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New Smyrna Beach Area - Indian River Lagoon - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

July 13, 2022

It’s been another epic summer! The better news, you’ve still got about 2.5 months to get in on the action because it won’t slow down till the first cold fronts arrive in October! Want to catch that trophy redfish of a lifetime? Want to catch a grand slam of redfish, snook and speckled trout in the backwaters of the Mosquito Lagoon? Want to try for a tarpon around Ponce Inlet and Daytona Beach? All those are on the menu right now and quite probable to catch for the next couple months. Only a few dates left open for July. Limited availability for August and September. Call, email or text to find out dates and how to get on my calendar!

Giant trophy redfish continue to be the best thing to fish for around New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet and down into Mosquito Lagoon. We’ve had an outstanding spring and summer…not one charter since early April have we tried and not caught at least one redfish over 40”. Quite a few days lately have seen us put a hook in 8-10 giant bull reds. It’s only getting better as more of these trophy size redfish show up to get in the spawning schools. Catching usually gets insane as we get into August and September. Some years we catch them all the way into mid November. Smaller redfish under 30 inches are around in pretty decent numbers in the shallow water of Mosquito Lagoon. Most recently we’ve done well sight casting with live bait and fly tackle as we have some good water clarity for picking off fish cruising shorelines. We often can pick up snook and speckled trout in the process.

In the backwaters of Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River Lagoon there’s been good fishing for speckled trout. More recently we’ve started to get some really big ones in the 25-30 inch range. Many of the speckled trout we catch right now are in the 18-24 inch range. Most trips are seeing 10-15 speckled trout landed. Bite should stay consistent for another month or two. For speckled trout, we are fishing live bait exclusively.

Snook fishing is really picking up steam in the backwaters around Ponce Inlet, Daytona Beach, and the north end of Mosquito Lagoon. Most of the time we are finding them schooled up with redfish and big trout which means you have excellent above odds chance at catching a grand slam every day (redfish, snook and trout). There are some trophy size giant snook around Ponce Inlet and the usual bridges and structure areas in deep water. We routinely catch the biggest snook of the year in August and September. Snook season is catch and release until September 1.

Tarpon are here in the deeper waters around New Smyrna Beach and down into Mosquito Lagoon. Variety of sizes from 20-100+ pounds. Can target them on a variety of live baits and lures.

Have just a few dates open for July. August and September have about 12-15 dates still available in each. Text message or call me at 386-212-4931 or send me an 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.

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