Weekly Report: 8.14.2018 – 8.20.2018


Pirate's Best Port Canaveral


8.14.2018 – 8.20.2018


Space Coast Fishing Report: 8.14.2018 - 8.20.2018

This guy SNAPS! Capt. Jesse Austin of Going Coastal Charters has been crushing the snapper using Salty Tongue baits from Native Salt Clam.


Tired of hearing about red snapper yet? If so, you better buckle in, because we got a whopping 3 more days of THE SNAPPENING still ahead this weekend. And if you’re planning on going out for it, prepare accordingly. At Jetty Park, the line at the boat ramp was so treacherous, people were firing distress beacons from their trailered boats 7 miles inshore. Not even a Sea Tow Membership could save these poor souls (it wouldn’t hurt, though!). Many entered the dreaded line, less made it into the water, and even fewer made it back home. Where are these lost boats and their crews now? Some say that an enormous convergence of salt air and ethanol rose up and swallowed them, while reanimating their spirits as a school of countless red snapper — and that they will now forever stalk and taunt anglers who are trying to catch other species of fish during periods in which red snapper harvesting is strictly prohibited. According to legend, the curse will not be broken until the governing bodies that regulate the fishery institute a red snapper season that is practical and reasonable in both bag limit and duration…

For real, if you haven’t seen the video from Sunrise Marina, check out the anxiety-inducing clip below:

No kidding, guys — this is exactly why keeping your boat at Sunrise Marina is worth every penny. It’s like trying the express pass at Disney World. Once you’ve had the experience of gleefully skipping past the masses of miserable and sweaty park-goers to enjoy the ride without hassle or delay, it’s impossible to go back to being a normal pleb suffering in an endless line among them. It means spending a little more money, but this is one thing for which you can always find room in your budget (“honestly, honey, are these kids really college material?”). Find out more about Sunrise Marina boat storage here!

Snooking Forward

For the anglers that don’t stray far from shore, look alive, because you’re on deck — we got snook season coming up in just two short weeks. Woohoo!

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WEATHER OVERVIEW: With projected SSE winds at 10-12 MPH throughout the week you can expect many fishing opportunities available for you. The big news is this past weekend’s red snapper season. It was pretty epic as expected. Let’s just say there are a few out there. This weekend should also provide good weather for us to get out and catch one of these beauties to bring home for dinner.

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

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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:

Good/bad day
August 19, 2018

Good/bad day

Went out of Port Canaveral due East 10 mi, 60ft of water. It was a beautiful day with 20-30 ft. visibility. Saw very few fish on finder but caught 6 juvenile lemon sharks. Headed back about 3 PM and motor died. Had to call Sea Tow. Capt. Jeff was a great guy. Towed me back to Harbortown and backed me right into my slip. Guess all the snapper were caught last weekend.

Venturing Offshore
August 17, 2018

Venturing Offshore

one of two keeper cobia

One of two keeper-cobia caught on the outing.

Ventured out with Capt. Jesse Austin of Going Coastal Charter to 90 ft. The bottom was cold and a lot of green shaggy algae was also coming off the bottom in areas. We anchored on a good looking spot and started chumming with pogies and Native Salt Clam Muscle and Guts chum. Before we knew it the sharks and the cobia were all over the place along with Bonita and kings.

Jesse managed to boat two nice keeper cobia and I got a nice keeper sea bass along with a couple sharked off cobia that ate our Native Salt Clam Bait. Constant action behind the boat and we were fortunate to get both the cobia into my boat with the way those sharks were after them. Big aggressive bull sharks going to town.

The bottom bite was very weak. We caught plenty of croakers on Native Salt Clam Bait using our new Native Bait Boss rigs for catching small fish. They will be for sale on our website next week at a reasonable price.

by Native Salt Clam
Native Salt Clam Bait | (772) 571-5883

On the Radio with Mark Moses: 8.17.2018
August 17, 2018

On the Radio with Mark Moses: 8.17.2018

Spacefish checks in with the Mark Moses Show on Sports Radio 1960AM THE FAN to talk some Space Coast fishing! We discuss traveling abroad, red snapper season, the danger of bacteria in the lagoon, and more.

by JC

Happy Tuesday
August 14, 2018

Happy Tuesday

MOB Snapper Time

Happy Tuesday, evening everybody! The weekend the red snapper bite was hot, there was a lot of them caught in the 5 to 10 pound range with the few over 15 lbs congratulations to the Anglers below with their red snapper catches, if you’re getting ready for the second half of the 6 Day season the bait of choice was sardines and Northern mackerel.

In the lagoon, a lot of sharks are being caught and the mangrove snapper bite is still going strong. The canals are producing red fish, snook, juvenile tarpon, mangrove snapper, and black drum. Live shrimp seems to be working pretty well.

If you want a little lure action, the beach has been holding some nice snook in the reef and rocks around Satellite Beach.

From all of us at Man Overboard have a great week and looking forward to seeing you for all your fishing needs.

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

Lots Going On!
August 13, 2018

Lots Going On!

