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Ponce Inlet - New Smyrna Beach - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report Sept 2018

Late summer fishing in Mosquito Lagoon and around the New Smyrna Beach - Ponce Inlet area continues to remain really strong. We’ve been catching loads of speckled trout, some redfish, and having weekly success fishing for tarpon and snook. Not much change on the horizon with the fishing until we start getting cold fronts dipping into Central Florida area next month.

Fishing for speckled trout in Mosquito Lagoon and the backwaters around New Smyrna Beach continues to put the most fish in the boat every day. The fall bait run has already begun and the inshore waters are flooded with millions of mullet migrating south. Look no further when you find them because speckled trout are there feeding. Live bait will put bunches of them in the boat with the occasional trophy fish approaching 30 inches of better. we caught a couple 30 inch speckled trout during the past month with several others in the 26-28 inch range. We’ve got another 4-6 weeks left to still get and use our preferred summer baits charters so don’t wait!

Fishing for redfish in Mosquito Lagoon has been pretty good during the past few weeks. Lower water levels revealed several areas that had small schools of redfish tailing on shallow grass flats. These areas are your best bet to catch redfish on lures and fly in addition to live bait. Fishing for redfish at Ponce Inlet and around New Smyrna Beach has been good in the main channel, at the jetties, and around bridges and docks for big adult bull reds grouping up for their annual spawn. When the tides are right we will find success catching redfish in the 20-40 pound range on a mix of live baits. The action for big bull reds will quickly wind down next month and be over in November for the remainder of the year.

There are lots of tarpon hanging in the deeper channels and creeks around New Smyrna, Edgewater, and Ponce Inlet. Majority of the fish are in the 20-80 pound range but we will come across some jumbos over 100 pounds as well. Most of my clients have had one or two hook ups each morning we’ve tried for them, although landing them has proved difficult. This is the best 4 week stretch of the year for chance to hook a tarpon as the follow the mullet migration south. Once the cold fronts show up next month tarpon are going to quickly vanish.

The snook bite has seemed to slow up a bit during the past couple weeks as they school up at Ponce Inlet and nearshore to spawn. With the big uptick in mullet migrating through the area, snook action should be good heading into the fall and winter. Docks, bridges, and deeper shorelines along the ICW are top places to find a snook during the fall. Live bait like shrimp, pinfish, pigfish, croakers will be sure to draw a snook’s attention.

I’ve got 8 days left open for September. I’ve got about 10 days scheduled so far in October so there are good openings remaining. Then November and December calendars will be slammed again with seasonal guests returning to Florida. 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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Ponce Inlet - New Smyrna Beach - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report August 2018

Fishing in Mosquito Lagoon and around New Smyrna Beach has been excellent over the past month. It’s been bunches of big speckled trout, decent numbers of redfish, with some scattered snook here and there. What we are catching seems to be dictated around water levels…when it’s been up it’s lots of trout, when it’s low it’s been in favor of redfish. Summer is quickly passing us by and school will be starting soon…don’t miss out on last minute summer vacation trips!!!

Fishing in Mosquito Lagoon during the last month produced a tremendous amount of big speckled trout brought to the boat. We boated three giant trophy size trout over 30 inches, one of which went over 10 pounds. In addition to those we caught dozens of spotted sea trout between 25-29 inches. Higher water levels have produced a better bite for the big ones. Live bait like pigfish, croakers, and live mullet will produce more and bigger fish every day hands down with at least 10-20 trout every day. Topwater plugs, suspending plugs, and soft plastic jerk baits will catch some fish too. The speckled trout bite won’t wind down till later in the fall so you still have plenty of time to catch a big one!

We’ve been fishing for redfish around New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet and Mosquito Lagoon recently. Our redfish numbers are down considerably the past couple years, so some days it takes a bit more work to find a good group of them. They were schooled really well when the water was low early in July. Lately they water has been a bit high so they are more widely scattered. Bigger bull redfish have been on the move towards Ponce Inlet for their annual spawn. When the tides have been right we’ve landed a few over 30 pounds. August through October gives some of the best chances of the year to land a big bull red. Live bait like blue crab, pigfish, mullet and cut ladyfish will give best chance of catching redfish. Soft plastics will work when throwing lures.

