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WEEKLY FORECAST

9.22.2020 – 9.28.2020

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING FORECAST EVERY TUESDAY

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Fired Up Charters crushed the kingfish and mahi before the weather turned this week…

This week’s weather is going to make for some tough fishing, but if you’re determined to get a line in the water, some of our contributors have some good tips for finding the fish. And if you’re bummed about this week’s forecast, maybe the chance to win a FREE Penn Conflict II combo will perk you up! Enter the giveaway sponsored by American Air & Heat of Brevard in this week’s forecast!

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OFFSHORE

58.43%

INSHORE

71.22%

BEACH

67.30%

WEATHER OVERVIEW: Well, the wind is going to be flat out blowing this week! As we move into fall we will begin to experience the weather patterns changing. We have had a nice run over the summer of lower winds which have provided many opportunities for anglers to target multiple species. Our offshore and nearshore fisheries, which are highly predicated on the weather, offered up some great catches such as yellowfin tuna on the “otherside” and deep dropping for golden tilefish & yellow edge grouper. The kingfish bite on our reefs has been pretty consistent throughout most of the summer and we had a really nice run of tarpon in the lagoons as well as along our beaches. Currently the fall mullet run is in full swing, unfortunately, we will not be able to get out this week to take advantage of it due to the high easterly wind and rough seas. Next week is looking much better, though. Even though transitioning into fall typically means more windy days, it also brings a nice reprieve from the brutally hot temperatures of summer. As the overall weather and water temperatures cool down, the fishing should continue to heat up!

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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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Challenging Conditions this Week!
October 22, 2020

Challenging Conditions this Week!

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Mike and Weston kulisky spent their day casting artificial baits to rolling tarpon and had some great success!

Windy weather is upon the Space Coast; not to mention a very unstable pattern for October. Regardless, there is still places to hide from the wind and fish to be caught! So far this week the best bet has been hiding from the wind in residential canals and spoil islands. The unusually warm October temperature has actually been producing some really nice tarpon. Mike and Weston kulisky spent their day casting artificial baits to rolling tarpon and had some great success!

The key to catching these tarpon is to really down size your lure. Small paddle tails such as D.O.A. Cal and Terroreyez seem to always work well. I personally prefer natural colors such as black and silver, silver, and even dark green. Matching the hatch has always produced better for me than crazy flashy colors.

Hopefully we will see a cooler weather pattern soon and the tarpon bite will slowly start to diminish, but for now it definitely seems to be consistent!

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

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Catch the End of the Mullet Run!
October 21, 2020

Catch the End of the Mullet Run!

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The production along Brevard’s beaches continues to check all the boxes whether you’re fishing in the surf or from a boat. Snook, redfish, tripletail and cobia have been available to nearshore anglers. Local fishing charters haven’t seen a shortage of action with big redfish and shark fishing highlighting the majority of family fishing trips near Port Canaveral and Sebastian Inlet. I had the opportunity to take a few guests out this week to participate in the nearshore action. Bending a rod this time of year relegates the question of not when, but what is tugging? With the target species comes a smorgasbord of “bycatch” including ladyfish, sharks, jack crevalle, ribbon fish and blue runners. Make sure to stockpile plenty of bait as it can go fast and furious when the bite is on.

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Surf fishing the beaches surprised most anglers with a fresh pulse of pompano hitting our coastline. Varying locations along area beaches was essential to finding denser concentrations on any given day. Once again, the key to making these decisions relates to the information an angler may obtain. Real-time observations of water clarity, fishing reports, tides and bait concentrations are key. Cocoa Beach charters caught plenty of fish early in the week as well as Patrick Air Force Base beaches, only for it to slow as the week progressed. If you’re not catching, then move. Simple as that. Fishing near Sebastian Inlet, Melbourne Beach, and Indiatlantic found a more consistent bite throughout the week from start to finish. Pompano, whiting, mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish, jack crevalle and blue runners terrorized surf fishing rigs daily.

