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TARPON TIME!

It’s mid-June on the Space Coast and you don’t need to check the clock to know that it’s TARPON TIME on the beach! Calm seas, clean water, and plentiful bait — oh, yeah — its on!

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OFFSHORE

69.23%

TOP TARGETS

  • Snapper
  • Grouper
  • Dolphin

INSHORE

77.12%

TOP TARGETS

  • Seatrout
  • Snook
  • Sheepshead

NEARSHORE

73.54%

TOP TARGETS

  • Kingfish
  • Tarpon
  • Spanish Mackerel

WEATHER OVERVIEW: Typical summer weather have settled in with low winds, higher temperatures and good possibility of afternoon thunderstorms. This week we start the week with temperatures in the mid 80’s with a high chance of thunderstorms on Tuesday. However, as the weeks progresses, rain chances diminish, temperatures will creep up to the high 80’s and the wind will be low, making for some awesome opportunities to get out and target some fish all week and throughout the weekend as well. For those new to the area, it’s important to protect yourself from the sun during these hot summer months. Sunblock, buffs, long-sleeved dry fit shirts, hats and good polarized sunglasses are all things that you should have. Also be sure to bring plenty of water with you and stay hydrated. You don’t realize it but the summer sun can get on you quick so be prepared and take the proper precautions to ensure you have a safe and fun trip out on the water.

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Kayak Fishing for Tarpon off the Beach

Ryan Wood embraces the challenge of tangling with the Silver King from a humble throne. Find out what it takes to take on massive tarpon off the beach by kayak!

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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:

Mud Crickets
August 9, 2020

Mud Crickets

The passing storm delivered flat seas for Saturday, and the ride was quicker than usual. Good time, good friends, a few good fish, and another one in the books. Can’t wait for the next storm to pass…

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Great Conditions, Great Fishing
August 9, 2020

Great Conditions, Great Fishing

amberjack offshore

Amberjack were among several species that made for an active bottom bite this week.

It was a great past week out of Port Canaveral! We were gifted with zero wind, flat calm and glassy conditions — and the fishing was awesome, too. Fortunately, the excellent weather projects to continue this week.

Trolling the typical areas has been productive. The kingfish bite has been active, but we’ve also had a mix of dolphin, cobia, and sailfish chewing, too. The bottom fishing has also been producing a lot of rod-bending action with plenty of red snapper, amberjacks, and grouper.

Unfortunately, live bait has not been easy to come by. It’s out there, and can definitely be found, but it can be a struggle. If you can spare the time, do what you can to find it because live bait can make or break your fishing trip. For whatever reason, the fish don’t seem to be eager for the minnows right now, so try and stick to bunkers if you can.

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

Looking like Aug-Bust for now
August 7, 2020

Looking like Aug-Bust for now

Nasty brown algae water has spread to much of the lagoon system except a few select areas of central/southern Brevard unfortunately. This further lowers dissolved oxygen, which makes the trout and redfish seek out any sort of moving water or clearer water. Even then, the fishing for both species is really tough. Snook and tarpon are thick of all sizes right now. The smaller fish should be willing to eat small artificials like a DOA TerrorEyz as well as any small live baits such as shrimp, mud minnows, or especially baby mullet if you can find that.

The other factor for tough fishing at this time is the fact that we just had a full moon. The bite can be really tough from 3-7 days after a full moon. That includes everything from yesterday, August 6th to Monday, August 10th. It seemed quite evident yesterday when I found big tarpon and big snook that would not eat any artificial or live bait; not even a live mullet.

We were fortunate to avoid any damage from Isaias, but the swell dirtied the water for sure. It looks brown on the beach and turbid further out. This probably has made bait scarce nearshore, which also makes tarpon and kingfish leave. Snook and redfish are more likely to stick around, but there’s no guarantee there either.

