Weekly Report: 12.25.2018 – 12.31.2018

2018-12-23T21:37:14+00:00

Sunrise Marina - Port Canaveral, FL

SPACEFISH REPORT

12.25.2018 – 12.31.2018

A CENTRAL FLORIDA FISHING REPORT EVERY TUESDAY

BT's Welding Casting Platform Giveaway

And the WINNER of the Casting Platform from BT’s Welding is…

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! To give all our hard-fishing contributors a well-deserved break, there will be no weekly forecast next week on the first of 2019. Not many reports are expected until after the New Year, but, don’t let that stop you from coming by and submitting your own!

If you are planning to do some fishing over the Holidays, weather conditions look pretty good to start the week. However, beyond Christmas Day, the outlook is windy, wet, and rough. As of late, the bite has been especially kicking in the surf, and flounder are still running hard in around the Inlet. If you find yourself in need of bait or tackle, Black Dog has you covered, even on Christmas — the shop will be open from 5am to 5pm on Christmas Eve, 5am to 5pm on Christmas, and 5am to 5pm on NYE.

We’re otherwise keeping things brief this week and would just like to congratulate the big winners of our final giveaways of 2018:

Weekly Subscriber Winner $20 Strike-Zone Gift Card Winner
Kevin Young of Cocoa Beach (email us to collect your prize)

Fish Skinz T-shirt Winners
Amelia Donaldson of Melbourne Beach
Robert Redfern of Cocoa

…And the winner of the big daddy prize,
the casting platform from BT’s Welding valued at $500 retail, is:
Quentin Browning of Palm Bay

A special thanks to all our readers, contributors, and sponsors for making 2018 a great first year for Spacefish. Enjoy the holidays, and we’ll see you all next year!

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Contributor Reports

In every week’s Spacefish fishing report, we turn to both fishing pros and average joe’s for input on what’s happening in and around Brevard County’s many fisheries. Check out what people are saying about the bite in the Space Coast this week:

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Seeing Lots of Bulls!
July 18, 2019

Seeing Lots of Bulls!

Big redfish

What a week of fishing! I was able to dodge the red snapper zoo and I couldn’t have been happier! July in general has been a pretty great month but the last few weeks I have been seeing a lot more bull redfish than expected for this time of the year which is a great sign for the months to come!

Most fish have been in their typical spots along deeper edges with shallow water close by, spoil islands with steep drop offs, and large sandbars such as whale tail and tiger shoals in the mosquito lagoon, I like to push pole the edge of these bars until I find an area with bait activity, or even signs of large fish pushing wakes. Be as stealthy as possible when approaching these fish. A large chunk of mullet, ladyfish, or half a blue crab will usually do the trick! The artificial enthusiast can expect these fish to be very finicky but a quiet, well-placed cast with a 4 inch gulp shrimp in natural or pearl white can entice a bite!

I’m really looking forward to the few months to come with more bulls expected from now through November. Take great care of these fish when releasing! They need a little extra care especially with the heat. Remember, these are our breeders and will be making many more for our future generations!

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

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Snapper Seize’n!
July 17, 2019

Snapper Seize’n!

Sebastian offshore fishing

This week is all about the “endangered” red snapper! So far this has been the easiest season that we have had. They have been on almost every piece of ledge from the 90 out to the 240 stuff. Not only have the reds been abundant they’ve been hungry! Live bait or dead bait hasn’t mattered, but generally the bigger the bait the bigger the fish. Live pinfish and pilchards have been the bait of choice for us this week with frozen sardines catching their fair share as well. An 8 foot 60-80 lb leader on a sliding sinker rig has been doing the trick.

With the limits coming so fast, we have had to turn our attention to other species to finish out the day. We have been switching over to chicken rigs with squid and fishbites chunks to catch tasty triggers and beeliners on the same rocks. The top water bite slowed a little bit this week with only a few kings and a couple of mahi reports.

