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Ponce Inlet - Indian River - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report April 2017

Almost to April now…w’re in the peak of spring break travel season, so the calendar is super busy. Fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon has been going off! Water levels are really low and gin clear, making for some big schools of redfish. Spring bait run is getting underway and with warming temperatures the speckled trout has been really heating up with big gator trout being caught. Black drum are almost ready to spawn so there are multiple schools hanging around the Lagoons. Also catching some nice snook here and there as well. April, May and June calendars are filling fast and usually are full booked…don’t wait till the last second to try and schedule!

Redfish fishing in Mosquito Lagoon has been the best thing going! The water levels have been pretty low for a couple months now and with the gin clear clarity it’s making for big schools of redfish. Sightfishing as you can expect has been fabulous. Live shrimp and mullet have been putting the most fish in the boat. Soft plastic shrimp, jerk baits and swim baits have also been working well. It’s been a bit windy the last week or so to look for schools of big bull redfish over 20 pounds that are forming on deeper flats in the Indian River Lagoon. Things should really take off for them during April and stay consistent through the summer.

Warmer temperatures are leading to increased numbers of bait fish moving around. That’s a recipe for big speckled trout to get active and bite well. April and May are two of the best months to target giant trout, with higher odds to catch a trophy over 30 inches. It’s all about live mullet if you really want to catch some big ones. Although you’ll see a few being caught on soft plastics as well. Smaller schooling size trout in the 10-20 inch range are piled up along creek, slough, and channel edges. Live shrimp, plastic shrimp or jigs will catch plenty.

Black drum are getting ready to spawn, so there are a bunch of schools in the Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon right now. They don’t fight as well as a redfish, but they pull good and can provide a nice change of pace. Most of the fish are in the 5-10 pound range with a couple groups holding fish over 20 pounds Live shrimp and cut crabs will both make catching easy.

Snook that were schooled up over the past few months are now scattering throughout the ICW and Lagoons again. We’ll find them scattered around docks and shorelines from now through the early fall. Live shrimp and soft plastic shrimp are the two best bets before we start targeting them with Mirrolure plugs.

I’ve got 2 days open next week. April is getting full and is typically one of the two busiest months of the year. May and June have really been booking lately. I take last second scheduling if I have open days. Call me at 386-212-4931 or email to secure a date. Read my fishing charter page to view the top reasons why you should book your trip with me today. I look forward to fishing with you soon…

Pictures from the past month can be found on my website...http://www.floridasightfishing.com/report.htm

New Smyrna Beach - Indian River - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report March 2017

Almost to April now…w’re in the peak of spring break travel season, so the calendar is super busy. Fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon has been going off! Water levels are really low and gin clear, making for some big schools of redfish. Spring bait run is getting underway and with warming temperatures the speckled trout has been really heating up with big gator trout being caught. Black drum are almost ready to spawn so there are multiple schools hanging around the Lagoons. Also catching some nice snook here and there as well. April, May and June calendars are filling fast and usually are full booked…don’t wait till the last second to try and schedule!

Redfish fishing in Mosquito Lagoon has been the best thing going! The water levels have been pretty low for a couple months now and with the gin clear clarity it’s making for big schools of redfish. Sightfishing as you can expect has been fabulous. Live shrimp and mullet have been putting the most fish in the boat. Soft plastic shrimp, jerk baits and swim baits have also been working well. It’s been a bit windy the last week or so to look for schools of big bull redfish over 20 pounds that are forming on deeper flats in the Indian River Lagoon. Things should really take off for them during April and stay consistent through the summer.

Warmer temperatures are leading to increased numbers of bait fish moving around. That’s a recipe for big speckled trout to get active and bite well. April and May are two of the best months to target giant trout, with higher odds to catch a trophy over 30 inches. It’s all about live mullet if you really want to catch some big ones. Although you’ll see a few being caught on soft plastics as well. Smaller schooling size trout in the 10-20 inch range are piled up along creek, slough, and channel edges. Live shrimp, plastic shrimp or jigs will catch plenty.

Black drum are getting ready to spawn, so there are a bunch of schools in the Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon right now. They don’t fight as well as a redfish, but they pull good and can provide a nice change of pace. Most of the fish are in the 5-10 pound range with a couple groups holding fish over 20 pounds Live shrimp and cut crabs will both make catching easy.

