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7.9.2019 – 7.15.2019


Atlantic Red Snapper Season 2019

It’s that time of year again…


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:

    Friday, July 12th – Sunday, July 14th
    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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  • Kingfish
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  • Seatrout
  • Snook
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  • 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.

Click here to check out the marine forecast from the National Weather Service.

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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, Christopher Danner of West Melbourne — Christopher, please email us within 7 days to claim your prize. 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 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:

What’s this?
July 16, 2019

What’s this?

Caught two of these last night at Melbourne Beach. There full of teeth 😬 I thought maybe a Barracuda or Mackerel?

by Raider

Melbourne Beach Pier
July 16, 2019

Melbourne Beach Pier

Monday,yesterday, I was fishing with live pin fish off the Melbourne Beach Pier and I hooked a red that was about 20-25 pounds. After a great fight the line broke trying to pull him up to the pier. Best fish ever. Lol

Hitting Limits is a SNAP!
July 15, 2019

Hitting Limits is a SNAP!

red snapper port canaveral

This week was terrible… Hardly any snapper anywhere out of Port Canaveral. All we could catch was grouper. Could this season get any worse? LOL. The boats left at 7am and were limited out by 9am, which included the hour-long ride out there. Plus, all the fish were S-L-O-B-S! It’s an absolute joke, but hey, it’s hard to complain; the fishing was great, as was the weather.

After hitting our limits of red snapper, we tried for some grouper but did not have a ton of luck in that department. We did manage a few, but nothing crazy. The bottom is pretty cold. We also trolled and killed some time catching kingfish. This bite proved to be good, too. Chicken rigging was slow, though, producing just a few triggers and lanes. Cobia, however, are really doing well on the random. Check behind the boat and let ’em eat the steel!

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

Sweaty and Ready (to Fish!)
July 15, 2019

Sweaty and Ready (to Fish!)

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WE HAVE SHRIMP. WE HAVE NEVER BEEN OUT OF SHRIMP! Please call us directly at 321-733-3390 to check on shrimp supply at Treasure Coast Marina!

Another hot week of humidity and sweat as we try our best to find some shady spot where the fish are hanging out! Lagoon fishing has been producing with an above average bite, surprisingly. Although, lots of the activity is coming from undersized fish, particularly the trout out there. You can catch all you want of them, but you can’t take them with you!

Some drum and sheepshead, just barely legal, are around the structures that hold barnacles. They are loving the fiddler crabs, and we have a plentiful supply of those right now at Treasure Coast Marina. They are also interested in, and biting the NATIVE SALT CLAMS. Give those a try and the results will do well for you — they are an especially practical and effective bait for this time of year. No fuss, just zip open the bag and put a little piece on your hook, then zip the bag shut and put back in cooler. Keep it nice and easy for yourself when it’s as hot as it is right now…

Offshore, the snapper season was AWESOME for all of our reporting anglers! Everybody limited out in a couple of hours, and the snapper were everywhere, and Big Boys, too… All three days were spectacular, with both wonderful weather AND fishing. What a weekend to experience!

Spanish sardines are in short supply right now, but we are happy to report that we will be getting some in this week before the weekend. Not a huge quantity, but we will portion them out so everybody gets something! Make the most of the last snapper weekend! And don’t forget, lobster mini season will be coming right up on its heels. July is a great month!

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

Testing New Lures
July 15, 2019

Testing New Lures


This past week has been a hectic one for us here at Fineline Fishing Charters. Between getting anglers out for fishing charters and running back and forth between the coast and Orlando for three days to attend ICAST, captain Justin and I have been busy.

We’ve been doing a lot of testing of new lures, and even some prototype lures with the head brass from Rapala Lure Company. They brought a variety of new hard lures over from Finland for us to try on some of our near-coastal species. Most of these were heavily weighted sinking plugs or walk-the-dog and popper style topwater lures. We were able to catch a variety of species including king mackerel, jack crevalle, barracuda and bonito.

rapala lures

The Rapala Xpolde, Walk-N-Roll and, what at the time of this being published is being called, the “Heavy Cast” are three new offerings for heavy duty game fish action. What I really like about these lures is they add a new dimension to your ocean fishing game. You can anchor over structure and use any of these in conjunction with bottom fishing. Alternatively, an angler can cast and work any of these lures from the bow of the boat while you are slow trolling with live baits, effectively increasing your opportunity to hook fish by covering more water.

The red snapper days were a fiasco, as you can imagine if you did not participate, but the bite was good and the fillets will be even better! Until next week, do what we are planning to do, get out there and catch yourself a memory!

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

July 15, 2019


red snapper season

DAY 1 (7-12-2019): Generally, the bites were more frequent earlier in the morning & really slowed down by 11:30. Also, the livebait kept the smaller ones off the hook.

red snapper fishing

DAY 2 (7-13-2019): Out of Port Canaveral; again, the morning bite with livebait was the winning combination.

July 14, 2019


Multiple LARGE tarpon were slamming everything at Satellite Beach today. I even had them steal small catches off my pompano rigs before I could get them in. TWICE they took off and went aerial with my rigs!

I had two chances free lining baits within 10 feet of the water line. Unfortunately both times I couldn’t get a hook up. Other catches included ladyfish and a mystery (to me) fish. Looks like a sheepshead without the stripes?

Bringing Bait to the Beach
July 14, 2019

Bringing Bait to the Beach

Noah's first beach tarpon

Noah got his first beach tarpon all by himself at 7 years old!