I noticed the sargassum on the beach was insane, which would create a lot of work for every type of fishing except bottom fishing. Even then, the swell will make the water dirty at least out to 150 ft or so. If the current allows you to, the amberjack should be chewing on some of the deeper structures. Vertical jigs and live bait both will catch when they are hungry. Speaking of hunger, there are plenty of sandbar sharks out there. It is a game of reel as fast as you can, but some days the sharks will win. Our fishery management sure has created an imbalance with sandbar sharks and red snapper taking over everything.

If you get lucky and find a weedline or color change, things get interesting. It is likely there would be mahi in clean blue water or cobia in dirty water. Once again, this is a big if. Do not count on it. Go out with low expectations and take what you can get, but do not skip work or anything else to go fishing. Save that for something crazy in the fall or spring.

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Tough Times for Surf Fishing
August 6, 2020

Tough Times for Surf Fishing

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It’s not easy, but still very possible to catch Pompano in these tough conditions in the surf.

Surf fishing from Cocoa Beach to Sebastian Inlet has taken a turn for the worse. Contradictory to the conditions that were celebrated through the first half of July, conditions have diminished dramatically due to compounding factors of wind, water clarity and seaweed. The seaweed issue makes it nearly impossible to get fish on the line efficiently. Surf fishing with wind, waves and other obstacles can be overcome with various rigging and persistence. Bottom line, the seaweed makes it difficult to keep a line wet, but not impossible.

Pompano fishing has fallen way off due to the conditions mentioned above. On a positive note, we are still catching them sporadically on a daily basis while running beach fishing charters. The welcoming sight of a symbolic pompano strike excites all parties, including beach walkers! Lots of undersized pompano continue to be caught. Oversize keeper pompano will be mixed in the same areas, just keep fishing through the shorts.

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Live sand fleas continue to be accessible on the entirety of Brevard County’s shorelines. Take your sand flea rake on a falling tide for best results. Look for the V-shaped ripples in the wash zone to depict a group. Approach cautiously, as they are sensitive to pressure. Dig into the sand on the oceanside end of the school and let the retreating waves wash them into your rake. Catching live bait increases your catch tremendously. Combine live sand fleas with Fishbites in the shrimp and crab flavor for best results.

Snook fishing has fallen off, as well, only because of the mats of seaweed and dirty water in the trough. Once again, they’re there, but be prepared for unruly conditions dragging in mats of weeds on every cast. If you have the time and the patience, don’t be discouraged, but understand that’s what it’s going to take during these times. Deploy a live croaker where the edges of the beach fall off. Walk with your bait and the current direction to increase time of effective presentation. Dead sticking in the rod holders will diminish the bottom time on baits with the debris collecting more rapidly. Lures will be difficult to retrieve in the trough as well, so I recommend live bait tactics.

Tropical storms and hurricanes will dictate surf fishing conditions over the coming months. Take every opportunity to get out there regardless. When the conditions are prime, make sure to go earlier, often and fish longer. Inevitably, this time of year will consist of extended periods of sustained wind and waves. So make a plan to keep a pulse on the conditions for favorable opportunities. Snook, pompano, whiting and croaker will continue to be caught inconsistently until the water clarity and seaweed retreat. Look for a window of light winds and calm currents to settle the ocean and give us something better to work with. Challenging times, but so worth the thrill of the prize!

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

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It’s Been A Fishy Week!
August 6, 2020

It’s Been A Fishy Week!

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Trevor with a large redfish caught casting gulp shrimp around the mullet pods!

This week has been fantastic! Dodging the tropical storm seemed to really do some good here on the Space Coast. Despite the few windy days keeping everyone off the ocean, the inshore bite remains strong. This week I found a variety of species ranging from bull redfish, tarpon, trout, and a snook here in there.

The key this week was finding the black mullet on shorelines with slightly deeper troughs in the 2.5 to 3 feet range with larger mullet nearby have been very productive! When looking for these areas, it’s literally all about putting in your time. Fish as much shoreline as possible using search baits such as gulp shrimp, topwater plugs, and even mirrolures. As you start working down the shoreline keep your eyes peeled for lots of large black mullet. Find the mullet and find the fish — it’s that simple!

