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Showing posts with label Surf & Fishing Report. Show all posts

Friday, June 26, 2015

Cocoa Beach Surfing & Fishing Report For June 26


COCOA BEACH, Florida --  As of 7 a.m. on Friday, June 26, 2015, nearly still winds are creating flat ocean conditions at the beach today.

Jelly Fish: Portuguese Man-o-War are not present in the ocean or on the beach.

Seaweed: A thick line of Sargasso seaweed remains on the beach - but is blackening and breaking up.

Sharks:  Bull and Blacktip around 4-5 ft. have either been spotted or caught near-shore within the last month. Occasionally, small Bonnethead are also biting.

Winds: From the south at 1 mph.

Near-shore Current:  A near shore current is nearly still.

Breaking Waves:  0-1 ft.  and glassy.

Rip Current Threat: Low

UV Index: 9 (High)

Current Temps:  Water 84 F    Air 76 F

20 Mile Cape Canaveral Buoy: 1.6 ft. swell every 9 seconds.

COCOA BEACH TIDES:

Friday:
09:56 AM Low
04:05 PM High
 
Saturday:
10:44 AM Low
05:01 PM High
 
Sunday:
11:31 AM Low
05:54 PM High

Monday:
05:58 AM High
12:17 PM Low

FISHING FORECAST:

Afternoon thunderstorms Friday through Sunday leaves only mornings for fishing this weekend. Clear water, calm seas, slight seaweed, and the bad timing of the tides around sunrise will produce poor to average fishing conditions during this weekend - but should begin to improve on Monday.  Croaker and Whiting remain the most popular catch. Catfish, Permit, Ladyfish, and the occasional Tripletail are also biting in the surf zone. Sand fleas are still around, but not as abundant as last month. Sheepshead, Flounder, and Black Drum can be found near the piers and jetties.

SURFING FORECAST:

Flat conditions Friday through Sunday. 

BOATING FORECAST:


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

Today...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots - becoming southeast in the afternoon. Seas 2 feet with a dominant period 9 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Tonight...South winds 10 to 15 knots becoming southwest 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 9 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight.

Saturday...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. A moderate chop on the intracoastal waters. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Saturday night...Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Sunday...Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots diminishing to 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. A moderate chop on the intracoastal waters. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Sunday night...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Monday...Southwest winds 10 knots. seas 2 to 3 feet. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.


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

Synopsis...The high pressure ridge axis located across Lake Okeechobee this morning will shift this weekend. This will result in an increased west to southwest low level flow which will delay or even prohibit the sea breeze from forming this weekend. There will be a threat for offshore moving strong storms this afternoon into this weekend.

Gulf Stream Hazards...none.

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

46 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet.

33 nautical miles east of Port Canaveral.

23 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet.

16 nautical miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet.

13 nautical miles east of Saint Lucie Inlet.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

2015 Free Kid's Fishing Clinic At Port Canaveral

Touch tank at Port Canaveral Kid's Free Fishing Clinic

PORT CANAVERAL, Florida -- Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the the 21st Annual Kid’s Fishing Clinic, organizers say.

This free clinic takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 27, 2015 at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal Number 3. All participants must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration for the clinic will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen, bag lunch, and water.

The clinic enables young people between the ages of 5 and 15 to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, rod and reel selection, knot tying, tackle selection, fishing ethics, plus water and boating safety.


Fish handling instructions at Port Canaveral Kid's Free Fishing Clinic
Casting instructions at Port Canaveral Kid's Free Fishing Clinic

There will be environmental displays of local marine wildlife and aquatic “touch” tanks to offer participants a unique chance to experience Florida’s marine life firsthand.  Kids’ fishing clinics strive to achieve several goals, but the main objective is to create responsible marine-resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems.


Last year, more than 600 kids and their parents attended the clinic.  Fishing equipment and bait will be provided for kids to use during the clinic, but organizers encourage children who own fishing tackle to bring it.  A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the one hour clinic.  


Hot dogs and soft drinks will be provided courtesy of sponsors.  This event is a photo catch-and-release activity, and an adult must accompany all participants.


This fishing clinic is offered by the Florida Sport Fishing Association, The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Canaveral Port Authority, Sunrise Marina/Grills Restaurant and other local corporate and individual sponsors.


Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should call Eric Griggs at 321-986-7596 or visit the 
Florida Sport Fishing Association Facebook page.

Photos: Brevard Times / File.




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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cocoa Beach Surfing & Fishing Report For June 18


COCOA BEACH, Florida --  As of 7 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2015, light southerly winds are creating calm ocean conditions at the beach this morning. 

