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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

72.45%

TOP TARGETS

  • Vermillion Snapper
  • AJ
  • Dolphin

INSHORE

76.22%

TOP TARGETS

  • Seatrout
  • Pompano
  • Snook

BEACH

75.76%

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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    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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    Space Coast Surf Fishing Report
    May 25, 2020

    Space Coast Surf Fishing Report

    central Florida Surf Fishing Report

    Capt. Lukas gets into some whiting on the beach with his surf fishing clients.

    Surf fishing during the month of May has offered some much needed family fun experiences with the opening of beach accesses across Florida. Getting to the beach has been one of the top things to do outside on the Space Coast. Incredible weather and social distancing measures are a few factors that make beach fishing Central East Coast of Florida a top choice for individuals and family looking for some outside recreation.

    The cooler weather patterns that graced us during early May made mornings crisp and clear. Look for that to become a thing of the past as we steadily creep towards the dog days of summer, accompanied by high temps and humidity. Surf fishing conditions from Cocoa Beach to Sebastian Inlet for the first weeks of May were challenging due to the wind, waves and onslaught of seaweed that blitzed our coastline. Water clarity was one of the few positives that kept things interesting amongst the myriad negatively contributing factors.

    Pompano fishing has continued to remain consistent. Moreover, fish that have stuck around are providing beach fishing anglers with the perfect chance at catching, cleaning, and cooking this Florida delicacy. Catching your limit of six fish has proved more difficult compared to months prior when the water temperatures were more conducive. With the surf fishing water temps currently holding in the 75-76 degree range, anglers have been reporting fewer fish. To catch Florida Pompano, use pompano rigs with a variety of colored floats and no floats, baited with Fishbites (sandflea, crab, clam) and a live or frozen sand flea. Try casting various distances from shore to ensure you’re targeting areas of concentration.

    Meanwhile, snook fishing has steadily increased in the surf as the water temperatures continue to climb. Focus your efforts on area beaches around Sebastian Inlet and Melbourne Beach. Beach fishing for snook around a high tide with live mullet or croakers have produced the best results. Note, however, that catching snook in the surf requires slightly different equipment than traditional surf fishing. Make sure to beef up your tackle with braided line, 30-50lb fluorocarbon leaders and hook sizes that match the bait size accordingly. Snook fishing will continue to heat up on our local beaches, so get out there and dialed in for the rest of the season!

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

    Lakes Needing A Rain Refill
    May 25, 2020

    Lakes Needing A Rain Refill

    Rain… We need rain to start filling up our lakes. As the summer moves into where we start every afternoon to get the rains the waters should fill our lakes. This will make a great time to target spawning bluegill and bass, which are protecting their fry, even better.

    This week I went on an adventure with a long time friend to the 3 Forks area at the end of Malabar Road in Palm Bay. I have nicknamed this body of water the Tracker Lakes just because it is best to have a lighter weight boat to get to some areas in this vast system. At one point, we actually had to get out of the boat and push it through a very shallow area. Once we were in fishable waters we had a very good day with over 40 bass and lots of bluegill and specks. The bass would only eat our smaller lures that we offered to them. Smaller prop baits and crank baits were the pattern for lots of fun.

    by Terry Lamielle
    | (321) 537-5346

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    Reliably Targeting Speckled Trout
    May 25, 2020

    Reliably Targeting Speckled Trout

    seatrout

    Speckled trout continue to be our most reliable targets in the lagoons. Captain Justin and I have been catching them in a variety of ways on our charters this week. Live fingerling mullet free-lined near mangroves and spoil islands are accounting for the largest trout on most of our trips. Most of these fish are 18 to 24 inch models that are fat with row and preparing to spawn. We handle these with extreme care and only take them out of the water briefly to get a quick photo prior to release. These breeder females are trying their best to restore our once “world class” trout fishery here on the Space Coast, so they deserve all the respect and help they can get. Juvenile tarpon, snook, and slot-sized redfish are also feeding in the same areas, so a mixed bag or a slam is possible on almost any given day.

