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WEEKLY FORECAST

6.23.2020 – 6.29.2020

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

2020 Central Florida Shootout

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

80.79%

TOP TARGETS

  • grouper
  • dolphin
  • snapper

INSHORE

78.34%

TOP TARGETS

  • tarpon
  • seatrout

BEACH

82.30%

TOP TARGETS

  • Snook
  • Whiting
  • kingfish

WEATHER OVERVIEW: Good fishing weather is expected to hold pretty steady this week with winds out of the SE at 10-11 mph. As always during the summer season, be prepared for an afternoon thunderstorm to pop up on any given day. It’s going to be hot and humid, but take advantage of the low winds and get out and catch some fish!

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WEEKLY STRIKE-ZONE GIVEAWAY

Every week, we randomly draw a name from our email subscriber list to award a $20 Strike-Zone Fishing Gift Card. Congrats to this week’s winner, Danny Buck of Melbourne Beach — Danny, please email us within 7 days to claim your prize. For everyone else, if you’re not already a subscriber, click here to enter the weekly giveaway!

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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!

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Insane Beach Action This Week!
July 7, 2020

Insane Beach Action This Week!

beach tarpon fishing

All up and down the coast everyone is getting geared up and ready for red snapper season, while most are running out, I’ll be running the beach! From north to south, the surf has been hot. Just find the bait and you’ll find the fish — it’s that simple!

Schools of pogies and glass minnows have been working up and down the entire coast with a plethora of species following. From the silver king, kingfish, and snook to Jacks and bonito, you never really know what might show this time of year! Anglers looking for good action can try slow trolling pogies or greenies in 30 feet of water. If live bait is tough to come by, or maybe you just want to use artificial, you can find good action trolling large lipped plugs like the Rapala X Rap. If you happen upon entire schools of migrating tarpon, or large glass minnow pods boiling along the beach, Gulp jerkshads and Hogy swimbaits really get the job done!

Good luck to everyone fishing this weekend, and with all the added boat pressure, try to keep a better eye on your surroundings!

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

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Sebastian Inlet & Nearshore
July 7, 2020

Sebastian Inlet & Nearshore

inlet redfish

Doug with a nice inlet redfish!

Fishing has been pretty good. We’ve spent most of our time on the beach. Plenty of sharks, jacks, kingfish, spanish mackerel and tarpon. Find the bait pods and you will find the fish. Live greenies have worked well, but we have been catching a lot of fish on soft plastics rigged on jighwads. Fishing in the Inlet has also been pretty good. The redfish and snook bite has been decent and the jewfish are plentiful! If you’re fishing for Snook and Reds, make sure you have tackle strong enough to land the fish quickly so they aren’t eaten by the opportunistic grouper!

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

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Fort Pierce Inlet & Inshore
July 6, 2020

Fort Pierce Inlet & Inshore

goliath grouper

Open wide and say AHHHHH! This juvenile Goliath Grouper, AKA Jewfish, inhaled a Z-Man five inch Diezel Minnowz slowly crawled across the bottom near a Spoil Island. You never know what’s going to eat your lure or bait in Fort Pierce!

We’re still seeing lots of action in the Fort Pierce inlet and nearshore areas both north and south of the inlet. Breeder snook are cruising along the jetty rocks and seawalls throughout the inlet. Most of the greenies and pilchards hiding on the rocks are too small to net, but outside the inlet’s mouth and near the beaches the baitfish are big enough to net or sabiki.

goliath grouper

Filling your livewell with these delectable (to the finned critters) morsels will almost guarantee you a bent rod — or twenty. Snook and tarpon of all sizes are feeding on them as well as jacks, sharks and barracuda. Don’t be surprised if other fish show up to join the party…

Inshore, the deeper flats are holding trout and jacks, though the better bite for me has been the spoil islands. If you’re able to find a good flowing current (tide-rip) along a rock strewn island you’ll likely catch a bunch of fish. Experiment with lures ranging from three to five inches in length keeping in mind the bite has been better when retrieving the lure very near the bottom. Z-Man Diezel Minnowz are just the ticket right now when rigged on their Snakelockz jighead!

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

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Great Surf Fishing Action
July 6, 2020

Great Surf Fishing Action

pompano

Surf fishing in Central Florida has been impressive this past week. Up and down Brevard County beaches, anglers are reaping the rewards. Pompano catches continue to impress for this seasonal time period. In addition to the pompano fishing, there’s been consistent catches of big snook, whiting and sharks.

