COCOA BEACH, Florida -- As of 7 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, jelly fish, including Portuguese Man-o-War, are present in the water throughout Cocoa Beach from Coconuts on the Beach northward to Jetty Park in 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.
Sargasso seaweed is heavily present on the beach and in the water.
Winds are from the east-northeast this morning around 13 miles per hour and are forecast to increase later in the day.
A strong near-shore current is moving south.
Breaking waves are 3-4 feet and choppy this morning.
The water is cloudy this morning.
We are reaching the tail end of the mullet run. Small schools of only about 2-3 dozen mullet per school are occasionally present in the surf. The sea floor has been churned up pretty good over the last week by winds and waves - resulting in holes and sandbars. Don't set up your gear when you first hit the beach. Take the time to walk up and down the beach to spot sandbars and bait fish activity.
The last several days have not been good for surf fishing due to winds, seaweed, and cloudy water. Winds are not expected to shift from the west and clear the seaweed out until next week. If you really want to go fishing this upcoming weekend, fish from Jetty Park or Sebastian Inlet to avoid the seaweed.
Redfish are swimming in packs after mullet schools and biting on live or dead finger mullet. Sea Trout, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Whiting, Bluefish, Flounder, Jack are biting mullet and the occasional Pompano are being caught with shrimp. Snook are being caught with mullet at night and in pre-dawn hours. Ladyfish, catfish, and small sharks remain the nuisance catch this week.
There is a moderate UV index of 4.
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Current Temps: Water 74 F Air 75 F
20 Mile Cape Canaveral Buoy: 4.3 ft. swell every 9 seconds.
120 Mile Cape Canaveral Buoy: Adrift.
Cocoa Beach Tides:
09:04 AM High
03:12 PM Low
09:43 AM High
03:53 PM Low
10:23 AM High
04:35 PM Low
Brevard County Boating Forecast:
COASTAL WATERS FROM VOLUSIA BREVARD COUNTY LINE TO SEBASTIAN INLET OUT 20 NM- 426 AM EST WED NOV 20 2013 ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON... .TODAY...EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS INCREASING TO 20 TO 25 KNOTS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 7 TO 10 FEET WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD 8 SECONDS. ROUGH ON THE INTRACOASTAL WATERS. NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. .TONIGHT...EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS INCREASING TO 20 TO 25 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 7 TO 10 FEET WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD 8 SECONDS. ROUGH ON THE INTRACOASTAL WATERS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS. .THURSDAY...NORTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 6 TO 8 FEET WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD 12 SECONDS. CHOPPY ON THE INTRACOASTAL WATERS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS. .THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 5 TO 6 FEET. A LIGHT CHOP ON THE INTRACOASTAL WATERS. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. .FRIDAY...EAST WINDS 15 KNOTS. SEAS 5 TO 6 FEET. A MODERATE CHOP ON THE INTRACOASTAL WATERS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL 426 AM EST WED NOV 20 2013 ATLC COASTAL WATERS FROM FLAGLER BEACH TO JUPITER INLET OUT 60 NM AMZ500-202245- SYNOPSIS FOR FLAGLER BEACH TO JUPITER INLET OUT 60 NM- 426 AM EST WED NOV 20 2013 .SYNOPSIS...A FRONTAL BOUNDARY WILL REMAIN NEARLY STATIONARY OVER THE CENTRAL PENINSULA TODAY THEN GRADUALLY DISSIPATE. A LARGE AND RATHER STRONG HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE OVER THE EASTERN U.S. WILL PRODUCE A FRESH NORTHEAST TO EAST BREEZE THROUGH LATE WEEK... CAUSING HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS FOR SMALL CRAFT. WINDS AND SEAS WILL DIMINISH ON SATURDAY...BUT THE NEXT COLD FRONT WITH AN ACCOMPANYING NORTHERLY WIND SURGE IS FORECAST TO SWEEP THROUGH THE WATERS ON SUNDAY. .GULF STREAM HAZARDS...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS AROUND 20 KNOTS INTO THURSDAY. THE APPROXIMATE LOCATION OF THE WEST WALL OF THE GULF STREAM BASED ON THE REAL TIME OCEAN FORECAST SYSTEM ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20TH... 45 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF PONCE INLET. 32 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF PORT CANAVERAL. 29 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF SEBASTIAN INLET. 18 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF FORT PIERCE INLET. 14 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF SAINT LUCIE INLET.