Is it me or is it hard to believe that it’s already July? Before you know it, we’ll be starting at the beginning of fall. But before that we’ll continue this summer of great catching! The fishing has been red hot in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River. We’re also now seeing better action in the creeks around New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet. The redfish and speckled trout action has been nothing short of fantastic during the past couple weeks. We’ve been averaging 10-15 redfish a day and at least 15-25+ trout. Tarpon have been hit or miss, around one day, gone the next…much of that has a lot to do with prevailing winds. Finding snook again on some shorelines in New Smyrna Beach and scattered around a few parts of the Mosquito Lagoon and North Indian River Lagoon. I’ve got 9 days left open in July and August is starting to book up quick, so don’t wait too late to get a day for yourself.
Redfish action in Mosquito Lagoon has been really good. We’ve been averaging 10-15 redfish a day lately and most of that is happening during the first few hours of the day on the shallow grass flats. These redfish range anywhere from 4-10lbs. There are schools of GIANT bull reds in the 20-40lb range getting ready to spawn in the Indian River Lagoon in addition to some in the ICW around the Ponce Inlet area. We’re also spending more time fishing the creeks around Ponce Inlet, New Smyrna and Edgewater finding redfish against mangrove edges and oyster mounds. Fly fisherman have been having good luck throwing half-half clousers.
Speckled Trout fishing over the past month continues to be good, although we aren’t catching as many giant trout as we were last month. We still managed half a dozen trout over 28” so there’s no reason to complain. We’re catching tons of keeper size 15-20” trout on a daily basis, with a couple big trout each day in the 4-7lb range. It won’t slow down either with the onset of summer conditions, the trout bite will last all day long on deeper edges and sloughs. Live bait like pigfish, croakers, and live mullet are a ticket for guaranteed success. The live bait bite is so good, we’re not even bothering with lures.
One day we see Tarpon in the Lagoons the next we don’t. So it’s been tough to predict. Almost all of that has everything to do with prevailing winds. But they’re here, just got to hit it right. These fish range from 10-50lbs. We’re also seeing big adult tarpon approaching 100lbs in the ICW around New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet. There's better numbers in the ocean if we could get some calm seas and winds to allow me to get flats boat out there. Found a few places holding Snook as of late, decent ones in the 20-26” range. I’ve found 1 thing they’ll bite, everything else they watch it swim by.
Only have 9 days left open in July. August is starting to fill quickly. Don’t wait till last minute, although I take short notice trips if I have the date open. Call 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…386-212-4931.