Typically, this time of year, Cocoa Beach Surf Fishing Charters runs a multi-rod setup to acquire the smattering of species available. Based on beach fishing charters this last week, we have halve the rods dedicated to pompano, whiting, sheepshead and drum. The remainder of our surf fishing rigs are dedicated to predatory species like snook, redfish, flounder and sharks. This approach can lead to the most effective way of targeting the diversity of fish available.

snook in the surf

Snook fishing the beach from Sebastian Inlet north to Patrick Air Force base has been red hot. If you’ve ever dreamed of hooking into a large snook, now is the time! Surf casting a live bait rig for these giants has yielded astonishing results. Mullet and croakers, which can be caught in the surf and hooked onto a live bait rig, has been the ticket to success. With extremely calm summer surf conditions, a variety of rods can be easily maintained due to the lack of wind and current. Cast live bait rigs into the deepest part nearest to the shoreline referred to as the trough. Use a 40-60lb Fluorocarbon leader with a 4/0 to 6/0 circle attached (this is a MUST).

With that being said, always match the size of the bait to the hook size to correlate. These giant Snook are out of season currently, so make sure to have a healthy landing and clean release. Don’t take them out of the water too long and always support the belly with your other hand. Also, be careful of the gill plate on the side of the head, which can act as a serrated blade causing deep lacerations if improperly handled.

pompano

There’s no telling how long this exceptional opportunity will exist. Visit your local bait shops like Black Dog Bait and Tackle or Man Overboard Bait and Tackle for the most recent trends in the bite. If there was anytime to attempt a grand slam of surf fishing, now is the time.

Prepare surf fishing equipment at home prior to the planned day so everything will be in order for success. Fishnites, sand fleas, and
shrimp for the pompano and whiting fishing have been the ticket. Dedicate the other rods with a fish finder rig with the live baits mentioned above. Then hang on and have fun!

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

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Surf, Inshore & Offshore
July 6, 2020

Surf, Inshore & Offshore

beach snook

The lagoon and the canals around Satellite Beach are holding lots of mangrove snapper, sheepshead, redfish and trout. For the beach, the snook are plentiful for catch and release and a lot of flounder are being caught in the rocks in Satellite Beach. Whiting and bluefish also are being caught in decent numbers. The offshore bite is a little slow for the dolphin but tilefish in the deep are snapping really well. A lot of sharks in the 90 ft. range, but angler are also getting some nice mangrove snapper, triggerfish and lane snapper, as well.

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

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Another Banner Week Offshore!
July 6, 2020

Another Banner Week Offshore!

kings

Fun Fishing! Caught all the kings we wanted while live bait trolling, releasing some short Cobia and Plenty of Sandbar action aboard the 🔥 Fire Fight with Capt Joe and this Awesome group from Virginia

From the surf, all the way to the deep, the fishing produced well out of Port Canaveral. Shark fishing was really good in about 15/20 feet of water right outside the pier area. Red drum were mixed in the catch, and Goliath Grouper were plentiful, too! Giants. Tarpon and Kingfish have been nearshore on bunker schools. Finally, a normal summer for a change, lol.

Moving to the reefs, Kings, Mahi, Sails and cobia have been the norm on the slow live bait troll. Thats the best bet right now — live bait trolling the reefs. Just an awesome week. Sun, fun and limits. Go get ’em!

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

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Tarpon on the Beaches
July 6, 2020

Tarpon on the Beaches

big jacx

Tarpon have continued to remain very thick inside the river and are starting to show up along the beach behind the shrimp boats. The other great bite this week nearshore has been flounder and large jacks up to 35-40 pounds! Look for pogies to start making their way up the beach to the New Smyrna area over the next few weeks. Once here, the beach tarpon will be on fire!

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

Clean Water, Abundant Bait, and Awesome Fishing
July 5, 2020

Clean Water, Abundant Bait, and Awesome Fishing

tarpon fishing nearshore

This week has to be one for the record books on the space coast! The water is super clear and warm on the beach. This has made getting bait very easy! Cast net pogies off the beach where pelicans are diving or sabiki threadfins off the buoys or out of pods. Both baits are versatile and will get you in on a hot summer bite.

Tarpon ranging from 50 to 150 lbs are scattered all up and down the beach from the edge of the surf out to 40ft out of Ponce, Canaveral, and Sebastian. Finding bait pods and fishing in close proximity (but not right in it) is an easy and awesome way to bend some rods and pull some drag. Slow troll with your trolling motor up current and drift with the current. Tarpon are my favorite, but you never know what will hit a live whitebait off the beach. Large jacks, bonito, sharks, big snook, and even smoker kingfish are possible. If your bait gets sliced in half or you get cut off, it might be a king. I caught a 42 inch king in only 15ft of water this week, and I had a double hookup on snake kings. There also are a ton of spanish mackerel if you find glass minnows. Those are the only fish live bait won’t work for. You need small spoons or diamond jigs.

