Showing posts with label Surf & Fishing Report. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Surf & Fishing Report. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Fisherman Struck, Killed On Eau Gallie Causeway


MELBOURNE, Florida – A fisherman died as a result of injuries he sustained after being struck by a vehicle on the Eau Gallie Causeway (State Road 518) in Melbourne, Florida.


Around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, August 7, 2017, Melbourne Police Officers responded to multiple reports of a traffic crash involving a vehicle striking a pedestrian. The pedestrian sustained serious life-threatening injuries and eventually succumbed to his injuries while at the scene.

The westbound travel lanes of East Eau Gallie Boulevard between Riverside Drive and Pineapple Avenue were temporarily closed while Traffic Homicide Investigators conducted their investigation.

Melbourne police have not released the fisherman’s identity.

Eau Gallie Causeway is a popular spot for night time fishing and crabbing.

Image credit: Google

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Last Lowest Tide Of 2017 To See Satellite Beach Reef Rock


SATELLITE BEACH, Florida – The last lowest tide of 2017 will occur on Saturday, June 24, 2017, which will be a great opportunity to explore the reef made up of rare sabellariid worm rock in Satellite Beach, Florida, before it is covered with beach renourishment sand in late 2018 or 2019.


Saturday’s very low tide is due to a New Moon which is the counterpart of the Full Moon that brought ‘King Tides’ earlier in June. The -1.08 feet low tide will occur at 2:35 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

But don’t worry if you can’t make it to the beach on Saturday. Another, slightly less low tide (-0.99 feet), will occur on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at 3:28 p.m.

The rare reef’s diverse ecosystem is home to juvenile fish, green sea turtles, macro-algae, and mollusks.

Work is already underway on a barge located just offshore to lay down an artificial reef further out in deeper waters to replace the natural reef that will be covered up with sand during a $42 million beach renourishment project.

To explore the reef rock, free public parking is available at Pelican Beach Park, 1525 Highway A1A in Satellite Beach, Florida. There is also some public parking available on Shell Street located just south of Pelican Beach Park.


Photo and video credit: Brevard Times

Thursday, June 8, 2017

2017 Kids Free Fishing Clinic In Port Canaveral

Kid's Fishing Clinic At Port Canaveral, Florida

PORT CANAVERAL, Florida — Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling an appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the 23rd Annual Kid’s Fishing Clinic, organizers say.

This free clinic annually held by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2017,  at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal #3 located at 220 Christopher Columbus Drive in Port Canaveral, Florida. 

Registration for the clinic will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen, bag lunch, folding chair, and water.

 


The clinic enables young people between the ages of 5 and 15 to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, rod and reel selection, knot tying, tackle selection, fishing ethics, plus water and boating safety.

There will be environmental displays of local marine wildlife and aquatic “touch” tanks to offer participants a unique chance to experience Florida’s marine life firsthand.  Kids’ fishing clinics strive to achieve several goals, but the main objective is to create responsible marine-resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems.

Fishing equipment and bait will be provided for kids to use during the clinic, but organizers encourage children who own fishing tackle to bring it.  A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the one-hour clinic.

Kid's Fishing Clinic At Port Canaveral, Florida

The event is a photo catch-and-release activity, and an adult must accompany all participants.

Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should call Eric Griggs at 321-986-7596.


Photos: Brevard Times / File.

Friday, March 10, 2017

2017 Ron Jon Beach ‘N Boards Fest March 10-12


COCOA BEACH, Florida – The 5th annual Ron Jon Beach 'N Boards Fest will be held at Shepard Park from March 10-12, 2017, in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  The event offers a variety of activities including an array of board sports, product demos, a beach volleyball tournament, food trucks and team rider autograph signings.

Friday, June 17, 2016

2016 Kids Free Fishing Clinic In Port Canaveral

Kid's Fishing Clinic At Port Canaveral, Florida

PORT CANAVERAL, Florida — Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling an appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the 22nd Annual Kid’s Fishing Clinic, organizers say.

This free clinic takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 25, 2016,  at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal #3 located at 220 Christopher Columbus Drive in Port Canaveral. 

Registration for the clinic will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen, bag lunch, folding chair, and water.

 


The clinic enables young people between the ages of 5 and 15 to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, rod and reel selection, knot tying, tackle selection, fishing ethics, plus water and boating safety.

There will be environmental displays of local marine wildlife and aquatic “touch” tanks to offer participants a unique chance to experience Florida’s marine life firsthand.  Kids’ fishing clinics strive to achieve several goals, but the main objective is to create responsible marine-resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems.

Fishing equipment and bait will be provided for kids to use during the clinic, but organizers encourage children who own fishing tackle to bring it.  A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the one-hour clinic.

