School just let out for the year, which means summer is upon us. June is one of my most favorite months of the year. We’re still catching big trout and big redfish, but now big tarpon are starting to move into our area. Summer baitfish have returned which means I am running live bait charters nearly every day with pigfish and other choice baits. In addition to the those noted species above, we are also catching some flounder, jack crevalle, and bluefish. It’s been an incredibly year for charters, and with June nearly full booked and July over half way booked, that looks to continue for the summer.
Had the great pleasure to team up with my son again for the annual Fishstock inshore tournament in New Smyrna Beach. It’s a 2-day redfish and trout combined tournament. We caught a ton of redfish and trout over the two days and took home a 3rd place overall finish (4th place in trout, and 12th place redfish).
We’re still catching some big trophy Speckled Trout, but not as many as earlier in the month. We caught several big trout in the 5-8lb range in May, but the big fish of the month was an 11lb’r we caught at the beginning of May. Summer baitfish are back which means we’re fishing with pigfish nearly every day and catching a lot of trout in the process. On an average day we get 12-20+ trout per day, with usually at least 1-2 over 4lbs. The warmer it gets, big trout drop off into deeper and deeper water. We’re also catching a lot of smaller trout on jigs and small crankbaits. There’s also a good topwater bite if you we get our early enough and work the bait pods.
Redfish are always consistent during June. We are either fishing smaller 5-10lb redfish on shallow flats and creek shorelines/oysters in Mosquito Lagoon and New Smyrna Beach, or bigger bull redfish on deeper flats and channel/bar edges. These bigger bull reds are schooling to spawn over the next few months in the Indian River Lagoon near Titusville or near Ponce Inlet. Many of them run in the 15-25lb range, with the occasional giant redfish over 35lbs. Pure sight fishing in clear water is hard to come by with another round of summer dirty water. Doesn’t stop the catching however as most days we’re getting 5-10 redfish a day. A week or so ago we had two days with 20+ redfish landed each day. Live bait has produced the best with mullet, pinfish, and pigfish catching the most. Although many lures work this time of year including plugs, soft palstics, and spoons. Fly anglers have been doing well on tailing fish with shrimp and minnow patterns.
There’s a lot of Tarpon active in the area, most are in the 20-30lb range. I just saw a few 80-100lb fish this week which means the first wave of migrating adult fish are finally showing up. These bigger adult tarpon will be here from now through early October. Deeper basins, the ICW, and the Inlet’s are all prime places to find these big tarpon. Jigs, swimbaits, and live pinfish and mullet all work well on tarpon this time of year. In addition to redfish, trout, and tarpon, we're also catching a lot of jack crevalle as well as some flounder and bluefish this time of year, usually fishing live bait in the creeks and channels around Ponce Inlet.
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