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7.5.2022 – 7.11.2022

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Getting Fired Up on Your Birthday! Had an amazing b-day celebrated aboard the ???? Fire Fight with Capt. Joe with a couple of big cow mahi mahis! We also released several cobias, kings, big reds and bonitas!

This week, frustrations over the NMFS management of shark has reached a boiling point, culminating with a controversial event in South Florida planned for this upcoming Saturday. Coincidentally, we’ve got a winner picked for the 41″ Blacktip Shark Full Mount giveaway, courtesy of Mount This Fish Co. As for fishing, anglers are facing a difficult choice in where to go and what to target as a slimy brand of seaweed continues to plague expectations from the surf to offshore reefs. If you’re looking to avoid frustration and try something different this week, don’t miss Knox Robinson’s guide to kayak fishing Stick Marsh below!

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

6.4

INSHORE

7.5

BEACH

5.5

WEATHER OVERVIEW: With forecasted high temps in the 90s for much of this upcoming week, it’s gonna be a hot and steamy one on the Space Coast. Offshore, we’re expecting to maintain a gentle to moderate south to southeast breeze through this week. Outside of storms, boating conditions will remain generally favorable, with an increasing wind chop developing behind the Atlantic sea breeze each afternoon. As for the surf, be mindful that the beach cams don’t tell the full story. Weeds/slime has continued to be problematic for both surf and offshore anglers. Hopefully we see this problem dissipate in the week ahead.

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GIVEAWAY CONTESTS

Mount This! Fish Co. Giveaway

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Congrats to this month’s winner of the 41″ Blacktip Shark Full Mount, Heath Sanders. Check back next week for another replica giveaway courtesy of Mount This Fish Co!

This month, there’s another chance to win an incredible piece of art courtesy of Mount This! Fish Company. The prize is a 41” Blacktip Shark Full Mount ($410 value). One winner will randomly be drawn from all entries and will be announced in the weekly fishing forecast on July 5, 2022!

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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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Travel Report: George L. Smith State Park (Georgia)
June 17, 2024

Travel Report: George L. Smith State Park (Georgia)

KAYAK FISHING REPORT

George L. Smith

George L. Smith

Happy Monday Spacefish!

Happy Monday Spacefish! I hope all of you had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend! My family and I road tripped up to Georgia to spend a big family weekend at my brother’s place. On Friday morning, my brother and I loaded up our kayaks and went to George L. Smith State Park, which is located about 35 miles north of where he lives. This is a place I have wanted to kayak fish for a while, because it is an absolutely, stunningly beautiful place for a paddle – it is frequently listed as one of the state of Georgia’s top destinations for paddling, as it features a winding cypress swamp. As a school teacher by trade, summer is my best time of the year for travel, so here is a special travel report.

If you ever find yourself traveling through Georgia on the I-16 corridor this is a place worth stopping off at to paddle, or fish, or both! The park offers kayak rentals if you don’t have the ability to bring your own craft.

Launch Spot

There are two places you could potentially launch from, the first is the actual designated kayak launch area in the front of the park, located here – George L. Smith State Park. The other option, which is what we did, is to go to the back of the park, and launch at the boat ramp; located here – Park boat ramp. We did this so we could fish in the thicker cypress areas, and stay shaded as long as possible. We got on the water right at 7 am, and worked our way back towards the main lake, and got down to the dam, and then worked our way back north again.

My Brother Kayaking - GLS State Park

My Brother Kayaking - GLS State Park

Topwater Fishing

I was able to find some action early in the day on the Hendrix Voodoo Frog in Midnight Potion (Black). I was throwing this bait up tight against the trees and popping it, while fishing slow and keeping it around the trees as long as I could. I have a couple of videos up on my instagram now spacefish_kayakangler that show how I was fishing this bait around the cypress trees. This made for a fun and exciting style of fishing! My brother fished a plopper style bait, and didn’t catch any. The fish were not very aggressive; so I think the popping style frog, keeping it close to structure was the ticket.