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Shark fishing charters and shark fishing from the beach remain to be hands down out of this world extraordinary. It’s as good as it gets for shark fishing the beaches locally. The majority of trips taken this week have seen easily identifiable signs of sharks of various sizes cruising in the inner surf zones. Targeting sharks from the shoreline with the most common catches being sandbar shark, black tip sharks, nurse, lemon and spinner sharks. These sport fish provide a rod bending, drag-screaming experience for family fun trips or serious individual anglers alike. Make sure to put in due diligence before tackling this sport as there are FWC requirements to abide by as well as safety guidelines that should be followed closely.

The fall mullet run has been hit and miss the last week. One day tons of bait can be constantly flooding down the beaches, and the next day one school may swim by in a few hours. With that being said, come with a structured game plan in mind. Understand the need to acquire live bait in the lagoon or at a local bait shop, which will guarantee having it available in the surf. With the inconsistencies taking place, it’s a smart decision to be prepared. Use the live baits in the first trough rigged on a fish finder rig or free lined. Methodically working these areas will produce catches of snook, spanish mackerel, redfish and bluefish. Get out there and get tight before it’s all over!

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

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Great Diversity in the Surf
October 19, 2020

Great Diversity in the Surf

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The early season pompano run is providing mostly under-sized fish, but there are some keepers in the mix.

Surf fishing near Sebastian Inlet continues to provide exciting diversity on the beach! There’s really no telling what’s about to grab your surf fishing rig. Live bait, dead bait, and Fish Bites have been a go-to combination for recent catches. Live sand fleas along with schools of mullet have been readily available to anglers prepared with a sand flea rake and cast net. With the primo baits so accessible, it’s been a wide open opportunity for surf fishing anglers. Everything from snook, tarpon, sharks and even permit, are frequenting our Space Coast beaches.

Pompano continues to impress for the early season run with water temperatures staying in the low 80’s. The major schools haven’t arrived in mass, but tons of pompano are being caught that are, unfortunately, just under the legal limit. Following a similar trend from last week, it takes catching a handful of pompano to get a legal one. Our surf fishing charters targeting pompano have resulted in a couple keepers per trip with the majority being between 9-11inches. Make sure to have a measuring tool readily available to get an accurate measurement and quick release. This helps ensure these silver delicacies aren’t devoured when entering the surf wounded and handicapped.

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Spanish mackerel are among the species showing up in big numbers on the beach.

Pompano may be one of the intended target species, but that hasn’t deterred multi-catch days on a plethora of other species. Everything’s biting from giant spanish mackerel, whiting, jack crevalle, blue runners, ladyfish and bluefish. At certain points during the bite, it’s almost impossible to keep a pompano rig out long enough for your desired species. Live sand fleas seem to be working for all the above species, everything from the toothy predators like mackerel and bluefish as well as snook and permit. If you want a one size fits all, I would absolutely recommend sticking with live sand sand fleas along with the Fish Bites strips.

Shark fishing Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, and Sebastian Inlet has been nothing short of phenomenal. The enormous influx of bait and predators eating that bait have enticed the sharks right into the inner surf zone. Shark fishing with standard surf fishing equipment improvised with heavy braided line, steel leader and non-offset hooks with the barbs filed down with fresh dead bait remain successful. At the moment with so much bait and life along the shore, it’s unnecessary to paddle out baits and use offshore open face reels to participate in this fishery.

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Jack Maessner with a 39”, 25lb permit caught on a standard pompano rig with live sand fleas.

Ever dream of catching a trophy permit off the beach? Well if you had any interest in doing so now is an opportune time. Multiple permits were reported near Sebastian Inlet north to Indiatlantic. The above photo is Jack Maessner with a 39”, 25lb permit caught on a standard pompano rig with live sand fleas. Seasonal fisheries vary with water temps and species, but I would highly recommend hitting the beach for the surprise catches that continue to excite surf fishing anglers!

