Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cocoa Beach Surfing & Fishing Report For August 20, 2015


COCOA BEACH, Florida --  As of 7 a.m. on Thursday, August 20, 2015, calm southwest winds are creating small, glassy waves and clear water.

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

Seaweed: Sargassum seaweed is barely present on the beach or in the water. 

Sharks:  Bull and Black tip sharks around 4-5 ft. have either been spotted or caught near-shore throughout the summer months. Occasionally, smaller Bonnethead and Spinner sharks are also biting.

Winds: From the  southwest at 4 mph.

Near-shore Current:  A near shore current is slowly moving south.

Breaking Waves:  1-2 ft.  and glassy.

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
05:49 AM  Low
12:05 PM  High


Friday
06:32 AM  Low
12:52 PM  High


Saturday 
07:22 AM  Low
01:44 PM  High 


Sunday
08:19 AM  Low
02:43 PM  High



FISHING FORECAST:
Clear water, no seaweed, light winds, and the bad timing of the incoming 3.5 ft. high tides after sunrise will produce above poor fishing conditions in the morning every day through Sunday. Croaker and Whiting remain the most popular catch. Sheepshead, Flounder, and Black Drum can be found near the piers and jetties. Nuisances:  catfish and small sharks.

SURFING FORECAST:
Glassy waves 1-2 feet on Thursday through Saturday. The Surf Forecast for next week will entirely depend on what path Hurricane Danny takes.

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 2 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Tonight...South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest after midnight. Seas 1 to 2 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. Mostly smooth on the intracoastal waters. slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Friday...West winds 5 knots becoming east in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. Smooth on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Friday night...South winds 5 knots becoming west after midnight. seas 1 to 2 feet. Smooth on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Saturday...Northwest winds 5 knots becoming northeast in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Smooth on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Saturday Night...Northeast winds 5 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Sunday...Northeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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

Synopsis... A weak high pressure ridge will produce a light southwest to west wind flow and generally favorable boating conditions through late week. A gentle to moderate northerly breeze is forecast over the weekend as a low pressure system develops off the Carolina coast.

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, August 19th, 2015:

40 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet.

28 nautical miles east of Port Canaveral.

23 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet.

15 nautical miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet.

9 nautical miles east of Saint Lucie Inlet.