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WEEKLY FORECAST

8.4.2020 – 8.10.2020

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

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Poor water clarity in wake of Isaias may put a damper on the nearshore live bait trolling that was so productive in recent weeks. This smoker was caught just before the storm with Fired Up Charters.

Preparing for Isaias, and then enduring the rough conditions it brought along the Space Coast, took a good bite out of last week’s fishing opportunities. But, generally, it’s tough to complain about narrowly avoiding the first major storm of the season. In this week’s forecast, contributors discuss the consequences of the storm on current fishing conditions and more…

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

40.19%

TOP TARGETS

  • Goliath grouper
  • tarpon
  • cobia

INSHORE

61.02%

TOP TARGETS

  • tarpon
  • seatrout

BEACH

54.30%

TOP TARGETS

  • Snook
  • Whiting

WEATHER OVERVIEW: Our first named storm of the year “Isaias” came and went without much fuss, which is a big sigh of relief! This week we will experience a SE wind until Thursday. Friday the wind will shift out of the E and remain that way throughout the weekend. Rain chances will continue to diminish as we work our way towards the weekend as well. It appears the latter part of the week looks like it’s shaping up to be nice, which is just in time for the start of lobster season which officially opens August 6th. It looks like the weather will cooperate to go chase some bugs! The visibility, on the other hand, is TBD on the heels of this latest storm…

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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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Taking The Week Off…
September 21, 2020

Taking The Week Off…

mahi fishing

Mahi, some Nice Kings and Cudas — making Chicken Salad out of Chicken Shit — that’s how we put it on a day like Dealt today Aboard the 🔥 Fire Fight with Capt Joe

We ended the week off nicely out of Port Canaveral with some pretty good fishing all around. From offshore mahi and kings to nearshore bull reds, snook and sharks. As you can see we have 40knot winds now and everything is pretty much screwed for the upcoming week, unfortunately. I mean why wouldn’t it be? We only have 22 trips on the books… So to my customers, if you’re reading this, this is why we had to cancel. SORRY. But the following week looks fantabulous.

As soon as we get back out, I will get the best report I can on where the baits at and fish are! Thank you and here’s to another week of boat projects and equipment cleaning.

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

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Strategic Positioning is Key Inshore
September 21, 2020

Strategic Positioning is Key Inshore

spotted seatrout

This week’s winds and rough ocean conditions have us plying the lagoons for speckled trout and redfish. Water levels in the Indian and Banana River Lagoons are way up. This is allowing these fish to access places they don’t normally get to go. In some cases we can’t get our boats way back in these flooded marsh and mangrove areas so we stage at the entry points and use cut baits or noisy lures like top water plugs to create awareness of our offerings to these fish.

Strategically positioning is key here. You must stay far enough away from these ingress and egress points to not spook the fish that are trying to utilize them. Our 7’-9” Memory Stix rods help our clients make extremely long casts into the strike zone without tipping the fish off to our presence.

Windward points are another great place to prospect, because the trout and reds will stage here waiting for mullet to swim by. Overall, the lagoon water is looking like crap right now, so sight fishing is not possible. However, utilizing these methods we are still putting fish on the boat. If you’re ready to go out and catch your next memory, please give us a call at 321-636-3728 or visit our website to get more information about what we do.

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

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Mullet Run Popping
September 21, 2020

Mullet Run Popping

tarpon on the beach

Live bait has been key for tarpon chasing mullet along the beaches.

The mullet run was popping last week. We had a few days with big schools throughout the lagoon and a few small schools along the beaches. Lots of jacks, trout and some snook and reds following the schools in the lagoon. The schools around the inlet had some snook and reds mixed in. Live mullet and pig fish were the best baits in and around Sebastian Inlet. Inshore, the most effective artificial baits were soft plastic paddle tails and the Rapala skitter walk. Rapala twitchin minnow was also a good bait inshore.

Nearshore, there were still a few schools of bait with tarpon on them scattered along the beaches. Live bait was the key to success for these fish this week.

Looks like this week is going to be blown out, especially for nearshore fishing. If you can find a spot out of the wind with some bait, you should be able to get on a decent trout bite as well as find some inshore snook and redfish! Stay safe on the water — these high winds will make the lagoon rough and dangerous for small boats!

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

Headwaters Bite Slows Down
September 21, 2020

Headwaters Bite Slows Down

headwaters bass fishing

The bite has slowed down at Headwaters Lake, but we’re still finding some quality bass.

The last week or so on Headwaters hasn’t been like when it first opened. Blame it on the heat of summer or that maybe the angling pressure it received every day since the opening, but probably a little of both. Most of the fish average 1-3 pounds and then on occasion a respectable 6+ comes along. Last week the topwater bite was very slow to happen so throwing a soft plastic was the better choice to catch some fish.