Bass on Black Voodoo Frog

Bass on Black Voodoo Frog

Other Stuff That Worked

Once the topwater bite slowed down, we switched over to the subsurface baits. Of course you probably already know, but I fished a Zoom Junebug Red Speedworm on a pegged Texas rig with a tungsten weight. I only caught one Bass on this presentation and it was a little one. Like I mentioned earlier, they were hugged up pretty tight to structure, I was able to find some matted vegetation later in the morning and get a few to bite once I started punching a Bitter’s Bug in Toho; I rigged this on a casting setup with 50 pound braid; and a double pegged 1 oz tungsten weight and a heavy 2/0 flipping hook.

My brother caught a nice Bass fishing a Bitters Skip Shad in Native Shiner. He rigged this presentation weightless and weedless on a 3/0 EWG Wormhook. He fished this bait by skipping it into shaded pockets and fishing it with a jerk-jerk-pause style retrieve.

Trout on Yaktribe Topwater

Trout on Yaktribe Topwater

Conclusion

We only fished for 4-4/12 hours. We knocked off around noon and went and grabbed some lunch before heading back to his farm house in Cobbtown where he has 3 ponds on the property. We spent the rest of the weekend fishing with our kids. I will report more on that next week.

I could not recommend making plans to detour off of I-16 in Emmanuel County if you ever find your self travelling in Georgia. The fishing was ok, but the experience was awesome. One of the things about kayak fishing that has always been special to me, is not just the fishing, but in getting a chance to have intimate experiences with wildlife, and offer a chance to silently glide through some truly breath-taking natural areas. George L. Smith State Park is a paddler’s destination for a reason, and you will not regret spending some time on the water in the cypress swamp, if you ever get the chance!

kayaks by bo I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read, and I would like to thank Kayaks By Bo for being our paddle partner for this weeks adventure! I hope everyone has a great week ahead, tight lines everyone! Until next time!

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by Knox Robinson
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Weekly Fishing Report
June 17, 2024

Weekly Fishing Report

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Weather Conditions

Inclement weather limited my time on the water this week, and the forecast looks similar for the upcoming week.

Fishing Highlights

Early morning flats held an abundance of bait, attracting a variety of species:

  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Jacks
  • Ladyfish
  • Large trout

As the morning progressed, snook and redfish sought shade in

  • Dock shadows
  • Mangrove depths

Key areas to focus on

  • Shady spots with current and structure
  • Docks
  • Boat lifts
  • Mangrove points and pockets

Effective lures

  • Topwater baits
  • Small paddle tails
  • Jerk shads

Tips and Outlook

  • Be prepared to adapt to changing conditions and shifting fish behavior.
  • Keep an eye on the weather and make the most of any windows of opportunity.
  • Focus on structure and shade to increase your chances of landing a catch.

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Offshore, Summertime Fishing is Here
June 17, 2024

Offshore, Summertime Fishing is Here

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What a great week! The summertime fishing is here and it’s wide open with many different species so bring the kids out and have a blast. Catching bait has not been a reliable thing, so make sure you bring a box of frozen minnows with you. If you see the flips, then try and get some bunker. If not, go fish. Don’t waste too much time on it.

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Some days 8A reef is better than Pelican, 75/85 feet is a good depth to start. But that’s about all we have been fishing at. Nothing too deep, so don’t overthink anything! So many boats fly by to go deep and fish but it’s not needed right now. Use light tackle and enjoy the fishing.

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Stay safe and God Bless!

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

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Hot Beach, Storms Brewing
June 17, 2024

Hot Beach, Storms Brewing

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The whiting bite was insane this past week when the water was clean. A few nice pompano are still lingering around as well. Snook fishing off the beach in the troughs has been heating up, too. All in all, it was a great week for fishing. There were minimal weeds and only a few days with dirty water where the catfish thrived.