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

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Incredible Shark Fishing!
October 19, 2020

Incredible Shark Fishing!

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Hard to pass up the nearshore bite right now. Big bull redfish, sharks, tarpon. Enjoying the tail end of the fall mullet run!.

We were fortunate to get a decent week in! The fish cooperated, as did the weather:) We even did great on mahi and decent with kingfish, though they were pretty scattered. The sharkfishing for blacktops and tigers has been the best it’s ever been. Unfortunately, just as quickly as the good fishing came, it’s gone and lost to another week ahead of heavy blowing.

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

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Lackluster Mullet Run
October 19, 2020

Lackluster Mullet Run

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James with his personal best snook at just over 40” in the Lagoon!

We had some great weather and fishing earlier last week but the bite slowed after the front on Tuesday with some short periods of good fishing each day. There’s been lots of snook and reds at the inlet at times, but you had to wait out the bite which is tough for some anglers. We were able to run the beach and found some decent action from sharks, tarpon and some redfish.

The Fall mullet run seems to be over before it really got started. For the 5th time in as many years, it has been very lackluster with some small schools of mullet along the beaches and in the lagoon but the typical giant schools of mullet never arrived with the predators in tow. Hopefully next year, we can get some better weather and the bait schools can get back to how they were 5-10 years ago.

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

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Redfish of all Sizes Nearshore
October 19, 2020

Redfish of all Sizes Nearshore

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This past week has been awesome for us over at Fineline Fishing Charters. We have been consistently catching redfish of all sizes using mullet in the nearshore waters. Whether you want a great picture with a giant redfish or a nice slot size red to take home for dinner, now is the time to get out there. And if you want to catch sharks, I’m not sure there is a better time of the year. Hammer heads, bonnet heads, fine tooth, dusky, and many more sharks species are all over the place and even the little ones put up a good fight. There have also been jacks, Spanish mackerel, and bluefish to keep you busy in between the sharks and the reds.

If you are interested in getting out I’m the water make sure to give us a call at 321-636-3728 or go online to finelinefishingcharters.com.

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

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Tarpon & Reds Still Thick in NSB
October 19, 2020

Tarpon & Reds Still Thick in NSB

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In the New Smyrna area, tarpon remain thick in the Halifax, Indian River Lagoon, and along the beach. Similarly, bull reds are running thick in the ICW, stretching from Ponce Inlet all the way to Edgewater. If there’s anything left to the Fall mullet run, this is the probably the last week to see it. Although the weather isn’t projecting great to fish off the beach, there may be some opportunities this upcoming weekend…

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

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Inshore, Surf, and Offshore
October 18, 2020

Inshore, Surf, and Offshore

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In Satellite Beach, the river and the canals are holding lots of mangrove snapper. There’s still some snook being caught along with sheepshead. The surf fisherman are starting to catch a few Pompano, redfish and tarpon along the beach. In and around Port Canaveral, anglers are still catching some nice redfish and jacks. The offshore fisherman are catching some dolphin in 230 ft of water, and the bottom fisherman are catching some mangrove snapper, a few mutton snapper, and a lot of short Cobia — but if you put the time in, you will get a keeper.

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

Columbus Day – Discovered Fish
October 12, 2020

Columbus Day – Discovered Fish

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Monday, October 12th. I was in no hurry this morning as the water was yesterday, while weed-free, very dirty. To my surprise, I was met with calm seas and clean water. The tide was about half way out on this pleasant overcast morning with light winds out of the west and a pleasant 75 degrees. I set up 3 rods. 3oz pyramids today was all I needed to hold bottom, and with the west wind I could toss them in the trough or launch them out well over 100 yards.

I barely got set up and my poles start bouncing. One after another — it was rare that all three rods had bait and were in the water at the same time. Pompano after pompano ate my sand fleas. Most were over 10″ but under 11″. A total of 19 Pompano on the day but only 5 hit the legal keeper mark.

