The bite throughout the New Smyrna Beach backwaters continues to be good. With the reassuring fronts this past week the fish have maintained their winter time patterns. We have had schools of black drum and redfish working the flats of Mosquito Lagoon along with numbers of trout and snook in the backwaters of New Smyrna Beach. This is definitely one of my favorite times of year to fish between the awesome weather and happy fish it always makes for an enjoyable day on the water.
Capt Patrick Rood
The fishing continues to be good throughout the Central FL waters from New Smyrna Beach south to Mosquito Lagoon. With the cooler water temps the water clarity has been excellent making for some great sight fishing. The redfish and black drum have been chewing great in the cooler water and as the water starts to warm later in the week the trout and snook should turn on as well. We still have a good number of bait throughout the New Smyrna Beach and Mosquito Lagoon waters. As the week moves on the air temps and water temps will only increase and should reassure the bite.
Capt Patrick Rood
The bite has been great in the New Smyrna Beach waters after our Christmas freeze . The water clarity has become gin clear making for some epic sight fishing this past week. We have been bringing great numbers of black drum and redfish boat side this week. It looks as though we are having another little front coming across the state which will only make the bite better. The bait can still be found in great numbers throughout the New Smyrna waters and Mosquito Lagoon. Live shrimp , cut bait and finger mullet have all been working well along with spoons , soft plastics and sun walk hard baits as well.
Capt Patrick Rood
Fishing in New Smyrna Beach, Florida is an unforgettable experience. The vast and varied waters of the area provide anglers with a great variety of fish species to target. Whether you’re looking for large gamefish such as red drum, snook, tarpon, and grouper or small baitfish like sardines and shiners, there is something for every level of angler.
The clear waters and sandy beaches provide great sight fishing opportunities. Fishermen can observe the gamefish they are targeting on the surface or just below it, allowing them to plan their approach accordingly. Redfish in particular can be spotted tailing in the shallows near the surf line during low tides when they come in to feed.
Fishermen can also find plenty of deepwater species in the deeper parts of New Smyrna Beach's many channels and cuts. Inshore artificial reefs, wrecks, and hard bottom areas also attract an abundance of sea life which attracts even larger game fish like sailfish and king mackerel during certain times of year. Offshore reefs located far out to sea bring even more marine life close to shore giving fisherman access to a greater variety of saltwater species.
In addition to all the species found in these inshore and offshore locations, several docks offer up excellent dock fishing spots where anglers can target several different species depending on the time of day and season. Mangrove snapper, sheepshead, red drum, flounder, cobia and various other bottom-dwelling species are regularly caught by fishermen fishing around these structures.
No matter what type of fisherman you are - from fly fisherman searching for snook along the shorelines or big game enthusiast targeting large predators offshore - New Smyrna Beach has something for everyone who wants to enjoy some great saltwater fishing!
The Mosquito Lagoon is a world-renowned fishing destination. With an abundance of Redfish, Trout, Tarpon, Snook, and other species, it’s easy to see why anglers flock to the area.
The lagoon is best known for its Redfish, with the most successful method being sight-fishing with artificial lures. Most of the Redfish are under 27 inches long, making them catch-and-release targets, but some over-slot fish can be found as well.
Trout fishing is also very popular, and large Speckled Trout can be caught using a variety of live baits and artificial lures. If you’re looking for a little more excitement, then try your hand at catching Tarpon. These majestic fish can reach lengths up to 8 feet and provide an unforgettable experience when hooked.
Lastly, there are plenty of Snook lurking in the shallow water around the mangroves. Live bait works best for these tasty gamefish. Whether you’re a serious angler or just a casual fisherman, the Mosquito Lagoon has something for everyone.
Check back every month for the latest fishing reports covering New Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach and the Mosquito Lagoon.