Targeting the whiting and pompano was simple. The fish were all close to the shore. Frozen shrimp pieces and clams worked well for most people when rigged on a pompano rig or single drop rig. The snook have been chewing on live finger mullet, small whiting, and croakers. Don’t forget to bring a swimbait with you too. Walk out about knee height in the water and cast sideways. It seems odd, but that’s how it’s done if you’re going to throw artificial baits.

This week is going to be breezy, with winds coming straight out of the east. It looks like we might get hit with a little tropical storm, but time will tell. It’s just going to be a rough week to get out and fish.

That’s all for this week. Tight lines!

by Nik Kaldor
Cocoa Beach Fishing Center | (321) 783-3477

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Good Week of Fishing the Beach
June 17, 2024

Good Week of Fishing the Beach

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Tarpon for Sean and the boys!

Good week of fishing the beach. The bait has been hit or miss and very inconsistent. Inshore bite has been a bit slow but there’s a few fish that are still hungry. The winds this next week are going to make the beach too rough to fish the beach for tarpon, jacks and sharks so the focus will be on the inlet and the lagoon. Live bait will be the key to success in the lagoon for sure as the sun comes up but the fish will eat artificial baits early. If the winds let up early the beach action should improve as the bait moves from the lagoon outside to the beaches.

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

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Flounder Showing up at Inlet
June 17, 2024

Flounder Showing up at Inlet

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Ty used live shrimp on the beach side of the north jetty to catch this 22-inch flounder, about three pounds or so.

Good morning, Sebastian Inlet friends. I hope everyone — including all you dads — had a great weekend. Without further ado, here we go with the meat and potatoes of the fishing at the inlet. Fishing has picked up somewhat, not fantastic, but good enough to keep you interested and hopeful to catch something. Water clarity has improved on the incoming tides and the beginning of the outgoing tides, and it has warmed up again. This morning the coastal water was around 82 degrees, but should be around 84 degrees this time of year. As things improve, anglers are catching several different species throughout the inlet. Here’s the breakdown:

North jetty

Fishing has been fairly good on the incoming tide, early morning and late afternoon. The summer flounder have made a presence on the beachside of the jetty near the rocks at the surf area, with a few being nabbed on live shrimp fished on the bottom. There were about three or four caught in that area, with one lucky angler catching one about three to four pounds, as displayed above. Nice fat fish! The others I saw were only in the 12 to 14-inch range — and remember that they must be at least 14 inches to keep. The mangrove snappers, some nice lookdowns and black margates were being caught around the pilings and the rocks at the tip. Again, on the incoming tide. There were some catch-and-release snook caught on live shrimp and small croakers. The outgoing tide at the tip has been producing snappers around the rocks. Live shrimp, small greenies and cut bait are the baits for them. There were also a few sheepshead and a couple black drum caught over the weekend on live and dead shrimp at the tip. Blue runners, jack crevalle and catfish round out the menu on the outgoing at the tip. I did see a couple of barracudas on the beachside looking for a free snack. June through August, when the water is warm, is when they will appear. You can fish for them with a tube lure, or a large live bait thrown right at them. Not too good to eat, but really fun to catch!

South jetty

Over here, pretty much the same deal, incoming tide is the better time to fish. Along the entire rock shoreline, from the tip to the back, anglers are catching mangrove snappers, and catch-and- release snook. Live shrimp, live greenies or cut bait for the snappers, live croakers for the snook. Black margates and sheepshead are also being caught on shrimp and fiddler crabs. The outgoing tide at the tip is all about the jacks, margates, a few snapper, puffers and kitty fish. I haven’t heard of any of the flounder over here yet, but that doesn’t mean they are not there; just nobody fishing them. The north side has been better due to the cleaner water over there.