Fishing for Snook in New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet has been hot one day and cold the next. We might find a few bites one day and then none the next. Docks, bridges, and deeper shorelines along the ICW are top places to find a snook during the summer time. Live bait like shrimp, pinfish, pigfish, croakers will be sure to draw a snook’s attention. Snook are spawning during the summer so it’s catch and release for the next month or so. Decent numbers of juvenile tarpon are scattered all around from Ponce Inlet to the southern end of Mosquito Lagoon. Most of them are in the 20-30 pound range but more bigger fish over 50 pounds are starting to show up every day. Opportunities to catch a tarpon will last through the early part of October and then they will quickly vanish when the cold fronts get started.

Over half of August is booked, I’ve got about 13 days remaining open and September dates are starting to fill up as well. Don’t wait till this last minute to schedule a trip. 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 - Ponce Inlet - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report July 2018

Summer has arrived and with it the busiest few fishing months of the year. Those that fished with me during the past 4-6 weeks were treated to some epic big trout fishing in Mosquito Lagoon. During the past week water levels have really dropped and produced numerous redfish schools on the shallow flats. The trout bite has slowed a bit, but the redfish bite in Mosquito Lagoon has turned on. Snook fishing is starting to pick up at docks and bridges around New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet. There are also fair numbers of tarpon starting to show themselves in the channels and creeks. Only 9 days open from today through end of July so don’t wait till last minute!!!

May produced an insane speckled trout bite in Mosquito Lagoon. We caught dozens of world class spotted sea trout in the 26-32 inch range, with hundreds of others between 18-24 inches. Mosquito Lagoon is world famous for gator trout and we boated a couple at the 10 pound range and a several more 7-8 pound fish. Every trip saw great catching with 10-20+ trout landed each day. Live bait like mullet, pigfish and croakers did all the catching. The bite for the big giant trout has waned a bit during the past week as we have seen water levels drop and fish move into post spawn patterns. We’ll still catch them throughout the summer but it’ll be more numbers than big ones the rest of the year.

Fishing for redfish in Mosquito Lagoon has been the hot ticket during the past 7-10 days. Water levels have really dropped and this has produced some good schooling activity. My trip today landed 14 redfish in just a few hours. Most others during the past week all caught 5-10 redfish. Redfish have been tailing up shallow making for great sight casting. Live shrimp, pinfish, and pigfish are working extremely well. Soft plastic lures, spoons, and DOA shrimp are working when throwing lures.

We’re starting to fish a bit more for snook in New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet again, targeting the docks, bridges, and jetties. Snook are gearing up to spawn so where you find one there are likely several. It’s a combat fishing game around structure. So we are fishing with heavy tackled and usually breaking off a lot of fish in the process. Pinfish, croakers, and live mullet in addition to live shrimp and DOA shrimp will produce good results.

Not much open from now through the end of July…only 9 days scattered throughout the month. August will start filling fast as well with summer vacations winding down before kids go back to school. Don’t wait till this last minute to schedule a trip. 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 Lagoon - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report April 2018

It’s been a spring running of the bulls! Giant trophy redfish were on fire during the past month. It’s pretty much what we targeted nearly every day, and on nearly every trip we caught several. They’ve been schooling up in good numbers and all the fish are in the 20-40 pound range. Don’t want to fish for GIANT redfish?….There are plenty of black drum still hanging around, we’re seeing lots of big trout starting to show back up as the spring bait run kicks into overdrive, and sight fishing for slot reds scattered up shallow. I’ve got 10 days left open for May and June is starting to fill quick…don’t wait till last minute to schedule summer vacation fishing trips!

It’s been all about the big redfish in the Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River Lagoon during the past month. Sight casting big schools of bull reds have produced some epic days. All the fish have been in the 40-50 inch range and range 20-40 pounds. Most days have averaged at least a few coming to the boat, with some extraordinary days yielding 10+ fish caught. They’re showing themselves all day so we really haven’t spent much time doing anything else. Live shrimp, crabs, mullet and cut ladyfish will all yield success. Some days they will show a little interest in spoons, plugs and flies. Fishing for big bull reds will only get better into the summer in the Indian River Lagoon as they get ready for spawning season. Don’t want to target the big trophy fish? Smaller 4-8 pound redfish have been scattered on shallow flats in Mosquito Lagoon, tailing and cruising grass and bar edges. Spoons, soft plastics, flies and live shrimp are all working with good success.