Remember to use some etiquette on these busy weekends as anglers will have flatlines off the back. If you are within 50 feet of someone you are way too close. Be safe and have fun out there!

by Capt. Justin Ambrosio
Filet Show Fishing Charters | (321) 693-4918

Limited on Red Snapper as Expected
July 16, 2019

Limited on Red Snapper as Expected

REDSNAPPERWK1

Catching our red snapper was not a problem and we got some big mangrove snapper in the mix. We struck out on tarpon off the beach Wednesday but that was a good thing because we changed our tactic for red snapper completely. Nearshore tarpon fishing still will be good anytime the water is above 76 or so. Nothing major is happening with cobia, but be ready while snapper fishing.

The thermocline has been patchy. If your weights come up cold, you’ll want to move to a different area or work the column. As long as it isn’t too cold, red snapper can be caught on any piece of structure in 50-250ft of water. Almost any live or dead bait under 12 inches works.

Remember your patience and etiquette at the boat ramp and on the water. Stage everything before arriving at the ramp. Yield to charters and don’t cast weights at boats if they get too close. Expect to see a lot people with no experience fishing or boating. I’m honestly surprised I didn’t hear of any vehicles or boats sinking. Port Canaveral doesn’t have very much parking and it should be reserved for nearby residents and fishing guides. I encourage those in Orlando to go to Ponce or Sebastian to save the time and hassle of Canaveral.

What’s this?
July 16, 2019

What’s this?

Caught two of these last night at Melbourne Beach. There full of teeth 😬 I thought maybe a Barracuda or Mackerel?

by Raider

Melbourne Beach Pier
July 16, 2019

Melbourne Beach Pier

On Monday (yesterday), I was fishing with live pin fish off the Melbourne Beach Pier and I hooked a red that was about 20-25 pounds. After a great fight the line broke trying to pull him up to the pier. Best fish ever. Lol

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Hitting Limits is a SNAP!
July 15, 2019

Hitting Limits is a SNAP!

red snapper port canaveral

This week was terrible… Hardly any snapper anywhere out of Port Canaveral. All we could catch was grouper. Could this season get any worse? LOL. The boats left at 7am and were limited out by 9am, which included the hour-long ride out there. Plus, all the fish were S-L-O-B-S! It’s an absolute joke, but hey, it’s hard to complain; the fishing was great, as was the weather.

After hitting our limits of red snapper, we tried for some grouper but did not have a ton of luck in that department. We did manage a few, but nothing crazy. The bottom is pretty cold. We also trolled and killed some time catching kingfish. This bite proved to be good, too. Chicken rigging was slow, though, producing just a few triggers and lanes. Cobia, however, are really doing well on the random. Check behind the boat and let ’em eat the steel!

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

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Sweaty and Ready (to Fish!)
July 15, 2019

Sweaty and Ready (to Fish!)

Treasure Coast Marina Bait Shop

WE HAVE SHRIMP. WE HAVE NEVER BEEN OUT OF SHRIMP! Please call us directly at 321-733-3390 to check on shrimp supply at Treasure Coast Marina!

Another hot week of humidity and sweat as we try our best to find some shady spot where the fish are hanging out! Lagoon fishing has been producing with an above average bite, surprisingly. Although, lots of the activity is coming from undersized fish, particularly the trout out there. You can catch all you want of them, but you can’t take them with you!

Some drum and sheepshead, just barely legal, are around the structures that hold barnacles. They are loving the fiddler crabs, and we have a plentiful supply of those right now at Treasure Coast Marina. They are also interested in, and biting the NATIVE SALT CLAMS. Give those a try and the results will do well for you — they are an especially practical and effective bait for this time of year. No fuss, just zip open the bag and put a little piece on your hook, then zip the bag shut and put back in cooler. Keep it nice and easy for yourself when it’s as hot as it is right now…

Offshore, the snapper season was AWESOME for all of our reporting anglers! Everybody limited out in a couple of hours, and the snapper were everywhere, and Big Boys, too… All three days were spectacular, with both wonderful weather AND fishing. What a weekend to experience!

Spanish sardines are in short supply right now, but we are happy to report that we will be getting some in this week before the weekend. Not a huge quantity, but we will portion them out so everybody gets something! Make the most of the last snapper weekend! And don’t forget, lobster mini season will be coming right up on its heels. July is a great month!

