It’s been a little breezy this past week as spring blows it’s way into summer, but the calm days of May and June are just weeks away. Thankfully the wind does not impact our fishing so it just makes the day all the more pleasant as we start to get warmer temperatures. There is a brief period between now and July with calmer days and with low rain chances, it’s one of my favorite times of the year.
Around Ponce Inlet, New Smyrna Beach, and Daytona Beach, the inshore fishing has been good with catches of big bull redfish and some snook. The tarpon are starting to arrive now and will soon be here in larger and larger numbers. The fish are changing patterns and gearing up for a period of the year the bite can be really good.
Nearshore fishing off Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and the Ponce Inlet area itself is entering its season with big tarpon showing up, big jack crevalle, and one of my favorite light tackle fish to catch, false albacore tuna. The calmer periods to come will make this fishing accessible on most days of the week.
Mosquito Lagoon has still been fishing well on the calmer days for my light tackle spin and fly anglers with fish pushing on shorelines and in areas with vegetation. 4-8lb redfish and sea trout along with the occasional similarly sized black drum have been the primary targets. Every now and then we get opportunities at bull reds as well when we get lucky!
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Capt. Billy Rotne
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