Weekly Forecast: 5.14.2019 – 5.20.2019

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WEEKLY FORECAST

5.14.2019 – 5.20.2019

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

snowy grouper

These anglers were stoked to find it snowing in May this weekend!

Tournament season is still rolling forward at full steam and we’ve got another event-laden week ahead on the Space Coast. The CFOA’s 34th Annual Offshore tournament is this Saturday at Blue Points Marina and the Central Florida Shootout’s Award Party and Grand Prize Raffle (new $60k Boat!) is Sunday at Grills Riverside. The weather looks to be promising, too…

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

79.98%

TOP TARGETS

  • Dolphin
  • Grouper
  • Kingfish

INSHORE

80.11%

TOP TARGETS

  • SHRIMP!
  • Flounder
  • Seatrout
  • Tarpon

SURF/JETTY

78.43%

TOP TARGETS

  • Pompano
  • Whiting
  • Snook

WEATHER OVERVIEW: Expected to see isolated thunderstorms continue over the next few days, but sunny skies, lower winds and calmer seas are all on the horizon. Thursday through the weekend should present some really nice fishing weather. Unfortunately, winds will be shifting back out of the east mid-week, which doesn’t bode well for surf anglers hoping for relief from problematic sargassum weeds that have been thick on the beach lately.

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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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20th Anniversary!
May 24, 2019

20th Anniversary!

We’re very busy at marina this week getting ready for our 20 year anniversary event on memorial day! I can’t believe we opened this place on Memorial Day weekend all the way back in 1999 — time flies! We’ve got a lot of fun planned, including free drawings for prizes, etc., so come by if you are in the area.

As for the fishing, it’s been pretty mellow, with not much action in particular to be excited about. It’s largely due to very hot conditions and the full moon spoiling the early day bite. By the time they are hungry it is almost too hot out there to fish! This early hot weather is not something we like to see.

Anyway, there is a mixed bag of fish hitting in the lagoon around us. Lady fish are plentiful, and will give a pretty good fight, but not much food value, at least to the people I know. There’s still some trout biting along the shore and around structure, but all the fish are looking for shade and cooler water. There are some deep holes around the islands, and the fish will hold there. Wade fishermen are doing better than those in boats right now. There are reports of some HUGE flounder from the wade guys, too, and we’re talking doormat-sized. However, while they are there, and you can see them, they are teasing by not biting on anything. I am told you can thunk them on the head with bait and they just flutter up and move away…

The inlet is still offering some big snook, but the redfish bite, while there, is not as active as in the past weeks, and you will have to work hard to get them to come up to you. Bait fish is the key. They are picky right now, and all they want is live fish. Snook will be out of season come the end of this month, and as can be typically expected, they will probably start biting like crazy after that.

A different kind of fishing is starting up now. We are seeing blue crabs along our docks and seawalls. Lots of people set some traps in the morning and go back later to see what is there. Others set traps off their docks. Its a different way to have some fun!

Memorial Day Weekend this week! Watch out for those boaters who only go on holiday weekends and fuel their boats with alcohol! Check your safety gear — the law enforcement will be out and checking everyone! Be safe out there and have a great kick off to the summer season!

by Capt. Bonnie Roberts
Treasure Coast Marina | (321) 733-3390

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Kickin’ it in Key West
May 24, 2019

Kickin’ it in Key West

key west billfish

Welcome, from the southernmost city. Fishing is on fire inshore, offshore and on the reef. Whatever your pleasure, be it filling the freezer or knocking that trophy fish off your list, there is a charter here for you in Key West!

Inshore the big fish is the tarpon. We have schools rolling through the harbor with each tide. Chumming or drifting live pinfish should bend a rod for you. If you want something a little more one on one, a flats or bay boat trip into the islands is what you want, sight fishing at its finest. Permit and bonefish are still running with the tides. Talk to your guide and see what your best options are to shoot for a grand slam!

mahi season

Offshore, it’s dolphin season! Any decent weedline after 250 feet should have some fish on it. If you don’t hook up after a couple miles don’t be scared to run out. We’ve had lines out as far as the wall and beyond (20 miles). If you’re not hooking up stop on a larger patch and chum, throw bait and drop a jig deep. Sometimes they’ll find you 🙂 Drifting live baits on the color change should give you a couple shots at sails possibly a passing cobia. Give it time and you should be good.