Heavy gear is important to minimize harm to tarpon and lost fish. I use a heavy Shimano Rod with a Shimano Saragosa 10000, 50lb braid, 60lb mono leader, and a 5/0 non-offset circle hook. Don’t be afraid to tighten your drag down after the tarpon jumps once or twice. Remember to keep big tarpon in the water, and never lip gaff them.

This is a video of slower action from earlier this month. Be sure to subscribe for more awesome content including tarpon videos from this week.

Summer Rainstorms Make Fishing Hard.
July 5, 2020

Summer Rainstorms Make Fishing Hard.

snook fishing

This week there were some big fish out but nothing huge to the boat. My dad and I fished the sunrise with topwater and got hit by what sounded like a big snook, but didn’t ever get hooked. After that we couldn’t stay away from jack so we decided to net some bait. Within 30 minutes of cast netting our livewells were loaded with croakers, threadfin, and menhaden. I put a croaker right on the edge of a dock at our first spot and it immediately got eaten, ran straight into the dock and broke off before I even knew what was going on. It was probably either an overslot snook or an over slot red. We then moved to another dock and saw a bunch of big snook and reds but nothing wanted our bait. At our second spot we had one bait taken without hooking up and a 27 inch snook to the boat. These summer rainstorms are making it hard to get out for a long day of fishing and this week’s forecast looks the same. Hopefully I can find some fish early in the morning and not have to fight the weather.

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Canaveral Offshore Forecast: July 2020
July 2, 2020

Canaveral Offshore Forecast: July 2020

red snapper fishing

The big buzz of July is the open harvest of Red Snqpper.

JUNE RECAP

The positive thinking worked! We could not have asked much more out of June. Flat calm seas, plenty of live bait and great fishing from right on the beach to 100 miles offshore. King mackerel, tarpon, sharks and goliath grouper were plentiful along the beach. King mackerel, sailfish, mahi, cobia, wahoo, mangrove snapper, trigger fish, vermillion snapper and lane snapper from 60 ft to 120 ft. Beyond 120 ft produced amberjacks, almaco jacks, grouper, vermillion snapper, mahi, black fin tuna, triggerfish, sailfish and tunas.

Everything was good so let’s keep the positivity going for July.

Port Canaveral monthly fishing forecast

NEARSHORE

Fish early or late but avoid the mid day near shore slump. Expect to find pogies tight to the surf and be sure to keep a eye out for the tarpon as you are looking. Every morning and evening you will see the silver king swimming North. I don’t know when they go back South or if it is new fish every day but they always seem to be on a Northbound march. We have seen and can expect to find permit stacked on some of the further buoys marking the shoals, close wrecks and if you fish down to Sebastian they will be in the surf line on outgoing tide. Big goliath grouper have set up their summertime home along the shipping channel and any given structure inside of 15 miles so bring the big gear and test your muscle.

Sharks galore up and down Cocoa Beach and North of Canaveral to Daytona. Blacknose, finetooth, spinner, blacktip and hammerheads are the most common. If you catch the big hammers be sure to snap a very quick picture boat side and cut the line. Try not to ever have these sharks stop swimming forward. In our most recent work with the shark tagging programs we have learned that just about every shark is a tank and can handle the stress of catch and release with the exception of hammerheads so let’s do our part to make sure these magnificent sharks are released safely for everyone to enjoy.

Live bait trolling for king mackerel and the occasional cobia will be really good. The best place to start will be just offshore of the bait in the clean water. Snook are loaded but are spawning so its not a bad idea to leave them alone plus they are very finicky during the spawn. If you do want to catch them then try to use heavy tackle to whip them quick and get them back into the water to do their thing. Lots of options but go early or go late because mid day will most likely be a shut down.

OFFSHORE

Live bait trolling and chicken rig fishing should be the only two styles of fishing crossing most people’s minds and I will explain why further down in the report.

Lets first talk about our ever so generous four day red snapper season that once again falls right in the middle of the spawn. Get your fish and get home would be my strategy, but I also understand making the most of the day. The red snapper should be easy and we all know that no one is taking the first few fish they catch. Start off using big baits; literally baits that are border line shark fishing size or goliath grouper size. Keep the first x amount of respectable fish that come over the gunnels to your limit. After you reach your limit, I suggest switching everyone to chicken rig fishing for vermillion snapper, trigger fish, lane snapper and porgies. At the end of the day you will have a phenomenal catch. If you only want to go big, you can continue to soak big baits and weed through snapper but the grouper bite is not going to be great. The water is too clear and the grouper numbers just aren’t right, so in my opinion, it is a waste of time.