It’s been another good week on the beach. The bait pods holding tarpon, sharks, mackerel, bluefish, a few snook, and silver trout, too. Live Greenies have been excellent baits if you can find them, but we are getting our fair share of fish on Storm Coastal series jerk baits and shrimp rigged on a 1/2 ounce VMC jighead. We’ve been netting greenies from the river around the boat ramps and in the channel, then bringing the bait to the beaches with us in case we can’t find any bait pods to fish. Most of the fish we’ve been finding are roaming the waters from Melbourne beach south to Sebastian Inlet.

tarpon jump off the beach

The weather looks to be good this week and the bite should continue. Glass minnows should be moving in pretty good so the fish will shift to different baits. Small artificial baits or fishing with the fly rod will be key, but Greenies should still work. Smaller baits are preferable. Snook in the glass minnow pods will eat croakers or spots this time of year along with spots and possibly pinfish. Small artificial lures will also work well — as long as you aren’t fishing in a crowd of people throwing live baits. Pay close attention to the tides and get a pattern down and you can have a great time fishing the beaches!

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

Trolling on the Beach
July 14, 2019

Trolling on the Beach

On the beach, the kingfish bite has been great trolling Rapala plugs or silver spoons. The trout bite in the lagoon is much of the same from last week. We are seeing a good number of fish, the “go to” bait being live pigfish. We are really starting to see more tarpon in the river, as well.

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

Red Snapper Opening Night
July 12, 2019

Red Snapper Opening Night

At the opening of red snapper season at midnight last night, I went offshore to test out the bite. At 90 ft we found the best action on frozen cigar minnows, but grunt plugs worked good, too. We had to release 15 red snapper before catching one over 15 pounds. Our biggest was 25 pounds. Keeping one per person doesn’t sound all that appealing, but this fish sure put a smile on my face in the early AM!

Friday Update: Brown Tide Inshore and Thermocline for Most of Brevard
July 11, 2019

Friday Update: Brown Tide Inshore and Thermocline for Most of Brevard

Brown tide (aureoumbra lagunensis) has unfortunately returned in full force to most of Central Brevard’s lagoons. Visibility is essentially nonexistent and you can say goodbye to the little bit of grass that came back. Tarpon may still be around, but fishing in such nasty water is very undesirable. They have been exclusively eating live mullet, so don’t even bother without if you can’t find any.

The thermocline is going to make red snapper patterns tough and unpredictable. I confirmed it between Canaveral and Sebastian yesterday in full force. Red snapper should still be caught, but location, feeding patterns, and everything will be a challenge to figure out for all but the very best. The worst part of it is that it’s going to make SAFMC think red snapper are in dire condition, when it’s really the exact opposite. I’d be all for catch and release if they really were endangered and overfished.

I apologize for making a negative report like this, but I’d rather do so than send someone on a wild goose chase that wastes fuel money, time, and effort.

Crane Creek Snook
July 10, 2019

Crane Creek Snook

What’s up, fellow fishin’ nerds?

This week I had a good buddy of mine in town from Tennessee that wanted to try out inshore saltwater fishing. My goal was to start off in the early afternoon fishing near rocks n docks between Dragon Pointe and the Eau Gallie River. We fished everything from dead shrimp, to live mullet, live croakers and finally artificial lures. I was hoping to put SuperDuperHooper onto as many different kinds of fish as possible, while hopefully also learning some fishing basics during our trip.

First bait we rigged up was some frozen shrimp, I was hoping to knock out some hard fighting mangrove snapper near some rocks. I’ve noticed they are not usually as picky when it comes to what time of day it is when eating. Instead, I luckily caught the only catfish of the evening, and he was whacked by a small jack crevalle that put up a good fight for his first fish. Sticking to a strict “We are only staying at this spot for 20 minutes or less, unless this bite is hot” motto, we moved to a few spots inside the Eau Gallie River. After a hot lap around the river, we didn’t see any tarpon or snook activity, but we did managed to catch a couple Pokemon from the boat on the way out by Ballard Park. Who knew?

After a slow start, I decided to make a run towards Crane Creek. I’ve driven the boat through here a few times but haven’t really fished the area, so I decided now would be a good time to use the live bait. Using a couple Map apps such as Fishing Points, I found a mangrove line that had a dock and a deeper water nearby. I started him out with a finger mullet, on 3/0 circle hook and a float. Within a couple minutes we were hooked up on a good fish, after a few aerobatic flips we could see it was a decent sized snook. The first fish came off the boat side, so I re-rigged his pole, this time with a live croaker, and within seconds it was inhaled by something big. One thing I like about floats, is that people who don’t normally fish love to watch the bait swim around and in this case while the fish takes off, screaming drag. After a quick battle, and a huge bucketmouth flaring at the surface, we could see he had hooked in to a nice snook. Once we got the fish into the boat, she measured at 27 inches. After a couple quick pics, the snook recovered and swam off quickly.

Down to our last couple of baits, we decided to stick with the mission of trying to catch a wide variety of saltwater species, so we moved into the interior of Crane Creek. I did not see any tarpon rolling in the marina but between the US1 and railroad bridge there was a lot of activity. I saw right away a couple of small sharks waking at the surface, and a few smaller tarpon rolling. We only had large white mullet left for bait but we tossed out and gave it a shot anyways. After a while there was one big dawg tarpon rolling around, but none of the tarpon seemed interested as I believe they were feeding on smaller fry. We did however before leaving the area hook into a small shark but immediately broke us off.

As the sun was beginning to set we decided to make a run back to the dock before it got completely dark. My buddy has only been freshwater bass fishing and offshore saltwater fishing before but told me it was one of the best trips he had. We didn’t get the variety that I was hoping for but he caught some hard fighting fish, and was intrigued by the variety of wildlife. He was also pumped on how you could catch Pokemon and fish in the same areas lol. Afterwards we celebrated by ordering as much food as possible at Salty Fox such as pizza rolls, buffalo chicken dip, and tacos. It always feels good to kick back with friends and celebrate after a long day on the water.


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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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