Weekly fishing Forecast by Local Lines charters for May 18th, 2015.. Covering Merritt Island Refuge, The Lagoons, Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral, and the Space Coast's offshore waters. Well; first I apologize! I got so wrapped up in NoFill NoKill, my B-day, and non-stop charters. That I neglected the Local Lines forecast last week. For those that did hit the water; it was windy as you know. The bite has been steady and solid fish are frequent visitors on my daily trips. The topwater bite has been spectacular, and that’s always a good time. Lots of stuff rolling on the conservation front; Interview’s, Articles, “Meetings” with port managers, and prepping for a rally/protest! Please be aware of the port’s plan and find ways to help at this link No Fill No Kill.
This week’s forecast:
In-shore Get out those topwater plugs folks.. Fish them early and later when the sun is low. Walking-the-dog is the way to go. Sure chug bugs and other inline plugs work, but to really call them in you need to get that side-to-side. Tons of plugs do it! Some easier than others! Lighter winds and an uptick in moisture as we head into the weekend could get those tarpon poppin, so check your favorite backwater “flow” area. A bit of wind is forecasted over the holiday weekend, but don’t shy away from those windy shores. The turbulent water can put fish on the bite for sure.
Near-Shore Well the winds have made it tough, but a few days of reprieve are upon us. The wind and seas are looking good with an uptick in both for Sunday and Memorial Day. Friday has the potential to be epic Near-Shore kayak conditions (hint: I’m open) with grass floating in. Tripletail and tarpon should be good bets; along with mixed bag fishing in the bait pods. If you haven’t had a chance to get on the Mahi fishing then this weekend should be good. Go for the far run to get away from the crowds. North will typically get less pressure than south. It’s going to be busy at the ramps with the “official” start of summer so be prepared and just go with it. Everyone’s there for the same reason; some just get to do it more often. Offer help, but don’t impose if needed. It can be done tactfully!
Everyone have a fun and safe Memorial weekend. Be sure to get your summer trip booked.
Open Dates this week: 5-22(Fri.), 5-23(Sat.) Plus have plenty of evening openings, and that bite has been spectacular.
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