The spring warm up has brought in a big influx of baitfish and big speckled trout in Mosquito Lagoon are shadowing them on the shallow flats. We went from not seeing many to now they are bunches. We’ve caught some up to 29 inches lately, with average fish in the 20-25 inch range. May, June and July produce historic numbers of trout caught for us each year. Most days will produce 20-25 trout caught with numerous fish in the 3-6 pound range. But at the moment we are in the peak of the year for your best chance at a giant over 10 pounds. They are gorging themselves on bait fish, but soon they will spawn and drop some weight. Live mullet are the hot ticket right now, with soft plastics and plugs a secondary option.

Black Drum have likely been the next best option lately. Good numbers of fish have been in both the Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon. Most of them are in the 4-10 pound range, with a couple bigger wads of fish in the 10-20 pound range. They have been tailing well which makes for good sight casting with live bait and flies.

I’ve got 10 days left open for May. I’ve got about 15 left open for June. The summer months...June, July and August...are extremely busy with folks on summer vacation. All those months will eventually be fully booked. Don’t wait till this last minute to schedule a trip. 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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Indian River Lagoon - New Smyrna Beach - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report March 2018

Sorry, I have no openings remaining for March as the calendar is booked full. April is also filling fast. Spring months are always super busy. So don’t wait if you are waiting to book something for April or May.

Fishing has been fantastic for the first couple months of 2018 February was a relatively warm month, but the first week of March has brought back some chilly temperatures and gusty winds. We have caught loads of redfish, black drum and are finding some snook again that survived the freeze we experienced in January. Things really won’t change for us throughout March, but as we get into April and May we will start catching dozens of speckled trout each day in addition to a bunch more redfish, bluefish, some black drum and snook.

Redfish have been the main attraction the last two months. Lower water levels have schooled up smaller redfish by the hundreds in a few locations. When we find those, sight casting with live shrimp has produced multiple days with 15-20 redfish boated in just a few hours. Higher water has scattered the schools and made for a little more work on our part. Blind casting lures like spoons and soft plastics in addition to free-lining live mullet has put 5-10 redfish in the boat. Bigger bull redfish have started to group up again for the spring. We’ve been targeting half a dozen groups with schools holding 25-50 fish in the 20-40 pound range. Live bait has been a must for best chances. Fishing for bull reds will get better and better with each passing week and it will last all the way into the fall.

It’s been an incredible few months for Black Drum. I’m not sure I have ever seen so many numbers. There were two schools in January that held over 1,000 drum that quickly split into smaller groups of 200-300 fish. Spring is their spawning season. We have targeted schools on flats and routinely found multiple groups of drum in the 10-20 pound range tailing and mudding making for great sight fishing. Throw them a shrimp and hang on for quick catching.

January was exceptionally cold for a couple weeks and water temperatures plummeted into the 40’s. As expected, this produced another large cold water fish kill for tropical species like snook and tarpon that reside in our area. I estimate we lost about 50-60% of our population. But during the past couple weeks we’ve found a lot that made it through the winter. Baby tarpon are still unwilling to bite, but snook have been more cooperative. We can usually find 5-10 bites a day from snook, most are smaller 10-20 inch fish, with some good ones close to 30 inches long as well. Live shrimp, plastic shrimp and small swim baits have all produced for us.

We’ve seen some pretty decent spotted sea trout this winter, but the cold weather really had them quite lethargic. When it warmed up in February we were catching some good trout in the 25-30” range. Now it’s back to being cold and they aren’t on the prowl nor eager to bite. April and May will likely be the top months again this year, especially once we start to get our annual baitfish run of mullet, pinfish, pigfish and croakers. There should be days in May and June with multiple fish being caught each day over 5 pounds.

I’ve got 11 days open for April. I’ve got about 17 days remaining open for May. Don’t wait till the last minute to book a trip. And if you’re considering something this summer, be aware the June and July are the two busiest months of the year. 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 or so can be found on my website...http://www.floridasightfishing.com/report.htm
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Indian River Lagoon - New Smyrna Beach - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report January 2018

2018 is here, but it’s impossible not to reflect on how awesome 2017 was for my clients. I was blessed to fish with clients from over 30 different states and 3 countries. We caught hundreds of redfish, snook, speckled trout and black drum. We also caught triple tail, tarpon, giant bluefish, jack crevalle, goliath grouper, and sharks. We caught multiple redfish over 40 pounds, a few speckled trout approaching 10 pounds, and a couple tarpon over 100 pounds!!! It was amazing year of sight fishing with big schools of redfish, tailing fish, laid up tarpon and big trout, spawning black drum, with snook and grouper under docks. It was an amazing year of making friends, sharing stories, seeing wildlife, and catching fish. I can only hope 2018 is just as memorable. It’s a perfect time to escape the bone chilling cold up north and escape to Florida for a fishing trip.

