As we transition into the “winter” months here along the coast of east central Florida, great fishing opportunities remain strong! Our winters can be chilly some days, but we can also have extremely pleasant conditions to fish on many other days. The fish bite either way!
In the New Smyrna Beach area, the bull redfish bite continues to be strong with many anglers catching some great fish over the last couple weeks. As we progress into the cooler portion of winter, these fish, along with the snook, will begin to move to areas they prefer to overwinter. Big black drum are also arriving for the winter season with some of these fish weighing in at over 60lbs!
Back country fishing in Mosquito Lagoon just to the south of New Smyrna Beach will start to be a good option again as winter brings cooler temperatures and low, clear water. Sight fishing for 4-8lb redfish on fly and light tackle is one of the other highlights of this time of year. Large schools of black drum will also be a good option over the next few months.
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Just when we thought hurricane season was over, we got an unusual November storm. Thankfully it didn’t cause any damage to the boats and fishing is getting back to normal this week.
Redfish and snook are both around in the New Smyrna Beach area and will feed well through November. There are still some tarpon around as well but the amount of time they remain here will be dependent on how our next few cold fronts impact water temperatures. When things are right, the tarpon can feed hard before pushing on with their winter migration towards the Caribbean.
Mosquito Lagoon just to the south of New Smyrna Beach has had some really high water levels after our first hurricane, they started to drop but came back up again after this more recent storm. They should drop over the next few weeks and the fishing should be good for spin and fly anglers looking to sight fish as we head into December.
As fall fishing enters the stretch of its last month, great opportunities at several species are available. Cooler and less humid weather has arrived in central Florida and this is one of the most comfortable times of the year in the New Smyrna Beach area.
Big bull redfish are still the specialty of our fishery and the primary target through the month of November. Large numbers of migratory fish are still in the area and eagerly searching for food before it’s time to return to the ocean. The great fishing and comfortable weather can make this a special month to fish.
In addition to redfish, we do have the occasional opportunity at snook and tarpon. These species may or may not be available on any given day, it just depends on conditions and bait availability.
In Mosquito Lagoon just to the south of New Smyrna Beach, water levels have dropped some since last months hurricane rains and the fishing has also been pretty good for hungry redfish along shorelines.
Capt. Billy Rotne
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