Sunday, July 12, 2015

Cocoa Beach Surfing & Fishing Report For July 12, 2015


COCOA BEACH, Florida --  As of 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 12, 2015, the ocean is saturated with organic matter which makes the water appear dirty, foamy, and smelly off of Cocoa Beach, Florida this morning.

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

Seaweed: A heavy amount of fresh Sargasso seaweed is on the beach and in the water along with some seafloor vegetation and animals which suggests that some upwelling has occurred recently.  



 
Upwelling occurs in the open ocean and along coastlines. According to NOAA, winds blowing across the ocean surface push water away. Water then rises up from beneath the surface to replace the water that was pushed away. This process is known as “upwelling.”


Water that rises to the surface as a result of upwelling is typically colder and is rich in nutrients. These nutrients “fertilize” surface waters, meaning that these surface waters often have high biological productivity.  Therefore, good fishing grounds typically are found where upwelling is common.

Sharks:  Bull and Blacktip around 4-5 ft. have either been spotted or caught near-shore within the last month. Occasionally, small Bonnethead are also biting.

Winds: From the  south at 9 mph.

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

Breaking Waves:  0-2 ft.  and glassy.

Rip Current Threat: Moderate

UV Index: 11 (High)

Current Temps:  Water 82 F    Air 79 F

20 Mile Cape Canaveral Buoy: 1.6 ft. swell every 8 seconds.

COCOA BEACH TIDES:

Sunday:
11:29 AM Low
05:57 PM High

Monday:
06:06 AM High
12:22 PM Low  

Tuesday:
06:58 AM  High
01:11 PM  Low

Wednesday:
07:46 AM  High
01:58 PM  Low


FISHING FORECAST:

Clouded to dirty water, heavy seaweed, and the poor timing of the tides around sunrise will produce poor fishing conditions for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.  Croaker and Whiting remain the most popular catch. Catfish, Permit, and Jack 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:

Waves glassy and under 2 feet Sunday through Wednesday. 

BOATING FORECAST:


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

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

Tonight...South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 9 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters.

Monday...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. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Monday night...South winds 10 to 15 knots becoming southwest after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the
evening.

Tuesday...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. a light chop on the intracoastal waters. Scattered showers and thunderstorms moving offshore.

Tuesday night...South winds 10 to 15 knots becoming west after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 feet. isolated showers and thunderstorms. 

Wednesday...Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Scattered showers and thunderstorms moving offshore.

Wednesday night...Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Isolated showers and thunderstorms.

Thursday...Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots diminishing to 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. seas 2 to 3 feet. Scattered showers and thunderstorms moving offshore.

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

Synopsis...The Atlantic high pressure ridge axis will move south of the area into early this week. Prevailing flow will veer out of the west-southwest with increasing chances for offshore moving storms through the upcoming 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 Friday, July 3rd:

45 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet.

32 nautical miles east of Port Canaveral.

26 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet.

16 nautical miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet.

09 nautical miles east of Saint Lucie Inlet.