Kid's Fishing Clinic At Port Canaveral, Florida

The event is a photo catch-and-release activity, and an adult must accompany all participants.

Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should call Eric Griggs at 321-986-7596 or visit the Florida Sport Fishing Association Facebook page.


Photos: Brevard Times / File.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Brevard County To Remove Indian River Lagoon Fish Kill Dumpsters

Brevard County Fish Kill Dumpster

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – Dumpsters used to collect fish from a recent outbreak of brown tide and fish kills in Indian River Lagoon will be removed from five County park sites on Monday, signaling that coordinated efforts between county agencies and volunteers have helped eliminate much of the dead fish from the river’s shoreline and canals.

Areas between State Road 528 south to Eau Gallie Boulevard are where the majority of the fish were collected. The County coordinated a cleanup effort that involved several County departments, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Ag/Marine Unit and Brevard County inmates, St. Johns River Waterway Management and Keep Brevard Beautiful. Part of that effort included location of additional dumpsters at five park sites to make it convenient for drop-offs for property owners, volunteers and others involved in the lagoon relief effort.

On Monday, dumpsters put in place March 23 at Bicentennial Park in Cocoa Beach; Eau Gallie Boat Ramp, Melbourne; Kiwanis Island Park, Merritt Island; Kelly Park, Merritt Island; and POW/MIA at Pineda Causeway will no longer be available for collections of dead fish. Port Canaveral will also pull two dumpsters it had located off of State Road 528 as part of the cleanup response.

Indian River Lagoon Fish Kill Dumpster

Officials will continue to monitor the river, however. The fish kill was caused by algae blooms that depleted oxygen levels in the water. Earlier this week, Brevard County’s Board of County Commissioners also took steps to help the long term condition of the Indian River Lagoon, including:

A request for as much as $200 million from the state for muck removal

A request to streamline the permitting process for dredging and lagoon-related environmental projects

A request for state-mandated septic tank inspections when homes are sold

A proposal to increase the County’s Tourist Development tax on hotel rooms and short-term rentals from 5 percent to 6 percent, and dedicate that increase toward lagoon projects.

Commissioners also passed a resolution declaring the lagoon as one of the county’s highest priorities.

Keep Brevard Beautiful will continue to coordinate volunteer efforts as needed, and is always looking for volunteers. KBB can be reached at (321) 631-0501.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Dead Fish Wash Up On Cocoa Beach

Atlantic Bumper aka Hornbellies


COCOA BEACH, Florida – Although westerly winds have rid the beaches of stinging jellyfish over the last 48 hours, hundreds of dead fish are washing up along the beaches of Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

The fish kill is limited to just one species – the Atlantic Bumper which are members of the Jack family and known locally as Hornbellies, according to outdoor sports writer Ted Lund.


This is the second fish kill that Brevard County beachgoers have seen within the last 3 months after several cargo containers fell overboard from a barge that departed from Port Canaveral in early December. However, there has not been an official connection made between the Port Canaveral shipping accident and the recent fish kills.

“We can expect more of this sort of thing as cargo spills become a regular part of lives thanks to the aggressive industrialization plans underway at Port Canaveral,” Lund said.

“We still don’t know what went overboard, how much of it or where. This very well could be a time-release type situation where packaging or containers are breaking down overtime. The way thread herring or Atlantic bumper behave, it’s very likely they would see a submerged container as structure to congregate around, then they could fall victim en masse to any sort of chemical leak.” 

“Additionally, there have been hundreds or sick, dying or dead pelicans, gannets and shearwaters as well as an inordinate number of dead sea turtles.”


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Monday, February 15, 2016

U.S. Coast Guard Searches For Missing Florida Boater


UPDATE: Coast Guard Suspends Search For Missing Boater

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – The U.S. Coast Guard is actively searching for a missing boater after his boat was found earlier this morning on Indian Harbour Beach, Florida.
 
 

When 38-year-old Lloyd Chamberlain of Merritt Island, Florida was reported missing by a friend, Brevard County Sheriff’s deputies were able to locate Chamberlain’s boat near Millennium Beach Park by pinging his cell phone. 

Coast Guard crews, Florida Fish and Wildlife, and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office are searching an area that extends from Satellite Beach to Jetty Park in Port Canaveral, Florida outwards to a half-mile out to sea. 

Chamberlain departed from Port Canaveral around 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The National Weather Service in Melbourne had issued a Beach Hazards Statement due to a strong longshore current and rip currents that will remain in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory is also in effect through Tuesday morning.