With the seasonal changing of our weather patterns and Fall knocking on our doors, all will change soon. Water temperature readings have been anywhere from 85-92 degrees, everyone — including the fish — will welcome the soon to come cooler temperatures. The spawn will start to make the bass feel it’s TIME to do their thing and the weight of catches will start to increase.

by Terry Lamielle
| (321) 537-5346

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Lots of Water with King Tides
September 21, 2020

Lots of Water with King Tides

redfish lagoon

With the King Tides, there’s a lot of water which is pushing the redfish and trout up higher along the shoreline. Jacks are moving in large packs up and down the ICW feeding on the large bait fish pods. Bull Reds have remained thick along the ICW in the inlet.

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

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Bull Season is Here!
September 16, 2020

Bull Season is Here!

redfish

Hunter with a bull red from this past week!

Bull season is upon us! Every year around September and October the bull redfish are gathering up to spawn. These are some of the most important months for redfish in the entire lagoon system. These fish are anywhere from 20-40 years old and produce thousands of spawn in a single cycle. Most anglers can find these bull redfish in larger deep canals, sandbar edges, and drop-offs with deep water close by.

When targeting these big bulls, it’s very important to upsize your tackle. I prefer a 4K or 5k size reel with 20-30lb braid and 40 pound leader. This ensures the fish doesn’t get too exhausted and makes for a clean, healthy release. When it comes to baits, any cut or live bait will work, from ladyfish to mullet. I myself prefer throwing artificial.

It’s pretty common to see the fish daisy-chaining in a circle, which makes for great sight fishing! Larger artificial baits like swimbaits, and large gold spoons are a few great options. Try to avoid treble hooks as they typically can cause issues if the fish gets hooked too deeply! Again, these fish are very important to our estuary and it’s critical we take the most absolute care of them!

by Capt. Alex Hughey
Coastal Fishing Expeditions | (321) 795-8566

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Expect Great Action After Cooling Water
September 15, 2020

Expect Great Action After Cooling Water

tarpon

Had another good week of tarpon fishing on the bait pods but with the tropical storms, the seas have been too rough to get out since the weekend. Offshore has been great as well with cobia, snapper, triggerfish and kingfish on the menu. With the winds and seas building, we will be fishing the lagoon for the foreseeable future. This week we should start seeing more bait in the river. The mullet run is getting started and the river should have great action as the water is cooling down due to shorter days and a bit of rain from the tropical storms. Fish the bait pods along the shorelines for Snook, trout and reds and you will also get some flounder and ladyfish and jacks. Should be a great week if you find the bait and can put in the time.

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

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Mahi Sightings & More Offshore
September 14, 2020

Mahi Sightings & More Offshore

kingfish

Great Times Aboard the 🔥 Fire Fight with Capt Joe catching all the Kings you could ask for with Amazing Peeps!

Apart from some tough weather, there’s not too much to complain about this past week! Fishing was really good when we were able to get out. For those of you that just love your mahi mahi mahi mahi, we caught several in the reef areas. No flouro. No weedlines. No islanders. No rips. Just random fish eating steel wire and hooks. Gotta love it! Kings did well, too! We had several days of limiting out with full boats and tight lines all day.

water spout

Great Shot of a Beautiful Water Spout touching down very close as Capt Joe and Garrett tried to outrun a Nasty approaching Storm. #Firemeupcapt

Bottom fishing for triggers, lanes and snapper provided some excellent table fare, as well. This week is going to be a shit show (sorry). High winds and rough seas will keep us tied to the pines (docks). Will let you know as soon as we get out on how we do! Till then go do your oil changes and maintenance. Keep safe out there. Capt. Chris Cameron

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

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Dodging the Rain
September 14, 2020

Dodging the Rain

kingfish

Well, if you managed to dodge the rain for the last week, you probably had some pretty good fishing. The sharks, snook, kingfish, jacks, redfish and even the tarpon have been very eager to play lately. We’ve been catching the fish on a wide variety of things from live finger mullet to pogies and even on artificial using topwater lures such as the explode mini and subsurface lures like the subwalk. All you have to do is follow the caravan of mullet up or down the beach until you see them getting fed on and with snook season here, you can even take one home with you if you catch one in the slot. I expect the fishing to get even better into the next week as the mullet run continues to grow.

kingfish

If any of this fishing interests you give us a call at 321-636-3728 we have a couple of days open so we may be able to get you out.

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

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Fall Mullet Run Right on Schedule!
September 12, 2020

Fall Mullet Run Right on Schedule!

mutton snapper surf fishing

Surf fishing rigs like pompano and knocker rigs have been on fire this last week. Fishing from the beach with these rigs has delivered a wide variety of species leaving fisherman to ponder what could be next. This event is a direct result of the fall mullet run appearing right on time. Predatory species such as snook, tarpon, jack crevalle and sharks can be caught fishing the tightly packed bait pods moving along the beaches from Port Canaveral to north of Sebastian Inlet.

