It looks like we have a little break from the gusty conditions that have been sitting over us for the last couple of weeks. The winds have been making sight fishing very difficult but before the winds the fishing has been very good. We have had large schools of red fish and great numbers of trout roaming the waters of New Smyrna and Mosquito Lagoon. I have been catching both species on artificial and live bait in good quantities. For the red fish a ADL spoon has been the ticket along with smaller soft plastics on a weighted hook and for live bait live mullet , shrimp and cut bait has done the trick as well. The trout have been a little more picky with the crystal clear water so you will need to make long cast and slow retrieves for these guys I like a weighted jerk bait or a sub surface twitch bait. A free lined live shrimp or live finger mullet along with cut bait will also do the trick. We have also had some good numbers of sheep head and flounder in the back waters of Daytona Beach and Edgewater area. Look for the sheep head to be holding on the structure whether it is oyster beds or rock walls. I like to throw shrimp on a weighted hook . The flounder have been holding on the sand and mud bottom throwing a small soft plastic on a jig head or a mud minnow bounced along the bottom is a good choice. The black drum have been holding on the flats through out the lagoon as well and can almost always be tricked on a live shrimp properly placed.
Good luck and be safe!
Capt Patrick Rood
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