key west snapper

Now for what I’ve been waiting on 🙂 I’m a meat hunter when it comes to fishing. Around the full moon in May and June the mutton snapper spawn. Hard fighting, delicious and beautiful is the best way to describe them. Look for schools out west in 110-120 ft. over hard flat bottom. It’s an afternoon bite so there is no rush to get out there. Giant yellowtail snapper and an occasional black grouper are your by-catch. Remember they just up the size to 18 inches and dropped the bag limit to 5 per person.

kids fishing key west

Take a kid out and let them have a go at these big bottom fish! Take a 2 speed, drop it in low gear and have them crank! Blow their mind with a giant fish and they’ll fish every day. That’s what it’s all about. Stay safe everyone and fish smart not hard 🙂

by Capt. Chuck Donney
Tails2Sails | (305) 923-9305

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Weeds Make for Tough Sledding
May 23, 2019

Weeds Make for Tough Sledding

port canaveral grouper

This past week would be rated a 6/10 on the Richter scale. One day was great and the next days were dead. Kings were hard to get due to the weed population — it’s absolutely unbelievable what we are dealing with here. It’s virtually impossible to get a bait out without snagging a weed in the first five feet and I sure hope it clears up soon. It’s making us look like a fool blaming poor fishing on weeds…..

Bottom fishing has been very good, though. AJs, almacos and banded rudders are plentiful on all the wrecks and ledges. This is providing much needed action to save the days on our trips. Grouper are a tad slower due to the millions of giant red snaps.

Good luck.

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

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See you in the Fall!
May 20, 2019

See you in the Fall!

surf report pompano

It ain’t over til the fat lady sings, and I can hear her her in the distance!

With Pompano season officially over, this will be my last report for a while. I want to start off by saying thank you to everybody who has tuned into Spacefish over the last year to read my surf fishing reports. We had a great pompano run this year and I look forward to an even better one next season!

While waiting for the coming season, I like to prepare myself for next year’s pompano run. This is the time to service all of your fishing reels and apply new fishing line to make sure they are all in tip top shape when the pompano are back on Brevard-area beaches. Another thing I like to do to prepare myself is to hit the beach in search of fleas to rake up, blanche off and freeze. When employing this method, make sure you are instantly putting the fleas in ice water to cool before patting the fleas dry with paper towel for freezing.

I want to finish my last report of the season by reminding you guys that, even though the pompano are very few and far between this time of the year, you can still fill up your cooler with plenty of whiting and croakers. Add sheepshead to that list if you’re able to fish around structure. Bait of choice for these species is going to be Fishbites, peeled shrimp, sand fleas and fiddler crabs.

If you’re still having that Pompano fever and are ready for a summer vacation, you can always book a trip to Alabama or the OBX, NC. That’s where the Pompano are heading and will be until the cold forces them back down to us in mid October. Otherwise, the beaches on our Space Coast Will still have plenty of action as the summer surf bite heats up for the huge Tarpon and over slot Snook! To cover these subjects, I’ll be passing the torch to my good friend Joey Antoneli to be filling in for me until Pompano season returns. Joey is a highly respected angler in our area and has a strong following on YouTube. Stay tuned to some awesome fishing from him followed by some incredibly helpful reports!

I’m signing off here and wish all of you guy’s tight lines and even tighter knots!

by Caleb Couture
Tradewinds Surf Fishing Charters, Pompano Riggs by Couture | (321) 271-1061

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An Unusual Run of Business
May 20, 2019

An Unusual Run of Business

mosquito lagoon seatrout

Leah got herself a Gator on a recent charter with Capt. Mark Wright

What an unusual run of business for me this past week. One day I took part in a two boat charter that was originally slated as a four boat trip; another day I filled in for Capt. Jim on a supposedly nearshore trip, and finally finished off with a Mosquito Lagoon charter with a couple of guys from Ohio.

The two boat trip started later than we would have liked as the clients were unable to meet until 0700. That’s ninety minutes later than we should have launched given the Full-moon scenario we faced. Tossing top-water plugs and soft plastic lures around the mullet pods produced no fish for us.

Moving to a nearby bridge we quickly found groups of black drum and each boat hooked up only to break off. Of course the hardheads were more than eager to eat our live shrimp and jighead rigs if we could get them past the puffers!

