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WEEKLY FORECAST

9.10.2019 – 9.16.2019

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

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DORIAN DODGED

Despite the fact that Central Florida was hardly grazed by Dorian’s outer bands, the storm still managed to turn life upside-down on the Space Coast for the better part of a week. We can all be grateful that this was but a minor inconvenience compared to other possible outcomes. Unfortunately, our friends in the Bahamas had no such luck; and they will need all the help they can get to rebuild and recover from the catastrophic damage suffered across the islands. See the post below from the Florida Sport Fishing Association (FSFA) to find out how you can help.

KAYAK GIVEAWAY WINNER!

We’ve got a winner of a new kayak from Cocoa Beach Surf Company! The winner is Brandon Morgan, who will select his choice among three awesome kayaks! Congrats, Brandon, and many thanks to Cocoa Beach Surf Company for providing this awesome giveaway opportunity!

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

66.28%

TOP TARGETS

  • Vermillion Snapper
  • AJ
  • Dolphin

INSHORE

80.01%

TOP TARGETS

  • Seatrout
  • Pompano
  • Snook

BEACH

77.86%

TOP TARGETS

  • Pompano
  • Permit
  • Tarpon

WEATHER OVERVIEW: Once Dorian finally moved past Florida’s coast, we benefited from west winds and calm seas, but make no mistake about it — it’s been HOT, but so was the fishing! Anglers enjoyed great fishing inshore, offshore and from the surf. This week, the wind will pick up quite a bit. Expect a northeast wind throughout most of the week shifting more east moving into the weekend. Offshore prospects don’t look great this week, but if it’s any consolation, temperatures will hopefully cool down a little bit.

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

MOON VOODOO

With the full moon on Saturday, expect to see the morning/daytime bite take a hit over the surrounding dates, BUT also know that the solunar forecast predicts SEASON’S PEAK fish activity on Saturday. The major and minor times of peak activity are below, with Saturday evening’s minor period slated as GOLDEN HOUR for catching fish!

PEAK FISHING PERIODS (9.14)

  • 1:27 AM – 3:27 AM (major)
  • 7:22 AM – 8:22 AM (minor)
  • 1:48 PM – 3:48 PM (major)
  • 8:07 PM – 9:07 PM (minor)
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    GIVEAWAY CONTESTS

    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, Russell Stoll of Melbourne — Russell, 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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    Florida Sport Fishing Association

    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!

    FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
    Fishing Still Heating Up
    November 12, 2019

    Fishing Still Heating Up

    seatrout

    Things are finally starting to cool down here on the Space Coast, but the fishing is heating up! This time of the year can be a bit challenging at times with cold fronts coming and going. The constant change in wind direction and water temp can really throw a curve ball to a pattern you might have just figured out.

    With the first few fronts, the trout, redfish and snook bite has only gotten better. The finger mullet are still showing up in full force and the predators are right behind them. Topwater plugs and free-lined live mullet early have been getting the job done! As the sun starts to rise, switching to soft plastic jigs such as the Mirrolure Lil John and Gulp shrimp are having great success. Another great technique is an 1/8oz jig-head with a dead shrimp — I prefer to pop the head off the shrimp and thread it on the jig-head. Slowly bouncing this off the bottom can produce everything under the sun. The cooler the weather we get the less snook and tarpon we will see, and most fish will feed more on shrimp and less on bait-fish. I’m looking forward to the next few weeks to come with some cooler weather and some great fishing!

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

    lost glasses
    November 12, 2019

    lost glasses

    fishing beach south of inlet this am, several blues, jack and Sp Mack; all on metals; brother-in-law got taken down by a wave and lost his glasses; faint hope but if anyone finds them you can post it here

    by bmw

    Pompano Prime Time?
    November 11, 2019

    Pompano Prime Time?

    pompano prime time

    The moon and stars may be aligning just right over the next few days to hit limits on pompano in the surf. We’ve got a full moon and the solunar calendar forecasts the month’s PEAK fish activity on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Major and Minor periods of peak fish activity for both days are:

    TUESDAY MAJOR:
    12:18 PM – 2:19 PM

    TUESDAY MINOR:
    6:36 AM – 7:36 AM
    5:55 PM – 6:55 PM

    WEDNESDAY MAJOR:
    12:42 AM – 2:42 AM
    1:07 PM – 3:07 PM

    WEDNESDAY MINOR:
    7:33 AM – 8:33 AM
    6:35 PM – 7:35 PM

    Currently, the weather projects to be windy and wet on Wednesday, so Tuesday looks like the most promising shot to fill a cooler at the beach. In Central Brevard on Tuesday, high tides will be around 7:22 AM and 7:28 PM with low tide at 1:33 PM. The period just before and during falling tide tends to typically produce well for pompano, and this same period happens to coincide/overlap with each of the day’s windows of forecasted peak fish activity. This means there should be some great catching potential on Tuesday all morning and early afternoon, and again for a few hours in the evening starting around 6:00 PM.

