Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Cocoa Beach Surf & Fishing Report September 9, 2015


COCOA BEACH, Florida --  As of 8 a.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, south-southwest winds are creating small waves with a light chop and mixed swell.

Jelly Fish: Jelly fish, including Portuguese Man-o-War, are present in the ocean from Jetty Park to Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, Flordia

Seaweed: Blackening sargassum seaweed is present on the beach or in the water. Additionally,  brown algae is present in the near shore waters due to upwelling the last few days.

Sharks:  Black tip sharks around 4-6 ft. have either been spotted or caught near-shore throughout August and September.

Winds: From the  southwest at 5 mph.

Near-shore Current:  Mixed. A near shore current is slowly moving south with a wind and wave-driven surface current moving to the north.

Breaking Waves:  2-3 ft.  with a light chop.

Rip Current Threat: Low

UV Index: 10 (High)

Current Temps:  Water 85 F    Air 79 F

20 Mile Cape Canaveral Buoy: 2.3 ft. swell every 9 seconds.

COCOA BEACH TIDES:

Wednesday
11:48 AM  Low
06:05 PM  High

Thursday
06:20 AM  High
12:34 PM  Low

Friday
07:04 AM  High
01:16 PM  Low

Saturday 
07:44 AM  High
01:55 PM  Low



FISHING FORECAST:
Clouded water, seaweed, light winds, and the bad timing of the incoming high tides after sunrise will produce average fishing conditions on Wednesday. Conditions will greatly improve Thursday through Sunday due to the better timing of the high tide after sunrise. 

The 2015 Mullet Run is underway. Large Jacks, Red Fish, and Snook can be caught with live finger mullet on a free line (no weight used). Croaker, Whiting, Sheepshead, Flounder, and Black Drum can be caught using shrimp on a weighted line near the piers and jetties. Nuisances:  catfish and small sharks.

SURFING FORECAST:
1-3 ft. waves with a light chop through Saturday, except when afternoon thunderstorms pass over the beach.


BOATING FORECAST:

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



Wednesday...South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 10 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Wednesday night...South winds 10 knots becoming southwest 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Mostly smooth on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Thursday...Southwest winds 5 knots becoming south 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Thursday night...South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming west after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Friday...Southwest winds 5 knots becoming south in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Scattered showers and Thunderstorms.

Friday night...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. .

Saturday...South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.


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

Synopsis... A low pressure area over the northeast Gulf will lift slowly northward and weaken this afternoon. In its wake, Atlantic high pressure will build across the coastal waters and into the Gulf of Mexico. A gentle south-southeast breeze will continue into mid-week before shifting to the south-southwest as the axis of the Atlantic high pressure ridge sets up over the waters.
Gulf Stream Hazards...none.

The approximate location of the west wall of the gulf stream based on the real time ocean forecast system from Sunday, September 6th, 2015:

40 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet.

30 nautical miles east of Port Canaveral.

26 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet.

16 nautical miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet.

10 nautical miles east of Saint Lucie Inlet.