Snook that were schooled up over the past few months are now scattering throughout the ICW and Lagoons again. We’ll find them scattered around docks and shorelines from now through the early fall. Live shrimp and soft plastic shrimp are the two best bets before we start targeting them with Mirrolure plugs.

I’ve got 2 days open next week. April is getting full and is typically one of the two busiest months of the year. May and June have really been booking lately. I take last second scheduling if I have open days. Call me at 386-212-4931 or email to secure a date. Read my fishing charter page to view the top reasons why you should book your trip with me today. I look forward to fishing with you soon…

Pictures from the past month can be found on my website...http://www.floridasightfishing.com/report.htm

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New Smyrna Beach - Indian River - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report February 2017

2017 is flying by…spring is right around the corner! If you’re looking to schedule dates for March and April…don’t delay, it’s the two busiest months of the year!!! Our inshore water around East-Central Florida has mostly returned to normal; with clear water in both Lagoons providing excellent sight fishing. Water levels have dropped considerably over the past month creating big winter time schools of fish. It’s been awesome fishing for redfish, black drum, and big spotted sea trout. Many days have yielded 10-20 redfish caught with some trout and drum mixed in Not much is going to change over the next month except daytime temperatures. Spring leads to continued daily fishing for the same species, however we’ll get an uptick in activity for big bull redfish over 20lbs and better bite activity out of the big trout.

Fishing for redfish in Mosquito Lagoon has been super good! There’s been big winter time schools of redfish all over the place with many holding 100-200 fish. The lower water has them condensed in deeper sloughs, basins, creeks, and deeper flats and really clean water has allowed for awesome sight casting. They’ve been ravenous for live mullet, shrimp and mud minnows. We’ve also been catching them on spoons, soft plastics, and crankbaits. Have had several days over the past month with 10-20 redfish landed. Big bull redfish over 20 pounds in the Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon have been starting to assemble into small spring schools. This will increase in March and April creating bigger groups of 50-100 fish anticipating summer time spawn. It’s two of the better months to catch trophy size redfish in the 20-40 pound range.

Bunches of big speckled trout have been laid up on super shallow flats in Mosquito Lagoon. They were really lethargic for the first couple months of this month because of the cold water, but they are starting to eat better with warmer temps and increasing numbers of mullet on the flats. The best fishing for a trophy size trout will really get going in the next 6-8 weeks with increasing chances for a trout over 10 pounds. We’re catching most right now on live mullet with others coming on soft plastics.

There’s been a crazy amount of black drum schools in the Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon during the past month. A couple of the schools have 20-30 pound fish, while the others are average fish in the 5-10 pound range. Thhey don’t run out the drag like a redfish will, but they pull hard on the light tackle equipment we use. Live shrimp and cut crabs will both make catching easy.

A recent hard cold snap shut down the snook bite for a bit. Now an increase in warmer weather, is quickly breaking up winter schools of snook as the scatter around our region. We’ll still catch them every day, just not in the 20-30 snook per day numbers like we did over the past two months. Had some better days a couple weeks ago that produced some quality fish in the 25-30” range. Live shrimp and soft plastic shrimp are the two best bets before we start targeting them with Mirrolure plugs.

Only have 2 days left open for February, and 11 days left open in March. April is peak spring break vacation months and my calendar will be full so don’t wait till last minute. I take last second scheduling if I have open days. Call me at 386-212-4931 or email to secure a date. Read my fishing charter page to view the top reasons why you should book your trip with me today. I look forward to fishing with you soon…

Pictures from the past month can be found on my website...
http://www.floridasightfishing.com/report.htm

#florida #fishing #MosquitoLagoon #NewSmyrnaBeach

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New Smyrna Beach Area - Indian River Lagoon - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report January 2017

Happy New Year to everyone, hopefully it’s a prosperous 2017 to all. The new year is off to a great start for us fishing daily in East-Central Florida. It’s been a rather warm winter thus far, with only a few passing cold fronts. The fish are going back and forth between winter and fall patterns because it’s been so warm. Water clarity has cleaned up considerably in both the Mosquito Lagoon and North Indian River Lagoon which allows for great sight casting on the grass flats. It’s been a daily dose of redfish, black drum, snook and speckled trout over the past two months. There shouldn’t be much change in that over the next 4-6 weeks as we await spring’s arrival.

