Space Coast Weekly Fishing Report

What's biting, where, and how to get one on your hook

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With 72 miles of coastline, an estuary system that runs the length of the county and lots of freshwater to explore, Brevard County has some of the most diverse opportunities to catch fish in the state of Florida.

Each week we will bring you reports from local professionals as well as folks that just enjoy being out on the water. Look for updates every Friday for the upcoming weekend and into the following week.

If you have a photo of you or a family member holding the catch of your life feel free to post it on the Destination Brevard Facebook Page. Let everyone know how your latest fishing adventure went.

Fishing forecast for November 22nd - 29th

Weather Outlook- Temperatures will be in the low to mid 70's and not really any chance of rain this forecast period. The seas are a totally different story as you may not want to head anywhere in a boat that doesn't have Indian River in the name because the ocean is going to be rough with 6 - 10 ft seas expected through the weekend.

 

North Brevard

With water temperatures continuing to drop, fishing has been more active on the flats after the sun has had a

Central Brevard

With the ocean staying pretty calm for the foreseeable future it is a pretty good time to get out and try your luck along the beaches of Central Brevard. There are pods of baitfish in the water and if you see pelicans working over one of these pods then it sure wouldn't hurt to toss a bait in that general direction. You can expect catches of black drum, croaker, reds, and whiting but you can count on getting a suprise or two on every trip. Your best bet is to tie on either a shrimp or piece of cut clam.

If your looking to fish in the Indian or Banana Rivers you can look forward to decent catches of trout and redfish if you can get to the canals in Cocoa Beach or work your way through the mangrove maze of the Thousand Islands especially if you are able to get out early in the morning or later in the day.

South Brevard

The bite at the Inlet has been pretty consistant this week and you can look for that trend to continue. Bluefish, jacks, mangrove snapper, pompano, redfish, snook, small tarpon, spanish mackerel, trout and whiting are all possibilities. Bring plenty of bait just in case the pods of baitfish aren't present when you get there.

The flats just south of the Inlet have been one of the hottest spots for trout for almost a month. The bite is still going on, so hit the flats early in the morning or just before sunset.

Offshore

With the ocean laying down pretty well for the next few days you might be able to go a little farther offshore and then you can set out your spread and wait for some of the dolphin that have been hanging around to make an appearance. You never know with something else will come along and tear through your baits when you venture offshore at this time of year.

Closer inshore you'll find kingfish roaming anywhere from just off the beach to 100' and there have been some pretty big tarpon spotted along the beaches. A few bonito have been caught from anglers fishing the jetty at Sebastian over the past couple days and more have been spotted around the Inlet.

For those of you wanting to take a swing at bottom fishing then you can look forward to bringing up a few black sea bass (gotta throw 'em back), a black or red grouper, plenty of red snapper (you'll want to get those back in the water ASAP since you can't keep them) and some triggerfish.

Freshwater

Get on the water early in the morning or later in the afternoon when the fish will be more active as they are trying to avoid the heat of the middle of the day. And if you want to try your luck at landing a pretty good sized bass and then walk a few feet and go for a snook or possibly a tarpon then head down to the spillover on the C-54 Canal east of Babcock St in south Brevard County.

Regulations for fish commonly caught in Brevard County

Species/ Minimum Size Limits/ Closed Season/ Daliy Recreational Bag Limits/ Notes

Amberjack, Greater- 28" fork Atlantic; 30" fork Gulf/ no closed season in the Atlantic/ 1 per harvester per day.

Billfish- Sailfish 63"; Blue Marlin 99"; White Marlin 66"/ no season in the Atlantic/ 1 per harvester per day aggregate bag limit/ Measured tip of lower jaw to fork. All landed fish must be reported to NOAA within 24 hours 800-894-5528 or hmspermits.noaa.gov. HMS permit required in federal waters.

Black Drum- Not less than 14" or more than 24"/ no closed season in the Atlantic/ May possess one over 24". Snatching prohibited.

Bluefish- 12" fork/ no closed season in the Atlantic/ 10 per harvester per day.

Cobia- 33" fork/ no closed season in the Atlantic/ 1 per harvester or 6 per vessel per day, whichever is less/ To sell or exceed the daily bag limit follow commercial regulations.

Dolphin- 20" fork/ no closed season in the Atlantic/ 10 per harvester per day, not to exceed 60 per vessel per day/ To sell or exceed the daily bag limit follow commercial regulations.

Flounder- 12"/ no closed season in the Atlantic/ 10 per harvester per day/ May be harvested by spearing. Snatching prohibited.

