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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!

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

44.29%

TOP TARGETS

  • Vermillion Snapper
  • AJ
  • Dolphin

INSHORE

65.06%

TOP TARGETS

  • Seatrout
  • Pompano
  • Snook

BEACH

61.54%

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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    Windy Fishing
    September 16, 2019

    Windy Fishing

    Sebastian Inlet Snook fishing

    It’s windy, but the fish are still eating!

    Wind, and more wind, was the theme of the week. The seas momentarily died down for a window over last weekend, only to pick back up again from Monday through Friday. Fishing was great at the inlet with slot redfish hitting any bait you could put in front of them. Pretty much every cast produced a nice red — and if could get past them or the jacks, there were snook chewing in the mix, too.

    In the lagoon, the trout fishing was decent in Grant around the spoil islands. In the same area, smaller-sized snook were plenty feisty along the docks. Soft plastics were working well here, consistently soliciting a nice bite. Meanwhile, the channel markers are holding a good number of tripletail, with ladyfish and jacks having an explosive presence, too.

    It’s definitely that time of the year to start fishing the Sebastian River for tarpon, snook and jacks. Spend some time in there over the next several weeks and you should have plenty of action!

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

    SURF FISHING = TOUGH
    September 16, 2019

    SURF FISHING = TOUGH

    Been an absolute battle with the swells and wind as of late. Between the weeds, the slime, then storms, then whatever the heck this is, you gotta really want it. Mostly just occasional margate but a few keeper drums in there. Only fishable baits have been fleas and live fish of any sort. Have seen a bunch of inadvertent shark action at sunset off Satellite. Definitely entertains the kids when your spool screams off 150 yards before the non-leadered hook is sliced off.

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    Ponce — Now’s the time for a Bull Red!
    September 16, 2019

    Ponce — Now’s the time for a Bull Red!

    Ponce Inlet Snook

    The early morning topwater bite has been strong. I’ve had a lot of success throwing Rapala Skitterwalks in the bone color while targeting pods of bait. If you want to catch a bull redfish, then now is the time to do it! Over the next month or two, the breeders will be stacking in Ponce Inlet. The tripletail bite should be starting to turn on, too — if the seas calm down. Tarpon are also still around and should be for at least another month or two. No doubt, Fall is a great time to get out do some fishing!

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

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    Two Patterns to Watch in Mosquito Lagoon
    September 16, 2019

    Two Patterns to Watch in Mosquito Lagoon

    mosquito lagoon flounder

    After slamming twice on a favorite culvert pipe, Tony catches a bonus fish. This nearly five pound flounder whacked a small gold spoon!

    We had two noticeable patterns this past week that produced good fishing results in the Mosquito Lagoon. Wind-swept points and flowing water were attracting gamefish taking advantage of small baitfish as they were swept through culvert pipes or across shallow sand bars reaching from shore and tapering towards deeper water.

    These patterns should hold until the high water levels brought on by the rains and tidal surge of hurricane Dorian equalizes within the lagoon main water and back-waters.

    Some points only held a fish or two while other points held many. It’s not always obvious which points will be hot spots or which side of any given point might hold a mother lode of predators. Cover these points well even if it means positioning your boat in the slop and chop! Targeting culverts with flowing water is a no-brainer for those who fish this area. The best spots tend to be hidden culverts and narrow creek mouths overgrown by mangroves or other bushes.

    While we caught lots of snook as well as trout and redfish on Zman Diezel Minnows rigged on Snakelockz Jigheads the best performer was a small gold weedless spoon. This simple and humble lure caught redfish, trout, snook and a large flounder to boot!

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

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    Between Storms
    September 16, 2019

    Between Storms

    treasure coast marina fishing report

    Well, we’re trying to get a report in here between storms! In spite of the awful color of the lagoon, inshore action has been good throughout the Grant-Sebastian area with a surprising variety of species, including flounder! Our wade fishermen went south, (that’s about as specific as they get) and had a great late afternoon of angling that yielded plenty of keepers. Catches included trout, reds (barely legal, but legal), a few pompano, flounder, rounded out with a couple of juvenile snook released back to their moms.

    Apparently the ocean has remained angry in wake of Dorian. Not many reports there. We did hear of some Mahi sightings, but there was not a lot of size to them.

    We’re getting ready for Treasure Coast Marina 19th Inshore tournament on October 19th! The planning was a little delayed by storms, but the event will be held as scheduled. Check TCM Facebook page for details. Hope you all can join us for this fun event!

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

    Fishing has been Tough
    September 15, 2019

    Fishing has been Tough

    flounder are showing up

    Been fishing a lot lately. Lots of poonage if you put the time in the surf. I caught 30 in the last week.. Reds inshore have been good if you put the time in to find them lots of trout too… Again, it’s tough, but nothing comes easy. Lots of bull sharks in the river as well. The flat guys are showing up, too.

    Grouper in the Sebastian River
    September 14, 2019

    Grouper in the Sebastian River

    With water being dirty and roughed up, try fishing the marker buoys in the ICW in Sebastian. There’s lots of fish on the channel markers. You may have to catch some oyster crackers or mother-in-laws, but you catch a 10lb grouper and they will kick your butt! Use the same tackle for offshore groupers and 50lb line and leader. Mullet chunks will work, and so will cigar minnows. I like using 7/0 hooks down to 5/0 with the weight depending on the current.

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    Dirty Water, But Good Red Bite
    September 11, 2019

    Dirty Water, But Good Red Bite

    red fishing

    Post Dorian has really made the water dirty! But, luckily, it hasn’t negatively impacted the fishing.

