It sure feels like summer lately around New Smyrna Beach as we push through the month of May and enjoy some great fishing along the way. We are still in our dry season with very little rain which makes for great water clarity and great weather on most days. This pattern should hold on for a while longer before we get into the dog days of summer.
Most of our fishing continues to take place in Mosquito Lagoon which is on the south end of New Smyrna Beach. The water has been nice and clear with good sea grass coverage and lots of bait. The fish have been active and the sight fishing has been great with lots of reds, trout and some black drum. There have been some snook around in some areas too. These fish have been really cooperative for both spin and fly anglers alike making for some great sight fishing.
Around the Ponce Inlet area on the north side of New Smyrna Beach, we have been finding some bigger bull redfish along with a few snook. Some of the nearshore fish like false albacore tuna that we have been waiting for have arrived and on the nicer days we will definitely be out looking for them. Sight fishing these drag burners on 10lb test or light fly tackle is a ton of fun. Tarpon will be here soon as well!
Our beautiful early summer weather has been here this past week with some really nice and sunny days. Pleasant temperatures and low relative humidity along with low changes of rain makes it very comfortable to fish this time of year around New Smyrna Beach. The bite has been good and it’s just been a lot of fun to be on the water.
Mosquito Lagoon is our renowned flats fishery that’s just south of Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach. Ponce Inlet is the headwaters for this shallow water lagoon that runs 33 miles down the coast all the way to NASAs Kennedy Space Center. The sight fishing lately for redfish, trout, and black drum has been very good. Some snook have also been in a few areas we fish. This is perfect fishing for fly and light tackle anglers.
The New Smyrna Beach area has been fishing well also with larger reds and snook activity during lower light periods around sunrise. Tarpon and false albacore tuna could give us some opportunities this month as a lot of our warm water species begin to arrive and get active.
This is a great time of year to fish for all of our fisheries options so take advantage of the early summer conditions!
Capt. Billy Rotne
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