The winter season is here in the New Smyrna Beach area but the last week or so has been unseasonably warm. That should change soon as we push further into December and get stronger cold fronts. We have a year round fishery here with a good bite almost always happening somewhere between our flats fishing and inshore/nearshore options depending on the time of year.
As we enter winter, our focus shifts to flats fishing in the Mosquito and Indian River Lagoons. This expansive flats fishing estuary lies just on the south side of New Smyrna Beach. Winter brings clear water and good sight fishing opportunities for redfish, black drum and sea trout. These species remain active during the coldest period of the year here in Florida which isn’t too cold comparatively to the rest of the US but still changes our fishing patterns in positive ways. Our fishery offers great opportunities for both fly and spin fishing anglers.
Inshore and nearshore fishing around New Smyrna Beach isn’t something we focus on much as we head into winter. We have caught some nice fish recently but after the beginning of December we generally transition to lagoon fishing to take advantage of the winter opportunities. We will be back to fishing these areas in just a few months when our winter season ends and our warm water species once again arrive.
Capt. Billy Rotne
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