As we make our way through summer, we are enjoying some great days on the water catching a variety of fish both inshore and nearshore. The ocean is at its calmest of the year and the weather is beautiful almost every morning this time of year followed by our daily afternoon thunderstorms that happen after we get off the water. We have been taking full advantage of that pattern to target all the fish species the summer season has to offer.
Nearshore fishing off of New Smyrna Beach has been a daily focus with shots at drag screaming false albacore tuna that we sight fish out of blitzing schools with light tackle 10lb spinning gear. We also look every day for groups of migratory tarpon that are moving up the east coast of Florida through the summer. We have been catching some great fish into the 100lb class and hopefully the best of the tarpon fishing is yet to come as we go through August.
Inshore fishing around the Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach area has been fun with some nice redfish and snook being caught after we get back inshore from fishing the beaches in the morning. We have still been catching a few bull reds as well on some days and that fishing will also get even better as we head into the next few months.
Down in Mosquito Lagoon on the south side of New Smyrna Beach, the fishing has still been good for trout and redfish but we have been spending more time around the inlet and nearshore areas because that seasonal fishing is at its peak.
The dog days of summer are definitely here in the New Smyrna Beach area and the fishing has been as hot as the weather! We have been enjoying the beautiful weather we get almost every morning and finishing our days before the daily afternoon thunderstorms roll in to cool everything down. We have been catching some awesome fish lately and almost every day on the water is a great day of catching.
In the Ponce Inlet area on the north side of New Smyrna Beach, we have been catching some big snook, redfish, tarpon and false albacore tuna. Occasionally we are getting some nice jacks as well. Fishing a little inshore and nearshore lets us mix up our day and target a number of different species that summer offers. The ocean is at its calmest this time of year and we take full advantage of it!
Inshore we have been getting some nice redfish as well and will continue to have chances at these fish through the summer. A few snook are spread around as well and we have seen some marauding schools of jacks attacking mullet throughout the system.
In Mosquito Lagoon just to the south of New Smyrna Beach, we have still been able to sight fish some nice reds and trout with fly and light tackle. A few schools of fish and some single cruisers have been mixed around. We have also been catching some good numbers of trout on bait but generally we try to sight fish when possible.
Capt. Billy Rotne
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