Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cocoa Beach Surf & Fishing Report October 28, 2015

COCOA BEACH, Florida --  As of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, October 28, 2015, strong southerly winds are creating rough surf conditions with a heavy chop.

Jelly Fish: Jelly fish, including Portuguese Man-o-War, are not present in the ocean from Jetty Park to Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, Florida

Seaweed:  A heavy amount of seaweed is present on the beach and in the water.  

Sharks:  Sharks sightings decreased during the rough surf created by Hurricane Joaquin in early October. Sightings of black tip sharks then picked up in mid-October when the seas calmed. However, the recent rough surf has once again reduced the number of shark sightings.

Winds: From the south at 17 mph.

Near-shore Current:  A strong long shore current is present.

Breaking Waves:  3-5 ft. washing machine conditions.

Rip Current Threat: High

UV Index: 6 (Medium)

Current Temps:  Water 78 F    Air 78 F

20 Mile Cape Canaveral Buoy: 5.2 ft. swell every 5 seconds.


08:52 AM 5.2 ft High 
02:57 PM 0.2 ft Low  

09:42 AM 5.1 ft High 
03:48 PM 0.3 ft Low 

10:32 AM 4.9 ft High 
04:39 PM 0.4 ft Low 

Clouded water, rough seas, and a large amount of seaweed will create poor conditions for surf fishing through Friday. Conditions should improve on Saturday and Sunday as winds subside.

The 2015 Mullet Run is still going strong. 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:  ladyfish, catfish and small sharks.

Washing machine through Thursday. Waves begin to decrease to 2-4 ft. with a slight chop over the weekend.


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

Wednesday...South winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 5 to 6 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. Chance of showers.

Wednesday night...Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots becoming west after midnight. Seas 4 to 5 feet. Chance of showers in the evening...Then slight chance of showers after midnight.

Thursday...Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming north 5 knots in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 feet. Slight chance of showers.

Thursday night...East winds 5 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet. Slight chance of showers.

Friday...Northeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet.

Friday night...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet.

Saturday...East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet.

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

Synopsis... A weak frontal boundary over the eastern Gulf of Mexico will push into Central Florida today, then into South Florida by early Thursday. A moderate to fresh southerly breeze will veer to the southwest this afternoon, then to the west overnight. 

Gulf Stream Hazards... Seas 5 to 6 feet with a 9 second period swell.

The approximate location of the west wall of the gulf stream based on the real time ocean forecast system from Monday, October 26th, 2015:

42 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet.

30 nautical miles east of Port Canaveral.

26 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet.

19 nautical miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet.

12 nautical miles east of Saint Lucie Inlet.