There was some crazy good snook action the last 6 weeks in few areas I routinely target them during winter months. In the Indian River Lagoon that action is starting to wind down lately as the fish break from schools and move back to their normal summer hangouts. However closer to Ponce Inlet we should be able to keep it going for another month in the creeks before they too scatter. We’ve caught loads of snook up to 30”, with many guests catching 10-15 per day with me. Shrimp, mullet, soft plastics and crank baits are top choices.

We’ve been finding a bunch of schools of black drum over the past few weeks in the Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon. We’ve plucked fish from at least a dozen different schools that have 50-100+ fish. Most of them are in the 5-12lb range with a few mixed in approaching 20 lbs. They don’t run out the drag like a redfish will, but they pull hard on the light tackle equipment we use. Live shrimp and cut crabs will both make catching easy.

The daily redfish scenario in Mosquito Lagoon has depended on the weather. Water levels have dropped quite a bit so the schools have been getting bigger. In between the fronts they are tailing in groups over grass flats. When the cold fronts come they are laid up in sand sloughs or troughs. Clean water is yielding some great sight casting though. Most days we’ve caught 5-10 and could certainly be more if we didn’t spend a lot of time fishing for other species. Pre-spawn schools have been forming in the Indian River Lagoon on fish in the 20-40lb range, although the groups of 15-25 fish are loosely put together and a little tough to target with wind and cloud cover lately. Based on what I’m seeing though we’re poised for a strong March-May on giant bull reds, but until then it may be a little hit or miss based on weather.

Seeing some good numbers of big speckled trout on flats in both the Mosquito and Indian River Lagoon. Truth be told, haven’t spent much time on them lately. Just catching some here and there while blind casting soft plastic lures instead of sitting and targeting exclusively with live mullet. Have seen some whopper gator trout laid up in sand spots around the cold fronts, several fish over 10lbs, with a few definitely in the 12-14lb range.

Have been slammed for January, only 4 days still left open. February has been booking really quick, 13 days still available before it’s full. March and April are peak spring break vacation months and my calendar will be full so don’t wait till last minute. I take last second scheduling if I have open days. Call me at 386-212-4931 or email to secure a date. Read my fishing charter page to view the top reasons why you should book your trip with me today. I look forward to fishing with you soon…

Pictures from the past month can be found on my website...http://www.floridasightfishing.com/report.htm

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New Smyrna, Ponce Inlet, Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report December 2016

Only a couple weeks left in 2016; we’re about to put the wraps on another great year of guiding and fishing. I’ve been a full-time fishing guide for 12 years now and have been blessed to fish with hundreds of people from around the country and experience some fantastic days on the water. This year has been no exception. Most recent we’ve been finding good action fishing for redfish, speckled trout and some black drum and snook. Sight fishing right now is the best it’s been all year which is producing some great days on the water.

Fishing for redfish in Mosquito Lagoon remains excellent. Clean water is present throughout the Lagoon and sight casting has been great. Redfish have been schooled up in much of Mosquito Lagoon tailing for shrimp and crabs. These fish are ranging from 4-10lbs and have been biting well on grass flats early before scattering as the morning wears on. Closer to New Smyrna Beach redfish remain pretty scattered in coves, shorelines and oyster beds. Spoons and soft plastic swim baits have worked well when throwing lures, shrimp and live mullet are producing when using live bait. As we get into January and water levels drop and it gets colder, we should start to see some big schools of fish form in sloughs and creeks.

Colder clean water is starting to push up some big female speckled trout onto shallow grass flats throughout Mosquito Lagoon and the North Indian River Lagoon. Higher water has them still a bit scattered though and not very concentrated. We’ve been seeing some giants in the 8-12lb range as of late. Smaller trout are still being caught scattered on sand bar edges and deeper flats. Live mullet are working well, in addition to soft plastic swim baits, soft plastic jerk baits, and popping cork with live shrimp.

Colder temperates and water are schooling snook up in deeper holes, creeks and channels around New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet. This is really my favorite time to target them as we can usually catch 20 or more per day when it’s on. Many of them will be 12-24” snook, but we routinely get some upwards and over the 30” mark. Live shrimp and soft plastic shrimp are top producers, but Sebile and Mirrodine twitch baits work really well too.