Live bait trolling is what you should be doing in the Summer. This past weeks fishing has solidified it for me when it come to summertime fishing because we have caught more of everything while live bait trolling than we have by specifically targeting certain species such as sailfish and mahi. Everyone needs to wrap their heads around that it is only called king fishing because that happens to be the dominant, most abundant and most aggressive species. Think about the logistics of this. If you see a mahi, sailfish, cobia, tuna, wahoo or pretty much any other pelagic species and you only had one thing to throw at them, what would it be? A live bait should be your answer. When you troll live baits, no, you don’t cover as much water, but anything that live bait gets in front of will eat it. I never refer to live bait trolling as king fishing because it is absolutely the wrong thing to call it. The only reason not to live bait troll in the summer is if you can’t stand the thought of catching a lot of king mackerel throughout the day. I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to catch kings but that would be the only reason not to live bait troll.

Mangrove snapper fishing this month can be awesome and I very rarely, if ever, mention it as a option. You can find them from 40 to 100ft. Traditionally, we fish them with sliding sinker or knocker rigs on the bottom. This month you can get them chummed to the surface because they are spawning and like to get above the colder water. Once in a blue moon mangrove snapper fishing out of Port Canaveral can be good for anglers of all skill levels, but this scenario calls for a very rare and very blue moon :). Most calls I get inquiring about mangrove snapper fishing are anglers that have fished the Gulf or South Florida. Mangrove snapper fishing out of Canaveral is completely different.

If you think you are a good mangrove snapper fisherman but you are used to these other areas, then I am going to be truthful but unfortunately break your spirit by informing you that you are not. I am not trying to derail any potential mangrove snapper heroes but I can give you a little insight on how to get better. Fluorocarbon is a must, but have everyone start with 60 and work down to 30 if you have to. Bait presentation is everything so learn how to properly use cut baits or where to hook live baits so they are as natural as possible. You will have to master the art of applying as much pressure as possible without breaking the line from sheer force, especially when these fish are up in the water column. Knowing when to engage the bite is critical. Mangrove snapper are probably the most abundant yet difficult fish to catch out of our area.

We have several other great fishing opportunities coming this month but the above suggestions are sure to produce. We look forward to another great month of positive thinking and phenomenal fishing. I only mentioned a few of the best bets for July but we still have a lot of other great fishing opportunities such as other side tuna trips and deep dropping for golden tilefish.

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

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The Beach is the Place to Be!
July 2, 2020

The Beach is the Place to Be!

kingfish

Rob and his family with a nice king caught trolling the beach

It’s been a great week here on the Space Coast and the fishing has been incredible inshore and along the beach. This week, with the westerly winds, I decided to fish along the beach. This time of the year can be spectacular with a plethora of species, and thankfully, things went as planned. Slow trolling live pogies in the 20-40 foot depth range across the entire coast has been good. Those in search for kingfish and other toothy critters should use a live bait kingfish rig which consists of about a foot of light wire with two treble hooks about 4 inches apart. In an “S” formation, slow troll live baits like pogies and mullet for the best results. Once you find a depth that seems to have a lot of action, stick with it! You never know what will come along this time of year.

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

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Off The Beach & Offshore
June 29, 2020

Off The Beach & Offshore

lane snapper

Nice Lane Snapper for the kids!

Spent the week off the beach and offshore. Had some good Kingfish action nearshore as well as offshore. Live bait was the key but we did get some Kingfish on soft plastics as well. The snapper bite was pretty decent with some Lane, mangrove, mutton and red snapper. Best bite was on dead bait and live shrimp. Triggerfish were on the reefs as well with some to 4lbs and we got a few big Margate as well. Inshore was a good time with the sharks and mackerel. The tarpon haven’t been as plentiful as we would like but there is plenty of action if you just look for it in the right places. Look for some good weather the rest of the week and get out off the beaches and find some bait and get on a good bite!

mutton snapper

Mike with a nice Mutton Snapper!

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

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Crushing it Offshore
June 29, 2020

Crushing it Offshore

sailfish port canaveral

This week, we absolutely crushed it offshore out of the Port. Too many sails to keep track of every day. Consistently hit limits of kingfish up to 45 lb again. Plus, random cobia and dolphin have been in the mix every day! Bunker have been fairly easy to catch this week, as well. Maybe it’s the flat, calm ocean thats helping keep them around right now. The reef and Pelican are the usual spots. I would not concentrate on targeting mahi, but they are around. If you have anywhere else you’re fishing, then the fish are there, as well. AJ fishing and ARS are biting great, too. Large, live croakers will get it done! Shark fishing has been on fire, as well. Cut bonita and kingfish are key for the chuncky ones.

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

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