    Also note that, to this point, beaches on the south end of the county around Sebastian Inlet have been reportedly holding pompano, while there hasn’t yet been much reported activity further north.

    Will it be pompano prime time tomorrow? The conditions look to line up well, but there’s only one way to find out for sure!

    by JC

    FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
    Water Clarity to Improve
    November 11, 2019

    Water Clarity to Improve

    seatrout ponce inlet

    Fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon has been good this week. We’ve been throwing Z man paddle-tails with great results, catching trout, snook and jacks. With the upcoming cold weather, the water clarity should start getting better and the site casting should really turn on.

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

    FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
    Good Fishing Continues
    November 11, 2019

    Good Fishing Continues

    tripletail

    Not a lot has changed in fishing, with the bite remaining very similar to last week. At Port Canaveral, they are still getting some nice tripletail and cobia. When the wind backs off enough to target the surf, anglers are catching black drum, redfish, margate and whiting. The pompano are starting to show up, too. We heard of some decent catches south in Melbourne Beach. Meanwhile, the river and canals around Satellite and Indian Harbour Beach are holding a lot of mangrove snapper, black drum and some really nice speckled trout.

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

    Another Solid Week in the Books; Although a Different Bite
    November 11, 2019

    Another Solid Week in the Books; Although a Different Bite

    The fronts of this week changed the target species, but the fishing is still pretty good with sustained clear water in certain areas. The black drum showed up on the flats, and they have been super cooperative. Look for dark shapes barely moving, and cast dead shrimp in their path for a probable hookup. Gulp shrimp also works, but black drum rival juvenile tarpon for difficulty to get on artificial. The trout action remains pretty good with widespread catches, but a lack of size. Rapala skitterwalks are a great bet early on, and Rapala X-rap subwalks or DOA Cals on worm hooks are the best options during the day in deeper water including some canals now.

    Nearshore fishing has been very good when the weather allows. Bull redfish can be caught consistently on cut bait and pogies if you find them. These bull reds in the ocean are far different than the ones in the lagoon. They are genetically different in most cases, lighter colored, and tend to have a larger girth for their length. Even though you may see more boats than inshore, their migratory patterns make them far less pressured than the Lagoon’s breeders.

    Bull reds are far from the only target. If you time the tides right with the right bait, the snook will be chewing. Mullet never gives me much luck unlike baits that swim down own their own. Tripletail are showing up, but the size and consistency isn’t that good yet. The beach has been loaded with bigger than normal bluefish and spanish mackerel. Both will take all plugs, spoons, or live baits less than 7 inches long. Ideally, you want to mimic or use a finger mullet. 75-140lb spinner sharks have shown up in the same areas. They will snatch smaller fish off your line, but they also are super fun to catch on heavy spinning gear.

    Wabasso
    November 11, 2019

    Wabasso

    Wabasso Kayak Fishing

    Put the kayaks in at Wabasso after picking up shrimp at Treasure Coast Marina. Started out slow then picked up some trout in 15”-18” range around the mangroves. Also caught a nice Black Drum, too.

    by Raider

    FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
    Good Fishing Around Sebastian
    November 10, 2019

    Good Fishing Around Sebastian

    Sebastian inlet seatrout

    Jeremy with a big trout.

    We had some decent weather last week and the bite at Sebastian Inlet was still pretty good. The redfish and snook bite was good and the bait was plentiful. Lots of pinfish, pigfish and croakers have been present in the lagoon to catch on hook and line. If you’re into shark fishing, the beaches have also been loaded with Blacktip sharks feeding on bluefish and mackerel. Live baits or chunk baits work well, and as we get more schools moving in, we can catch the blacktips on top water, which is always a whole bunch of fun.

    Sebastian Inlet snook fishing

    Dave from Ohio got on a great Redfish, snook and jack nite and said it was the best day of fishing he’s ever had!

    The big trout are feeding in the lagoon along the mangroves and schooling trout are thick in the lagoon around the deeper water bait schools. The gator trout bite is best with live bait, but we’ve been getting some mid 20” trout on soft plastics and top water baits. The snook and redfish bite is still decent and there are plenty of jacks marauding the bait schools as they roam the shorelines.

