With a hurricane off the the coast of FL a week ago causing a strong tidal surge along with a strong tide cycle this past month we have enough water in the Lagoon to float the Titanic. With the water being as high as it is look for the bait to move up shallow and the game fish to follow. 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 soft plastic or Aqua Dream Spoon. The breeder redfish can be found around all your major inlets at this time of year 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. The snook bite from Ormond Beach south to Edgewater and through out the New Smyrna Beach area has been pretty steady with quite a few slot fish coming boat side. 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 as well. 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.
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