2018 has definitely come in cold for us! We’re in the midst of a week long cold snap that has highs in the 50’s and low’s in the 30-40’s. Redfish, speckled trout and black drum are dropping into deeper creeks, sloughs and holes and will likely stay there for a while. Giant trout and snook will be searching out shallow edges to sit and warm in the sun. Our water levels have dropped dramatically and the water is gin clear and combined will make for giant winter time schools of fish. If you check enough places and find the right spot, you can sit and catch 100 fish.

Fishing for redfish in Mosquito Lagoon is excellent! Some of the best catching of the year is going to happen over the next month. Mosquito Lagoon redfish have schooled up in giant numbers in sloughs, creeks, and deep holes. Hit the right spot and you can catch 100 redfish ranging from slot fish to rats. A recent fishing charter near New Smyrna Beach I did a couple days ago produced nearly 70 redfish in 4 hours. That won’t happen everyday, but it’s quite common to catch 20-30 redfish per day in the Lagoon this time of year on a variety of live bait and lures.

There are incredible giant schools of black drum in the North Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon. Some of these schools are holding 500+ fish in the 5-15 pound range. The hard cold fronts we see in January usually bring out the biggest drum of the year with 40-50 pounders near Oak Hill and New Smyrna Beach. Black Drum spawn in the spring so these schools will be around through April. Live shrimp or blue crab will be top choices for us to catch them by the dozens.

Fishing in Mosquito Lagoon for big speckled trout is really starting to take off. We’ve seen a bunch of big ones lately up in the shallows warming up, with multiple fish over 10 pounds. They should be very lethargic until the cold snap passes and then will be hungry on the backside as it warms up. Smaller trout from 10-20 inches are piled up by the hundreds in sloughs, creeks, and deep holes. Live bait and a variety of jigs/lures will score on numerous trout through the next couple months

The cold weather moving through Florida during the first week of January is going to shut the snook bite down for a while. If it drops too low for too long it’s possible we may see some cold weather die off (which we haven’t seen since 2009). It’s forecasted to warm up the next couple weeks which should have them up and moving around again soon.

Have about 12 days remaining open for January. February is already half way full and spring break months are starting to go quick. While I take last second scheduling if I have open days, DON’T wait till last minute to schedule a trip for you or your family. 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…

Be sure to visit my website and view the top 50 photos from 2017!!!
http://www.floridasightfishing.com/report.htm
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New Smyrna Beach - Mosquito Lagoon - Indian River Lagoon Fishing Report December 2017

We are about the wrap up 2017, and the fishing couldn’t get much better over the past couple weeks. Fishing in Mosquito Lagoon and the North Indian River Lagoon has been outstanding. My fishing charters in the lagoons have found black drum schooled up by the hundreds, bull redfish and smaller redfish schooled up and tailing on flats, and loads of snook in winter-time holes. December is close to being full booked, don’t wait till last minute for a holiday season charter!!!

Fishing for redfish in Mosquito Lagoon and North Indian River Lagoon has been excellent during the past month. Smaller redfish are finally starting to school up with falling water levels. Tailing activity on the grass flats has improved daily. This makes for great sight casting with lures and live bait for redfish in the 5-10 pound range. There’s still been a couple schools of bull redfish over 20 pounds roaming deeper flats. We were fortunate to catch a bunch this past month sight casting when the weather was right, however, each passing week decreases odds for the right conditions needed. Live bait is practically a must for those this time of year.

Incredible numbers of black drum are being found in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon. We located schools of 500+ fish a few times during the past month, including a school yesterday that had close to 1000 drum. These fish are in pre-spawn mode for an early spring spawn session. Catching has been outstanding. Average size is in the 10-20 pound range and they can be caught with live bait or flies.

Keeping our fingers crossed in Central Florida for another mild winter. We are seeing superb numbers of snook schooled up in a few areas from Ponce Inlet to Titusville. We are catching 10+ every day on soft plastics and live bait. Sizes can vary because they are mixed together, numerous small ones all the way up towards a rare fish close to 20 pounds. Season closes December 15th on our coast, so it’ll be catch and release after.