Only have about 5 days left open in December. January has been filling quickly early and late in the month, but I’ve got about 13 days left open. Winter fishing can be some of the best catching of the year! Don’t wait till last minute because my calendar is usually booked full. I take last second scheduling if I have open days. Call me at 386-212-4931 or email to secure a date. Read my fishing charter page to view the top reasons why you should book your trip with me today. I look forward to fishing with you soon…

#florida #fishingreport #fishing

Pictures from past month can be found on my website...http://www.floridasightfishing.com/report.htm

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New Smyrna Beach - Ponce Inlet - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report October 2016

October is about to wrap up in a few days and we are down to about the last 60 days of the year. We are in the midst of the annual fall bait run and tens of thousands of mullet have filled the Lagoons. Redfish, speckled trout and snook are and will be the three main target species for us for the remainder of the year.

A lot has changed since my last report. East-Central Florida took a glancing blow from Hurricane Matthew. There are some islands with tree and mangrove damage, but nothing serious. The hurricane did push in an extra 3-4 feet of water, which has since mostly drained back out. In doing so it appears we just might have rid ourselves of the algae bloom from the past 5 years as the water is now remarkably clear in Mosquito Lagoon. The are large areas that are quite muddy from the creeks, ditches, and backwater ponds continuing to drain out. Hopefully this sediment will soon settle and that water will clean up too. But it’s a great time to do some sight fishing!

The clean water on the grass flats in Mosquito Lagoon is allowing for some great fishing for redfish, as well as on shorelines and oyster bed creeks in New Smyrna Beach area. We are finding good size schools (35-70 fish), small pods and single fish tailing on grass flats and hanging around shorelines. These fish are all in the 20-30” range or 3-10 pounds. They have been eating soft plastics, spoons, plugs, and live mullet. Bigger bull reds over 20 pounds are winding down their annual spawn at Ponce Inlet and in the Indian River. After which they scatter throughout the region for a short while which will make them a harder to target and find opportunities.

As things continue to get cooler we’ll start seeing more and more big speckled trout in Mosquito Lagoon moving up into the shallows. Live baits like croakers and pigfish are done till next spring. Late fall and early winter, however, is typically a good time to catch them on plugs and live mullet as they fatten up and stuff themselves on baitfish before the bait supply thins out when winter settles in. Smaller schooling will be caught on jigs, shrimp and soft plastics over the next couple months in deeper troughs, sloughs, and creeks.

We’re still catching some nice snook in New Smyrna Beach with a few upwards of 10 pounds. Snook fishing will soon under go a massive transition. All the fish that are now still scattered around the area will soon mass migrate to deep holes for the winter to ride out the colder weather. That’s music to my ears, however, as it’s when I tend to catch the most numbers per day. It’s not uncommon for me to catch 20-30 snook a day when it happens. We’re only a few weeks out till this starts to happen, but we’ve already started to get some cold fronts and are finding less and less snook each day.

Got just over 15 days left open for November. December bookings are going quickly as people make plans for holiday season fishing. December and January are fantastic times to fish our area so don’t wait till last minute because my calendar is usually booked full. I take last second scheduling if I have open days. Call me at 386-212-4931 or email to secure a date.


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New Smyrna Beach Area - Indian River Lagoon - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report for September 2016

Labor Day has come and past. That’s our marker that things are about to change over the next month into the fall transition. Cooler mornings will soon require and extra shirt or light jacket. The fall mullet run will be getting underway as baitfish head south for the winter. Higher water levels will push fish into areas that have been off-limits as they chow down preparing for the winter ahead. All of which means it’s a great time to get in on a strong bite for redfish, snook, speckled trout and perhaps a tarpon or two.

The Redfish action during the past month was epic. Social media was flooded with video’s of big schools of tailing redfish! The Mosquito Lagoon has been inundated with schools of redfish tailing on shallow grass flats. Most of these schools had wads of 50-75 fishs. When the IFA Redfish Tour recently came through the area, I had a few flats that had 200-300 redfish schooled on them. (My son and I took 5th place out of 84 boats at the event.) Needless to say the sight fishing has been really great. These fish are all in the 20-30” range or 3-10 pounds. Bigger bull reds over 20 pounds have gathered in or near the ICW or at Ponce Inlet for their annual spawn season. Higher water levels recently are starting to scatter the fish a bit, but this will equal some great shoreline fishing as they move towards the bank lines. Soft plastic shrimp, jerk baits, lipless crank baits, and spoons have all been the top ticket for lures, while pigfish, croakers, and shrimp get the nod for live bait.

