Fishing in Mosquito Lagoon and around New Smyrna Beach has been excellent over the past month. It’s been bunches of big speckled trout, decent numbers of redfish, with some scattered snook here and there. What we are catching seems to be dictated around water levels…when it’s been up it’s lots of trout, when it’s low it’s been in favor of redfish. Summer is quickly passing us by and school will be starting soon…don’t miss out on last minute summer vacation trips!!!
Fishing in Mosquito Lagoon during the last month produced a tremendous amount of big speckled trout brought to the boat. We boated three giant trophy size trout over 30 inches, one of which went over 10 pounds. In addition to those we caught dozens of spotted sea trout between 25-29 inches. Higher water levels have produced a better bite for the big ones. Live bait like pigfish, croakers, and live mullet will produce more and bigger fish every day hands down with at least 10-20 trout every day. Topwater plugs, suspending plugs, and soft plastic jerk baits will catch some fish too. The speckled trout bite won’t wind down till later in the fall so you still have plenty of time to catch a big one!
We’ve been fishing for redfish around New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet and Mosquito Lagoon recently. Our redfish numbers are down considerably the past couple years, so some days it takes a bit more work to find a good group of them. They were schooled really well when the water was low early in July. Lately they water has been a bit high so they are more widely scattered. Bigger bull redfish have been on the move towards Ponce Inlet for their annual spawn. When the tides have been right we’ve landed a few over 30 pounds. August through October gives some of the best chances of the year to land a big bull red. Live bait like blue crab, pigfish, mullet and cut ladyfish will give best chance of catching redfish. Soft plastics will work when throwing lures.
Fishing for Snook in New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet has been hot one day and cold the next. We might find a few bites one day and then none the next. Docks, bridges, and deeper shorelines along the ICW are top places to find a snook during the summer time. Live bait like shrimp, pinfish, pigfish, croakers will be sure to draw a snook’s attention. Snook are spawning during the summer so it’s catch and release for the next month or so. Decent numbers of juvenile tarpon are scattered all around from Ponce Inlet to the southern end of Mosquito Lagoon. Most of them are in the 20-30 pound range but more bigger fish over 50 pounds are starting to show up every day. Opportunities to catch a tarpon will last through the early part of October and then they will quickly vanish when the cold fronts get started.
Over half of August is booked, I’ve got about 13 days remaining open and September dates are starting to fill up as well. Don’t wait till this last minute to schedule a trip. I take last second scheduling if I have open days. Call me at 386-212-4931 or email to secure a date. Read my fishing charter page to view the top reasons why you should book your trip with me today. I look forward to fishing with you soon…