Can’t really report much on spotted sea trout over the past month because I haven’t been fishing for them or targeting them at all. With that said, approaching cold weather this weekend will surely change things up for the remainder of the winter as the giants over 10 pounds will flood their way into shallow water to warm up. And usually once they make that move they will be there till early spring. It will be an excellent time of year to try your hand for a world-class trophy gator trout. And I’ll do a lot more of it when that happens.

The current conditions don’t really show any signs of slowing down, in fact, approaching cold fronts may accelerate a bite. Only a handful of days remaining for December and January is filling up quick. While I take last second scheduling if I have open days, DON’T wait till last minute to schedule a trip for you or your family. 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 Lagoon - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report November 2017

The first cold fronts of the year arrived in Central Florida just before Halloween and the fish went banana’s with red hot bite actvitity! Fishing in Mosquito Lagoon and the North Indian River Lagoon has been phenomenal lately to say the least. My fishing charters in the lagoons have been species grand slam (or even super slam) trips each day targeting snook, redfish, tarpon, speckled trout and black drum. Water levels have dropped considerably and sight casting to all of the above species has been possible. I’ve been super busy with lots of charters. We are quickly approaching the year-end holidays, the calendar will be full. Don’t wait till the last minute, secure openings now.

The early hard cold sent all the snook running for their winter hang outs. If you know where those few places are, they can be caught be the dozens. That’s exactly what happened lately as I had a couple days with over 40 snook landed, and multiple other days with 15-25 snook to the boat. Sizes can vary because they are mixed together, numerous small ones all the way up towards a rare fish close to 20 pounds. More and more will continue to pile into the holes. The catching bonanza doesn’t last forever, but we should continue to post solid numbers daily from now till into January. Plugs, soft plastics, and live bait will be our ticket to success.

Fishing for redfish in Mosquito Lagoon has been excellent. The cold weather sent them quickly to the sand sloughs, sand holes and troughs on the shorelines yielding some fantastic sight casting. Now that it’s warming up a big again, Mosquito Lagoon redfish have been tailing well on grass flats and cruising shorelines. These fish all range from 5-10 pounds and catching can be really good for the foreseeable future. Water levels will continue to drop and schools will continue to get bigger and bigger throughout the winter. The recent full moon grouped up a couple schools of big bull reds over 20 pounds, likely the last time they’ll be schooled up for a few months. We connected on a few giants over 30 pounds recently.

There’s been a lot of baby tarpon from 5-15 pounds piled up in parts of the Indian River Lagoon and behind Ponce Inlet. They will stay there throughout the winter now. They were pretty active and biting well, but the recent cold weather quickly shut them down. They will bite better on some warmer trends, but tarpon fishing the remainder of the year can be unpredictable. Bigger adult fish over 50 pounds have left the region and won’t be back till late next spring or early summer.

Fishing for spotted sea trout in Mosquito Lagoon and the North Indian River Lagoon has transitioned from a numbers game to targeting lesser numbers of giant trophy trout. For the next few months we will see some of the biggest speckled trout in the world laid up in shallow sandy areas. We will have great chances to sight cast gator trout in the 6-8 pound range and spot some giants over 10 pounds. Last winter I saw a three I estimated in the 14+ pound range. Right now, they are biting really well, trying to gorge themselves on thinning bait supplies. As the water gets colder and cleaner they are going to get super spooky and lethargic making things ultra tough.

The current conditions are ripe to continue for an unbelievable month of catching in November and December. I’ve got 7 days left open for November. I’ve got 13 days left open for December. While I take last second scheduling if I have open days, DON’T wait till last minute to schedule a trip for you or your family. 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 - Ponce Inlet - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report September 2017

All is well on the east coast of Florida after Hurricane Irma blew through the New Smyrna Beach area a week ago. In fact, I spent the last few days on the water in Mosquito Lagoon and experienced a phenomenal redfish bite with nearly 20 caught each day on lures. Our area received flooding rains and storm surge, so water levels in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon are considerably higher. Many of the ICW docks near Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach are heavily damaged which may impact snook and trout fishing over time. But the grass flats in Mosquito Lagoon are in great condition with clean water, healthy grass, and loads of baitfish. Since the hurricane I’ve located huge schools of redfish, black drum, saw several tarpon and some giant speckled trout. Fall fishing looks to be outstanding!

