5.21.2019 – 5.27.2019
A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY
ALGAE IS COMING…
A SONG OF DUNG AND WATER
Whether you’re a fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones or not, you’ve almost certainly heard about the recent conclusion of its final season. The story’s long-anticipated “Winter” finally came and, surprisingly, shared a major commonality with the winters experienced right here in Central Florida — it left people asking, “That was it???” While warming weather represented the end of the existential threat to the people of Westeros, for Central Florida, it now marks a heightened ecological threat to the lagoon system. Far from the peak temperatures of summer, the season has hardly begun, and already, the threat of toxic algae looms large.
There’s many contributing factors to the proliferation of toxic algae in the lagoon, but the underlying problem is clear: excess nitrogen and phosphorus in the water. One significant source of these nutrients is the runoff from fertilized lawns within our community.
In an effort to reduce nutrient runoff during the peak algae threat season, Brevard County enforces a ban on the application of fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus during the blackout period of June 1st to September 30th. Problematically, many local residents go merrily about fertilizing their way to greener grass, unaware that this ban even exists. It’s hard to expect otherwise when these “banned” products remain fully stocked on the shelves of every major retailer with a home & garden department in the county. In effect, the ban does little to fulfill its purpose during this critical period of time.
The crisis facing the lagoon is too big and far too urgent to wait in reliance on legislatures and elected officials for solutions. Bold leadership and action is needed from individual private citizens within our community — and we’d like to proudly recognize one of our valued Spacefish sponsors as exemplifying such leadership: Bill Pastermack, owner of Ace Hardware Titusville.
Leading the way among local retailers to reduce nutrient runoff into the lagoon, Bill has committed to pulling banned fertilizers from the shelves of the two Ace Hardware locations he owns and operates in Titusville. We salute and thank Bill for taking this step to help save the lagoon. Show Bill that he has the support of the community by stopping by one of his two locations. If you’ve never before been, what’s inside may surprise you — these are NOT your average hardware stores. For instance, you’ll find a huge assortment of fishing gear, including rods, reels, tackle, kayaks, and more; the largest selection of Costa Sunglasses in Brevard County; and an unrivaled selection of grills and smokers at the Grilling HQ Garden Street location. Thank you for supporting local businesses like Bill’s!
IN THIS WEEK’S FORECAST…
SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST
WEATHER OVERVIEW: Get ready for a beautiful week of weather here in Central Florida. You should expect sunshine and blue skies throughout most of the week with fairly low winds. There will be an uptick in wind come Thursday but it should taper off throughout the day Friday. If you want to fish offshore, nearshore, inshore, lakes, surf or jetties, this week is shaping up to be a good one!
Click here to check out the forecast from the National Weather Service.
Our weekly giveaway prize is back to $20 Gift Cards to Strike-Zone Fishing in Melbourne. Congrats to this week’s winner, Justin Winn of Cocoa — Justin, please email us within 7 days to claim your prize.
A new winner is drawn and announced in every weekly forecast. If you’re not already a subscriber, click here to enter the weekly giveaway!
We’ve got 20,000 reasons why you don’t want to miss the FSFA’s 51st Annual Offshore Tournament, and the $175 entry fee ain’t one — or, it doesn’t have to be, at least. We’re giving away TWO boat entries for the June 1 tournament THIS WEEK with $20k in guaranteed cash payouts up for grabs. To enter the random drawing, fill out the entry form below. Two winners will be announced in the weekly forecast next Tuesday.
FULL MOUNTY GIVEAWAY
The FULL MOUNTY giveaway is back! One winner will be randomly drawn on June 3rd, 2019, to win a 33″ full mount dolphin replica from Mount This Fish Company. Enter the contest below!
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.
FISHING CLUB MEETINGS
The FSFA 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.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA
Check out what’s been caught on camera while fishing in around the Space Coast this week.
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