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Brevard County Beaches - Surf

Beth Sinclair
August 7, 2008
Melbourne - Saltwater Fishing Report

While I'd like to report that fishing has been great, I have to be truthful. This entire past month, fishing along Brevard County beaches, has been off. With the acception of the Port Canaveral area, and down around Sebastian Inlet, there really hasn't been much going on.

Most anglers are blaming the cold water upwelling, and I'm sure that has something to do with it. Baitfish, mostly glass minnows, have been qute abundant in the first 100 feet of the surf - and you can find pelicans, terns and other seabirds diving on them most any morning, however, not much else is chasing them.

We're still finding Atlantic croakers in the surf, but not of the large size or in the numbers that we were two months ago. A few whiting and a bunch of baby pompano are roaming between the breakers as well, with some of the whiting reaching a pound. All the pompano are under-sized. The only reason I'm finding them at all is that I've been giving quite a few cast net throwing lessons for my clients. Three inch long pompano are quite cute!

I'm almost willing to bet that the next weather system that brushes by us will stir up the fish, hopefully for the better. So keep an eye on the weather channel and check out the beach if our winds pick up, or a tropical system starts to brew.

We should start seeing mullet migrating south in the next few weeks, which will turn everything around. Watch for little schools of finger mullet cruising in the breakers in the next couple of weeks, where snook, jacks, mackerel and tarpon are likely to be stalking them.

Target Species:

snook, tarpon, jack crevalle, pompano, whiting, mackerel

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