April has been a rather unpredictable month when it comes to weather around New Smyrna Beach, but thankfully the fishing has been much more predictable. We have had windy and cloudy days more days than we haven’t, but that hasn’t stopped us from having some really good catching. This unpredictable weather pattern will settle over the coming weeks as we enter May and our summer time calm weather period.
The fishing in Mosquito Lagoon on the south side of New Smyrna Beach continues to be our primary focus. We have had some fun days sight fishing in the clear water that’s in most areas of the lagoon. Big reds, sea trout, black drum and some snook have been around in many areas. Fly and light tackle are both great methods for targeting these fish.
The Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach areas are entering their prime season and we will be targeting the warm water species very soon including tarpon, snook, false albacore tuna and big jack crevalle. These species are coming into season as we enter summertime and get the calm conditions it brings. We will also have some great opportunities at big redfish on many days as well.
Here in New Smyrna Beach, the interim season between the last days of spring and the first days of summer can bring some of my most looked forward to fishing opportunities. Baits begin to move again, warm water species become active, and we enter a period of the year with fishing we have long awaited during the winter. During this transitional period, we still get the lower humidity and pleasant temperatures of spring but we also begin to enjoy the fruits of summer.
In Mosquito Lagoon a few miles to the south, the fishing continues to be a lot of fun lately. We have some great grass growth, happy fish and pretty awesome sight fishing opportunities. Fly and spin anglers have had great shots and cruising and tailing redfish and black drum with the occasional trout mixed in. There have been a few snook around as well as it warms up and they come out of their winter hiding spots.
The New Smyrna Beach area itself has also entered the warm water season with snook and reds giving us opportunities on most days. The fishing in this area will stay active as we continue through summer.
The nearshore fishing we have off the New Smyrna Beach area is very close to entering its season as well. We will soon have tarpon, false albacore tuna and big jack crevalle giving us chances on the days we get off the beach. These species are always a lot of fun to catch for both novice and skilled anglers and we have been eagerly awaiting their arrival.
Spring time patterns are now in full effect in our area of central Florida. Warm days with pleasant temperatures are the norm and thankfully we are still in our dry season so rain hasn’t been an issue either. The fishing has been a lot of fun and lots of good stuff is on the horizon for our fishing options.
In the Mosquito Lagoon area just to the south of New Smyrna Beach, sight fishing for redfish and black drum has been good lately. We’ve been getting some really nice fish using a few different techniques with sight fishing using fly and spin tackle being the most rewarding. Water clarity remains good and we’re seeing some healthy looking sea grass growth.
The New Smyrna Beach area is gearing up for the warm water season with reds and snook showing some good activity which will only get better in the coming weeks. It won’t be long before the tarpon are cruising the coast along with false albacore tuna. This type of fishing is also one of my favorites and I can’t wait for the fishing that’s right on the horizon for us.
Capt. Billy Rotne
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