In close, a ton of Palometa kept me amused in the first trough. They were accompanied by 6-7 small drum in the same area. I saved a few of the Palometa at a request of some friends who like them fried whole. In total, 16 good-sized whiting came home and several tiny ones went back. A couple of ladyfish and skipjack along with a lone catfish combined with 2-3 bite-offs rounded out my day. Plenty of fun and home before noon.

by Ghost

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Bite Picking Up Offshore
October 12, 2020

Bite Picking Up Offshore

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The mahi bite has picked up out of the Port!

Fishing offshore has really picked up for the Mahi and smaller, but great eating smaller fish, like vermillion snapper and triggerfish. We’re also pulling a few AJs in the mix on the bottom, as well. If you’re gunning for the mahi, focus your efforts on the rips from 180-240′ depths.

Nearshore fishing is on fire for sharks and bull reds, alike. The mullet are still running so it remains GAME ON off the beach! Match the hatch if possible, but large chunk baits work just as well for all these scavengers. Some nice snook have come over the rails, as well.

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

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Bass Biting Everywhere on Toho!
October 12, 2020

Bass Biting Everywhere on Toho!

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The fall bite has started and the bass are biting everywhere! The recent cold fronts we’ve had have really kicked the fish into overdrive and they’ve started gorging themselves for the winter. Lake Toho is loaded with hydrilla and just about every patch of it holds good fish. So much so that I’m having trouble deciding where to start each day, because it doesn’t seem to matter where you go, as long as you’re around good hydrilla you’re going to catch good fish.

The bite has been so good in some of these spots that I’ve had quite a few 2 giant Lake Toho bassdays in the last two weeks where we caught 50+ fish! On both shiners and artificials. Now that’s just insane. I had one day where we caught 62 anchored up in just ONE SINGLE SPOT.

So where are the bass at? And what are they biting? Well like I said before, hydrilla. Mainly offshore hydrilla but some up shallower has been producing also. As long as you’re around hydrilla that’s deeper, there’s fish in it. I guarantee you. And catching them hasn’t been all that difficult either.

Shiners of course are the #1 option and your best bet for catching the most and biggest bass that Lake Toho has to offer. Especially if you only have one day out there. But as far as artificials go, the jerkbait has become king again. Megabass JerkbaitI can sit in certain areas with the right weather and literally just catch one after another, after another on it. All ranging from 1-7 pounds. Between the jerkbait, chatterbait, swimjig, and good old fashioned worm, I can go through an area and literally feel like I’m catching EVERY SINGLE fish that is there. If you want to learn how I use a jerkbait I’ve got an excellent video of it on my YouTube channel that you can watch here:

The bass fishing on Lake Toho just seems to be getting better and better as the months go by and we inch closer to winter. Whether you live nearby or would like to book a trip down here with us at AJ’s Bass Guides, I’d say now’s the time to get out and fish this hot spot of a lake.

Bass wishes,

Capt. AJ

by Capt. AJ
AJ's Freelancer Bass Guide Service | (407) 288-9670

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Mixed Results from the Surf
October 12, 2020

Mixed Results from the Surf

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Surf fishing on Brevard County beaches delivered mixed results this week. The biggest factors affecting catches were contributed to water clarity and seaweed. The first half of the week seemed to provide more challenging conditions than the last few days with a favorable forecast continuing into next week. Multiple species ranging from sharks, snook, pompano, bluefish, catfish, whiting, ladyfish, mackerel, jack crevalle and tarpon. It really has varied day to day with what species are available and roaming on our coasts.

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Shark fishing charters delivered stellar results the past few weeks with large concentrations of baitfish and predatory fish on the hunt. Beach fishing for sharks with live bait and dead chunk baits have been the key to success. Shark fishing Port Canaveral to the south of Sebastian Inlet has been red hot. Make sure to come prepared for battle with beefed up tackle that can hold up to the pressure of these predators of the sea. Surf fishing equipment for sharks include braided line in the 40-80 lb. range with large capacity spinning reels or conventional open-face tackle. Implementing wire leaders and strong circle hooks for hook set placement and survival rates upon release are a must. Ensure you handle sharks cautiously and safely for a healthy return to the sea.

