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Atlantic Red Snapper Season 2019

It’s that time of year again…

THE SNAPPENING 2019

This weekend represents the first of two open — but very limited — windows to recreationally catch and keep Red Snapper on the Atlantic Coast this year! The dates are as follows:

  • THE SNAPPENING (PART I)
    Friday, July 12th – Sunday, July 14th
  • THE SNAPPENING (PART II)
    Friday, July 19th – Saturday, July 20th

Anglers will finally be able to (legally) take home these delicious fish that are caught-and-released seemingly to no end, year-round, on the reefs and wrecks off Florida’s east coast. But, due to the very apparent disconnect between the observable abundance of these fish and the extremely limited opportunity to keep them, the fishery’s management has become quite a polarizing subject. It’s difficult to have a conversation on the topic that’s not pervaded by sarcasm and negativity. These attitudes, combined with the pandemonium brought by the frenzied crowds of open harvest, often result in incidents borne in frustration.

Remember, fishing is supposed to be fun. Make the most of this year’s SNAPPENING by being mindful of others and maintaining a positive attitude. Here are just a few suggestions on how to frame common red snapper season frustrations in a more positive light:

  • Don’t think of it as only being able to bring home a single fish — instead, think of the time you’ll save by not having to clear out any extra space in the freezer.
  • Don’t dread the 4am fire drill to get to the log jam at the boat ramp — consider it invaluable evacuation prep for the upcoming hurricane season.
  • When your kids are driving you nuts, don’t dwell on how your spouse convinced you to have another; right now, each needy, chicken-nugget devouring minion represents one additional fish in the cooler.

Keep etiquette in mind, don’t lose your cool, stay light-hearted, be safe, and make the most of your one-fish bag limit! Also, it’s a great time to consider convenient boat storage options at Sunrise Marina, and remember that if you encounter a problem on the water, a Sea Tow membership can be worth its weight in gold.

…and just in case you need a reminder of how crazy things can get on the way to the ramp, just check out Sunrise Marina’s clip from last year’s red snapper season:

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

44.29%

TOP TARGETS

  • Kingfish
  • Dolphin

INSHORE

65.06%

TOP TARGETS

  • Seatrout
  • Snook
  • Tarpon

NEARSHORE

61.54%

TOP TARGETS

  • Mackerel
  • Tarpon
  • Snook

WEATHER OVERVIEW: Our summer weather pattern remains in full swing. Expect winds blowing out of the south throughout this week. Typically, this brings hot, tropical weather, culminating in afternoon thunderstorms. The key is to get an early start on the day to try and beat the storms. Keep an eye on the potential tropical depression that’s currently forming in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Central Florida may be in the clear if the latest models hold true, but it is something to monitor throughout the week.

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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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Windy Fishing
September 16, 2019

Windy Fishing

Sebastian Inlet Snook fishing

It’s windy, but the fish are still eating!

Wind, and more wind, was the theme of the week. The seas momentarily died down for a window over last weekend, only to pick back up again from Monday through Friday. Fishing was great at the inlet with slot redfish hitting any bait you could put in front of them. Pretty much every cast produced a nice red — and if could get past them or the jacks, there were snook chewing in the mix, too.

In the lagoon, the trout fishing was decent in Grant around the spoil islands. In the same area, smaller-sized snook were plenty feisty along the docks. Soft plastics were working well here, consistently soliciting a nice bite. Meanwhile, the channel markers are holding a good number of tripletail, with ladyfish and jacks having an explosive presence, too.

It’s definitely that time of the year to start fishing the Sebastian River for tarpon, snook and jacks. Spend some time in there over the next several weeks and you should have plenty of action!

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

SURF FISHING = TOUGH
September 16, 2019

SURF FISHING = TOUGH

Been an absolute battle with the swells and wind as of late. Between the weeds, the slime, then storms, then whatever the heck this is, you gotta really want it. Mostly just occasional margate but a few keeper drums in there. Only fishable baits have been fleas and live fish of any sort. Have seen a bunch of inadvertent shark action at sunset off Satellite. Definitely entertains the kids when your spool screams off 150 yards before the non-leadered hook is sliced off.

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Ponce — Now’s the time for a Bull Red!
September 16, 2019

Ponce — Now’s the time for a Bull Red!

Ponce Inlet Snook

The early morning topwater bite has been strong. I’ve had a lot of success throwing Rapala Skitterwalks in the bone color while targeting pods of bait. If you want to catch a bull redfish, then now is the time to do it! Over the next month or two, the breeders will be stacking in Ponce Inlet. The tripletail bite should be starting to turn on, too — if the seas calm down. Tarpon are also still around and should be for at least another month or two. No doubt, Fall is a great time to get out do some fishing!