We just wrapped up another awesome month of catching big trophy size Speckled Trout. Our fishery is one of the top places in the world for a giant spotted sea trout and this summer has proved why. We got four more during the past month in the 29-31 inch range (8-9 pounds). We caught dozens in the 4-6 pound range! Most days we caught at least 15-20+ speckled trout. Really can’t get much better than it’s been but as things cool off in late October and November they are going to get ravenous and fat! Pigfish and croakers are putting them in the boat. Fishing with soft plastic jerk baits and shrimp will also catch some too.

Another solid month of catching Snook and it seems they are showing up everywhere. Docks, shorelines, , oyster beds, grass flats you never know where you are going to run across a nice snook or group of them. Snook season reopened on September 1st, and with such a good recovery, it’s a good possibility of finding a 28-32” snook. Live shrimp, pigfish, croakers and an assortment of soft plastics and plugs will catch a snook around here.

Ocean is still remaining relatively cool and with the amount of big mullet that have moved into the ICW and Lagoons, we are finding a bunch of big Tarpon in the 80-125lb range. Trouble lately has been the wind which is making it tough to find or fish for them with any efficiency. Jigs, swim baits, plugs and live bait are best chance for success. Numbers usually remain good for the remainder of September but it will quickly taper off as we get into October.

Got about 15 days left open for September and the same for October. Our fishing never slows down in Central Florida, so there is no down time. I take last second scheduling if I have open days. Call me at 386-212-4931 or email to secure a date. Read my fishing charter page to view the top reasons why you should book your trip with me today. I look forward to fishing with you soon…

Pictures from the past month can be found on my website...
http://www.floridasightfishing.com/report.htm

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New Smyrna Beach Area - Indian River Lagoon - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report - August 2016

Can’t believe we are already in August. Kids are gearing up and/or going back to school all over the country. I’ve been guiding 12 years now and each year I look back at a certain month during a year that was one for the memory book. July 2016, was definitely one of those we won’t forget. Every trip totally crushed the catching!!! We didn’t have a day all month with less than 2 dozen speckled trout caught. Most days saw several redfish, including some giants upwards of 40 pounds caught in Mosquito Lagoon. Several lucky clients got to catch a big tripletail. We had some great snook bites and Tarpon got really thick around New Smyrna Beach during the past week. The best news…July ended like it started and it hasn’t slowed a bit as we enter August. So what are you waiting for?!?

The Speckled Trout bite has been about as good as it gets in Mosquito Lagoon and the North Indian River Lagoon for no less than 8 weeks straight! Each day we’ve averaged 20+ spotted sea trout per day. And the giant trophy size trout have been coming one after another. We caught 5 trout in the past month between 29-32 inches (all in the 8-9.5lb range). We literally caught too many trout to count in the 4-6lb range (one charter alone had 11 trout over 4 pounds!) It’s been phenomenal to say the least and we started August just like we ended July with a trip that yielded five trout in the 4-6lb range. You can get some sight casting with lures in the shallow grass, but we’ve been slinging live baits for numbers and quality.

Water levels have been pretty low the past few weeks. Redfish have been tailing good early on grass flats in Mosquito Lagoon. There are also some shoreline cruisers. Around the full moon bigger bull reds in the 15-40 pound range have schooled up in pre-spawn mode. Catching mostly depends on how long we specifically fish for them. We’re basically averaging a few per hour up in the shallows. Soft plastics, spoons, and plugs are all working. Live bait like pigfish, shrimp, or sight casting with cut baits works even better. Spawning is really going to ramp up over the next 2 months so it should yield even more big bull reds at or around Ponce Inlet.

Put some lucky clients on several nice tripletail during the past month. It’s not a strong inshore fishery for us locally, more of a special occasion fish I find from time to time. This year though I found some big ones. We stuck a few over 10 pounds, with the biggest a 17 pound pig. Great fighting fish that run line and jump hard.

Everyone has been talking about the Snook fishing. It’s been close to seven years since they were decimated by cold weather. Now those born shortly after have grown up and scattered widely. Docks and shorelines around New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet and Port Orange can have snook of any size lately. Some big ones in the 10-20 pound range too. Live bait and soft plastic shrimp are top choices for catching them. Snook season closed for the summer on June 1, so it’s all catch and release.