I prefer to fish these pods with soft plastics until the sun rises and then switch to live and dead baits such as finger mullet and ladyfish chunks. The next few weeks we should start seeing the same and more and more fish. As fall approaches we tend to experience some of the finest fishing the Space Coast has to offer, inshore and nearshore!

by Capt. Alex Hughey
All Water Adventures | (321) 795-8566

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Look for Clean Water
August 4, 2020

Look for Clean Water

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Had some good days on the beach last week with some tarpon and sharks. Live bait was best last week where we did really well on artificial the weeks before. Inlet bite was good for jetty guys and guys in boats did well some days, too. Hit the reefs a few days later in the week and did really well on triggerfish as well as red snapper and a few mangroves. The ledges holding sharks also had several Cobia on them and the kingfish were thick, as well. This week, if the swells lay down, look for clean water after the tropical storm and there should be good action with all of the bait present.

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

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Canaveral Offshore – August 2020
August 3, 2020

Canaveral Offshore – August 2020

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Captain Ronnie put his customers on a big juicy 42lb smoker king mackerel.

We had a text book July with all the usual suspects hanging out in all the usual spots. Inside of 10 miles we had our king mackerel, sharks, tarpon and goliath grouper holding in the bait for some species and along structure for others. The main reefs were great for live bait trolling up the Summer saving king mackerels, and on occasion, it would give up a nice cobia, mahi, sailfish or black fin tuna. Other than the 4 day red snapper, a few amberjack and a 2 day mangrove bite the bottom fishing was pretty much dead like it almost always is in the summer. Blue water trolling was pretty terrible because of all of the scattered grass and overall low volume of fish. We never did take any trips or hear of anyone doing any trips to the other side of the stream so……

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NEARSHORE

Tropical storm Isaias will have the water clarity wrecked for any hopes of live bait trolling the beach for kings and the occasional cobia, so unless we have no more storm activity for the next month, you will have to wait another year for that awesome fishery. August is a great month for Tarpon. Live pogies drifted back over the shoal will be a sure bet for anyone wanting to have a blast trying to tame these awesome fish. Finding the live bait might be a challenge, but once you have the bait it is just a numbers game from there on out. 50lb fluro leader with a 5/0 circle hook free lined back is all you need. You will have some bluefish and sharks to weed through but eventually that tarpon will find you. Goliath grouper are another awesome fish we have in August that are perfect targets for anglers who just want to see if they have what it takes to tame the beast. Use any giant live or dead bait along any structure inside of 10 miles and you have a great chance at goliath grouper.

OFFSHORE

The first big swells after the calm summer are upon us and that changes everything. The first handful of calm days will be all about finding color changes and hard edges. Bare with me while I explain what happens. Summertime live bait trolling is great, almost always good action with a lot of king mackerel and the occasional cobia, mahi, sailfish etc. These cobia and mahi are very spread out because of the abundance of bait that is spread out. Once we lose our water clarity, the bait will stack on any color change, even if this is dirty water going to slightly cleaner water or slightly clean water to really clean water. This also gives clear distinction on where you will find certain species. For example, cobia don’t mind dirty water and mahi will only be in clean blue water.

We have a very good chance at some great cobia fishing because several were being caught daily at the end of July. The big swells from the storm will create a color change that will allow those specifically wanting to target cobia a way to narrow their search and most likely result in some nice fish being caught. Same thing goes for mahi fishing.

The past month we have had some scattered fish around but specifically targeting them was poor because the search grid was too broad. Nice color change where Gulf Stream water meets dirty water will make for some good mahi fishing if the sea weed isn’t so scattered and thick that you can’t fish. The amount of seaweed the last couple years has been a problem when it comes to any style of trolling, I have even seen it so bad that I couldn’t deep drop fish because the amount of grass piling up on the line made it where you couldn’t see the bite or hold bottom. The bottom fishing absolutely needed to be turned on its head and shaken up.