T-Dock area

Back here, the fishing has really picked up quite well! There are a lot of the small greenies and tiny minnows all around the dock, and that has attracted the predators: mangrove snappers, mutton snappers, schoolmaster snappers, all of which are mostly too small to keep, but some do make the grade to be kept, just have to keep trying. Also, around I saw the commercial cast netting guys catching a lot of sand perch and black drum. Both can be caught on small hooks and cut shrimp. The best species being caught back here are the Spanish mackerel — live greenies either freelined, or fished on a small float is getting the job done. Most I saw caught were in the 14 to 16-inch range, nice fish! And as always, the pesky puffers are always biting.

Surf Area, both sides

I haven’t heard much from the surf anglers; the tide has been low for most of the day all last week, so few are out fishing it. Being the time of year it is, when you do go to the surf, look for schools of bait fish. If you find some, either cast net if they are mullet or fish them; if you find glass minnows, fish them with a medium-sized swim bait, or if you do have live mullet, toss them out. The possibilities of hooking something are good. This time of year, we have the sharks, tarpon, snook, redfish, big jacks, and quite possibly a cobia that are running up and down the beach. You never know what you might hook.

That’s it in a nutshell for this week’s report. Expect a breezy week, but mostly from the East with seas picking up a bit, five to six feet Wednesday through Thursday. Good luck and tight lines if you do get out, catch a memory, or at least some dinner!

by Wayne "Snookman" Landry
Sebastian Inlet State Park | (321) 724-5175

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Port Canaveral Offshore: June 2024
June 17, 2024

Port Canaveral Offshore: June 2024

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June is here and we can’t be more excited. The Sea Leveler Captains are ready to work hard and meet all the families that choose the Cocoa Beach / Orlando area to vacation and choose us to make that vacation memorable.

Live bait trolling will be the go to style of fishing all summer long. The fishing can get grindy at times with just a few bites here and there, but for those that stick with it, trust the process and have fun catching everything, they usually end up with a nice mixed back of king mackerel, mahi, cobia and maybe even a bonus sailfish.

Summertime fishing is all about the fun. Live bait trolling action, catching sharks, fighting giant goliath grouper, cranking on red snappers. The fun is in the entire experience and not just the fishing. Sea turtles, dolphins, flying fish, all the birds, the weather, rocket launches. We have so much to experience for those that enjoy being on the water.

If you think you are a hardcore meat fisherman and you try to justify going fishing by the amount of meat you bring back, you should steer far from Floridas East Coast at all times but especially in the summer.

Our nearshore / shark trips are so much fun in the summer. We catch a wide variety of sharks such as hammerheads, spinners, black tip, sharpnose, blacknose & tiger sharks to name just a few.
Water clarity plays a big part in everything we do, everywhere we fish. The summer allows the water to clean up nicely closer in and we can have a lot of fun live bait trolling for king mackerel, tarpon, jack crevalle, and bonito right along the beach.

We are so pumped for a flawless summer and we can’t wait to take you and your family fishing.

by Capt. Greg Rapp
Sea Leveler Sport Fishing Charters | (321) 794-3474

Weekend Radio Report
June 15, 2024

Weekend Radio Report

Get the latest word on the bite with Damon from Spacefish on the Mark Moses Show. We talk local fishing every Friday on the air at 4pm.

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Summer time bassin
June 11, 2024

Summer time bassin

Water temps are 84 to 90 water levels are down but afternoon rains are becoming a pattern. Early morning topwater has been fair to good and worms, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits rattletraps and jerkbaits all good due to bluegill and shad spawns.

When water returns to above pool; look for moving water. Hydration is key watch for thunderstorms and catch em up!

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Feeling the Heat
June 11, 2024

Feeling the Heat

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The temperatures have not lightened up here in Central Florida with highs in the mid and high 90’s for the past couple of weeks. The nice thing is the bite has not lightened up as well. We have continued to boat several different species from redfish, snook, trout and black drum to mention a few. The bait has been plentiful which I also contribute to the good bite as well. The water clarity throughout Mosquito Lagoon and New Smyrna Beach waters has been great for sight fishing, making it easy to spot cruising fish on shorelines and grass flats.

