Fishing for Pompano in the surf has been excellent of late, both on sand fleas and goofy jigs. Bluefish have also been plentiful, with some Spanish Mackerel mixed in, both taking spoons pretty reliably. In the Indian River, redfish have been plentiful, but the clearer water has made them a bit more difficult. The 2 3/4″ size DOA Shrimp have produced the best, with Storm Mangrove Minnows also performing well. With the impending cooler temps, Sea Trout fishing should fire back up along the drop offs and deeper mangrove shorelines, with Yo-Zuri Suspending Twitchbaits and Mirrodines being safe bets, as well as DOA CAL shad tail jigs. The inlets are still producing Snook at night on flare jigs, but remember the season is still closed. Offshore, Sailfishing has been pretty hit or miss, but hopefully this cold blast will spark things a bit. Kingfish have been pretty plentiful in the 90 ft. range, caught mostly on slow trolled live bait.
Synopsis: A dry cold front will bring a surge of northwesterly winds and deteriorating marine conditions into the local Atlantic waters today. Winds will diminish and veer to the northeast by Thursday afternoon, then to the east northeast on Friday as high pressure builds across the Deep South and the Gulf of Mexico. However, seas will remain enhanced through late week as the northeast winds push a moderate swell into the local Atlantic.
GULF STREAM HAZARDS…Northwest winds increasing to 15 to 20 knots today. Seas building to 5 to 7 feet this afternoon.
The approximate location of the west wall of the Gulf Stream based on the Real Time Ocean Forecast System as of Saturday January 5th.
38 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet. 25 nautical miles east of Port Canaveral. 23 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet. 17 nautical miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet. 10 nautical miles east of Saint Lucie Inlet.
Northwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet with a dominant period 7 seconds. A moderate chop on the intracoastal waters.
Northwest winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with a dominant period 6 seconds. Choppy on the intracoastal waters.
North winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. A moderate chop on the intracoastal waters.
North winds 10 to 15 knots diminishing to 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Seas 4 to 6 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters.
Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet. A moderate chop on the intracoastal waters.
East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet.
Tides for Vero Beach (ocean) starting with January 9, 2019.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 9 Low 3:24 AM 0.0 7:13 AM Rise 9:41 AM 6
9 High 9:45 AM 3.5 5:44 PM Set 9:00 PM
9 Low 3:51 PM 0.4
9 High 9:55 PM 3.2
Th 10 Low 4:01 AM 0.1 7:13 AM Rise 10:16 AM 12
10 High 10:22 AM 3.3 5:45 PM Set 9:51 PM
10 Low 4:30 PM 0.4
10 High 10:36 PM 3.0
F 11 Low 4:40 AM 0.3 7:13 AM Rise 10:50 AM 18
11 High 11:00 AM 3.2 5:45 PM Set 10:43 PM
11 Low 5:11 PM 0.4
11 High 11:21 PM 3.0