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Winds are blowing out of the North at 5 mph, gusting to 6 and there is a light chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning but chances of showers and thunderstorms increase after 1:00 p.m. today. Chances of afternoon showers and thunderstorms are predicted through the weekend but the seas look promising for our boaters. That’s a good thing, they may have to go hunt down some fish, get out early.
Fishing forecasts from everyone is slow to fair, depending on the area. Florida Today sportswriter and fishing guru Ed Killer didn’t have much exciting news to report this week either, the bite is slow everywhere this time of year. Ed reported even the offshore bite is slower due to pockets of cold water which is common in the summer as well. Don’t despair, we’ve got Snook season opening September 1st and the fall mullet run coming. Don’t forget the Snook surf fishing workshop at the SISP Fishing Museum tomorrow from 1:00 – 3:15.
Summertime is boating time. The US Coastguard has a free app to help boaters improve boating safety. Features of the app include: State boating information, safety equipment checklist, free boating safety check requests, navigation rules, float plans and calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity. When location services are enabled, users can receive the latest weather reports from the closest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather buoys as well as report the location of a hazard on the water. The app is not intended to replace a boater’s marine VHF radio; it was designed to provide additional boating safety resources for mobile device users. The app is self-contained, so personal information is stored on the phone and is not sent to the Coast Guard unless the user chooses to send it. To download the app, search “Coast Guard boating safety” in either the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Our photos today are courtesy of Dennis Sherrill of Palm Bay who sent in the photos of his son Brandon and grandsons Carter and Cooper. Dennis recently purchased 22′ Pathfinder and wasted no time getting the entire family out for a little fun. The family fished west of the bridge last weekend. On the last hour of the incoming tide, they landed some fish. All fish were landed on live mojarra. Photo one features 6 year old Carter with his first Snook! Carter landed the C/R Snook with a little help from his dad. What a nice catch, great job Carter!
Photo two features 3 year old Cooper with a Mangrove Snapper. Grandfather Dennis helps him hold the fish in the photo. Nice catch Cooper!
Have a great weekend and be sure to send in your photos and fishing updates!