What a fantastic spring we had fishing coastal inshore waters in Central Florida. Fishing in Mosquito Lagoon and around the New Smyrna Beach area was incredible for snook, redfish, speckled trout and black drum. In the last 2 months, I only had 3 trips not catch an inshore grand slam. It was certainly one of the best March and April stretches I’ve ever had. Great news is the bite has continued through the first week of May. In fact, the next four to five months will produce some of the best trout and redfish catching of the year with dozens of fish boated each day. Don’t miss out and wait…summer months are the most booked months of the year!
Fishing for snook in the New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet area has been the best catching around the last few weeks. There were numerous days with 15-20 snook landed in just a couple hours. Live shrimp, live baitfish, topwater plugs and soft plastics have worked well as of late. Warmer summer months will now scatter the fish quite a bit. For us that means not as many caught per day, but usually the ones we do get are bigger fish. Snook season will be closing soon, so that means it’ll be all catch and release for the summer spawning months.
Mosquito Lagoon redfish have been pretty active during the mornings over the past couple weeks. We’ve had some great days sight casting redfish tailing in schools and singles floating over Mosquito Lagoon grass flats. Live shrimp, cut baits, soft plastics, and spoons have all been working. Almost all these fish range from 3-10 pounds. There’s some bull redfish over 20 pounds around but not in great numbers. That should pick up steam as we head into the summer spawning months.
Fishing for spotted sea trout in Mosquito Lagoon or the New Smyrna Beach backwaters is really starting to ramp up and it’ll be insanely awesome by the time I write this report next month. Our summer baitfish are just starting to show up and these are the baits we need to practically guarantee 20+ trout every day. May, June and July are the best months of the year to catch giant gator trout with some trout measuring over 30 inches. We’ll catch dozens over the next few months over 25 inches. If your goal has been to catch a big speckled trout, make sure you get reserved on my calendar before we get into August. We are at the tail end of the spawning months for black drum.
During the past week there have been a couple massive schools of hundreds of drum in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon. The one school I’ve been fishing has nobody else targeting them and they are all 20-40 pound fish. We don’t spend a bunch of time on them, but they make for great sight casting to wrap up our morning.
There’s a bunch of tarpon that just got active in the last 5-10 days. All of them are our resident tarpon and range from 10-40 pounds. They are still a little lethargic it seems and not super interested in biting. Give it 2-3 more weeks and we’ll start to cast to them every morning. We won’t catch a bunch, but can usually get a bite or two to start the day.
Not a whole lot left open for May but do have about 8 days remaining open. June and July are the two busiest months of the entire year. Each already has multiple days booked. They will be slammed packed so don’t wait to schedule trips till the last minute. I take short notice trips if I have availability. Text me, call me at 386-212-4931 or even send 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…