Our nearshore trip was called off — not by weather — but by FWC turning boaters away from the Port Canaveral ramp as ALL of the available parking was filled. Silly me, while I knew the CFOA tournament was happening, I completely forgot about the boat races.

We switched fishing gear and headed inshore from Titusville. This trip started about 10 A.M., laughably late. Other than a couple of dozen catfish our only prize was Leah’s Gator trout!

Finally Mike and Chad joined me in the Mosquito Lagoon. Short-cast syndrome for one of the guys convinced me to anchor down and soak mullet chunks. The catfish were thick and hungry, though I eventually found some willing redfish and each angler got to experience tight strings and a few photo ops.

mosquito lagoon redfish

Mike released this slot redfish he caught on a chunk-o-mullet while fishing with Capt. Mark Wright!

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

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Bait Slow on the Beach
May 20, 2019

Bait Slow on the Beach

jumbo jack

Kingfish action has improved along the beaches this week but the bait situation is still not what we had hoped for. Bait gathering each day has taken longer than it should. Once you get bait things start happening quickly though. Slow troll these on a wire stinger rig. Most of the kingfish are running 20-25 pounds right now. We’ve been finding a few schools of big jack crevalle south of Sebastian. They are not in good numbers yet, but the fish are all in the 20 to 35 pounds range. If you like a fight, these fish will bring it!

lagoon redfish

In the lagoon, trout, black drum and small snook have been the most common species that we are catching. Live fingerling mullet or shrimp are your best baits. Skitterwalk plugs early and jigs later in the day will usually get these species to strike. Tarpon are due to show up in numbers any day now and we are anxious for their return.

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

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Sebastian Nearshore/Offshore
May 20, 2019

Sebastian Nearshore/Offshore

snapper

Andy with a nice snapper!

Things were all over the place last week! We had some high winds when they were supposed to be calm, and some calm days when it was supposed to be windy. Hit some nearshore reefs for Mangrove Snapper, Lane Snapper, Triggerfish, Bonito and King Mackerel. Saw a few Cobia but couldn’t get them to eat. Along the beaches were schools of big jack crevalle and bluefish. Live bait was best for all but the jacks and bluefish. Inlet water is clean and the redfish bite has been a bit slow.

cobia

Noah caught his first Cobia on Mothers Day!

The forecast looks good until mid-week, then we will have some winds and higher seas. Fish the beaches for jacks, bluefish and Bonito with artificial and if you want some Kingfish hit the nearshore reefs with live greenies and slow troll along the reefs. The offshore reefs should have good numbers of Mangrove and Mutton Snapper as well as some AJ, Kingfish and the occasional Mahi. If you can find good numbers of pigfish and croaker, the snook bit is good but the cudas and Jewfish are thick and its hard to get one in without it getting eaten.

cuda

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

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Ponce/New Smyrna
May 20, 2019

Ponce/New Smyrna

We’ve had a great mixed bag of fishing this week. The black drum bite has continued to be good. Any type of stinky bait fished on a jig-head will typically get them to eat. The lagoon has been loaded with jacks, ladyfish, blues and trout. We also started getting good numbers of tarpon ranging 30 pounds up to 100 pounds!

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

Welcome to the Jungle!
May 20, 2019

Welcome to the Jungle!

Ryan Wood ventures into the urban jungle of South Florida, searching for peacock bass in Lake Ida and Lake Osbourne.

Full Moons
May 20, 2019

Full Moons

After checking the weather and moons, I decided to hold off on the fishing to later in the afternoon on Sat. Hit Wabasso and headed to the south point. Bait was everywhere, and I could see tails. Throwing a gold paddle tail on red jig I immediately hook up, I was thinking red, but was pleasantly surprised with an 18 inch snook. I’m thinking we’re about to have a great day. Next cast, boom, another snook at 22inch. This is too easy and our measurements are heading in a great direction. 2 hours, every lure brought, a bunch of jacks the size of my hand, and several hundred cast later I called it a day. I never made it to full dark as my gheenoe is not properly equipped at the moment. Never got a red, but I was seeing plenty of them. Wasn’t my worse day, wasn’t my best.