    The redfish bite has been fantastic! Most fish seem to be holding tight to mangrove shorelines that are holding bait. It may take a little running and gunning to figure this out as it has been changing pretty frequently with the water conditions all along the Indian river lagoon. If you find a muddy shoreline with large black mullet, or even lines of small fingerlings, the fish are likely close by. The top bait choices for these dirty water conditions have been pearl white gulp shrimp, or gold and black paddle tail jigs. Generally, you want something that stands out in the mucky water. The snook have been close by, as well, and are following the same patterns as the redfish.

    With the full moon coming I predict we will start to see a lot more large breeder redfish. In the meantime, don’t let the dirty water scare you off. With a good week of some sunny weather I believe we will see a lot of areas clean up nicely. The bite has been good! Get out and catch ’em up!

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

    Honeymoon Lake
    September 10, 2019

    Honeymoon Lake

    Anyone have any luck out in honeymoon lake?

    I would love some bait suggestions!

    tuesday melb bch surf
    September 10, 2019

    tuesday melb bch surf

    green water and catfish only this morning

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    Baro Pressure Cools Hot Bite
    September 9, 2019

    Baro Pressure Cools Hot Bite

    topwater snook fishing

    Tony catches another line-sider on his favorite plug; a bone colored Skitterwalk!

    The fishing was great post Hurricane Dorian, as the redfish, spotted seatrout, black drum and snook went on a feeding rampage. In fact, the fishing remained good, up until TODAY…

    All the aforementioned species above were readily eating soft-plastics, sub-surface hard baits and top water plugs with enthusiasm. I was completely taken by surprise by how lackluster our morning bite was today.

    I suspect this morning’s poor fishing activity was related more to the very high barometric pressure than the coming full moon. I expect that eventually the fish will feed today, though we won’t be there if and when it happens.

    Today’s saving grace came in the form of a short though hefty snook. Its second attempt at eating Tony’s top-water plug met with success as the rod doubled over and the drag complained a little. A quick photo and a timely release helped assure this fish will live to fight another battle or two.

    I’m already looking forward to tomorrow, as I’m sure the bite will be much better than today’s!

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

    Post-Dorian Surf Fishing Improving
    September 9, 2019

    Post-Dorian Surf Fishing Improving

    surf fishing permit

    20″ permit caught on live fleas at Stuart Public Beach. Ray drove from Ft. Lauderdale and scouted the beaches and fished the 5 pm tide.

    First, I want to thank all the folks that provide boats and planes to ship domestic goods to sustain life in the Bahamas. Don’t ever think one donation will solve this need — think outside the box. Consider if you were going on a camping trip and what you would need for six months! I personally feel tangibles versus small donations is the most valued approach. Floridians are thankful for being spared, so now those extra supplies you purchased could be shared with those most in need… I know not everyone could afford to do this, so you all know the drill!

    Has surf fishing improved post Dorian? Absolutely! It’s not nuts yet, but it is improving as the suspended mud transcends to acceptable hues of blues. The strategies vary amongst anglers. “I know where they caught ’em yesterday” is an adage of the past. The influencing factors change bodies of shoreline water sometimes within a few hours. All the fish caught Saturday were caught on a strong southwest wind. Whitish blues and creamy aqua were the components that create for these successful trips. Strong east southeast Sunday winds displaced the St. Lucie Inlets coffee colored low salinity water to traverse north and shutdown all activity. Similarly, Saturday’s pomps and a few redfish were landed on the Juno Beach Pier, but Sunday was a bust! Overnight, the tainted rain water from Palm Beach Inlet fused with a turbid bathtub and every cast was a catfish.

    There are some ways to avoid the pollution and find optimal surf conditions. Right now, the tides are good early and late. Avoid the 6:00 AM mysterious mistake. Leave at 3:00 PM, stop at a few beaches and scout the water. Or, assign your reliable cohort from the north to drive south while you do vice versa. If it doesn’t pan out, stop for a bite and a beer. Sadly, my number two solution is broken. The Erdman video beach cams for Hutchinson have been broken since July 11th, so folks, it’s a hands on approach.

    hobe sound pompano

    Art Ring corrals 5 river/surf pompano at North Federal Beach, Hobe Sound, and is loving his new rods.

    An array of attractive permit, pompano and redfish pics with aqua/blue backdrops frames the exclusive reason for the “Spacefish Report!” With the advent of Northeasters in the near future, there is almost a spiritual movement that occurs. It’s as if summer hibernation is over and for anglers on foot, it’s a “The Birthday of the Surf.” The Harvest Moon will ignite racked trucks to leave the Northeast and chase these migratory tourists. Locals will reunite with old friends and share fishing stories and summer tales. Does it get any better than this?!?

    Port St. Lucie Pompano

    The gentle giant Monster Max of Facebook fame smacked 5 keeper pomps at Middle Cove Beach in Port St. Lucie. The largest was 2 lb!

    Autumn presents a fishing predictability problem expressively for beach anglers. Hopefully, some will chase new avenues that have been habitually avoided. Bridges, jetties and municipal piers. Some ask “How do you locate fish?” The evidence are the tackle orders. Is it for sand-fleas, pompano rigs, jigs and quills or sputniks. Thirty shops and three piers are like anglers. Every order has a sense of “I need this now, its going off”!

    Practice, preparation and bait inventory are imperative. Reach out and make a few beach friends. Don’t listen to rumors about certain characters and their lies about them catching more fish than anyone. Egos run high and secret spots don’t exist. Some pompano anglers are simply angry, and many times, jealous. After ten years of selling long cast graphites and mentoring folks, I have created this incredible camaraderie. If you see John Killian Stumpf IV with four AFAW surf rods, befriend him, he will give you a quick seminar on surf fishing and his awesome company, Native Salt Baits, featuring clams and sand fleas! If you wish to share ideas and or questions contact me at Richvidulich777@hotmail.com or go to my website. Tight lines!

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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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