With cooler air and water temps back, fishing is starting to fall into a winter time pattern. Fishing in the Indian River has been improving for Sea Trout, with plenty of fish populating mangrove shorelines and docks with some depth, as well as the flats and drop-offs. DOA and Gulp shrimp have been effective, as have Mirrodines and suspending Yo-Zuri 3D baits. Fly fishermen can rely on Clouser Minnows, Seaducers, and Polar Fibre Minnows. Redfish are still plentiful, but have been a bit trickier with the clearer water. Tossing DOA CAL jigs along the mangroves has been effective, and flies such as the Rattle Shrimp have gotten it done. Snook have been a bit lethargic in the colder water, with afternoon sessions on warmer days being the better bet. Surf fishing has benefitted from the west winds of late, with the Pompano bite getting better, mostly with sand fleas. Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and Jack Crevalle have all been pretty active, with spoons and jigs catching the most fish, and fly fishermen catching plenty on Clouser Minnows. The inlets have been fishing really well for Snook at night, both on flare jigs and pulling plugs, and Tarpon have showed up when the weather gets a bit nasty. Offshore, the Sailfish bite has been off a bit, but the colder temps should spark that, and Kingfish and Dolphin have saved the day of late. With the clearer water, Snapper fishing has also improved. Good luck out there, and have fun!
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Synopsis: A fresh northerly breeze behind a cold front will produce poor to hazardous boating conditions today and tonight. Winds will gradually become onshore and diminish through late week as a large high pressure ridge builds across the southeast U.S., allowing seas to slowly subside. A strong low pressure system will move across the Gulf Coast and north Florida this weekend with winds and seas building ahead of this system. The low will drag a strong cold front across central Florida by Sunday night, and will likely be preceded by numerous fast moving showers and strong to possibly severe storms. Winds and seas will increase behind the cold front Sunday night.
.GULF STREAM HAZARDS…North winds increasing 20 to 25 knots and seas building to 7 feet today.
The approximate location of the west wall of the Gulf Stream based on the Real Time Ocean Forecast System as of Thursday, December 5th.
45 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet. 31 nautical miles east of Port Canaveral. 25 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet. 18 nautical miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet. 10 nautical miles east of Saint Lucie Inlet.
NNW wind around 15 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. Sunny. Seas 1 to 2 ft.
N wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly clear. Seas 1 to 2 ft.
NE wind around 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 1 to 2 ft.
Variable winds 5 kt or less. Partly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
ENE wind 5 to 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
E wind around 10 kt. Mostly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
SE wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
ESE wind 10 to 15 kt becoming S after midnight. Mostly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
S wind 15 to 20 kt becoming SW in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 kt. Showers and thunderstorms likely. Seas 1 ft or less.
Tides for Vero Beach (ocean) starting with December 5, 2018.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 5 High 6:09 AM 4.3 6:58 AM Rise 5:14 AM 6
5 Low 12:10 PM 0.5 5:26 PM Set 4:34 PM
5 High 6:16 PM 4.1
Th 6 Low 12:26 AM 0.0 6:59 AM Rise 6:11 AM 2
6 High 6:53 AM 4.3 5:27 PM Set 5:16 PM
6 Low 12:55 PM 0.5
6 High 6:59 PM 4.1
F 7 Low 1:09 AM 0.0 6:59 AM Rise 7:08 AM 0
7 High 7:35 AM 4.3 5:27 PM Set 6:01 PM
7 Low 1:37 PM 0.5
7 High 7:40 PM 3.9
Sa 8 Low 1:50 AM 0.0 7:00 AM Rise 8:02 AM 0
8 High 8:15 AM 4.2 5:27 PM Set 6:49 PM
8 Low 2:18 PM 0.5
8 High 8:19 PM 3.9