Gag Grouper- 24" Atlantic/ Closed Atlantic & Monroe County Jan. 1–April 30/ 1 per harvester per day Atlantic/ No more than 1 fish may be Gag or Black Grouper, either individually or in combination in Atlantic. Included within the 3 per harvester per day Grouper aggregate bag limit. Zero daily bag and possession limit for captain & crew on for-hire vessels.

Grouper, Black- 24” Atlantic/ Closed Atlantic & Monroe County Jan. 1–April 30/ 1 per harvester per day Atlantic/ No more than 1 fish may be Gag or Black Grouper, either individually or in combination in Atlantic. Included within the 3 per harvester per day Grouper aggregate bag limit. Zero daily bag and possession limit for captain & crew on for-hire vessels.

Grouper, Red- 20" Atlantic/ Closed Atlantic & Monroe County Jan. 1–April 30/ 3 per harvester per day Atlantic/ Included within the 3 per harvester per day Grouper aggregate bag limit. Zero daily bag and possession limit for captain & crew on for-hire vessels.

Mackerel, King- 24" fork/ no closed season in the Atlantic/ 2 per harvester per day/ Bag limit reduced to 1 in some state waters when federal waters are closed to all harvest. Check www.MyFWC.com/Fishing for most current regulations prior to fishing.

Mackerel, Spanish- 12" fork/ no closed season in the Atlantic/ 15 per harvester per day/ Transfer of Spanish Mackerel to other vessels at sea is prohibited.

Permit- Not less than 11" or more than 22" fork/ no closed season in Brevard County/ ; 2 per harvester per day/ May possess 1 over 22" fork length.

Pompano, Florida- 11" fork/ no closed season in the Atlantic, 6 per harvester per day

Red Drum (Redfish)- Not less than 18" or more than 27"/ no closed season in the Atlantic/ 1 per harvester per day

Sea Bass, Black- 12" Atlantic/ no closed season in the Atlantic/ 15 per harvester per day

Shark- 54" fork for all sharks except Atlantic sharpnose, blacknose, blacktip, bonnethead, finetooth and smooth dogfish/ no closed season for permited species/ 1 per harvester or 2 per vessel per day, whichever is less/ Hook and line gear only. PROHIBITED SPECIES It is unlawful to harvest, possess, land, purchase, sell, or exchange the following species: Atlantic Angel Shark, Basking Shark, Bigeye Sand Tiger Shark, Bigeye Sixgill Shark, Bigeye Thresher Shark, Bignose Shark, Caribbean Reef Shark, Caribbean Sharpnose Shark, Dusky Shark, Galapagos Shark, Lemon Shark, Longfin Mako Shark, Narrowtooth Shark, Night Shark, Silky Shark, Sand Tiger Shark, Sandbar Shark, Sevengill Shark, Sixgill Shark, Smalltail Shark, Spiny Dogfish, Whale Shark, or White Shark.

Sheepshead- 12"/ no closed season in the Atlantic/ 15 per harvester per day/ Snatching prohibited.

Snapper, Gray (Mangrove)- 10"/ no closed season in the Atlantic/ 5 per harvester per day/ Included within 10 per harvester per day Snapper aggregate bag limit.

Snapper, Lane- 10"/ no closed season in the Atlantic/ Included within 10 per harvester per day Snapper aggregate bag limit Atlantic.

Snapper, Mutton- 16"/ no closed season in the Atlantic/ Included within 10 per harvester per day Snapper aggregate bag limit.

Snapper, Red- 12" Atlantic/ 2 per harvester per day/ Included within 10 per harvester per day Snapper aggregate bag limit. Note: Check www.MyFWC.com/Fishing for most current regulations prior to fishing.

Snook (all species)- Not less than 28" or more than 32" Atlantic/ Dec. 15–Jan. 31; June 1– Aug. 31 Atlantic/ 1 per harvester per day/ Snook permit required for harvest when saltwater license required. Illegal to buy or sell snook. Snatch hooks and spearing prohibited.

Spotted Seatrout- Not less than 15" or more than 20" except one fish over 20" per person/ closed November and December/ 4 per harvester per day/

Tarpon- no size limit/ no closed season in the Atlantic/ 2 fish possession limit/ Requires $50 tarpon tag to possess or harvest. Snatching and spearing prohibited.

Tripletail- 15"/ no closed season in the Atlantic/ 2 per harvester per day/ Hook & line gear only. No snatch hooks.

Wahoo- no size limit/ no closed season in the Atlantic/ 2 per harvester per day/ To sell or exceed the daily bag limit, follow commercial regulations.

 

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