The ocean cooled off considerably lately and Tarpon are pushing in through the Inlet by the dozens. We saw one area literally triple in numbers within 48 hours last week They are all ranging in size from 30-80 pounds. Every now and then you might see a big one over 100. Jigs, swim baits, plugs and live bait are best chance for success. Numbers usually remain high during the next couple months before they migrate south during the fall.

Got about 14 days left open for August. Get it while the getting is good!!! September and October are looking to be outstanding, especially as the bait run will get underway and cooler overnight temperatures trigger even more of a fall feeding frenzy. I take last second scheduling if I have open days. Call me at 386-212-4931 or email to secure a date. Read my fishing charter page to view the top reasons why you should book your trip with me today. I look forward to fishing with you soon…

Some pictures from the past month can be found on my website...
http://www.floridasightfishing.com/report.htm

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New Smyrna Beach Area - Indian River Lagoon - St. Johns River - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report - July 2016

Happy Fourth of July! We’ve reached the mid-point of the year and our inshore fishing has been going off for the past month. Speckled trout are firing on all cylinders in Mosquito Lagoon and New Smyrna with numerous fish in the 26-30” range caught recently. Redfish are tailing hard on shallow grass flats in Mosquito Lagoon and bull reds are migrating up and down the ICW to Ponce Inlet. Snook are stacked up on numerous docks and deep shorelines around New Smyrna. There also loads of tarpon hanging out around Ponce Inlet. Hard not to get excited about all the targets we have to choose from and how many fish we have been catching lately!!!

Only have 5 days left open in July which means calendar is nearly full. August is booking fast now too, but still have 15 days open, so don’t wait until the last minute if you can help it.

The Speckled Trout bite has been going off for the past month in Mosquito Lagoon! Each day we’ve averaged 20-30 trout per day and we could have caught even more if we didn’t leave them to target other things. Warmer water conditions finally pushed the big ones out in deeper water. So, during the past two weeks we’ve caught a bunch of big trout in the 24-30” range, specifically 11 fish over 26” (6-8 pounds). Pigfish and croakers are top choices for live bait while jigs with soft plastic jerk baits have been the best choice when throwing lures.

Redfish have been tailing really well on grass flats in the Mosquito Lagoon. Bigger groups can be found first thing in the morning before they scatter once the sun gets up. Creeks around New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet and Port Orange have redfish on top of oyster mounds or cruising shorelines. Catching will vary based on how much time we spend on trying for them, but most days have seen 3-5 redfish in the 5-10 pound range each morning. Soft plastics, spoons, pigfish, croakers, and cut bait have all worked lately. Bigger bull reds in the 20-40 pound range are migrating up and down the ICW to Ponce Inlet lately. Playing the tides right have enabled us to catch some whoppers lately at several locations. Late summer early fall is spawn season so catching trophy redfish will only get better though early October.

2016 has definitely been the best Snook fishing since the freeze killed 90% of our population back in 2009. Docks and deep shorelines around New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet and Port Orange can have snook of any size lately. We have caught several fish in the 20-26 inch range and broken off numerous others that were in the 10-15 pound range. It’s been a long 6 years but we are back to being able to target them all day long if we want. Live bait and soft plastic shrimp are top choices for catching them. Snook season closed for the summer on June 1, so it’s all catch and release for a bit.

There’s a pile of Tarpon hanging out in the ICW around Ponce Inlet, Port Orange and New Smyrna Beach. Many are in the 20-40 pound range, but there has been quite a few in the 50-80 pound range showing up lately. There’s a lot of cleaner tide water in that area lately which makes it much easier to get a bite on live bait and lures. If the dirty water comes back it’ll shut the bite down for them inshore. We’re targeting them with jigs, swim baits, plugs and live bait.

Still catching well on the St. Johns River and adjacent lakes for Largemouth Bass. Shad are still migrating up the river and schooling bass are all over them on edges of grass lily pad fields. We’ve only been throwing lures…using spinnerbaits, swim baits, and soft plastics. We caught 10-15 on a couple trips recently with a few in the 4-6 pound range.

