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WEEKLY FORECAST

4.9.2019 – 4.15.2019

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

port canaveral offshore dolphin

Candace Corbin credits Capt. Shaun for putting her on this beautiful dolphin on an offshore trip out of Port Canaveral.

The Spacefish team is still struggling to correctly record the date as 201819 and here we are smack in the middle of Spring with the year already a third of the way over. With each passing day getting hotter and hotter, it’ll be Summer in no time. Summer is an awesome time of year here — there’s a lot to look forward to, like awesome fishing, summer vacation, fireworks, days on the boat and at the beach, and the list goes on. However, summer is not all bikinis, beer, and hotdogs in Central Florida. There’s also bugs. Lots and lots of bugs. Biting bugs, flying bugs, crawling bugs. Some that do all three. Some you can’t see, others you probably wish that you couldn’t.

Dealing with these pests is undoubtedly the worst part of the summer, and sometimes, there’s just no control over it. For instance, spend a windless, summer night at Sebastian Inlet and you better be wearing a hazmat suit if you want to get out of there alive. Some pest problems, however, can easily be eliminated or avoided altogether, like the flea and tick invasion of your lawn, or the endless barrage of sugar ants seeping through your kitchen walls. These pest issues can really put a damper on your summer plans, but you don’t have to let them. Just call Sunstate Pest Management at 1-800-781-PEST (7378). Sunstate has been servicing Central Florida since 1980, and let us tell you, there’s no better man than business owner and operator, Steve Goff. Even if you don’t currently have an issue with bugs, just remember — THIS IS FLORIDA — it’s only a matter of time. There’s no company better suited to protect your prospects of a pest-free summer, so call Sunstate today and tell them Spacefish sent you!

FISHING CLUB MEETINGS

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The FSFA South Chapter club meeting is today (Tuesday, April 9th) at 6:30pm at Front Street Civic Center across from Harry Goode’s in downtown Melbourne. Capt. Shane Trottier is the featured speaker and will be talking about fishing Sebastian Inlet. Come on out and join us — food and soft drinks will be available for a donation.

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

72.45%

TOP TARGETS

  • Dolphin
  • Snapper
  • Cobia

INSHORE

76.22%

TOP TARGETS

  • Seatrout
  • Black Drum
  • Redfish

SURF/JETTY

75.76%

TOP TARGETS

  • Pompano
  • Whiting
  • Sheepshead

WEATHER OVERVIEW: Alright, its official — we are starting to see the temperature climb. We are looking forward to a week of high temperatures in the low 80s. Today, the weather is not so hot with potential thunderstorms coming through but the rest of the week looks pretty darn good. Wednesday will bring the lowest winds this week but up until Sunday when the wind picks up a little you should be able to target just about whatever is on your list. This past week when the weather allowed, we had solid catches of dolphin, kingfish and cobia in our offshore and nearshore waters. The trout bite in the lagoon has remained solid as well. There will be plenty to fish for this week so get out there and make it happen, captain!

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

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FEATURED STORY

TARGETING SPRING TROUT

SPRING SEATROUT FISHING

BY PAUL MACINNIS

It’s seatrout spawning time and that bite is really heating up. Paul MacInnis offers some great tips for targeting Space Coast seatrout during this time of year. Although originally published last year, Paul’s advice remains on point!

READ THE STORY HERE!

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, John Ratkowski of Melbourne Beach — John, 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:

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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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Ready to Chase Kings
May 18, 2020

Ready to Chase Kings

Rough weather and high seas this past week kept us off the ocean. Once the seas subside, Captain Justin and I will be taking our clients out to chase schooling king mackerel on the 70 to 90-foot reefs. A variety of artificial lures will work for these fish but we will look for live baits to increase our odds at a successful day out there. If bait fish are present in the nearshore waters, we will be targeting kings in the 20 to 40-foot depths. May is also a great time to catch giant jacks, big tarpon, shark, and bonito in our nearshore waters.

The basins and jetties at the Port should hold redfish, snook, flounder, jack, mangroves snapper, and other hard fighting species. Live fingerling mullet, shrimp, mud minnows, croakers, and pilchards or pogies are all bait types that are effective on these various game species.

spotted seatrout

In the rivers and lagoon big trout, snook, and redfish are possible near docks, rocky areas and mangrove covered shorelines. We usually target these fish with a variety of lures like soft plastics, topwater plugs, and live shrimp or fingerling mullet are top choices as well

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

1:45ers at Wabasso North to  South Inlet
May 17, 2020

1:45ers at Wabasso North to South Inlet

What is a 1:45er you ask? It’s those odd balls you see at the club right before closing. You know that chick who has thrown two sheets to the wind and is just waiting for someone, anyone, to throw her a look of approval for a continuation of her dazed and happy good time. That’s how the snook were for me today. I caught literally 9/10 I sight casted which was 9/11 that I saw. Only one was slot at 28” on the nose though, the rest were 18-24”. I could not find any slobs. Using doa jerk shads, white paddle tails, exoswims in white. I also caught several early on topwater using a yo-zuri hydro pencil. Most of my paddle tail bites were impact strikes. What I noticed was had I not seen the strike, I would not have known to set the hook. They would grab it and just sit. Kinda like if I get that free meal (drink) I’ll take it, but I know I shouldn’t. Then there were the blue fish and jacks. Like the creepy dude wearing stone wash jeans one size too tight, drenched in his endless supply of Drakkar cologne, ready to fight or find passion with whatever person has thrown too many sheets to the wind, they were pouncing on anything in front of their faces. Anything thrown outside of the shade line was like the last call light where they knew it was time to strike. All in all it was non stop action. The weather today left you guys no excuses so let’s see some reports. I hope y’all slayed them.

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TOURNEY CENTRAL

Florida fishing tournaments 2019

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.

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