Fishing for redfish in Mosquito Lagoon and near Ponce Inlet has been on fire both before and after the hurricane. We are at the peak of spawn time for redfish on the east coast, so we’ve been targeting schools of big bull reds over 20 pounds. Catching has been outstanding with multiple bull reds landed each day. On the shallow grass flats in Mosquito Lagoon, smaller 5-10 pound redfish have been schooled up by the dozens, if not more. Sight casting and catching has been outstanding with multiple fish landed each day on lures or live bait. Fishing for redfish will continue to be strong all through the fall and winter.

Prior to the hurricane there was excellent fishing for spotted sea trout in Mosquito Lagoon using live pigfish. croakers, and mullet. The hurricane has severely limited our ability to catch and maintain these baits for the time being. So for now, fishing for trout will strictly be via lures and/or live mullet. While we still catch some, it won’t be by the dozens like during the summer months. Big gator trout over 7-8 pounds will get a lot more feisty in October and November as cold fronts move through, thinning out baitfish supplies and moving them up into shallow water.

Fishing for tarpon around New Smyrna Beach and down into Mosquito Lagoon also was pretty good prior to the hurricane. During September we were locating fair numbers of 60-100 pound tarpon laid up in Mosquito Lagoon and connecting on soft plastics and jigs. As things have calmed down this past week, they are still here, just a bit more scattered and on the move. Tarpon will only be on the radar for the next few weeks, then approaching cold fronts will drive them south for the winter.

Prior to the hurricane we were starting to locate a lot of snook in Mosquito Lagoon and catching them regularly around docks in New Smyrna Beach. Since then, snook have been tough to locate. We saw the same thing last year for hurricane Matthew but things stabilized within a couple weeks and took off. Snook fishing should repeat and stabilize over the next week and then take off like a rocket the remainder of the fall and into December.

Fall fishing is an excellent time to hit the coastal waters around Central Florida, I’ve got 5 days left open for September and around 14 days left open for October. Don’t wait till last minute to schedule a trip for you or your family. 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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Ponce Inlet - New Smyrna Beach - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report August 2017

Down to the last little month or so of summer and the bite is still red hot in the Mosquito Lagoon and near New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet. We’re fishing schools of redfish every morning in Mosquito Lagoon and wrapping things up catching bunches of spotted sea trout. Lots of snook and tarpon in the deeper waters around New Smyrna. Fishing is not gonna slow down for the next 6 weeks, then we’ll start to see baitfish thinning out and the fall transition taking place. I’ve got 12 days left open for August and about the same for September. Get in the great catching while you can!!!

Fishing for Mosquito Lagoon redfish have been excellent the last couple weeks. Lower water levels have the fish schooled up big time during the morning. Numerous groups of 75-150 grouped up fish in the 5-10lb range. GIANT bull reds have also been schooled up in both lagoons for their annual spawn with fish in the 20-40lb range coming to the boat each day last week. Summer and early fall is prime time for catching these trophy size redfish. Live bait has been the ticket with mullet, pinfish, pigfish all catching plenty. Soft plastics, plugs and spoons have worked when throwing lures.

The Speckled Trout bite in Mosquito Lagoon is still going strong. It’s also picked up well in New Smyrna Beach around oysters, creek shorelines, and docks. Live bait is producing 15-20 trout per day; many are smaller keeper size fish with some big ones upwards of 7-8 pounds too. Fishing for speckled trout will remain like this until the cold fronts start to roll through and baitfish supplies run out in late September.

Fishing for Snook in New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet has been good around the docks, bridges and shorelines. However, it’s going to get even better next month when cold fronts start to get going and baitfish begin their fall migration. Where snook are hanging out now makes for tougher fishing with heavy gear and lots of lost fish or break-offs but we’re getting a fair number of bites each time we fish them. Snook season reopens on September 1st, so for the next few weeks it’s still catch and release.

Lots of juvenile tarpon in the 10-30 pound range were around last month, then numbers thinned out again last week which tends to be normal. Should see a big increase in numbers of bigger adult fish in the 50-100 pound range this month and September as they start to work their way south for the fall.

Summer vacation season is winding down and kids are heading back to school. I’ve got 12 days open for August and around the same for September. Don’t wait till last minute to schedule a trip for you or your family. 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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