As this video shows, winds and waves are creating chopping conditions off of Florida’s Space Coast this morning.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Space Coast Surfers Have Close Encounter With Right Whale


SATELLITE BEACH, Florida – A group of surfers where treated to more than a few good waves off the coast of Brevard County, Florida on Saturday. That's because a female right whale and her calf that had been lingering off of Florida Space Coast during the past few weeks decided to get a little closer to shore right at the wave break where the surfers were lined up.

Monday, February 1, 2016

March 2016 Tide Table For Cocoa Beach, Florida

An outgoing low tide at the Cocoa Beach Pier
An outgoing low tide at the Cocoa Beach Pier

Cocoa Beach Tide Prediction Table for March 2016 based upon data obtained from NOAA.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Right Whale Sighting Map

A Southeast U.S. right whale sighting map created by the North Atlantic Whale Consortium and NOAA fisheries.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Portuguese Man-of-War Jellyfish Stinging Beachgoers On Cocoa Beach


COCOA BEACH, Florida – Hundreds of stinging Portuguese Man-of-War that have washed up along the beaches of Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach over the last week (December 23 through December 31) are responsible for an increasing number of patients being treated by the Cocoa Beach Fire Department rescue crews and Brevard County Ocean Rescue lifeguards. 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Skydiving, Surfing Santas Splash and Crash On Cocoa Beach


COCOA BEACH, Florida – For the seventh year in a row, surfers donned red Santa Claus costumes and hit the waves off Cocoa Beach on Christmas Eve.
 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Hundreds of Stinging Jellyfish, Trash, Dead Fish Wash Up On Cocoa Beach

Portuguese Man-of-War

COCOA BEACH, Florida – Hundreds of stinging jellyfish have washed up along the beaches of Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach on Wednesday, December 23, 2015.
 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

SeaWorld Releases Sea Turtles Off Florida Beach

loggerhead sea turtle
Loggerhead sea turtle

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida –  On Wednesday morning, the SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team returned a 63-pound endangered loggerhead sea turtle measuring 23 inches long to its natural environment on Playalinda Beach at Canaveral National Seashore located off the east coast of Central Florida.  The large loggerhead spent more than 3-months at SeaWorld Orlando’s rehabilitation facility after a large fishing hook became embedded in its head.

Thousands of Dead Fish Wash Up On Brevard County Beaches


COCOA BEACH, Florida —  Thousands of dead fish have washed ashore on Brevard County beaches. 
 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

First Right Whales Of The Calving Season Spotted Off Florida


PONTE VERDE BEACH, Florida – The first North Atlantic right whales of the 2015-2016 migration season were spotted off Florida last week during the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission's (FWC) annual right whale survey.
 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Thousands of Coffee Cans Wash Ashore On Florida Beach

Columbia Elizabeth

INDIALANTIC and MELBOURNE BEACH, Florida – Thousands of Café Bustelo and Café Pilon coffee cans and packages washed up on beaches in south Brevard County, Florida early Tuesday morning. 
 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Florida Lifeguard Pulls Shark Back Into The Water – VIDEO

 

 
COCOA BEACH, Florida — Just after noon today, a shark approximately 5 feet long swam into less than 3 inches of water near where a large group of young children were playing in the sand.

A Brevard County Ocean Rescue lifeguard, Zach Cooney, came rushing down the beach to intercept the shark, witnesses say.  The lifeguard then grabbed the shark by the tail and pulled it back into deeper water where it was released (Despite young witnesses’ accounts, it was not a great white shark.)

The lifeguard was later joined by other lifeguards calling swimmers out of the water just south of the Cocoa Beach Pier to avoid the shark.  As seen in the video below, a bystander gives Cooney a pat on the back for a job well done.

The beach was crowded more than usual today due to the Space Coast Super Boat Grand Prix

According to his family’s website, cooneyworldadventures.com,  Cooney’s parents “sold virtually everything they owned to take their three teenage sons on an around the world trek,” in 2008.  Cooney appears to be a Steve Irwin “The Crocodile Hunter” of sorts during his globe trotting adventures.  Many of his Facebook photos show him straddling alligators, elephants, and posing right next to an uncaged lion. 

“The lifeguard that moved the shark is certified to handle alligators, so he was the obvious choice to safely mitigate the situation,” said Brevard County Fire Rescue spokesperson Donald Slayman.

As reported by Brevard Times in its surf report over the last few weeks, small sharks have been spotted chasing bait fish into the shallow surf.

Brevard County surpassed Volusia County as the #1 county in Florida for shark attacks.  Florida remains the #1 state in the U.S. for shark attacks.

PHOTO / VIDEO : Brevard Times

Florida Surfer Saves Drowning Sea Turtle (VIDEO)



COCOA BEACH, Florida — A surfer came to the rescue of a loggerhead sea turtle that was tangled in fishing lines just south of the Cocoa Beach Pier this afternoon.