Cape Canaveral to Sebastian Inlet
May 29, 2007
Melbourne - Saltwater Fishing Report
East Florida Surf Fishing Report for: Cape Canaveral to Sebastian Inlet
Strong winds have been the dominant factor for anglers throughout our area for several months, and conditions only seem to be deteriorating. This holiday weekend, a record number of beach goers were rescued from pounding surf and rip currents along Brevard County beaches. Six foot seas and 25 knot sustained winds are not inducive to finding fish along our coast. Anglers are strongly encouraged to take care if attempting to fish right now due to the swift undertow.
I keep thinking, surely, soon, the winds will subside. East Florida will settle back into a typical summer pattern of afternoon easterly winds with calmer morning and evening periods. However, I am reminded of our severely dry and windy summer of 1998 when we had the worst drought and wildfire season in 50 years here along the Space Coast. I can only hope we aren't in for that kind of misery again this year.
My surf recommendation: Wait for these strong winds to subside and watch for the surf to clear up. Murky, sandy conditions are fairly common after a strong, persistent blow and are good for targeting little else than sharks. (Don't swim in these conditions either) Once the surf starts to turn somewhat green again, try morning periods, when winds will be their lightest. Good numbers of big whiting are generally best during the months of May and June and should be available once weather conditions permit fishing. Remember, whiting prefer fresh cut baits, such as mullet, shrimp, clam or live sandfleas.
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