Late summer fishing in Mosquito Lagoon and around the New Smyrna Beach - Ponce Inlet area continues to remain really strong. We’ve been catching loads of speckled trout, some redfish, and having weekly success fishing for tarpon and snook. Not much change on the horizon with the fishing until we start getting cold fronts dipping into Central Florida area next month.
Fishing for speckled trout in Mosquito Lagoon and the backwaters around New Smyrna Beach continues to put the most fish in the boat every day. The fall bait run has already begun and the inshore waters are flooded with millions of mullet migrating south. Look no further when you find them because speckled trout are there feeding. Live bait will put bunches of them in the boat with the occasional trophy fish approaching 30 inches of better. we caught a couple 30 inch speckled trout during the past month with several others in the 26-28 inch range. We’ve got another 4-6 weeks left to still get and use our preferred summer baits charters so don’t wait!
Fishing for redfish in Mosquito Lagoon has been pretty good during the past few weeks. Lower water levels revealed several areas that had small schools of redfish tailing on shallow grass flats. These areas are your best bet to catch redfish on lures and fly in addition to live bait. Fishing for redfish at Ponce Inlet and around New Smyrna Beach has been good in the main channel, at the jetties, and around bridges and docks for big adult bull reds grouping up for their annual spawn. When the tides are right we will find success catching redfish in the 20-40 pound range on a mix of live baits. The action for big bull reds will quickly wind down next month and be over in November for the remainder of the year.
There are lots of tarpon hanging in the deeper channels and creeks around New Smyrna, Edgewater, and Ponce Inlet. Majority of the fish are in the 20-80 pound range but we will come across some jumbos over 100 pounds as well. Most of my clients have had one or two hook ups each morning we’ve tried for them, although landing them has proved difficult. This is the best 4 week stretch of the year for chance to hook a tarpon as the follow the mullet migration south. Once the cold fronts show up next month tarpon are going to quickly vanish.
The snook bite has seemed to slow up a bit during the past couple weeks as they school up at Ponce Inlet and nearshore to spawn. With the big uptick in mullet migrating through the area, snook action should be good heading into the fall and winter. Docks, bridges, and deeper shorelines along the ICW are top places to find a snook during the fall. Live bait like shrimp, pinfish, pigfish, croakers will be sure to draw a snook’s attention.
I’ve got 8 days left open for September. I’ve got about 10 days scheduled so far in October so there are good openings remaining. Then November and December calendars will be slammed again with seasonal guests returning to Florida. 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…