Space coast fishing

The Space Coast has a lot going on! This week has been great fishing, from redfish and black drum in the river to snook along the beach, the bite has been pretty good!

In the river, the summer pattern continues early mornings throwing top water and small hard bait lures like the Mirrolure Mirrodine still prove to be the best bet for redfish and even some juvenile tarpon. Once the sun starts to rise it’s time to put down the plugs and switch to soft plastics or bait from gulp shrimp on an 1/8 oz. jighead to cut or live finger mullet fished free-lined on a 4/0 circle hook.

As for the beach, we’re finally seeing a bit more bait, anything from pogies and pilchards to larger baits like croakers and silver mullet all are producing good numbers of snook. I like to rig these baits on a 6/0 circle hook thru the nose and no weight, a stout rod, 30lb braid and a 50lb fluorocarbon leader. Most fish can be found along the beach in any drop off and almost every inlet. As usual, everyone try to do their part, catch and release in the river. A can of bug spray and sunscreen isn’t a terrible idea either!

by Capt. Alex Hughey
All Water Adventures | (321) 222-7511

Thick Pogie Pods
August 13, 2018

Thick Pogie Pods

redfish and jack on the beach

Pogie pods have been thick on the beach. Along with the pogies there have been lots of tarpon, redfish, jacks and sharks. The red snapper have moved off to deeper water but they are still eating generously. In the lagoon, the trout bait has remained solid in the morning. Start you day throwing those topwater lures. You can find the redfish cruising the shorelines.

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

Red Snapper Limits $$$
August 13, 2018

Red Snapper Limits $$$

red snapper offshore

What a fantastic ocean we have had lately. Red snapper were an absolute hit with limits caught daily. They ate honestly everything you put in front of them. Live bait and all types of frozen baits. Use circle hooks in the 8/9/0 range. Bucktails with squid and knocker rigs work well too. Grouper were scattered in the mix as well, we are getting them on the same baits. Kingfish were slow but there. Fish the usual reefs and ridge with whatever baits you could find. Good luck this weekend and please be courteous out there.

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

Great Week Offshore and Inshore
August 13, 2018

Great Week Offshore and Inshore


Fishing for slot size redfish and small tarpon continues to be productive in the Indian River Lagoon area near North Merritt Island. For the reds, try sight fishing in a foot of water with something that doesn’t make a loud plop such as a frozen shrimp during the middle of the day. Live mullet and chunks big enough to reduce the catfish problem are the call in low light situations. 2-10 pound tarpon are rolling in select creeks, canals, and ditches. Live mullet under 3 inches are the best baits with small flies being the best lure. There have been a few bigger 12-25 pound tarpon breaching and eating on the flats around sunrise and sunset. Freeline 4-7 inch live mullet or cast topwater plugs.

Red snapper mini-season is making the Jetty Park boat ramp crazy and most spots overcrowded. I’d consider launching somewhere else and going through the locks. The locks open at 6 AM. The snapper seemed to be most common 50-100 feet. If you fish public numbers, expect to see other boats. King mackerel have been caught around 50 feet of water. Live bait has been inconsistent, but the kings enjoyed frozen cigar minnows.

Dolphin Down South
August 13, 2018

Dolphin Down South

Dolphin fishing - Stuart, FL

Hello Fish Fans, down in Stuart, the dolphin bite’s been excellent for those of us that fish the deeper waters of the Gulf Stream. We’ve had one banner day in 650′ of water, but most days we’ve been over a thousand.

The dolphin pushing through this month have been bigger than they were last month. Most of the dolphin are 5 to 10 pounds and with a few gaffers of 12 to 15 pounds. Our best day last week was 21 dolphin of 5 to 15 pounds. Most of our charters last week were 1/2 days so we only fished the deeper waters of the gulfstream twice. We caught 14 dolphin and 7 blackfin tunas on one day and 21 dolphin on the other.

dolphin fishing

Closer to shore on our 1/2 days we caught kingfish, bonita, sailfish and blackfin tuna. The bottom fishing slowed to a crawl last week but there was plenty of action on the troll. It was a very slow pick this weekend for the Genuine Red Snapper but it’s open again next weekend and we’ll hope for the best.

The conditions look picture perfect the next few days for deep water fishing for dolphin so give us a call and let’s go catch’em. Catch you later

by Capt. Wayne Brodeur
Reel Busy Charters | (772) 341-6609

One Weekend Down…
August 13, 2018

One Weekend Down…

red snapper season - Port Canaveral

The first open weekend of the Atlantic red snapper season is in the books and it was a really good one for us here at Fineline Fishing Charters. We ran charters out of Port Canaveral each day and got our customers their limit on each trip. Most of these fish are 12 to 18 pounds but we did have fish well into the 20 pound range as well. Cut sardines were our go to bait and the majority of our snapper were caught in less than 80 feet of water. We also landed some nice mangrove snapper and king mackerel on the same structure all three days as well. We are looking forward to getting out on the last weekend of this season, August 17, 18 & 19 to repeat the success we had this past weekend. If you are looking to get one for yourself please give us a call, we still have a few openings and we can get you out there.

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

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