Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cocoa Beach Surf & Fishing Report for February 2, 2016


As of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, light easterly winds are creating calm 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: Blacktip sharks 2-4 ft. are present in the surf zone.

Winds: From the east at 4 mph.

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

Breaking Waves: 1-2 ft. and glassy.

Rip Current Threat: Low

UV Index: 6 (Medium)

Current Temps:  Water 64 F    Air 65 F

20 Mile Cape Canaveral Buoy: 2.3 ft. swell every 10 seconds.




FISHING FORECAST:

Clear 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 (Feb. 8-10). 

Blacktip sharks and Blue Fish can be caught with live finger mullet on a free line (no weight used) while surf fishing. Whiting, Pompano and Black Drum can be caught using shrimp on a weighted line. 

SURFING FORECAST:

1-3 ft. and semi-choppy through Thursday. Choppy conditions on Friday and Saturday.

BOATING FORECAST:

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

Today...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots late in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 9 seconds. A moderate chop on the intracoastal waters. Areas of dense fog this morning...Patchy fog this afternoon.

Tonight...Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet with a dominant period 5 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters.

Wednesday...Southeast winds 15 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet with a dominant period 9 seconds. A moderate chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon.

Wednesday night...South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers.

Thursday...South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Then chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Thursday night...west winds 15 to 20 knots becoming north 20 to 25 knots after midnight. Seas 4 to 6 feet. Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms.

Friday...North winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 6 to 8 feet. Slight chance of showers.

Friday night...Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots diminishing to 10 to 15 knots after midnight. Seas 6 to 9 feet. Slight chance of showers.

Saturday...east winds 10 to 15 knots. seas 6 to 8 feet. Slight chance of showers.

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

Synopsis...A high pressure ridge will extend from the Atlantic to just north of the area and allow a southeast wind flow to develop. Speeds will start to increase this afternoon and continue through Wednesday as a frontal boundary approaches from the Gulf of Mexico. 

This front will bring scattered to numerous showers and slight chance of storms Thursday. 

Hazardous boating conditions will develop behind the front Thursday night and Friday.

Gulf stream hazards...None.

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

43 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet.

32 nautical miles east of Port Canaveral.

27 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet.

18 nautical miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet.

11 nautical miles east of Saint Lucie Inlet.