Shark Bite Forecast: There have been several shark bites off east Central Florida since Memorial Day Weekend. Sunny skies will draw more people to the beach this weekend. A crowded beach combined with clouded water will increase the chance of another shark bite off Brevard County, especially in between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the water becomes more clouded due to an incoming high tide.

Signs of sharks in the water: In addition to spotting the telltale shark fins, fish jumping out of water or sea birds hovering at the surface of the water could indicate the presence of feeding sharks. Swim near a lifeguard area and pay attention to warning flags.

Florida has most number shark attacks in the U.S. Volusia County and Brevard County are the top counties where those shark attacks occur.

Jelly Fish: Portuguese Man-o-War are not present in the ocean or on the beach.

Seaweed: A small amount fresh Sargasso seaweed remains in the water and on the beach but will only pose a slight nuisance to surf fishing this weekend.

Sharks:  Blacktip around 4-5 ft. have either been spotted or caught near-shore within the last month.

Winds: From the south at 5 mph.

Near-shore Current:  A near shore current is nearly still.

Breaking Waves:  1-3 ft.  and semi-choppy.

Rip Current Threat: Low

UV Index: 10 (High)

Current Temps:  Water 83 F    Air 80 F

20 Mile Cape Canaveral Buoy: 2.0 ft. swell every 9 seconds.

COCOA BEACH TIDES:

Thursday:
09:36 AM  High
03:48 PM  Low

Friday:
10:20 AM  High
04:33 PM  Low
 
Saturday:
11:03 AM  High
05:18 PM  Low
 
Sunday:
11:47 AM  High
06:04 PM  Low

Monday:
06:36 AM Low
12:33 PM High

FISHING FORECAST:

Clouded water, calm seas, some seaweed, and the bad timing of the tides around sunrise will produce poor to average fishing conditions during this weekend. If you are fishing in the ocean this weekend, fish during the early morning hours to avoid the seaweed being washed from the beach back into the water after 10 a.m. Croaker and Whiting are the most popular catch. Catfish, Permit, Ladyfish, and the occasional Tripletail are also biting in the surf zone. Sand fleas are still around, but not as abundant as last month. Sheepshead, Flounder, and Black Drum can be found near the piers and jetties.

SURFING FORECAST:

Semi-glassy waves 1-3 ft. Thursday through Sunday. 

BOATING FORECAST:


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

Today...South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast in the afternoon. seas 1 to 3 feet with a dominant period 9 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters.

Tonight...South winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 9 seconds. mostly smooth on the intracoastal waters.

Friday..South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast in the afternoon. seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 9 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. 


Friday Night... South winds 5 to 10 knots. seas 2 to 3 feet. Mostly smooth on the intracoastal waters.


Saturday...South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters.

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

Sunday...South winds 5 knots becoming southeast 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet.
Sunday night...Southeast winds 10 knots becoming south 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Seas 2 feet.

Monday...South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet.


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

Synopsis...The high pressure ridge axis over the central peninsula will lift northward during the day remaining just north through the weekend. Onshore flow will continue into the weekend and early next week.

Gulf Stream Hazards...none.

The approximate location of the west wall of the gulf stream based on the real time ocean forecast system from Wednesday, June 17th:

41 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet.

30 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.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Cocoa Beach Surfing & Fishing Report For June 12


COCOA BEACH, Florida --  As of 7 a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015, light westerly winds are creating calm ocean conditions at the beach this morning. 

Shark Bite Forecast: There have been several shark bites off Brevard County since Memorial Day Weekend. Sunny skies will draw more people to the beach this weekend. A crowded beach combined with clouded water will increase the chance of another shark bite off Brevard County, especially in the afternoon hours when winds increase, the surf becomes more turbid, and an incoming tide occurs.

In addition to spotting shark fins, fish jumping out of water or sea birds hovering at the surface of the water could indicate the presence of feeding sharks. Swim near a lifeguard area and pay attention to warning flags.

Florida has most number shark attacks in the U.S. Volusia County and Brevard County are the top counties where those shark attacks occur.

Jelly Fish: Portuguese Man-o-War are not present in the ocean and on the beach.

Seaweed: A small amount of broken and blacked Sargasso seaweed remains on the beach but will not pose any nuisance to surf fishing this weekend.

Sharks:  Blacktip around 4-5 ft. have either been spotted or caught near-shore within the last month.

Winds: From the west-northwest at 8 mph.

Near-shore Current:  A near shore current is nearly still.

Breaking Waves:  1-2 ft.  and glassy.

