Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Cocoa Beach Surf & Fishing Report for January 5, 2016


As of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, strong easterly winds are creating rough surf conditions across the east coast of Central Florida.


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

Seaweed:  A small amount of blackening seaweed is present on the beach.

Sharks: Only a few small sharks have been caught surf fishing in the last week.

Winds: From the east at 22 mph.

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

Breaking Waves:  3-4 ft., wind-driven, with a heavy chop.

Rip Current Threat: Moderate

UV Index: 2 (Low)

Current Temps:  Water 69 F    Air 68 F

20 Mile Cape Canaveral Buoy: 8.2 ft. swell every 9 seconds.




FISHING FORECAST:

Clouded water, negligible seaweed, a weekend cold snap, and the poor timing of the morning tides will create below average conditions for surf fishing this week. Tide and weather conditions will improve on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Jan. 8-10). 

Jacks, Blue Fish and (Snook which season ended December 15) can be caught with live finger mullet on a free line (no weight used) while surf fishing. Croaker, Whiting, Sheepshead, Flounder, and Black Drum can be caught using shrimp on a weighted line near the piers and jetties. 

SURFING FORECAST:

3-4 ft. and choppy Tuesday and Wednesday. 3-4 ft. and semi-glassy on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  

BOATING FORECAST:

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

Small Craft Advisory in effect through Wednesday Evening

This afternoon...Northeast winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 6 to 8 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. Rough on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers.

Tonight...Northeast winds 20 to 25 knots becoming east 15 to 20 knots after midnight. Seas 6 to 9 feet with a dominant period 9 seconds. Rough on the intracoastal waters. Chance of showers.

Wednesday...Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 6 to 8 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. Choppy on the intracoastal waters. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.

Wednesday night...Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots becoming north 5 knots after midnight. Seas 6 to 8 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. chance of showers.

Thursday...North winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Chance of showers.

Thursday night...East winds 5 knots becoming south 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Seas 5 to 7 feet. Chance of showers.

Friday...Southwest winds 5 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet. Slight Chance of showers.

Friday night...South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet. Slight chance of showers.

Saturday...South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet. Chance of showers.

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

Synopsis...Gusty northeast winds will generate rough and hazardous conditions over the local Atlantic waters through midweek as a strong high pressure builds off the eastern seaboard.

Large swells generated by the northeast fetch will impact the local Atlantic into the weekend, resulting in poor to marginal boating conditions.

Gulf stream hazards...Northeast winds up to 25 knots with seas building to 7 to 10 feet.

The approximate location of the west wall of the Gulf Stream based on the real time ocean forecast system from January 1st:

41 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet.

28 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.