bite

David cobia

David caught a nice cobia outside of the inlet.

Last week was a slow start for us with the high pressure and bright skies, but it turned out pretty good. We fished inshore early in the week when the choppy seas made customers sea sick. The inlet bite started slow for us, but we managed a bunch of jacks and a few redfish. By week’s end, the snook bite got pretty good for most of the anglers.

We also got in some nearshore reef action with Kingfish, mangrove snapper, cobia and triggerfish. Pretty steady action offshore for sure, despite the colder temps.

I’m excited to see how this rain helps the bite in the lagoon. Should make the water a little dirtier and make it tougher for the fish to see the boat and anglers. The rain should also get the bait moving out of the creeks and impoundments into the lagoon and help quite a bit!

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

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Big Sharks on the Beach
April 12, 2021

Big Sharks on the Beach

shark bite

Some much larger sharks are in the mix with the migrating blacktips.

This week we have been once again met with great conditions and even better weather. At the start of the week I did some heavy surf fishing targeting pompano. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any keepers but the whiting bite has been on fire. With fresh dead shrimp being the hot bait early.

As the week moved on, I switched gears to target sharks. The blacktip migration is still running hot — and along with them are some much bigger sharks. Just take a look at the photo above. Several large hammerhead have been spotted close to shore, too. Just remember, if targeting sharks from land, you must have the land based shark permit issued by FWC.

The Spanish mackerel, and large jacks are cruising the beach along with the manta rays and, of course, with the rays come the cobia — and all have been well inside of 100 yards off the beach, well within casting range.

For the Spanish and jacks, 1/2-1oz silver spoons have been the hot lure; and if you can find them or net, them live mullet fished on a fish finder rig.

by Byran Taylor
Southern Bred Fishing Charters | (386) 216-8025

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Bass Bite Remains Excellent
April 12, 2021

Bass Bite Remains Excellent

stick marsh bass

This week, Stick Marsh, Kenansville and Headwaters were all productive using Chug Bugs in Black color as well as the Bass Assassin Fat Job rigged wacky style in the Junebug and Junebug Blue tail. You can pickup these baits at Fellsmere Outdoor Adventures along with lake maps of each body of water. I was using a Heavy action Halo XD III Pro rod with 50lb braid.

I look for the bite to remain extremely good this week. Focus on scattered hydrilla in 3-6ft of water. Good Luck and tight lines.

by Kenny Hass
Catchin' Bass Guide Service | (772) 494-7400

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Amazing Week Offshore
April 12, 2021

Amazing Week Offshore

fired up charters

Scallop Hammers, Black Tips , Fine Tooth’s and a Limit of 12 Kings to match Aboard the 🔥 Fire Fight with Capt Joe t

It was an amazing week fishing offshore. Finally, we could get out there and do what we do. Nearshore shark fishing has been absolutely insane. Hammerheads, Blacktips, tigers, bulls and Sandbars. All close to shore and theres so many they have been eating each other. We even saw a great white! Kings have been firing with limits daily and some pushing 30lbs. Live bait, particularly bunker, is the best bet. The Maui Maui have been chewing on the minnows, as well. Sails and blackfin Tuna are around in the mix, too. You dont need to do anything other than troll the reefs. Everything is there eating the same baits. Good luck and go kill a few!

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

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Shrimp Running
April 12, 2021

Shrimp Running

shrimp run

The shrimp have been running thick in the river!

In the canals around Satellite Beach, anglers are catching small snook, small tarpon, sheepshead, mangrove snapper and a few redfish. In the river around the bridges they are catching Spanish mackerel, and an occasional pompano along with mangrove snapper and sheepshead. For the beach fisherman, big whiting, sheepshead and some pompano are being caught. For the offshore bite, dolphin are showing up. The bottom fishermen are catching nice mangroves and a few triggerfish. Also, the shrimp are running good in the river!

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

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TOURNEY TIME

We’ve got a small lull in tournament activity, but things will be really picking up soon as we move into Spring. Check out the full schedule of upcoming tournaments that we’re covering here on our 2021 TOURNAMENT CENTRAL page.

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LOCAL EVENTS

FSFA Club Meeting

FSFA The April 27th Club Meeting guest speaker is Capt. Alex Gorichky, who will be covering a variety of inshore/nearshore/offshore fishing topics. The meeting will be at 7:00 PM at the Veteran’s Memorial Center, 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island. The meeting will also be available live on the Club’s Facebook Page.

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