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Ponce Inlet ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.2
Consistency of Surf: 2.9
Difficulty Level: 2.1
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.2
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 2.9

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Ponce Inlet break guidePhoto by: Eddie

Ponce Inlet Surf Guide

Ponce Inlet in North Florida is a fairly exposed beach/Jetty break that has consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the southwest. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. The beach breaks favour rights. Best around high tide. A popular wave that can get growded. Watch out for rips, rocks, locals and sharks.

Ponce Inlet Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeach/jettyIcon  s32.9
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
22.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Ponce Inlet:

The best conditions reported for surf at Ponce Inlet occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Ponce Inlet (for consistent clean waves)?

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Ponce Inlet with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 7% of the time in February while 9% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 84% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
7%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
9%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
84%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Ponce Inlet Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 24 November 2020, 04:05 Local Time
Tuesday 24
4AM7AM10AM1PM
Wave (m) 1.4
NE
1.4
NE
1.3
ENE
0.9
E
Period (s) 8 8 7 9
Wind (km/h) 15
NE 15
ENE 15
ENE 20
E
Wind State on on cross-
on
cross-
on

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Swell History at Ponce Inlet

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Wind History at Ponce Inlet

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Ponce Inlet Reviews:

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Ratings
Based on 13 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s32.9
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s33.2
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s32.9
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s22.1
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s22.2
  • Crowds:Icon  s22.5
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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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JP from United States
“Fishin' the jetty

If you plan to be there in the early morning or evening; then bring some insect repellent, or be prepared to suffer from a million little noseeum (sandfly) bites.

Strong current with lots of rocks. Use heavy line and bring a landing net with a long pole, if you have one. Use a "sacrificial leader" or "breakaway leader" for your weight, and be prepared to lose some tackle.

Good live baits: small pinfish, mullet, crab, threadfin herring (greenbacks), menhaden, sandcrabs, and shrimp of course

Good artificials: gulp peeler crabs, gulp shrimp, jig head with funky color grubs, gotcha plugs

What you'll catch: sheephead, red drum (redfish), black drum, grouper, flounder, blues, occasional snook, mackerel, many others

Locals' Tips:

Great light tackle setup: Use 40lb braid connected to 18" of 40-60lb mono leader. Connect your braid to your mono using a properly rated black swivel. If you get hung up on rocks; tighten your drag, drop your rod tip, pull back slowly, a foot or two at a time...using the setup described, the hook on your tackle will straighten and release before your line will break.

For big bull drum: use a heavy weight and leader and at least a 5.0 hook, take a crap, break off legs and claws, peel shell off to expose crab meat, hook through leg sockets on one side of crap. Cast and wait.

Jig head combo: try a 1/2oz chartreuse jig head with a gulp "natural" shrimp...these have white bellies and dark green flake body. Work VERY slowly, hopping along bottom.

If anyone tells you that one spot is better than another, or to stay between buoy markers, don't listen to them. The fish are there, and they're everywhere!”

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