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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

1 Extra Spiny Lobster for 10 Lionfish during Florida Sport Season



PORT CANAVERAL, Florida -- This year's Florida Spiny Lobster Sport Season, also known as "Mini-Season," will have an added twist for divers on Wednesday, July 29 and Thursday, July 30, 2015. That's because divers will be able to keep one extra spiny lobster beyond the recreational bag limit if they catch 10 or more lionfish.

For more information on the Spiny Lobster Recreational Mini-Season, and details on how to qualify for the extra spiny lobster, visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission website.

PHOTO: Brevard Times / File

Cocoa Beach Surfing & Fishing Report For July 28, 2015


COCOA BEACH, Florida --  As of 7 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, southerly winds are creating small, choppy waves and clouded water.

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

Seaweed: A small amount of Sargasso seaweed is blackening and breaking up on the beach. 

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

Winds: From the south-southwest at 10 mph.

Near-shore Current:  A near shore current is moving northward.

Breaking Waves:  1-2 ft.  and choppy.

Rip Current Threat: Low to Moderate

UV Index: 11 (High)

Current Temps:  Water 77 F    Air 78 F

20 Mile Cape Canaveral Buoy: 2 ft. swell every 3 seconds.

COCOA BEACH TIDES:

Tuesday:
11:45 AM  Low
06:14 PM  High
 

Wednesday:
06:21 AM  High
12:36 PM  Low 


Thursday
07:15 AM  High
01:25 PM  Low


Friday
08:07 AM  High
02:14 PM  Low 

FISHING FORECAST:

Clouded water, light seaweed, winds over 10 mph, and the good timing of the high tides after sunrise  will produce average fishing conditions in the morning every day through Friday, except when thunderstorms pass through during those days. Croaker and Whiting remain the most popular catch. Jack are also biting in the surf zone. Sheepshead, Flounder, and Black Drum can be found near the piers and jetties. Nuisances: catfish, small sharks, and rays.

SURFING FORECAST:

Choppy waves under 2 feet Tuesday through Friday. 

BOATING FORECAST:


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

Today...Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 5 seconds. A moderate chop on the intracoastal waters. Numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms.

Tonight...Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 6 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the evening.

Wednesday...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 10 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Wednesday night...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. mostly smooth on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Thursday...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.

Thursday night...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Friday...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms.

Friday night...Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots becoming south 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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

Synopsis... A weak area of low pressure will shift into north Florida and south Georgia through late week while the Atlantic ridge axis remains south of the waters. This will cause a southwest wind flow to continue. Rain chances will remain above normal with strong wind gusts occurring in scattered-to-numerous offshore moving squalls and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon and evening.

Gulf Stream Hazards...none.

The approximate location of the west wall of the gulf stream based on the real time ocean forecast system from Monday, July 27th:

46 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet.

33 nautical miles east of Port Canaveral.

26 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet.

17 nautical miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet.

10 nautical miles east of Saint Lucie Inlet.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Cocoa Beach Surfing & Fishing Report For July 19, 2015


COCOA BEACH, Florida --  As of noon on Sunday, July 19, 2015, the ocean temperature has dropped into the mid-to-high 70's following the upwelling of cooler waters off of Brevard County, Florida this past week.

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

Seaweed: A small amount of Sargasso seaweed is blackening and breaking up on the beach. 

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

Winds: From the  south-southwest at 7 mph.

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

Breaking Waves:  2-4 ft.  and semi-glassy.

Rip Current Threat: Moderate

UV Index: 11 (High)

Current Temps:  Water 77 F    Air 87 F

20 Mile Cape Canaveral Buoy: 1.3 ft. swell every 8 seconds.

COCOA BEACH TIDES:

Sunday:
10:34 AM High
04:46 PM  Low

Monday:
11:15 AM High
05:26 PM Low

Tuesday:
11:57 AM High
06:08 PM Low

Wednesday:
06:36 AM Low
12:41 PM  High

FISHING FORECAST:

Semi-clouded water, light seaweed, upwelling and a drop in water temperature will produce above average fishing conditions for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.  Croaker and Whiting remain the most popular catch. Jack 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. Nuisances: catfish, small sharks, and rays.

SURFING FORECAST:

Waves semi-glassy, 1-3 feet Sunday through Wednesday. 

BOATING FORECAST:


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

Today...South winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots late in the afternoon. seas 1 to 2 feet with a dominant period 9 seconds. a moderate chop on the intracoastal waters. a chance of afternoon thunderstorms.

Tonight...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. seas 2 feet or less with a dominant period 9 seconds. mostly smooth on the intracoastal waters. isolated showers and thunderstorms in the evening.

Monday...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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

Tuesday...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Tuesday night...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Wednesday...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Wednesday night...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Thursday...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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

Synopsis...The Atlantic high pressure ridge axis will remain over south florida this week. This will maintain a prevailing gentle to moderate southwest breeze with a weaker south-southeast sea breeze forming near the coast each afternoon. Scattered offshore moving thunderstorms will be the primary marine hazard each afternoon and evening.

Gulf Stream Hazards...none.

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

50 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet.