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Pompano fishing is soon to heat way up for our Central East Coast beaches. Keep an eye on that water temp for the big schools to show. This week our beach fishing charters caught tons of undersized pompano with 10-20% of those catches being over the legal limit in the 12-15 inch class fish. As difficult as it was to land keeper size fish, a percentage of those catches were attacked on the way in by bluefish and sharks. It’s absolutely a predatory world out there right now with an eat or be eaten mentality.

While the main topics of discussion are shark fishing and pompano, there is plenty of rod-bending action to keep you busy in the surf. The whiting bite hasn’t disappointed with a consistency that keeps the white meat hitting the coolers. Along with the prominent table fare species, the frequency of bluefish, jack crevalle, ladyfish and mackerel have kept the action nonstop.

Snook fishing took a slight dip this week from previous weeks but that shouldn’t be a pattern that holds steadily as we continue with our fall mullet run. Pulses come and go and with these major migrations it’s up to the angler to keep a beat on when the waves of bait are rolling through. These mullet are easily attainable with a cast net and have resulted in the vast majority of snook, tarpon and flounder catches in the surf. Preferably fishing around a tide change at the end of high and beginning of low seems to provide the best results. Make a game plan to get out and participate in this rich seasonal fishery!

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

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Pretty Tough Week
October 12, 2020

Pretty Tough Week

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Justin’s client with a 5-pounds Speckled trout that hit a live croaker in Washburn Cove.

It been a pretty tough week for Captain Justin. The rough seas had him cancelling or rescheduling almost all of his near-shore charters. One of the trips that he did manage to run was in the Indian River near Sebastian Inlet. Justin was hoping for cleaner water conditions than what we are experiencing farther north in the lagoon system. Though the water was slightly better down there, the bite was horrible that day. In fact, of the three boats that were fishing this multi-boat trip, only one had more than two fish. Justin’s clients landed a 4 to 5-pound speckled trout and a jack — and that was it.

The next day he tried to go back to where he has been hooking decent numbers of redfish in the Banana River. This didn’t change his luck. The charter clients caught and landed over a dozen hard heads, but didn’t get any redfish to the boat while soaking fresh chunks of cut ladyfish in some of his better spots. So this weeks bite was pretty slow overall for us here at Fineline Fishing Charters. Hopefully the seas lay down this coming week so that we can get our clients outside the inlets to play with the big redfish and snook that are waiting there.

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

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LOCAL EVENTS

FSFA Club Meetings

FSFA The Sept. 22nd Club Meeting will feature guest speaker 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. The meeting will be at 7:00 PM at the Veteran’s Memorial Center, 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island. We will be limited in the number of attendees that we can allow (first 50 to arrive), but the meeting will be available live on the Club’s Facebook Page.

Autumn Inshore Classic

Treasure Coast Marina’s 20th Anniversary Autumn Inshore Classic Fishing Tournament is October 17, 2020!

After much debate and discussion we have decided to move forward with the tournament as usual! We polled anglers and everyone wants this tournament to happen. So happen it will! We are getting a little late start so need your help to get it together. Early registration will help tremendously! So please come in and get signed up!

Everything as usual except BIGGER PRIZE MONEY because this is our special anniversary year. The LIQUOR COOLER is also bigger this year with more contents! Sale of tickets for this stand alone raffle will start Labor Day weekend. This prize is worth over $500. Tickets are only $5 each. Five for $20!

If you register for tournament before October 1 you get 3 free tickets for the Liquor Raffle!

We will follow COVID protocols and recommend social distancing and masks at the events, but raffles, weigh-in and picnic will be held as usual. Special accommodations for distancing will be available for those who want it. Come on and fish with us! We all want life to get back to normal. We have been fishing together for this tournament for 20 years. Nothing will stop it now!!

Call 321-733-3390 for more details!

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