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

May 3, 2024

Don’t blink or the year is gonna be over! May is here and summer is about to start here in Central Florida. Sounds cliche to say it’s one of the best year in a while…but it’s truer than ever in 2024. Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River Lagoon are fishing like days of old with the most fish numbers since around 2017 (in my humble opinion). Every day sight fishing is possible and grass flats are like they used to be. Closer to Ponce Inlet to the north, things are heating up for snook and redfish after months of giant chopper bluefish at the inlet and in spots throughout the Intracoastal Waterway. Tarpon are starting to show a little and won’t be long till the big ones arrive this summer. Better get on the calendar because it’s slammed busy till after Labor Day now. Only a handful of open dates for May, June is half way booked, July is fulling up. Don’t wait or you gonna miss out on what I consider the best and easiest months to catch a lot of fish every day!

Recently I have been creating videos about the past month of fishing…talking about the bite and sharing some recent photos of client catches. You can find these videos on my Youtube Channel. Be sure to check them out and if you like the video’s give them a thumbs up and subscribe to the channel.

Redfish been the hot ticket the last couple weeks in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon. Shrimp and baitfish are piling up on the grass flats and we’re finding schools big and small up shallow. We’ve been mostly sight casting with right conditions and catching has been on fire with every trip this past week seeing double digit redfish days with the lower water levels. Bigger bull redfish over 40” are starting to school at Ponce Inlet, in New Smyrna Beach and on deeper flats in the Mosquito Lagoon and the North IRL. Bite gets red hot for the giant reds from June through October with multiple catches every day. Simply catching too many on the shallow flats right now to spend a lot of time waiting for the big ones to wanna bite.

Snook bite was red hot during the past month in Mosquito Lagoon up into backcountry waters in Oak Hill and Edgewater. We caught a bunch of bigger snook up to 34” with a ton of smaller ones. That bite now has shifted further north into New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet where it should stay decent all summer and into the fall. We usually always find the best snook fishing the rest of the year fishing live bait at the deeper structure areas…docks, jetty, bridges, etc.

Fishing for speckled trout in Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River Lagoon is getting pretty good and about to be on fire for the next few months. May and June are historically when we catch the biggest gator trout of the year! We routinely catch 20+ speckled trout a day over the next couple months and there are usually plenty in the 20-25” range with some giants upwards of 30+ inches. We’ve had a few in the 26-29” range during the past couple weeks.

Still some black drum schooled up by the hundreds in a few places in Mosquito Lagoon. We pretty much been sight casting them when the sun is up high and to change up the day with another species. Been pretty easy to catch several and move on. Tarpon are starting to get more active lately seeing a few rolling around. Should get really active in the next few weeks for juveniles in the 10-30lb range. The big ones 60-100+lbs usually start to show up in June and July.

Summer bookings are going fast, only handful of open dates for May and June The next 4 months are the biggest months of the year and all will be fully booked!!! Don’t wait till the last minute as the summer is our peak busiest time of year! Text me or call me at 386-212-4931 or even 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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