Rip Current Threat: Moderate

UV Index: 11 (High)

Current Temps:  Water 82 F    Air 76 F

20 Mile Cape Canaveral Buoy: 2.0 ft. swell every 8 seconds.

COCOA BEACH TIDES:


Friday:
10:51 AM  Low
05:16 PM  High

Saturday:
05:28 AM  High
11:46 AM  Low  

Sunday:
06:23 AM  High 
12:38 PM  Low  

Monday:
07:15 AM  High 
01:28 PM  Low  

Tuesday:
08:05 AM  High
02:12 PM  Low

FISHING FORECAST:

Clouded water, calm seas, and light seaweed will produce average fishing conditions during this weekend. If you are fishing in the ocean this weekend, fish during the early morning hours to avoid higher winds in the late afternoon. Croaker and catfish are the most popular catch. Whiting, Permit, Ladyfish, and the occasional Tripletail are also biting in the surf zone. Sand fleas are abundant in the wash zone. Sheepshead, Flounder, and Black Drum can be found near the piers and jetties.

SURFING FORECAST:

Glassy waves 1-2 ft. in the mornings, followed by semi-choppy waves 2-4 ft. in the afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday.

BOATING FORECAST:


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

Today...South to southeast winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. A moderate chop on the intracoastal waters. Isolated showers and thunderstorms.

Tonight...Southeast winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. Mostly smooth on the intracoastal waters.

Saturday...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 9 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters.

Saturday night...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Mostly smooth on the intracoastal waters.

Sunday...East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters.

Sunday night...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Monday...Southeast winds 5 knots. Seas 2 feet. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Monday night...South winds 5 knots. Seas 2 feet.

Tuesday...Southeast winds 5 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.


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

Synopsis...The high pressure ridge axis over the central peninsula will lift northward during the day remaining just north through the weekend. Onshore flow will continue into the weekend and early next week.

Gulf Stream Hazards...none.

The approximate location of the west wall of the gulf stream based on the real time ocean forecast system from Tuesday, June 9th:

43 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet.

29 nautical miles east of Port Canaveral.

24 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet.

17 nautical miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet.

10 nautical miles east of Saint Lucie Inlet.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Cocoa Beach Surfing & Fishing Report For June 8, 2015



COCOA BEACH, Florida --  As of 7 a.m. on Monday, June 8, 2015, waves are under two feet and semi-choppy - poor conditions for surfers.  Despite fresh seaweed in the water, the water has cleared up and the 3.5 ft. tidal movements should make for a good day of surf fishing.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Researchers Discover Sawfish Giving Virgin Births In Florida


Researchers have recently discovered that some female small-tooth sawfish are reproducing in the wild without the need of male sexual partners.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Cocoa Beach Surfing & Fishing Report For May 31


COCOA BEACH, Florida --  As of 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2015, winds have shifted to offshore this morning which are producing clean waves with a slight barrel 4-5 feet in height.

While it may be a good day for surfers, the heavy amount of seaweed is too much of a nuisance for surf fishing.

The foamy surf will elevate the chance of beach goers being bitten by small to mid-size sharks in the surf zone.


Friday, May 29, 2015

Cocoa Beach Surfing & Fishing Report For May 29, 2015


COCOA BEACH, Florida --  As of 7 a.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015, onshore winds continue to produce choppy surf and an increased threat of dangerous rip currents through the weekend. 

The choppy surf will not be favorable conditions for either surfers or anglers this weekend.  

Clouded water will also increase the chance of shark bites to beach goers who wade in the surf zone.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Cocoa Beach Surfing & Fishing Report For May 8, 2015

Subtropical Storm Ana continued to push swells onto Florida's east coast on Friday.

COCOA BEACH, Florida --  As of noon on Friday, May 8, 2015, jelly fish are barely present on the beach and in the water throughout Cocoa Beach northward into Cape Canaveral, Florida.  Look for purple flags flying at nearby lifeguard stations which would indicate the presence of jelly fish and other dangerous marine life in the immediate area.  Red and Yellow Flags indicate dangerous surf conditions, including rip currents.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Florida Surfer Saves Drowning Sea Turtle (VIDEO)



COCOA BEACH, Florida -- A surfer came to the rescue of a loggerhead sea turtle that was tangled in fishing lines just south of the Cocoa Beach Pier this afternoon.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Florida Ranks #1 In U.S. For Shark Attacks

Great White Shark Photo 
Great White Shark. Credit: Greg Skomal / Mass. Division of Marine Fisheries


COCOA BEACH, Florida --  Florida continues to hold its title as the #1 state for shark attacks, according to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF) 2014 Worldwide Shark Attack Summary released last month.  With 28 shark attacks recorded in 2014, Florida accounted for over half of all unprovoked attack in the U.S.  Florida also had over twice the number of attacks as the entire country of Australia (11 attacks).