The bottom bite will continue to be poor for the first part of the month with the exception of amberjack fishing. Once everything settles for a week without any big swells, we can expect to see a decent bottom bite. The mangroves, muttons, lanes, triggerfish and groupers should start to feed aggressively giving bottom fisherman a good chance at some fish for the freezer. We look forward to some great fishing this month.

by Capt. Greg Rapp
Sea Leveler Sport Fishing Charters | (321) 794-3474

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Ready for the New Skeeter!
August 3, 2020

Ready for the New Skeeter!

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Zach Catlett from Titusville got a beautiful look at this huge lagoon tarpon on his Birthday trip this past week.

Hey gang,

This week’s update will be short and sweet. I’m progressing a little each day and hopefully this back issue will be fully healed by the time my brand new 2021 Skeeter SX-240 bay boat gets here sometime around the third week of September.

I ordered this boat in the same color pattern as the 2020 model with the ghost grey gunnels and midnight black running surface. She will be powered by another reliable 300 horsepower Yamaha outboard and have all the fishing bells and whistles that you all have come to expect from one of our charter vessels.

Captain Justin has been focusing on targeting tarpon in the lagoons on his fishing trips over the past week. As with any tarpon fishing scenario, some days the tarpon wins. Tarpon are without a doubt one of the hardest fighting, acrobatic, and defiant fish that we target throughout the year. In fact, most tarpon guides consider calling it a tarpon “success” if they can keep the fish on for three full jumps.

On a few of his trips, our fishing guests have pulled the fish boat-side for the leader touch, and photo completing an exhausting battle with high fives and big smiles!

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As you all know the big bull redfish start grouping into their spawning schools in the latter part of August and are usually in full swing around the first few weeks of September. If you would like to book a 4, 5, or 6 hour trip to try for these bruisers now is the time to act. Click here to book your trip! We have openings from August 20th through September 11th at this time. This is your opportunity to land a true “trophy” and fulfill your dream to catch one of these giant fish.

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

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Experiencing Snook in the Surf
August 3, 2020

Experiencing Snook in the Surf

snook fishing in the surf

Catching a snook in the surf is an incredible experience everyone should enjoy.

Of all the fish you can target in the surf, there’s no doubt that snook are among the most exhilarating to catch for the angler and spectators alike. You can’t help to be awed by these magnificently beautiful fish every time, no matter how many times you’ve landed one on the beach. It’s not just about the bragging rights, either. These fish simply command a reverence and appreciation; there is just such a special feeling produced in watching them swim back into the ocean after a quick and healthy release. This is why it’s an experience I’m so happy to help other anglers (and non-anglers) achieve.

In recent surf fishing reports, I’ve shared some basic tips on how to successfully target snook in the surf; but I know as well as anybody, many feats are easier said than done. No matter how much you read about a subject, or how many videos you watch, some things are just much easier to learn with hands-on, guided instruction. I think snook fishing in the surf is one of those things. That’s why I believe the easiest and most effect way to learn the ins and outs of fishing for snook on the beach is by booking a guided trip with myself, or one of the other guides with Cocoa Beach Surf Fishing Charters.

With our guided trips, we offer a comprehensive approach that has newbies and experienced fisherman alike walking away with the knowledge to land a trophy snook in the surf. It’s a great opportunity for newer residents, experienced surf fisherman that haven’t figured out snook, or anybody interested in fishing snook from the beach. There’s some giants out there now and nows the time to learn in preparation for the fall mullet run, as well.

Our rates are very affordable, starting at just $200 for a 3-4 hour guided trip. If you’re interested in learning everything you need to know about catching snook, or gifting an incredible experience for someone else in your life, give us a call at (321) 205-4672 or visit our website to learn more.

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

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Tarpon Fishing on Fire!
August 3, 2020

Tarpon Fishing on Fire!

tarpon fishing on fire

Tarpon fishing this past week has been on fire 🔥 and should continue to be very good over the next couple of weeks. The flounder bite on nearshore reefs is still good but slowing down and the bull reds are feeding in the inlet and ICW.

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

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16 Footers at the Buoy
August 3, 2020

16 Footers at the Buoy

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Free swimming cobia have been a common find lately.

