As our winter season pushes on, we have been really enjoying some great weather and fishing. The special thing about the New Smyrna Beach area is that we have great options year round that offer different types of fishing. Regardless of the weather condition, we can have great days on most days during the winter season.
Most of our fishing has been taking place in the Mosquito Lagoon area which begins on the south side of New Smyrna Beach. This remote area is one of the few untouched areas along Florida’s east coast. The scenery and the wildlife goes hand in hand with the fishing.
We have been having some great days with both spinning tackle and fly rods, doing a combination of sight fishing along with a few other techniques. The bite for redfish, black drum and sea trout has been pretty good lately so we’ve been having a lot of fun.
The New Smyrna Beach area itself has also been productive for some of our winter species like sheepshead along with a few bull reds hanging around.
The last few weeks of fishing has brought seasonal change to the New Smyrna Beach and Mosquito Lagoon area. We had some very cold winter weather along with the rest of the country in the last week of 2022. Thankfully it’s warmed back up nicely but that changed the fishing patterns a lot.
The New Smyrna Beach area has been less of a focus for us after this cool down as many of our warm water species like snook had to hunker down and a lot of the redfish and other species moved to their winter time feeding areas. We have shifted our approaches and remained successful with some great days on the water.
Much of our fishing recently has been down in Mosquito Lagoon about 10 miles south of New Smyrna Beach. The cool down clears up the water in many areas and can make the bite quite good for redfish, trout and black drum. We have been catching these fish consistently over the last few weeks and had some really fun days doing it. Big migratory black drum have been an option on some days with fish up to 40lbs! Sight fishing has also been really good with groups of fish tailing and feeding several different ways. This is one of the best times of year for sight fishing with both spin and fly tackle.
Capt. Billy Rotne
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