Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cocoa Beach Surfing & Fishing Report For June 18


COCOA BEACH, Florida --  As of 7 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2015, light southerly winds are creating calm ocean conditions at the beach this morning. 

Shark Bite Forecast: There have been several shark bites off east Central Florida since Memorial Day Weekend. Sunny skies will draw more people to the beach this weekend. A crowded beach combined with clouded water will increase the chance of another shark bite off Brevard County, especially in between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the water becomes more clouded due to an incoming high tide.

Signs of sharks in the water: In addition to spotting the telltale shark fins, fish jumping out of water or sea birds hovering at the surface of the water could indicate the presence of feeding sharks. Swim near a lifeguard area and pay attention to warning flags.

Florida has most number shark attacks in the U.S. Volusia County and Brevard County are the top counties where those shark attacks occur.

Jelly Fish: Portuguese Man-o-War are not present in the ocean or on the beach.

Seaweed: A small amount fresh Sargasso seaweed remains in the water and on the beach but will only pose a slight nuisance to surf fishing this weekend.

Sharks:  Blacktip around 4-5 ft. have either been spotted or caught near-shore within the last month.

Winds: From the south at 5 mph.

Near-shore Current:  A near shore current is nearly still.

Breaking Waves:  1-3 ft.  and semi-choppy.

Rip Current Threat: Low

UV Index: 10 (High)

Current Temps:  Water 83 F    Air 80 F

20 Mile Cape Canaveral Buoy: 2.0 ft. swell every 9 seconds.

COCOA BEACH TIDES:

Thursday:
09:36 AM  High
03:48 PM  Low

Friday:
10:20 AM  High
04:33 PM  Low
 
Saturday:
11:03 AM  High
05:18 PM  Low
 
Sunday:
11:47 AM  High
06:04 PM  Low

Monday:
06:36 AM Low
12:33 PM High

FISHING FORECAST:

Clouded water, calm seas, some seaweed, and the bad timing of the tides around sunrise will produce poor to average fishing conditions during this weekend. If you are fishing in the ocean this weekend, fish during the early morning hours to avoid the seaweed being washed from the beach back into the water after 10 a.m. Croaker and Whiting are the most popular catch. Catfish, Permit, Ladyfish, and the occasional Tripletail are also biting in the surf zone. Sand fleas are still around, but not as abundant as last month. Sheepshead, Flounder, and Black Drum can be found near the piers and jetties.

SURFING FORECAST:

Semi-glassy waves 1-3 ft. Thursday through Sunday. 

BOATING FORECAST:


Volusia-Brevard County Line to Sebastian Inlet 0-20 Nautical Miles

Today...South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast in the afternoon. seas 1 to 3 feet with a dominant period 9 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters.

Tonight...South winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 9 seconds. mostly smooth on the intracoastal waters.

Friday..South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast in the afternoon. seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 9 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. 


Friday Night... South winds 5 to 10 knots. seas 2 to 3 feet. Mostly smooth on the intracoastal waters.


Saturday...South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters.

Saturday night...South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. 

Sunday...South winds 5 knots becoming southeast 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet.
Sunday night...Southeast winds 10 knots becoming south 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Seas 2 feet.

Monday...South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet.


Atlantic Coastal Waters from Flagler Beach to Jupiter Inlet out 60 Nautical Miles

Synopsis...The high pressure ridge axis over the central peninsula will lift northward during the day remaining just north through the weekend. Onshore flow will continue into the weekend and early next week.

Gulf Stream Hazards...none.

The approximate location of the west wall of the gulf stream based on the real time ocean forecast system from Wednesday, June 17th:

41 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet.

30 nautical miles east of Port Canaveral.

24 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet.

16 nautical miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet.

10 nautical miles east of Saint Lucie Inlet.