    Rapala Skitterwalk top-water plugs and Saltwater Assassin 4-inch seas shad tails have been working for us when we’re not using live offerings. We are pretty well booked up for the next two weeks, but do have a few openings. If your ready to get out of the house and chase some fish in the lagoons — or tarpon, snapper, sharks and other species along our beaches give us a call or check out our website.

    Let’s go catch your next memory!!

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

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    Canaveral Offshore
    May 25, 2020

    Canaveral Offshore

    Fun day of catching some tasty critters with Fired Up Charters.

    Grouper and amberjack are firing out of the Port and are chewing hard on live croakers, whiting, and big pins. Deep drops also turned on this week, producing some nice catches of golden tilefish and snowy grouper. If you like pressing a button, come on out! LOL. Meanwhile, kings have been a day-to-day thing on the reefs, and sharks are continuing to feast nearshore.

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

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    Inshore, Beach, and Offshore
    May 25, 2020

    Inshore, Beach, and Offshore

    lagoon tarpon

    In the lagoon, north of Pineda, anglers are catching a lot of redfish and tarpon. The canals around Satellite are holding nice sheepshead, mangrove snapper and black drum, as well. The beach anglers when fishing are catching some nice snook, margate, whiting and still a few pompano. We’ve even seen a permit or two mixed in a little further south around Melbourne Beach.

    Offshore, the mangrove snapper bite is HOT! On the troll, we’ve seen a handful a dolphin being caught in reported depths of 175 feet.

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

    Summer Bite Seems to be Coming!
    May 24, 2020

    Summer Bite Seems to be Coming!

    inshore tarpon fishing

    One of the tarpon which was laying up next to the mangroves.

    This week, the canals around Satellite were hopping with big snook and juvenile tarpon eager for live bait. I caught two tarpon and had a lower slot snook come out of nowhere and eat my mullet while an overslot snook was licking its lips for my bait. Early in the morning, before sunrise, I attempted fishing at a marina. With many snook hitting, one after another, I only got one mid-twenties to the boat. Another one which got off on structure felt a bit bigger. Later in the day I moved on to the flats and did good there too. My dad got a solid trout and another mid-twenty inch snook ate my white bait and almost got me stuck in the mangroves. With a lot of rain forecast this week, hopefully the water will finally rise and turn on the bite even more.

    Fishing is on Fire
    May 23, 2020

    Fishing is on Fire

    Hit the island houses early this morning around 4:30am. Lined up on the east side of the island and worked the dock with a top dog. Almost every cast got exploded on. Set a PB on trout with a solid 27.5ish. Hit a slam within an hour. Bait was getting crashed everywhere. Landed several slot to over slot snook, a few jacks, trout, and some nice keeper size reds. Top water, gold DOA shrimp with the rattle and tipped with shrimp fish bites landed the reds, snook on top, doa shrimp, and DOA white paddle tails.

    Spring Bluefish & Fluke (Summer Flounder)
    May 19, 2020

    Spring Bluefish & Fluke (Summer Flounder)

    I fished several days in the past week. My first few trips were in search of springtime bluefish in the Manasquan River. The first day I caught 3 (1 on a bone SP Minnow and 2 on a Hopkins shorty) in addition I caught a small striped bass that fell for a ghost white SP Minnow. Returned the next day with my son, once again I caught 3 bluefish and he caught 2-al on a bone SP Minnow. All the blues were in the #2-3 class-which is unfortunate is not close to the size of the bluefish the last 3 springs during the first part of May when they were in the #10-15 class. Switched gears the next two days and did some summer flounder (fluke) fishing in Shark River. Since the season for them doesn’t open until 5?22-it as all catch & release. Caught several each day by bouncing a bucktail with a teaser hook above-both tipped with GULP.

    flounder

    One of several summer flounder I caught over the past several days.

