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.
Capt. Billy Rotne
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