Oct 2014 Fishing Report
We have had some abnormal weather the past couple of months with a lot of wind and rain causing a high amount of water to flow into the Lagoon system . But on a brighter note The fall mullet run is in full effect with schools both inshore and off the beach by the thousands. The fishing off the beach has been on fire lately when weather permits the tarpon are starting to migrate back south following the bait pods and also in the mix you can find bonitta , sharks , and many other species taking advantage of the easy meal. The fishing in Mosquito Lagoon and New Smyrna Beach has been good with numbers of trout and redfish being caught on all kinds of different baits from top water to live finger mullet. I like to target the bait pods this time of year starting out the morning throwing plugs and twitch baits in to the schools of mullet and as the sun gets a little higher switching to a Aqua Dream Spoon. The breeder redfish can be found around all your major inlets at this time from Ponce Inlet in Daytona Beach south to Cape Canaveral you can also find these breeders in schools through out Both Mosquito and Indian River Lagoon from twenty to the hundreds preparing for there yearly spawn. I have also had some good reports of a strong snook bite from Ormond Beach south to Edgewater and through out the New Smyrna Beach area. When targeting snook I like to look for structure and a lot of moving water I prefer the out going tide but have done well on the beginning of the incoming also. I like to throw twitch baits and soft plastics with the tide along the edge of the structure almost always triggering a bite. The flounder are starting to move into the backwaters of New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater. The best method I have found for these ambush feeders is bouncing the bottom with a soft plastic and a 1/8 oz jig head in a shrimp or mullet color. Target the mud and sand bottom around the oyster bars and points along with the edges of the sand bars where the bait tends to gather.
Good luck and be safe
Capt Patrick Rood
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