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

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Two Patterns to Watch in Mosquito Lagoon
September 16, 2019

Two Patterns to Watch in Mosquito Lagoon

mosquito lagoon flounder

After slamming twice on a favorite culvert pipe, Tony catches a bonus fish. This nearly five pound flounder whacked a small gold spoon!

We had two noticeable patterns this past week that produced good fishing results in the Mosquito Lagoon. Wind-swept points and flowing water were attracting gamefish taking advantage of small baitfish as they were swept through culvert pipes or across shallow sand bars reaching from shore and tapering towards deeper water.

These patterns should hold until the high water levels brought on by the rains and tidal surge of hurricane Dorian equalizes within the lagoon main water and back-waters.

Some points only held a fish or two while other points held many. It’s not always obvious which points will be hot spots or which side of any given point might hold a mother lode of predators. Cover these points well even if it means positioning your boat in the slop and chop! Targeting culverts with flowing water is a no-brainer for those who fish this area. The best spots tend to be hidden culverts and narrow creek mouths overgrown by mangroves or other bushes.

While we caught lots of snook as well as trout and redfish on Zman Diezel Minnows rigged on Snakelockz Jigheads the best performer was a small gold weedless spoon. This simple and humble lure caught redfish, trout, snook and a large flounder to boot!

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

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Between Storms
September 16, 2019

Between Storms

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Well, we’re trying to get a report in here between storms! In spite of the awful color of the lagoon, inshore action has been good throughout the Grant-Sebastian area with a surprising variety of species, including flounder! Our wade fishermen went south, (that’s about as specific as they get) and had a great late afternoon of angling that yielded plenty of keepers. Catches included trout, reds (barely legal, but legal), a few pompano, flounder, rounded out with a couple of juvenile snook released back to their moms.

Apparently the ocean has remained angry in wake of Dorian. Not many reports there. We did hear of some Mahi sightings, but there was not a lot of size to them.

We’re getting ready for Treasure Coast Marina 19th Inshore tournament on October 19th! The planning was a little delayed by storms, but the event will be held as scheduled. Check TCM Facebook page for details. Hope you all can join us for this fun event!

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

Fishing has been Tough
September 15, 2019

Fishing has been Tough

flounder are showing up

Been fishing a lot lately. Lots of poonage if you put the time in the surf. I caught 30 in the last week.. Reds inshore have been good if you put the time in to find them lots of trout too… Again, it’s tough, but nothing comes easy. Lots of bull sharks in the river as well. The flat guys are showing up, too.

Grouper in the Sebastian River
September 14, 2019

Grouper in the Sebastian River

With water being dirty and roughed up, try fishing the marker buoys in the ICW in Sebastian. There’s lots of fish on the channel markers. You may have to catch some oyster crackers or mother-in-laws, but you catch a 10lb grouper and they will kick your butt! Use the same tackle for offshore groupers and 50lb line and leader. Mullet chunks will work, and so will cigar minnows. I like using 7/0 hooks down to 5/0 with the weight depending on the current.

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Dirty Water, But Good Red Bite
September 11, 2019

Dirty Water, But Good Red Bite

red fishing

Post Dorian has really made the water dirty! But, luckily, it hasn’t negatively impacted the fishing.

The redfish bite has been fantastic! Most fish seem to be holding tight to mangrove shorelines that are holding bait. It may take a little running and gunning to figure this out as it has been changing pretty frequently with the water conditions all along the Indian river lagoon. If you find a muddy shoreline with large black mullet, or even lines of small fingerlings, the fish are likely close by. The top bait choices for these dirty water conditions have been pearl white gulp shrimp, or gold and black paddle tail jigs. Generally, you want something that stands out in the mucky water. The snook have been close by, as well, and are following the same patterns as the redfish.

With the full moon coming I predict we will start to see a lot more large breeder redfish. In the meantime, don’t let the dirty water scare you off. With a good week of some sunny weather I believe we will see a lot of areas clean up nicely. The bite has been good! Get out and catch ’em up!

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

Honeymoon Lake
September 10, 2019

Honeymoon Lake

Anyone have any luck out in honeymoon lake?

I would love some bait suggestions!

tuesday melb bch surf
September 10, 2019

tuesday melb bch surf

green water and catfish only this morning

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Baro Pressure Cools Hot Bite
September 9, 2019

Baro Pressure Cools Hot Bite

topwater snook fishing

Tony catches another line-sider on his favorite plug; a bone colored Skitterwalk!

The fishing was great post Hurricane Dorian, as the redfish, spotted seatrout, black drum and snook went on a feeding rampage. In fact, the fishing remained good, up until TODAY…

All the aforementioned species above were readily eating soft-plastics, sub-surface hard baits and top water plugs with enthusiasm. I was completely taken by surprise by how lackluster our morning bite was today.