    This weekends’ cold front should change up the fishing a bit. It should bring in some bluefish and mackerel and get the pompano and flounder moving in the inlet. It’s a good time for soft plastics rigged on 1/4-3/8 ounce jig heads in the lagoon and inlet.

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

    FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
    Transitioning to Fort Pierce
    November 10, 2019

    Transitioning to Fort Pierce

    Mark Wright Fort Pierce

    Dreams can and do come true; our dream (Kim’s and mine) to retire to Fort Pierce has become reality, at least for her. I’m not ready for retirement and I’m going to continue running fishing charters from the tidal regions of the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem!

    We’re caught-up in moving as I’m writing this report and it always takes longer to “move” than expected. There has been no time to fish this past week, though I’m expecting to get out a day or two this coming week.

    My north/south range will be from Sebastian to Stuart and most of my trips will be between the Barber Bridge and the power lines at Big Mud Creek. That’s a whole lot of water to offer potential clients!

    Much of this water south of town along the east bank is wide open with miles of mangrove covered shorelines. The west bank is riddled with residential docks holding plenty of gamefish as well as dinner fish.

    To the North the water is much more sheltered due to the narrowness of the lagoon. The population in this area is denser and we have lots of canals to hide in and docks that hold fish of all flavors.

    One of the more exciting factors of fishing this region is the long list of fish we catch here. We routinely catch dozens of different species of fish in these waters as we target the usual spotted seatrout, redfish, snook, tarpon and pompano.

    Stay tuned for future reports and photos from my little slice of heaven… It’s good to be back home!

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

    Jurassic Park
    November 10, 2019

    Jurassic Park

    Ryan Wood goes on an exciting kayak fishing adventure around Sebastian Inlet in pursuit of giant snook!

    FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
    Challenging Fishing in Grant
    November 10, 2019

    Challenging Fishing in Grant

    treasure coast marina fishing report

    It was another challenging week in the Grant area. The weather was rocky and you had to pick and choose your windows of opportunity. All of the rain has also messed with the salinity, which we check daily at our docks, and it has been unusually low.

    Having said that, those who have fished made the best of the situation and had some good catches. Trout are thick schooling in the deeper pockets around the islands. The ones taken this week were healthy and fat. There were also good numbers of drum caught. Moving out toward the inlet, the salinity was better, and snook and reds were active on finger mullet and big pin fish.

    We hear things are picking up in the surf and people are cleaning out our shop of our NATIVE SALT BAITS. Come on by and we will share our fish stories with you!

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

    FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
    Time to Hit the Surf!
    November 9, 2019

    Time to Hit the Surf!

    black drum surf fishing

    Surf fishing season is officially here! Followed by rain, wind and cooler air and water temperatures.

    Anglers in the northern part of Brevard County can have much success catching plenty of catfish, ladyfish, whiting and puppy black drum and redfish in the first and second troughs. Some Pompano are being caught around the Cape, but not in real significant numbers yet. As this front comes in with another following on Wednesday/Thursday I can predict that we should get our first wave of migratory Pompano to start making their way down the coast.

    pompano fishing

    As to the southern end of the County, it looks like things may be a little better! There’s reports of Pompano limits coming in from Sebastain Inlet jetty and around the area’s beaches! Lucky anglers who found clean water and fished early morning or caught the hours before falling tide did best! Whiting are around, although, it’s been hit or miss. Croakers, jacks, ladyfish and catfish will be your main catches as well as the small black drum. If you’re patient enough to weed through the garbage fish, you can be rewarded with some swimming gold! Most local fish will be heading out of the inlets and ports once water temperatures drop.

    space coast surf fishiing

    Remember, two days before and after the front are usually best! Or, right before the front hits. Morning and evening hours have been best! Match that with a falling tide and clean water and you’ll be going home with a cooler full! All my fish caught this week have been on Fishbites, blanched fleas and peeled shrimp.

    central Florida surf fishing report

    If you’re looking to get into surf fishing stop by Strike Zone Melbourne. They have everything you need to get you geared up for this season including my custom, hand-tied Pompano rigs and Sputnik weights to help you hold in the surf on the rough days when the fish are biting!

    If you’re interested in booking a charter with me this season I still have a few days open for November. The rest of the season is filling up fast! Make sure you call to reserve your charter today! Thank you for the continued support, and I look forward to seeing you on the beach!

    Good luck! 🎣

    by Caleb Couture
    Tradewinds Surf Fishing Charters, Pompano Riggs by Couture | (321) 271-1061

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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

    FSFA

    • 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

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