Fall fishing has arrived in full in the New Smyrna Beach area and with the drop in humidity, you can literally feel it in the air! Comfortable temperatures, much less rain chances, and great fishing are what fall in central Florida is about.
Bull reds are one of the main highlights of fall fishing. Large numbers of oceanic fish gather in accessible areas and provide some of the best fishing of the year. Snook fishing is also at some of its best quality of the year, and the mullet run also gives us intense fishing for ravenous large jack crevalle.
Nearshore off of New Smyrna Beach, on the days without northeast winds, we still have occasional chances at tarpon. October is typically our last tarpon month of the year in the New Smyrna Beach area, but when opportunities present themselves, we are quick to take them!
Sight fishing in Mosquito Lagoon, which is the flats fishing estuary at the south end of New Smyrna Beach, remains a fun option with good water clarity in some areas and fish feeding in their fall pattern style giving us opportunities with fly and spin tackle. Redfish and sea trout are the main targets in the fall but we do see snook sometimes as well as black drum.
As the winds shift from westerly to northerly and the air feels noticeably cooler and less humid, the fall seasons has quickly arrived in New Smyrna Beach. The comfortable break from the hot and humid summer days brings with it one of my favorite seasons of fishing. Fall fishing can be some of the most productive of the year for resident species like redfish and snook.
Around the Ponce Inlet area on the north end of New Smyrna Beach, the fish will gather in certain spots over the next couple months. This area will be very productive for redfish, snook and the occasional tarpon as we push into the mullet run season. This type of fishing can be very exciting with all types of action and feeding happening.
With summer ending, we shift our focus from nearshore off of New Smyrna Beach to inshore fishing as most of our nearshore species will be following the mullet migration or they have left the area for the winter such as our false albacore tuna.
Inshore flats fishing in Mosquito Lagoon on the south end of New Smyrna Beach has remained an option throughout this summer and we have seen some great improvements in the grass flat habitat. The fishing tends to be productive enough around the inlet area that we don’t focus as much on the flats fishing during the fall but we will still do some trips in this area.
Mid summer has brought some of the best warm weather fishing we have seen this year with good catches of redfish, snook, albies, jacks and tarpon. The fish have been very active and the tarpon have especially been a lot of fun. The fishing should remain fun through the rest of summer and into fall.
Around the Ponce Inlet area which borders the north end of New Smyrna Beach, the fishing has been good with slightly cooler water than inshore which keeps the fish a little more active during the hottest parts of the day. We have been getting some nice reds and snook on the majority of days we are targeting them. The inlet area will remain strong through the summer and fall season.
Nearshore fishing off New Smyrna Beach has been a lot of fun with migratory tarpon pushing through along with schools of jacks and albies. Targeting the big tarpon with light tackle is one of my favorite types of fishing that we do each year. The rest of August should give us some great tarpon days each week.
Inshore fishing is still a good option on the rare summer days where the winds aren’t letting us spend as much time fishing nearshore. Redfish and snook have both been around in many of the areas we fish. Hot water temps limits some of their activity so we tend to target them when the tide and conditions are appropriate.
Mosquito Lagoon has still been fishable but we are spending most of our time in the bay boat this time of year as the fishing is just so much better in the places we fish the bay boat.
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.
The hot days of summer have finally arrived in New Smyrna Beach but the temperatures aren’t the only things that can be hit with great fishing occurring over the summer season. Calm morning conditions can provide us with nearly perfect weather on most mornings and flat sea conditions to allow the enjoyment of our nearshore fishing.
In Mosquito Lagoon which lies at the south end of New Smyrna Beach, we have been catching some nice reds, trout and occasional black drum. Sight fishing for fly and spin anglers remains the main focus on our trips but we can also use other techniques when conditions require. Either way, on most days, we are catching some really nice fish.
The New Smyrna Beach area has been giving us good shots are big redfish and occasionally some tarpon and snook. These fish will remain active throughout the summer season and often compliment our nearshore fishing.
Nearshore opportunities off New Smyrna Beach are here with large schools of false albacore tuna to target with 10lb test light tackle setups. These fish can make blistering runs are up to 20-30mph and make reels produce sounds few have heard before! Tarpon fishing is also heating up with a couple different type of opportunities to target them depending on the day. In addition to these species, we also see big jack crevalle occasionally which are always a welcome catch.
Summer has arrived in the New Smyrna Beach area and one of our most fun seasons of fishing is upon us. With a number of options for fishing, we take full advantage of the season and do a lot of both inshore and nearshore fishing. Warm weather and calm conditions most days really make for a great time to fish.
Around New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet, some of our favorite species have arrived and are beginning to give us opportunities at catching them. This includes tarpon, false albacore tuna, and bigger jack crevalle. These fish all pull very hard and are first class game fish that are sure to put a smile on any anglers face. We have several months of these species ahead of us and I couldn’t be more thankful that they are back on our to do list. We have also been catching some nice redfish and snook as well around these areas so we have a good game plan to do multiple things in most days.
Mosquito Lagoon, our flats fishing estuary on the south end of New Smyrna Beach, continues to look good for sight fishing shallow flats for redfish, sea trout and black drum. The water has stayed nice and clear this year and we have seen a lot of sea grass growth. All this sets us up for some great flats fishing for our shallow water species with both fly and light tackle spin. This is personally some of my favorite fishing and I truly enjoy sharing the experience of exploring this remote area with my clients.
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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!
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.
Capt. Billy Rotne
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