Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Cocoa Beach Surf & Fishing Report for March 2, 2016


As of 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, light westerly winds are creating calm surf conditions across the east coast of Central Florida.


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:  Little to no seaweed is present on the beach.

Sharks: Blacktip sharks 2-5 ft. are present in the surf zone.

Winds: From the west-southwest at 7 mph.

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

Breaking Waves: 2-3 ft. and glassy.

Rip Current Threat: Low

UV Index: 8 (High)

Current Temps:  Water 69 F    Air 65 F

20 Mile Cape Canaveral Buoy: 2.0 ft. swell every 3 seconds.




FISHING FORECAST:

Clear water, negligible seaweed, a weekend cold snap, and the poor timing of the morning tides will create average conditions for surf fishing this week. Tide conditions will improve next week. 

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

SURFING FORECAST:

1-3 ft. and glassy through Saturday.

BOATING FORECAST:

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

Today...West winds 10 to 15 knots becoming north late in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 10 seconds. A moderate chop on the intracoastal waters.

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

Thursday...East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 10 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters.

Thursday night...South winds 10 to 15 knots becoming west after midnight. Seas 3 to 4 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters.

Friday...West winds 10 to 15 knots becoming northwest in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 feet. A moderate chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers in the morning.

Friday night...Northeast winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Saturday...East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Saturday night...East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

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

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

Synopsis... A cold front will cross the waters today and produce a moderate west to northwest breeze. After winds become northerly behind the front into tonight there will be a quick return to onshore flow Thursday before low pressure passes by to the north and pushes another weak front through on Friday. 

High pressure will move off the eastern seaboard this weekend and produce a light onshore wind flow.

Gulf stream hazards... Westerly winds up to 15 to 20 knots offshore the Volusia County coast this morning with seas up to 5 feet.

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

40 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet.

28 nautical miles east of Port Canaveral.

25 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet.

18 nautical miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet.

11 nautical miles east of Saint Lucie Inlet.