I suspect this morning’s poor fishing activity was related more to the very high barometric pressure than the coming full moon. I expect that eventually the fish will feed today, though we won’t be there if and when it happens.

Today’s saving grace came in the form of a short though hefty snook. Its second attempt at eating Tony’s top-water plug met with success as the rod doubled over and the drag complained a little. A quick photo and a timely release helped assure this fish will live to fight another battle or two.

I’m already looking forward to tomorrow, as I’m sure the bite will be much better than today’s!

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

Post-Dorian Surf Fishing Improving
September 9, 2019

Post-Dorian Surf Fishing Improving

surf fishing permit

20″ permit caught on live fleas at Stuart Public Beach. Ray drove from Ft. Lauderdale and scouted the beaches and fished the 5 pm tide.

First, I want to thank all the folks that provide boats and planes to ship domestic goods to sustain life in the Bahamas. Don’t ever think one donation will solve this need — think outside the box. Consider if you were going on a camping trip and what you would need for six months! I personally feel tangibles versus small donations is the most valued approach. Floridians are thankful for being spared, so now those extra supplies you purchased could be shared with those most in need… I know not everyone could afford to do this, so you all know the drill!

Has surf fishing improved post Dorian? Absolutely! It’s not nuts yet, but it is improving as the suspended mud transcends to acceptable hues of blues. The strategies vary amongst anglers. “I know where they caught ’em yesterday” is an adage of the past. The influencing factors change bodies of shoreline water sometimes within a few hours. All the fish caught Saturday were caught on a strong southwest wind. Whitish blues and creamy aqua were the components that create for these successful trips. Strong east southeast Sunday winds displaced the St. Lucie Inlets coffee colored low salinity water to traverse north and shutdown all activity. Similarly, Saturday’s pomps and a few redfish were landed on the Juno Beach Pier, but Sunday was a bust! Overnight, the tainted rain water from Palm Beach Inlet fused with a turbid bathtub and every cast was a catfish.

There are some ways to avoid the pollution and find optimal surf conditions. Right now, the tides are good early and late. Avoid the 6:00 AM mysterious mistake. Leave at 3:00 PM, stop at a few beaches and scout the water. Or, assign your reliable cohort from the north to drive south while you do vice versa. If it doesn’t pan out, stop for a bite and a beer. Sadly, my number two solution is broken. The Erdman video beach cams for Hutchinson have been broken since July 11th, so folks, it’s a hands on approach.

hobe sound pompano

Art Ring corrals 5 river/surf pompano at North Federal Beach, Hobe Sound, and is loving his new rods.

An array of attractive permit, pompano and redfish pics with aqua/blue backdrops frames the exclusive reason for the “Spacefish Report!” With the advent of Northeasters in the near future, there is almost a spiritual movement that occurs. It’s as if summer hibernation is over and for anglers on foot, it’s a “The Birthday of the Surf.” The Harvest Moon will ignite racked trucks to leave the Northeast and chase these migratory tourists. Locals will reunite with old friends and share fishing stories and summer tales. Does it get any better than this?!?

Port St. Lucie Pompano

The gentle giant Monster Max of Facebook fame smacked 5 keeper pomps at Middle Cove Beach in Port St. Lucie. The largest was 2 lb!

Autumn presents a fishing predictability problem expressively for beach anglers. Hopefully, some will chase new avenues that have been habitually avoided. Bridges, jetties and municipal piers. Some ask “How do you locate fish?” The evidence are the tackle orders. Is it for sand-fleas, pompano rigs, jigs and quills or sputniks. Thirty shops and three piers are like anglers. Every order has a sense of “I need this now, its going off”!

Practice, preparation and bait inventory are imperative. Reach out and make a few beach friends. Don’t listen to rumors about certain characters and their lies about them catching more fish than anyone. Egos run high and secret spots don’t exist. Some pompano anglers are simply angry, and many times, jealous. After ten years of selling long cast graphites and mentoring folks, I have created this incredible camaraderie. If you see John Killian Stumpf IV with four AFAW surf rods, befriend him, he will give you a quick seminar on surf fishing and his awesome company, Native Salt Baits, featuring clams and sand fleas! If you wish to share ideas and or questions contact me at Richvidulich777@hotmail.com or go to my website. Tight lines!

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FISHING CLUB EVENTS

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  • South Chapter Club Meeting
    July 9th @ 6:30pm – Front Street Park
    Speaker: David Hartwell
    Topic: Fishing Options & Tactics at Sebastian Inlet Since Snook is Closed
  • North Chapter Club Meeting
    July 23 @ 6:30pm – Brevard Veterans Center
    Speaker: FSFA Grand Master Ryan Vetsch
    Topic: Mangrove Snapper Tips & Techniques

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