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Giant Mantis Shrimp Caught Off Florida Dock

FORT PIERCE, Florida -- According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), angler Steve Bargeron was fishing from a dock in Fort Pierce, Florida as he watched a fellow fisherman catch what is believed to be a scaly-tailed mantis shrimp. 


Bargeron told FWC that the monster crustacean was about 18 inches long and striking its own tail, so he grabbed it by its back like a lobster.  FWC says that mantis shrimp are actually not related to shrimp, but are a type of crustacean called a stomatopod.


According to the Smithosian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, several species of mantis shrimps inhabit the Indian River Lagoon  and surrounding Florida coastal waters.  Of these, the two likely to be confused with scaly-tailed mantis shrimp are the mantis shrimp, Squilla empusa, and the ciliated false squilla, Pseudosquilla ciliataS. empusa is considered the most common mantis shrimp in local waters but is much smaller in length (reaching only 12 inches) than the scaly-tailed mantis shrimp.  

Photo Credit:  Steve Bargeron via FWC/Facebook

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Whales Greet Florida Spring Breakers





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COCOA BEACH, Florida -- A mother and calf, part of a group of migrating Right Whales, along with a few bottlenose dolphins, showed up Tuesday afternoon just a couple hundred yards off the coast from Coconuts on the Beach at the end of Minuteman Causeway in Cocoa Beach, Florida - a popular hangout for the college crowd, including 2014 Spring Breakers.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Mysterious Green Surf Appears Off Cocoa Beach (VIDEO)


COCOA BEACH, Florida -- It may be Green Monday today, but it was "Green Sunday" yesterday for beachgoers off Florida's Space Coast.  The surf turned to a bright fluorescent green Sunday afternoon as waves broke off Cocoa Beach, Florida.  When surfers paddled out through the breaking waves, the water  agitation appeared to make the surf even greener.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Study: Fishing Number One Activity In Lightning Strike Deaths


PORT CANAVERAL, Florida -- A study conducted by NOAA's National Weather Service found that 64 percent of lightning deaths since 2006 occurred while people were participating in leisure activities, with fishing topping the list at 26 deaths.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Free Kid's Fishing Clinic In Port Canaveral June 29, 2013


PORT CANAVERAL, Florida -- Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the the 19th Annual Kid’s Fishing Clinic, organizers say.


This free clinic takes place from 9 a.m. to noon on June 29, 2013 at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal Number 4 located at 220 Christopher Columbus Drive.


The clinic enables young people between the ages of 5 and 15 to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, rod and reel selection, knot tying, tackle selection, fishing ethics, plus water and boating safety.



There will be environmental displays of local marine wildlife and aquatic “touch” tanks to offer participants a unique chance to experience Florida’s marine life firsthand.  Kids’ fishing clinics strive to achieve several goals, but the main objective is to create responsible marine-resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems.


Last year, more than 600 kids and their parents attended the clinic.  Fishing equipment and bait will be provided for kids to use during the clinic, but organizers encourage children who own fishing tackle to bring it.  A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the clinic.  


Hot dogs and soft drinks are also provided.  This event is a photo catch-and-release activity, and an adult must accompany all participants.


This fishing clinic is offered by the Florida Sport Fishing Association, The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Canaveral Port Authority, Sunrise Marina/Grills Restaurant and other local corporate and individual sponsors.


Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should call Eric Griggs at 321-986-7596 or the FWC’s Nancy Fisher at 850-487-0554. 


Photos: Brevard Times / File.


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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Florida Lifeguard Pulls Shark Back Into The Water! - VIDEO



COCOA BEACH, Florida -- Just after noon today, a shark approximately 5 feet long swam into less than 3 inches of water near where a large group of young children were playing in the sand.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Florida Fish & Wildlife Examine Mystery Eyeball Found On Beach


POMPANO BEACH, Florida -- After examining an eye found on a south Florida beach this week, researchers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) believe the specimen came from a swordfish.  Genetic testing will be done to confirm the identification.


Friday, April 27, 2012

Giant Tiger Shrimp On The Rise In U.S. Waters


The recent rise in sightings of non-native Asian tiger shrimp off the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts has government scientists working to determine the cause of the increase and the possible consequences for native fish and seafood in those waters.  


Monday, August 29, 2011

Brevard County Jail Inmates Draw Lucky Straws


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COCOA BEACH, Florida -- A dozen Brevard County Jail inmates drew a lucky job detail today at the Cocoa Beach Pier.  

Instead of staring at bars and bricks, the light and dark grey striped clothed inmates were able to enjoy the beach and bikinis while setting up the stage for the upcoming 26th Annual National Kidney Foundation Surf Contest which begins on September 1st and runs through September 5.