July is pretty much full, but I’ve got 5 days left open. August is also booking fast but I’ve got about 15 days still available. Summer is always super busy so don’t wait till last minute! I take last second scheduling if I have open days. Call me at 386-212-4931 or email to secure a date. Read my fishing charter page to view the top reasons why you should book your trip with me today. I look forward to fishing with you soon…

Some Pictures from past month are on my website...
http://www.floridasightfishing.com/report.htm

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New Smyrna Beach Area - Indian River Lagoon - St. Johns River - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report - June 2016

Cue the music…school’s out for summer! June has arrived and kids have wrapped up school for the year. No summer vacations have started. Which means it’s gonna be slammed busy over the next few months with family fishing charters. While school is out…redfish are schooling hard! For the first couple of hours each morning we’ve been greeted with big groups of happy tailing redfish in Mosquito Lagoon. Once the sun gets up high during mid-morning, we’ve been catching lots of speckled trout on deep edges and flats as well and some more redfish here and there. Tarpon are starting to show up and get active in decent numbers. While most of these are resident 20-30 pound fish, some bigger adult tarpon in the 60-80 pound range have moved into the Intracoastal Waterway. There’s a couple big schools of black drum that have showed up in Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon for the summer months. Also finding some scattered snook around docks and mangrove shorelines around New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet and the Tomoka River. No shortage of fish to target during the summer months. And the fish don’t mind the heat, we can find action all day long.

Happy to report another 1st place finish in the Florida Pro Redfish Series. My son and I travelled to Jacksonville for the 3rd event of the east coast division. We had an awesome day, catching a bunch of redfish. We brought back 13.62 pounds to the scale to beat out some awesome anglers from that area.

Have about 10 days left open for June. July has been filling quite fast as of late, but I have about 14 days left available. Summer is always super busy so don’t wait till last minute!

Best action continues to be fishing for Redfish in the Mosquito Lagoon. We’re finding schools of 40-50 fish tailing hard on grass flats during the first couple hours of the morning. Once the sun gets up they are scattering over bigger grass flats in singles and pairs. Things are picking up in creeks and oyster bays around New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet. Lower tides have redfish cruising shorelines while higher tides has them tucked up under mangroves and on top of oysters. Catching has been solid with 6-10 redfish per morning in the 5-10 pound range but we’re sticking some in the 10-20 pound range as well lately. Just like in 2011 when the brown algae showed up, no worries about water clarity impacting my fishing. Fish are biting well and we’re having no problems sight casting redfish all day long. We’re catching them on soft plastics, spoons, plugs, flies, live shrimp, mullet, pinfish, and cut bait which means something for everyone of any skill level.

Speckled Trout bite is starting to really pick up steam during the past couple weeks. Pinfish, pigfish, mullet and croakers are pouring out of the grass flats and trout are crushing them. As the sun gets up high we are targeting deeper flats and edges with live bait and jigs. They can provide some daily consistent action with most days averaging 15-20 trout over the span of a couple hours. Most are in the 10-20 inch range, but there’s the occasional 4-8 pound trout thrown in. A lot of the big trout over 8 pounds are still slipping around on the shallow grass flats which provide some excellent sight casting opportunities for my clients throwing lures or fly rods.

Juvenile Tarpon in the 20-30 pound range are getting really active in the channels and creeks near New Smyrna Beach and the Intracoastal Waterway. Over the past 10 days some bigger adult fish in the 60-80 pound range have found their way in through Ponce Inlet and scattered around the deeper channels. Over the summer more and more of these bigger adult fish will move into the area. The hotter the better for tarpon as they love those water temps. We’re targeting them with jigs, swim baits, diving plugs and some flies.

Snook can be caught just about anywhere at anytime during the summer around New Smyrna, Edgewater, Ponce Inlet, Port Orange and in the Tomoka River. Winter schools have broken up and scattered widely around docks, shorelines, and just about anywhere they can find a good ambush spot with current. We find success using Plugs, DOA shrimp, soft plastics, live shrimp and croakers and pinfish.

Also spending several days throughout the month just to my west on the St. Johns River system and joining lakes targeting Largemouth Bass. Schooling fish are chasing shad balls early in the morning with singles on grass bed lines and drop offs. We’re primarily casting lures like spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, swim jigs and swim baits. There’s a good bite up until lunchtime before. Catching 10-20 fish each day with some up to 7 pounds.

Have about 10 days left open for June. July has been filling quite fast as of late, but I have about 14 days left available. Summer is always super busy so don’t wait till last minute! I take last second scheduling if I have open days. Call me at 386-212-4931 or email to secure a date. Read my fishing charter page to view the top reasons why you should book your trip with me today. I look forward to fishing with you soon…

Pictures from the past month can be found on my website...
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