32 nautical miles east of Port Canaveral.

24 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet.

19 nautical miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet.

15 nautical miles east of Saint Lucie Inlet.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Cocoa Beach Surfing & Fishing Report For July 12, 2015


COCOA BEACH, Florida --  As of 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 12, 2015, the ocean is saturated with organic matter which makes the water appear dirty, foamy, and smelly off of Cocoa Beach, Florida this morning.

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

Seaweed: A heavy amount of fresh Sargasso seaweed is on the beach and in the water along with some seafloor vegetation and animals which suggests that some upwelling has occurred recently.  



 
Upwelling occurs in the open ocean and along coastlines. According to NOAA, winds blowing across the ocean surface push water away. Water then rises up from beneath the surface to replace the water that was pushed away. This process is known as “upwelling.”


Water that rises to the surface as a result of upwelling is typically colder and is rich in nutrients. These nutrients “fertilize” surface waters, meaning that these surface waters often have high biological productivity.  Therefore, good fishing grounds typically are found where upwelling is common.

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 9 mph.

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

Breaking Waves:  0-2 ft.  and glassy.

Rip Current Threat: Moderate

UV Index: 11 (High)

Current Temps:  Water 82 F    Air 79 F

20 Mile Cape Canaveral Buoy: 1.6 ft. swell every 8 seconds.

COCOA BEACH TIDES:

Sunday:
11:29 AM Low
05:57 PM High

Monday:
06:06 AM High
12:22 PM Low  

Tuesday:
06:58 AM  High
01:11 PM  Low

Wednesday:
07:46 AM  High
01:58 PM  Low


FISHING FORECAST:

Clouded to dirty water, heavy seaweed, and the poor timing of the tides around sunrise will produce poor fishing conditions for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.  Croaker and Whiting remain the most popular catch. Catfish, Permit, and Jack 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:

Waves glassy and under 2 feet Sunday through Wednesday. 

BOATING FORECAST:


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

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

Tonight...South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 9 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters.

Monday...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. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Monday night...South winds 10 to 15 knots becoming southwest after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the
evening.

Tuesday...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. a light chop on the intracoastal waters. Scattered showers and thunderstorms moving offshore.

Tuesday night...South winds 10 to 15 knots becoming west after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 feet. isolated showers and thunderstorms. 

Wednesday...Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Scattered showers and thunderstorms moving offshore.

Wednesday night...Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Isolated showers and thunderstorms.

Thursday...Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots diminishing to 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. seas 2 to 3 feet. Scattered showers and thunderstorms moving offshore.

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

Synopsis...The Atlantic high pressure ridge axis will move south of the area into early this week. Prevailing flow will veer out of the west-southwest with increasing chances for offshore moving storms through the upcoming 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 Friday, July 3rd:

45 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet.

32 nautical miles east of Port Canaveral.

26 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet.

16 nautical miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet.

09 nautical miles east of Saint Lucie Inlet.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Cocoa Beach Surfing & Fishing Report For July 5, 2015

Foggy and Calm Ocean Conditions Off Cocoa Beach, Florida

COCOA BEACH, Florida --  As of 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2015, still winds and light fog are creating lake-like ocean conditions off of Cocoa Beach today.

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

Seaweed: Only a small amount of fresh Sargasso seaweed remains on the beach and in the water.

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 east-southeast at 2 mph.

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

Breaking Waves:  0-1 ft.  and glassy.

Rip Current Threat: Moderate

UV Index: 11 (High)

Current Temps:  Water 79 F    Air 77 F

20 Mile Cape Canaveral Buoy: 2.6 ft. swell every 8 seconds.

COCOA BEACH TIDES:
Sunday:
10:58 AM  High
05:03 PM   Low

Monday:
11:52 AM  High
05:58 PM   Low

Tuesday:
06:32 AM  Low
12:49 PM  High 


Wednesday:
07:32 AM  Low
01:49 PM  High


FISHING FORECAST:

Fishing is best in the early morning in order to avoid afternoon thunderstorms that are forecast Sunday through Wednesday. Clouded water, calm seas, light seaweed, and the good timing of the tides around sunrise will produce above average fishing conditions for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.  Croaker and Whiting remain the most popular catch. Catfish, Permit, and Ladyfish 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:

Waves glassy and under 2 feet Sunday through Wednesday. 

BOATING FORECAST:


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

Today...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Tonight...South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. Mostly smooth on the intracoastal waters.

Monday...South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Monday night...South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Mostly smooth on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Tuesday...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Tuesday night...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Wednesday...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Wednesday night...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Thursday...East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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

Synopsis...The Atlantic high pressure ridge will extend across the Central Florida peninsula through mid week, then lift north of Cape Canaveral by Thursday. This will result in a gentle south to southeast breeze which will allow the east coast sea breeze to form by early afternoon each day.

Gulf Stream Hazards...none.

The approximate location of the west wall of the gulf stream based on the real time ocean forecast system from Friday, July 3rd:

44 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet.

32 nautical miles east of Port Canaveral.

26 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet.

17 nautical miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet.

10 nautical miles east of Saint Lucie Inlet.

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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