Saturday, April 11, 2015

Cocoa Beach Surf & Fishing Report For April 11, 2015

Portugese Man-o-War

COCOA BEACH, Florida --  As of 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015, several jelly fish species (including Portgugese man-o-war) are 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. 

Seaweed: There is a slight amount of fresh seaweed onshore and in the water.

Sharks: Bonnethead and Hammerhead under 4 ft., Blacktip around 4 ft., and Spinner around 6 ft. have either been spotted or caught near-shore within the last week. 

Winds: From the southeast at 13 mph.

Near-shore current:  Slowly moving south. However, wind-driven wave swells and surface waters are moving to the northwest.

Breaking waves:  2-3 feet and bumpy.

UV Index: 10 (High)

Current Temps:  Water 77 F    Air 83 F

20 Mile Cape Canaveral Buoy:  2 ft. swell every 9 seconds.


FISHING FORECAST:

An outgoing low tide every morning after sunrise coupled with stormy weather  through next week will make for poor conditions for fishing at the jetties, inlets, pier, and surf until the third week of April.  The water is clouded and should become more so due to thunderstorms this week.

Spring fishing has arrived along with colonies of mating sand fleas that can be found up and down the beaches.  Whiting, Lady Fish, Pompano, and Jack are biting in the surf zone.  Sheepshead, Flounder and Black Drum can also be found near the piers and jetties. 


How to catch sand fleas (also known as mole crabs or sand crabs):


 
SURFING FORECAST:

Wave models predict wave heights under 3 ft. through next week.  

Cocoa Beach Tides:

Saturday
07:15 AM 0.4 ft Low
01:23 PM 3.1 ft High

Sunday
08:21 AM 0.3 ft Low
02:30 PM 3.2 ft High 


Monday

09:29 AM 0.2 ft Low
03:41 PM 3.3 ft High 


Tuesday

10:33 AM 0.0 ft Low
04:48 PM 3.6 ft High


 
BOATING FORECAST: 

VOLUSIA-BREVARD COUNTY LINE TO SEBASTIAN INLET 0-20 NM-
338 PM EDT SAT APR 11 2015

 
TONIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET WITH A
DOMINANT PERIOD 8 SECONDS. SMOOTH ON THE INTRACOASTAL WATERS.
CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH THE EVENING.

SUNDAY...SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET WITH A
DOMINANT PERIOD 8 SECONDS. A LIGHT CHOP ON THE INTRACOASTAL
WATERS. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING...THEN CHANCE OF
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON.
 
SUNDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 4 FEET
WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD 8 SECONDS. A LIGHT CHOP ON THE
INTRACOASTAL WATERS. SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE
EVENING. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
 
MONDAY...SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 4 FEET. A
MODERATE CHOP ON THE INTRACOASTAL WATERS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND
SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING...THEN SLIGHT
CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.
 
MONDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 4 FEET.
MOSTLY SMOOTH ON THE INTRACOASTAL WATERS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING...THEN SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS
AFTER MIDNIGHT.

TUESDAY...SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 4 FEET. A LIGHT
CHOP ON THE INTRACOASTAL WATERS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS.

TUESDAY NIGHT...SOUTH WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 3 FEET. CHANCE
OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
 
WEDNESDAY...SOUTH WINDS 5 KNOTS BECOMING SOUTHEAST IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 KNOTS. SEAS 2 FEET. CHANCE
OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
 

THURSDAY...SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 FEET. CHANCE OF
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.



SYNOPSIS FOR FLAGLER BEACH TO JUPITER INLET OUT 60 NM-
338 PM EDT SAT APR 11 2015

SYNOPSIS FOR FLAGLER BEACH TO JUPITER INLET FL OUT 60 NM

.SYNOPSIS...SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL PROVIDE FETCH LIMITED SEA STATE
ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST AS A WEAK FRONTAL BOUNDARY SAGS INTO
THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE. SCATTERED STORMS MOVING OFFSHORE...ESPECIALLY
NORTH OF SEBASTIAN INLET WILL CREATE LOCALLY GUSTY CONDITIONS
LATE TODAY. WINDS WILL BECOME EASTERLY SUNDAY AS A NEW HIGH
PRESSURE RIDGE BUILDS OVER THE WESTERN ATLANTIC. EXPECT MAINLY A
GENTLE TO MODERATE ONSHORE WIND FLOW THROUGH 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 THURSDAY APRIL 9TH:

42 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF PONCE INLET.
32 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF PORT CANAVERAL.
25 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF SEBASTIAN INLET.
17 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF FORT PIERCE INLET.
10 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF SAINT LUCIE INLET.