8.27.2019 – 9.2.2019
A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY
The slimy conditions in the Satellite Beach surf, as captured on Sunday by Ryan Clapper Photography.
SUMMER OF SLIME CONTINUES
It will be an interesting week ahead with Labor Day, the opening of Snook Season (Sept. 1st), and Tropical Storm Dorian all on a collision course for the weekend. Also noteworthy is the good news that the summer-long scourge of sargassum seaweed has finally lightened up! The bad news is that an even slimier, stickier and more encumbering force of brown algae is now blanketing the surf across Brevard’s beaches. The exact source of this massive bloom of nastiness is currently unknown, but it has been linked to everything from global warming to Chinese tariffs. Spacefish does not have a marine biologist on staff, but if we had to guess, it might also have something to do with unsafe levels of enteric (AKA fecal) bacteria recently sampled in the water. Gross.
Check out the photos posted on Facebook by Ryan Clapper and you will get a good idea of just how thick and sprawling this brown algae is. Note, however, that the algae line remains pretty tight and compact in proximity to the shore. If one had, say, a kayak, then avoiding the mess and getting into some good fishing from the beach would be pretty simple. Don’t have a kayak, you say? Well, we’re giving away a brand new one next week, courtesy of Cocoa Beach Surf Co. Maybe you’ll be the big winner! The winner will be announced in next week’s forecast and will get his or her choice among three different fishing-ready kayaks. Register for the contest below if you haven’t already signed up — and good luck!
IN THIS WEEK’S FORECAST…
SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST
WEATHER OVERVIEW: Right now, Tropical Storm Dorian is tracking right towards Florida. Whether that path diverges, and to which strength the storm may grow, is anyone’s guess. We’ll know more as the week progresses. Weather is tricky, be it forecasting tropical activity, or even normal, local, summertime patterns. For the past couple of months we have (for the most part) enjoyed calm, hot days with the exception of the consistent volatility brought by thunderstorms. This week however, be prepared for an uptick in the wind come Thursday and on through the weekend. If venturing offshore, please be careful and make sure all of your safety equipment is tight and right. Do not chance it. If you have any reservations, just stick to the nearshore or inshore fisheries, which have both been producing some good fishing. The breeze will otherwise bring a welcome break from these hot summer temperatures. Although there won’t be a massive reduction in temperature, a few degrees will be nice, especially in the evenings with a cold beverage in hand.
Click here to check out the marine forecast from the National Weather Service.
CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Sorry, this promotion has ended. Congrats to the winner, Brandon Morgan.
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, David Smith of Satellite Beach — David, 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!
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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FIRSTS TUESDAY FISHING SEMINAR
Spacefish contributor, Capt. Alan Ryland, will be the featured speaker at the Boaters Exchange Fishing Seminar next Tuesday, August 6th at 6:00pm (Rockledge location on US1). Alan will be discussing “Summer Time on the Flats Tactics,” which will definitely be a nice opportunity to learn from a fishing great. Plus, the seminar is FREE to attend, drinks and snacks are provided, and there’s also some nice door prize giveaways!
FISHING CLUB EVENTS
- South Chapter Club Meeting
Sept. 10th @ 6:30pm – Front Street Community Center
2205 S. Front Street, Melbourne (Across the street from Harry Goode’s/Next to the boat ramps)
Speaker: John Dobbins, a Spacefish recreational contributor and FSFA Club Member.
Topic: Fishing the South Indian River Lagoon system
- North Chapter Club Meeting
Sept. 24th @ 6:30pm – Brevard Veterans Center
400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island (Behind Merritt Square Mall)
Speaker: Capt. Jim Ross, professional fishing guide and weekly Spacefish Contributor.
Topic: Fall Mullet Run
CAUGHT ON CAMERA
Check out what’s been caught on camera while fishing in around the Space Coast this week.
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