As we enter the second half of summer, two things can be hot: the fishing and the weather! Thankfully our summer temperatures around the ocean tend to be cooler than the dog days around the rest of the country.
We have had a little more choppy conditions nearshore off New Smyrna Beach this summer than most years, making it a bit more challenging to get to where fish like our big migratory tarpon live. We do still get a few days each week that have been nice and with that should come opportunities at tarpon feeding on the types of bait they like. False albacore tuna have been a fun target most days as well.
Inshore fishing around the New Smyrna Beach area has been good for redfish with clients landing several big fish on most trips. There have been snook around as well but they’ve been moving a lot as their mid summer spawn has ended.
Mosquito Lagoon has been fishing pretty good with reasonable clarity to sight fish for reds, snook and sea trout. Hopefully we hold on to that clarity for the fall season.
The dog days of summer roll on as we dodge the occasional rain shower and catch big fish!
Between now and the end of August, we get some of the calmest ocean conditions of the year. These calm seas allow us to spend time nearshore searching for tarpon, false albacore, sharks and big jacks off the Ponce Inlet area. We have hooked some nice fish out there lately and the conditions should stay stable for some time as long as we don’t have any tropical systems in the area.
Fly and spin fishing in Mosquito Lagoon remains an option. We have had some good grass growth this year in many areas and the fishing has reflected that.
Inshore fishing in the New Smyrna Beach area will remain a good option for the next 6 weeks through the beginning of our fall season. Big redfish are great targets this time of year to compliment some nearshore fishing, and we have been catching some nice snook as well.
Summertime is one of my favorite times of year to fish this area. We have opportunities at some of our favorite species like tarpon, albies and snook, along with our year round species like redfish. The past week has been spot on for our summer patterns with these species all being quite active.
July and August offer some of the calmest weather conditions of the year allowing us to target nearshore species on most days. Cruising up and down the coast off New Smyrna Beach can produce a variety of opportunities.
Inshore fishing in the New Smyrna Beach area has been good for bull redfish and some tarpon. When the tides and conditions are right, big snook can be a fun target as well.
Mosquito Lagoon just to the south of New Smyrna Beach has had a little less water clarity but it’s still fishing decently on the days with good sunshine and calmer winds.
Capt. Billy Rotne
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