Targeting the above-mentioned gamefish can be accomplished with live bait worked on a jig head, knocker rig, fish finder rig or free lined. Catching mullet with a 5-7 foot cast right from the shore of the beach makes it possible for even a novice angler. Bring a bait bucket with aeration to keep your bait alive and well.

Live bait fishing from the beach can be an extremely rewarding tactic. Jumping tarpon from the shore never disappoints. The distinct thump of a snook inhaling the restricted bait will send your heart rate through the roof. These exciting surf fishing opportunities are here today, and I strongly recommend preparing with the proper tools for the specific species on hand. If you’re curious about surf fishing equipment or surf fishing setups, please give us a call for recommendations, or visit your local tackle shop for professional advice.

Pompano fishing still has provided the table fare for the patient and motivated anglers willing to find the best conditions. Sand fleas have been plentiful still with more positive results on a higher tide. Along with the pompano, fishing charters this last week were reeling in bluefish, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, whiting and even a mutton snapper. Yes, you heard that correct. Although it’s more of a seldom catch fishing the shore, it definitely wasn’t the first time it’s occurred.

The immense presence of baitfish, including glass minnows, pogies and mullet has predator fish from all depths getting in on the action. Finding the right rip currents, eddies and troughs between sandbars will define your success. Understand what the fish like in a certain area or condition and attempt to repeat the positive results by mimicking that approach. The sand along our Space Coast beaches is in constant influx, so do the proper reconnaissance to find the hidden gems at a location perhaps outside of your normal hunting ground!

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

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Amped for the Mullet Migration!
September 11, 2020

Amped for the Mullet Migration!

fall mullet migration

Fall is arriving quick and so are the mullet! Every fall anglers across the entire coast get amped up for the mullet migration. The mullet run typically consists of a plethora of bait fish and, as most know, the big fish follow the little fish! The mullet run can be incredible and makes a plethora of species available, including Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, snook, tarpon, sharks and much more. It’s an awesome sight to see!

Although this all sounds great, the mullet run can be difficult to fish at times. That’s because with thousands of baitfish, it’s hard to make your own bait stand out! The best advice I can give is to be patient and I myself have better luck on larger mullet style artificial baits such as Rapala skitterwalks, Hogy swimbaits and sub surface plugs like the Rapala x rap. Darker colors are always my “go to.” This way you can make your bait stand out but still match the hatch as closely as possible. Anglers can also target these massive pods of bait using large mullet, live or chunks depending your desired species.

I highly suggest everyone take advantage of this time of year and get out and enjoy some incredible fishing.

by Capt. Alex Hughey
Coastal Fishing Expeditions | (321) 795-8566

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Like Fishing on A Lake
September 7, 2020

Like Fishing on A Lake

lane snapper

Great Day of Bottom Fishing For Devin and his Father Aboard the 🔥 Fire Fight with Capt Joe and Garret catching Limits of Vermillion Snapper and over 30 Jumbo Choc Chip Porgies!

Another banner week with amazing flat calm seas. Nothing better than fishing on a lake! The reefs were on fire with the slow troll. Kings, Mauis, Cobras and a few blackfins. Bottom fishing has been insane, as well. Big amberjacks were plentiful along with a pile of the porgies and lane snappers. Great eating all around!

Bait was all over along the beach, so look for the pelicans and you should find it. Tarpon and snook have been in the surf, as well.

Just an awesome week all around. Night time shark fishing has been on fire, too.

Good luck and see ya out there!

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

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Nuggets of Silver
September 7, 2020

Nuggets of Silver

mullet run

We talked about it in last week’s fishing report and right on schedule, the mullet run has started along the Space Coast beaches. Anglers up and down from Playalinda Beach to Melbourne Beach are cashing in on these little nuggets of Silver that are swimming south. Captain Justin has been catching shark, tarpon, king mackerel, bluefish, jacks, snook and a variety of other fish as they feed on these bait pods.

Two of the best things that you can use right now are a live mullet on a jig head or an artificial that imitates one of these bait fish. We prefer Rapala X-rap subwalk and if the ocean is calm enough, skitter walk plugs, especially during early morning or late afternoon sessions.

We have been fairly booked up with charters during this first part of September, but we do still have some openings if anyone would like to try this type of fishing with us. Just call Captain Justin or myself at 321-636-3728 and we will get you out to try and catch your next memory!

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

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LOCAL EVENTS

FSFA Club Meetings

FSFA The September 22 meeting of the Florida Sport Fishing Association will be at 7:00 PM at the Veteran’s Memorial Center, 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island. It is likely that we will be limited in the number of attendees that we can allow, but the meeting will be available live on the Club’s Facebook Page The guest speaker will be Alex Gorichky III, owner/captain of Local Lines charters. Alex will be talking about strategies for the fall mullet run. There will be opportunity for Facebook viewers to ask questions.

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Anglers for Conservation are holding a fundraising raffle for an inflatable SUP. Check out the details at anglersforconservation.org.
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