Monday, April 3, 2017

Cocoa Beach Surf & Fishing Report for April 3, 2017


COCOA BEACH, Florida - As of 7 a.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017, southeasterly winds are creating choppy surf conditions across the east coast of Central Florida.


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

Seaweed:  A small amount of fresh seaweed remains in the water while a large line of blackening seaweed from last week remains along the beach. 

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

Winds: From the southeast at 12 mph.

Near-shore Current:  Breezy southerly winds will produce a northward flowing longshore current.

Breaking Waves: 2-3 ft. and choppy.

Rip Current Threat: Moderate

UV Index: 10 (High)

Beach Temps:  Water: 73 F    Air: H 83 F   L 72  F

Cape Canaveral Buoy: 2.6 ft. swell every 5 seconds.

Tides: H 8:08 a.m.  L 2:02 p.m.


FISHING FORECAST:

Clouded water, some seaweed, a longshore current, strong winds, and the poor timing of the morning tides will create poor conditions for surf fishing this week.

WHAT'S BITING IN THE SURF ZONE:


Blacktip sharks and Blue Fish can be caught with live or cut finger mullet. Jacks, Whiting, Sheepshead, Pompano and Black Drum can be caught using shrimp on a weighted line. 

SURFING FORECAST:

2-3 ft. and choppy through Friday.


BOATING FORECAST:

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


Today:  Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with a dominant period 5 seconds. Choppy on the intracoastal waters. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. 

Tonight:  South winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with a dominant period 5 seconds. Choppy on the intracoastal waters. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening.

Tuesday:  South winds 15 to 20 knots diminishing to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 feet with a dominant period 11 seconds. Choppy on the intracoastal waters. A slight
chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Tuesday night:  South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening.

Wednesday:  South winds 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 feet. Choppy on the intracoastal waters.

Wednesday night:  South winds 15 to 20 knots becoming southwest 10 to 15 knots after midnight. Seas 3 to 4 feet. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.

Thursday:  West winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.


Thursday night:  Northwest winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet.


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

Synopsis... Low pressure over the Midwest will lift northeast into the Great Lakes region and drag a cold front eastward through the Gulf of Mexico today. A moderate to fresh southerly breeze will occur across the waters through tonight ahead of the front, which will stall over north Florida on Tuesday. A stronger cold front will push through the area on Thursday.


Gulf stream hazards... South to southeast winds increasing up to 20 knots with seas building to 6 to 7 feet this afternoon and into tonight.


The approximate location of the west wall of the Gulf Stream based on the real time ocean forecast system from April 2:


42 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet.


32 nautical miles east of Port Canaveral.


26 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet.


15 nautical miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet.


 9 nautical miles east of Saint Lucie Inlet.