It looks as though we could be getting some much needed rain this week which will continue to get these fish fired up.

by Capt. Patrick Rood
Spot N Tail Charters | (386) 566-1394

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Dirty Water Slows Inlet Bite
June 11, 2024

Dirty Water Slows Inlet Bite

Well good morning all my Sebastian Inlet fans, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! It was pretty hot out there that’s for sure!

This week’s report is going to be another one of those short and to the point ones, as the fishing was really very slow all over the inlet, mostly due to the dirty/silted up water conditions, and the “snot weed” that was present everywhere and made it hard to keep your lines and rigs clean. There was plenty of bait fish around, finger mullet, majorras and greenies around the north jetty, but nothing chasing them. And as a reminder for those of you using cast nets to catch greenies and mullet on the jetty, please only keep what you can use AND throw the rest back into the water ASAP, don’t leave them on the jetty to die and dry up! It is one of the jetties standing rules to keep the jetty clean, and protect our fisheries resources. Cast netting on the jetty is a privilege, please don’t abuse it and have it taken away.

Also on another note, the park has installed monofilament recycle tubes on the railings for you to dispose of your excess fishing line. Please only put your fishing line in the tubes, NOT your trash! All your trash belongs in the several TRASH CANS that we have placed along the jetty. Thanks for your cooperation in helping us keep the jetty safe and clean!

Now as for the fishing, like I stated, it has been really slow all weekend. Plenty of bait around, just no fish to be had. About the only thing I saw from Friday through Sunday was a smattering of small mangrove snapper and black margates along the rocks, both north side and south side, with the t dock area being the better of the areas’s both tides. Again, dirty water has things slowed down, but the water temps have been where they should be. The only other fish I saw being caught were big jack crevalles and a couple redfish by the boaters drifting in and out of the inlet in the channel area on live baits. And that pretty much sums it up! Not like it was a week or so ago. But like I always say, you never know from day to day what’s going to bite at the inlet, you just have to go and hang out if you feel the desire.

This week the weather is supposed to be rainy, so maybe that will cool things down and make it more bearable, and maybe turn the fishing back on. Sorry for the short report, but I don’t sugar coat anything about the fishing at the inlet, I tell it like it is! Have a great week everyone!

by Wayne "Snookman" Landry
Sebastian Inlet State Park | (321) 724-5175

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Weekly Catch: Fishing Insights and Tips from the Water
June 10, 2024

Weekly Catch: Fishing Insights and Tips from the Water

snook

Fishing remains red-hot as we transition into summer! While familiar cooler water spots may not be producing like they used to, there are plenty of fish to be found. Focus on mangrove shade, dock structures, and shallow flats where fish are feasting on mullet schools. I recently landed a beauty of a snook (pictured above) after I spotted it crushing a school of mullet along the mangroves – and hooked up quickly after casting my lure. Top performers include Spook Jr, small paddle tails, and Kicker CrabZ worked slowly on the bottom. With a rainy forecast ahead, get ready for a potential game-changer! Stay tuned for updates and tight lines!

by John Page
JP Kayak Fishing and Tours | (321) 345-8388

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LOCAL EVENTS

FSFA North Chapter Meeting

July 12

FSFA The FSFA North Chapter Meeting is at Veterans Memorial Center 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island (behind Merritt Square Mall). Andrew Berube and Bobby Minotti will be talking about beach fishing for sharks. Social time starts at 6:30. Meeting starts at 7:00. Food and drink available for a donation.

Sunrise Marina Smoker Kings Fishing Tournament

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SECOND PLACE: $250 CASH
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FSFA South Chapter Meeting

July 26

FSFA The FSFA South Chapter meeting is BACK! Front Street Civic Center, Melbourne (2205 Front Street, in Melbourne, next to the Front Street boat ramps, across from Harry Goode’s). Social time starts at 6:30. Meeting starts at 7:00. Glyn Austin of Going Coastal Charters, talking about fishing the Indian River Lagoon and near coastal waters. Food and drink available for a donation.

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