All in all it was another very good week. We got into some big kings up to 40lbs on the local reefs using live bunker. We also had a very good showing of cobia. No, they were not on the shoals, but were just free swimming on the reefs. We had a steady pick on the sails as well. The tropical storm had 16 footers at the buoy, so lets see what happens this week. Hopefully, it lays down so we can do our thing out there!

Good Luck!

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

Very Agressive Redfish!
August 2, 2020

Very Agressive Redfish!

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A redfish with two fresh hooks in its mouth which broke off and then ate the next bait in the water.

This week I took a trip south to Sebastian for some big snook. There were two spots that I was really looking forward to try, but it took some time getting there because we got sidetracked by a big school of big tarpon on the way down. It was an amazing site. There were tarpon rolling and blowing up mullet all around the boat, huge floating redfish and blackdrum, a big school of jack, and two sharks with one about 7 feet (either blacktips or bull sharks). Nothing ate croakers, mullet, or artificial shrimp except for big jack, of course. After about 45 minutes of trying to catch these fish, it was obvious that they weren’t going to eat anything on our line.

Once we got to Sebastian, the first spot was pretty disappointing. I rarely fish anywhere near the inlet so I don’t know where and when to fish relative to the tides which is probably why that spot was bad. We only saw one snook and got no hits under docks.

The second spot was a completely different story. There were overslot snook everywhere. The first three or four docks each had about a dozen huge snook. I couldn’t believe it and still can’t, but we didn’t get a single bite on live croakers or mullet. On the way back we tried for triple tail on the markers but there was nothing doing.

The next day I tried the canals around Satellite. The redfish were the most aggressive I have seen them, eating twice in a row even after breaking off two minutes before and eating a foot from the boat multiple times. My dad and I landed about six all around twenty inches, the biggest being twenty-three. After that I went out into the Banana River with my friend and we managed to land a 30 inch redfish on a live croaker. The snook were not in the central Indian River in our area like they have been. I caught three smaller snook, and hooked one which was easily over slot but broke off on some barbed wire.

Attached is a photo of a redfish with two fresh hooks in its mouth which broke off and then ate the next bait in the water.

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Calm Before the Storm!
July 29, 2020

Calm Before the Storm!

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It looks as if we might be about to experience our first and hopefully last tropical system of the year. This can throw a huge curve ball when it comes to the bite. Typically, with large storms like this, we have drastic changes in barometric pressure, which can actually create a really good bite no matter inshore or offshore — of course, when the winds allow.

This weeks calm winds have had me fishing around the bait pods all along the beach. Between pogies and glass minnows, it all changes day to day, but both forms of bait pods are holding a plethora of species. The most common are snook, tarpon, jacks, kingfish and bonito. The best way to fish these pods are with large swimbaits. I prefer the Hogy brand. They have a stout hook and really produce well! A toss and retrieve in a quick manner usually does the trick; they are super easy to use and very effective.

When possible, drifting with live baits on stinger rigs works great, too. Unfortunately, they are not good for big tarpon and result in break offs. If you are seeing tarpon, switching to a circle hook on 80 pound fluoro can be beneficial and still makes it possible to land those toothy critters! I cannot emphasize enough on using larger tackle; no matter the circumstance, I wouldn’t fish anything smaller than a stout heavy action 15-30lb line rating rod, with a 6000 to 8000 series reel with 50-65lb braid. It’s very critical to get the fish in and let them go as soon as possible! These fish are very old and you can do a great deal of damage fighting the fish for hours on end.

by Capt. Alex Hughey
All Water Adventures | (321) 795-8566

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  • 25th Annual Kids Fishing Clinic (June 22)
    This is a photo Catch-and-Release Event. Participants Must Be Accompanied by an Adult. Free Fishing Combos to be Given Away to Participants ages 5 to 15 upon Completion of the Clinic, while supplies last.
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    June 25 @ 6:30pm – Brevard Veterans Center
    Capt. Charlie Rupp will be the featured speaker, discussing tarpon fishing

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