Only a couple weeks left in 2016; we’re about to put the wraps on another great year of guiding and fishing. I’ve been a full-time fishing guide for 12 years now and have been blessed to fish with hundreds of people from around the country and experience some fantastic days on the water. This year has been no exception. Most recent we’ve been finding good action fishing for redfish, speckled trout and some black drum and snook. Sight fishing right now is the best it’s been all year which is producing some great days on the water.
Fishing for redfish in Mosquito Lagoon remains excellent. Clean water is present throughout the Lagoon and sight casting has been great. Redfish have been schooled up in much of Mosquito Lagoon tailing for shrimp and crabs. These fish are ranging from 4-10lbs and have been biting well on grass flats early before scattering as the morning wears on. Closer to New Smyrna Beach redfish remain pretty scattered in coves, shorelines and oyster beds. Spoons and soft plastic swim baits have worked well when throwing lures, shrimp and live mullet are producing when using live bait. As we get into January and water levels drop and it gets colder, we should start to see some big schools of fish form in sloughs and creeks.
Colder clean water is starting to push up some big female speckled trout onto shallow grass flats throughout Mosquito Lagoon and the North Indian River Lagoon. Higher water has them still a bit scattered though and not very concentrated. We’ve been seeing some giants in the 8-12lb range as of late. Smaller trout are still being caught scattered on sand bar edges and deeper flats. Live mullet are working well, in addition to soft plastic swim baits, soft plastic jerk baits, and popping cork with live shrimp.
Colder temperates and water are schooling snook up in deeper holes, creeks and channels around New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet. This is really my favorite time to target them as we can usually catch 20 or more per day when it’s on. Many of them will be 12-24” snook, but we routinely get some upwards and over the 30” mark. Live shrimp and soft plastic shrimp are top producers, but Sebile and Mirrodine twitch baits work really well too.
Only have about 5 days left open in December. January has been filling quickly early and late in the month, but I’ve got about 13 days left open. Winter fishing can be some of the best catching of the year! Don’t wait till last minute because my calendar is usually booked full. 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…