Plenty of Fish and Blue Water Shallower
May 19, 2019

Plenty of Fish and Blue Water Shallower

kingfish port canaveral

It’s starting to get really good offshore with blue water in only 60-70ft. We got out Tuesday despite breezy west winds and storms south of the port. There were not any pogies off the beach, but we did see a few tarpon while trying. Unfortunately, the weather forced us further north and way shallower than where I think would have been the best bet. We still managed to get a few snake kings and the usual red snapper in 100ft. What you didn’t get to see was a mangrove and a big lane snapper.

Other than a few days in February and April, this year has been below average for mahi. There’s still a chance from wherever you hit blue water east as far as you dare. Inside the stream, you’ll have to deal with bonitos, cudas, and maybe kings while trolling. Near and in the Gulf Stream, there’s a far outside chance of a blackfin, sail, or wahoo.

There aren’t many gag or red grouper left out of Port Canaveral because all the “critically endangered” red snapper, goliath grouper, and sandbar sharks have taken over and forced them south. The best chance at them is way southeast from the port over rock bottom. Look particularly for subtle structure because there will be the least competition. It’s often not subtle underneath what you mark. Upward sticking structures such as wrecks will not hold many grouper because all the “critically endangered fish” will eat them, their food, and their eggs.

For those of you who still remember the good ole days, the northern third of the Indian River Lagoon system has been dying rapidly over the past few years while the amount of boats fishing has been rapidly increasing. My usual grand slams have been replaced with algae slams. It’s so brown that you can’t see bottom unless you’re in less than 8 inches of water. Manatees have eaten all the seagrass and it cannot regenerate. Green algae is reaching the surface and has grown several feet tall. Red algae is also present.

Due to these issues, I’m suspending my inshore reports indefinitely. I’ll still do videos and pictures, but they won’t be publicly shared until at least 14 days. All my fishing will continue to involve picking up trash, catch and release, and very careful handling. I will be touching trout as little as possible and keep all fish in the water as much as possible.

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Fly Fishing the Flats
May 19, 2019

Fly Fishing the Flats

flats fly fishing report

The weather is finally starting to stabilize and fish are stalking the shallows. This time of year can offer some of the best in sight fishing for a multitude of species in shallow water on fly. The transition from Winter’s cooler water temps and the warmer waters of Spring to Summer’s patterns is starting to finally take place. There is no better time for big Trout and belly crawling shallow water Redfish for anglers who sight fish on fly. Water levels are still fairly low but clear water is still the key in the North Indian and Mosquito Lagoons. The early morning bite has been very productive using top water Gurglers, especially for Trout and Snook.

Crustacean patterns are still producing fish but key in on baitfish patterns for targeting the larger fish in deeper water. As mid day approaches, focus on mangrove shorelines for shallow water Redfish or Snook, even as the water temps begin to rise. We are blessed to live where the fishing can be productive all year round, but you have to change tactics throughout the day to stay productive. Just remember to stay hydrated and covered up and a full day on the water can still be enjoyable.

For anyone looking to experience sight fishing the shallows on fly and light tackle contact the Charter Captains of Florida Fly Co. Charters on Facebook or our website.

by Alan Ryland
Florida Fly Co.

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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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FISHING CLUB MEETINGS

FSFA

The FSFA club is holding a rigging seminar for their South Chapter Meeting on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30pm at Front Street Civic Center across from Harry Goode’s in downtown Melbourne. The rigging seminar will feature an assortment of local experts, covering topics for inshore and offshore, rod and reel maintenance, knots, and more!

The North Chapter meeting on May 28 at Brevard Veterans Center will feature Charlie Levine, who will be speaking on how to read sea surface temperature and chloorophyll charts. Charlie is a lifelong angler and is currently the editor and publisher of Fishtrack.com and buoyweather.com, as well as a contributing writer to several publications.

SeaDek Golf Tournament

SeaDek is holding its annual Golf Tournament for Captains for Clean Water. It’s a cool event for a great cause.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 8 AM – 4 PM
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7032 Stadium Pkwy, Viera, Florida 32940

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2 Comments

  1. Richard May 18, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Are you still giving away a free spot in the fishing tournament on June 1st. I haven’t seen a contest give away for it like last year please let me know I won last year and I like the tournament I would love to do it again this year thank you Richard Helsel

    • JC May 18, 2019 at 9:01 pm

      Hey Richard, we are, indeed giving away two entries to the FSFA Offshore Tourney! Details will be in the weekly forecast on Tuesday, thanks!

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