The weather here in Central FL. has been beautiful for early May with highs in the mid 80's every day. It seems as though we are not the only ones enjoying this awesome weather as well because the bite has been pretty good here In Central East FL. The water clarity has improved greatly allowing for a better bites through the day. My clients have had multiple double digit days on both trout and red fish in the past couple of weeks . The trout have been chewing very well from New Smyrna Beach through Mosquito Lagoon and also along the Intracoastal of Daytona Beach. Look for the schools of bait on the grass flats early in the morning and as the sun gets up move to the deeper edges of the flat in about the two to three foot of water range. I like to throw plugs and jerk baits around the bait pods early and then switch over to a weighted soft plastic along with twitch baits as the day moves on. Live bait is always a good choice from live finger mullet to shrimp they have been eating both very well. I have found the redfish holding on the shallow grass flats for most of the day tailing and backing searching for a easy meal. The key is being as stealthy as possible mostly sticking to the poling platform or running the trolling motor on low not to spook them. I have been having great success on almost everything from plugs to Aqua Dream spoons for artificial, and shrimp,mullet and pin fish for live bait. Cut lady fish and cut mullet has also been a great go to bait as well. There has also been great numbers of bait moving into Mosquito lagoon north through Daytona witch has brought the jacks in with them. If you want a great fight there is not a fish out there that pound for pound fights better than a jack. Look around the docks and sea walls of Daytona and New Smyrna where ever there is bait holding on those structures and you will find them.We have also had some great numbers of flounder caught in and around Ponce Inlet and south through Edgewater, some reaching over ten pounds. They like the baits to be near the bottom so bouncing baits along the bottom is the trick whether its finger mullet or jumbo shrimp both will do the job. With all the life we have in the water right now it makes for a great time to go wet a line.
Good luck and be safe
Capt Patrick Rood
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