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    Canals, Lagoon, & Surf
    May 18, 2020

    Canals, Lagoon, & Surf

    In the canals and river around Satellite and Indian Harbour Beach, anglers are doing well fishing for trout, redfish, sheepshead and mangrove snapper. When conditions have allowed on the beach, the surf fishermen are getting bluefish and big numbers of whiting; the snook have also started to show up for their annual summer spawn. Meanwhile, pompano have slowed a little bit, but the residential fish are out there, and anglers are still putting them in the cooler.

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

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    Pretty Good Fishing
    May 18, 2020

    Pretty Good Fishing

    snook fishing

    Fishing has continued to be pretty good inshore and on the beach. We are starting to get pigfish as well as croakers as bait, which is producing really well for snook, redfish and trout. Black drum and mangrove snapper have been biting on jig-heads tipped with shrimp. With the mullet run in full swing, tarpon are starting to show up in the river and the beaches, too.

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

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    Windy Week
    May 18, 2020

    Windy Week

    big jack

    Eric and his boys missed their spring fishing trip but got into some great early summer action along the beaches.

    What a week of wind! We got to fish the beach a few days before these winds picked up and had a few great days with plenty of big jacks, sharks and some mackerel. Theres still plenty of Lane Snapper on the nearshore reefs as well. We’re also finding some big trout and snook inshore — and plenty of jack crevalle around the islands and mangrove shorelines.

    This week, the winds should lay down and we should have some good action inshore and offshore.

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

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    Ready to Chase Kings
    May 18, 2020

    Ready to Chase Kings

    Rough weather and high seas this past week kept us off the ocean. Once the seas subside, Captain Justin and I will be taking our clients out to chase schooling king mackerel on the 70 to 90-foot reefs. A variety of artificial lures will work for these fish but we will look for live baits to increase our odds at a successful day out there. If bait fish are present in the nearshore waters, we will be targeting kings in the 20 to 40-foot depths. May is also a great time to catch giant jacks, big tarpon, shark, and bonito in our nearshore waters.

    The basins and jetties at the Port should hold redfish, snook, flounder, jack, mangroves snapper, and other hard fighting species. Live fingerling mullet, shrimp, mud minnows, croakers, and pilchards or pogies are all bait types that are effective on these various game species.

    spotted seatrout

    In the rivers and lagoon big trout, snook, and redfish are possible near docks, rocky areas and mangrove covered shorelines. We usually target these fish with a variety of lures like soft plastics, topwater plugs, and live shrimp or fingerling mullet are top choices as well

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

    1:45ers at Wabasso North to  South Inlet
    May 17, 2020

    1:45ers at Wabasso North to South Inlet

    What is a 1:45er you ask? It’s those odd balls you see at the club right before closing. You know that chick who has thrown two sheets to the wind and is just waiting for someone, anyone, to throw her a look of approval for a continuation of her dazed and happy good time. That’s how the snook were for me today. I caught literally 9/10 I sight casted which was 9/11 that I saw. Only one was slot at 28” on the nose though, the rest were 18-24”. I could not find any slobs. Using doa jerk shads, white paddle tails, exoswims in white. I also caught several early on topwater using a yo-zuri hydro pencil. Most of my paddle tail bites were impact strikes. What I noticed was had I not seen the strike, I would not have known to set the hook. They would grab it and just sit. Kinda like if I get that free meal (drink) I’ll take it, but I know I shouldn’t. Then there were the blue fish and jacks. Like the creepy dude wearing stone wash jeans one size too tight, drenched in his endless supply of Drakkar cologne, ready to fight or find passion with whatever person has thrown too many sheets to the wind, they were pouncing on anything in front of their faces. Anything thrown outside of the shade line was like the last call light where they knew it was time to strike. All in all it was non stop action. The weather today left you guys no excuses so let’s see some reports. I hope y’all slayed them.

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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

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    • 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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