New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet Area
New Smyrna Beach fishing takes place on the Indian River and in the north end of Mosquito Lagoon. The area has a regular tidal flow and is filled with deep creeks and channels, mangrove covered islands, oyster bars, causeways, and bridges. The Indian River Lagoon begins here at Ponce Inlet and extends 150 miles south. New Smyrna Beach fishing charters are minutes from Daytona Beach, Palm Coast, and Orlando.
New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, and Oak Hill are Indian River Lagoon waterfront cities located in Southeast Volusia County. New Smyrna Beach is actually the third oldest city in America. The area was home to the Timucuan Indians for over 2,000 years. At the north end of Mosquito Lagoon in New Smyrna, you will see a few ancient Timucuan indian shell mounds along the water’s edge. During the prohibition era, several islands in the north end of Mosquito Lagoon were home to stills and hideouts for alcohol smugglers.
New Smyrna Beach Fishing
New Smyrna Beach Redfish are year round residents in the tidal creeks, on oyster bars, and mangrove island shorelines. During the late summer and fall, Ponce Inlet redfish school for their annual spawn at the Inlet and in the Intercoastal Waterway around New Smyrna Beach. Trophy bull redfish over 40 inches in length and weighing 20-50lbs are routinely caught during this time frame. Sight casting redfish schools dominate New Smyrna redfish charters, with the opportunity to catch dozens of redfish with lures, fly tackle and live bait.
Fishing for New Smyrna Beach Tarpon can be a year round opportunity with resident juvenile fish in the tidal creeks, channels, and Spruce Creek. The summer months mean fishing for lots of giant Ponce Inlet tarpon. During this time waves of tarpon over 100lb’s move up the nearshore beaches and into the New Smyrna Beach backwaters. On Ponce Inlet tarpon charters you can cast jigs, plugs, flies, and live bait for schooling, rolling, and laid up tarpon.
New Smyrna Beach Spotted Sea Trout are another world class fishing opportunity. The New Smyrna Mosquito Lagoon area has numerous trophy speckled trout approaching 30 inches in length and weighing 10lbs or more. The average trout here around oyster bars, docks, and hidden grass flats is 1-4lbs. Gator trout in the Oak Hill area of Mosquito Lagoon is a famed fishing ground for lure anglers and live bait fisherman using pigfish, mullet, and croakers.
Living on the northern fringes of their known habitat range are Ponce Inlet Snook. Years of mild, warm winters have substantially increased New Smyrna snook populations. During select times of the years it’s not uncommon to catch 20 or more snook per day around New Smyrna Beach, Spruce Creek and north portions of Mosquito Lagoon. Average snook in the area range from 1-10lbs and can be found along shorelines, docks, bridges and Ponce Inlet.
While those 4 are the main targets on New Smyrna Beach fishing charters, you also have numerous opportunities to catch sharks, mangrove snapper, flounder, sheepshead, and grouper. Fishing the Ponce Inlet area gives you an excellent opportunity to complete an inshore grand slam. New Smyrna fishing is a year round opportunity, however, season, tide and moon phases may dictate better fishing times.
New Smyrna Beach Fishing Charters
New Smyrna Beach fishing charters take place in and around the Ponce Inlet area, the headwaters of the Indian River Lagoon, or in the extreme northern portions of the Mosquito Lagoon. Capt. Lemmon guides fly fishing and light tackle lure and live bait anglers for the chance to complete a grand slam in these waters. The remoteness of these backwaters only minutes away from the beachside is a highlight of all New Smyrna fishing charters.
Capt. Nathaniel Lemmon is a New Smyrna Beach fishing guide and professional angler who lives full-time in the local area and primarily fishes and guides these waters. While there are many who advertise their services as a New Smyrna guide, very few actually live and/or fish there. Read Capt. Lemmon's monthly updated New Smyrna Beach fishing reports to see what's biting in all areas around New Smyrna, including the north portions of Mosquito Lagoon, Ponce Inlet, and the nearshore beaches. Also check out New Smyrna Beach fishing pictures.
New Smyrna Beach fishing charters are only minutes from Daytona Beach, Palm Coast and Orlando. New Smyrna fishing with Capt. Nathaniel Lemmon originates from one of 5 launch locations in the Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach area. If you are staying local he can pick you up at the nearest dock to your location, including JB’s restaurant.