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

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Testing New Lures
July 15, 2019

Testing New Lures

cuda

This past week has been a hectic one for us here at Fineline Fishing Charters. Between getting anglers out for fishing charters and running back and forth between the coast and Orlando for three days to attend ICAST, captain Justin and I have been busy.

We’ve been doing a lot of testing of new lures, and even some prototype lures with the head brass from Rapala Lure Company. They brought a variety of new hard lures over from Finland for us to try on some of our near-coastal species. Most of these were heavily weighted sinking plugs or walk-the-dog and popper style topwater lures. We were able to catch a variety of species including king mackerel, jack crevalle, barracuda and bonito.

rapala lures

The Rapala Xpolde, Walk-N-Roll and, what at the time of this being published is being called, the “Heavy Cast” are three new offerings for heavy duty game fish action. What I really like about these lures is they add a new dimension to your ocean fishing game. You can anchor over structure and use any of these in conjunction with bottom fishing. Alternatively, an angler can cast and work any of these lures from the bow of the boat while you are slow trolling with live baits, effectively increasing your opportunity to hook fish by covering more water.

The red snapper days were a fiasco, as you can imagine if you did not participate, but the bite was good and the fillets will be even better! Until next week, do what we are planning to do, get out there and catch yourself a memory!

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

Snapperpalooza
July 15, 2019

Snapperpalooza

red snapper season

DAY 1 (7-12-2019): Generally, the bites were more frequent earlier in the morning & really slowed down by 11:30. Also, the livebait kept the smaller ones off the hook.

red snapper fishing

DAY 2 (7-13-2019): Out of Port Canaveral; again, the morning bite with livebait was the winning combination.

BIG TARPON OFF SATELLITE BEACH
July 14, 2019

BIG TARPON OFF SATELLITE BEACH

Multiple LARGE tarpon were slamming everything at Satellite Beach today. I even had them steal small catches off my pompano rigs before I could get them in. TWICE they took off and went aerial with my rigs!

I had two chances free lining baits within 10 feet of the water line. Unfortunately both times I couldn’t get a hook up. Other catches included ladyfish and a mystery (to me) fish. Looks like a sheepshead without the stripes?

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Bringing Bait to the Beach
July 14, 2019

Bringing Bait to the Beach

Noah's first beach tarpon

Noah got his first beach tarpon all by himself at 7 years old!

It’s been another good week on the beach. The bait pods holding tarpon, sharks, mackerel, bluefish, a few snook, and silver trout, too. Live Greenies have been excellent baits if you can find them, but we are getting our fair share of fish on Storm Coastal series jerk baits and shrimp rigged on a 1/2 ounce VMC jighead. We’ve been netting greenies from the river around the boat ramps and in the channel, then bringing the bait to the beaches with us in case we can’t find any bait pods to fish. Most of the fish we’ve been finding are roaming the waters from Melbourne beach south to Sebastian Inlet.

tarpon jump off the beach

The weather looks to be good this week and the bite should continue. Glass minnows should be moving in pretty good so the fish will shift to different baits. Small artificial baits or fishing with the fly rod will be key, but Greenies should still work. Smaller baits are preferable. Snook in the glass minnow pods will eat croakers or spots this time of year along with spots and possibly pinfish. Small artificial lures will also work well — as long as you aren’t fishing in a crowd of people throwing live baits. Pay close attention to the tides and get a pattern down and you can have a great time fishing the beaches!

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

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Trolling on the Beach
July 14, 2019

Trolling on the Beach

On the beach, the kingfish bite has been great trolling Rapala plugs or silver spoons. The trout bite in the lagoon is much of the same from last week. We are seeing a good number of fish, the “go to” bait being live pigfish. We are really starting to see more tarpon in the river, as well.

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

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Ocean Obession II - Port Canaveral Deep Sea Fishing Charters

GET GRILLING WITH ACE

The winter season offers but a brief reprieve from the punishing year-round heat dealt across the bulk of Florida’s four annual “seasons.” During these very limited number of cool days, I try to spend as much time as possible enjoying the weather outdoors. Now, I love fishing as much as anybody, but fishing is great here no matter the temperature. That’s why, when it’s cool, it’s another outdoor activity that tugs at my heart strings: cooking…

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