It feels like we have been knocking on summers door on some days recently with some nice temperatures that are a clear sign that any cool weather is in the rear view mirror. Low humidity make it feel just right and sure does make it comfortable to be on the water this time of year.
The fishing has been good and to top it off, I’ve added a brand new boat to the fleet to ensure my clients have the best equipment available to make their charter as top of the line as possible. My bay boat clients will now be fishing out of my 2022 Yellowfin 24 Carbon Elite powered by a Mercury Racing 450r outboard. This is the top of the line bay boat on the market and it just doesn’t get any better. The most ergonomic and comfortable boat in its class keeps my clients on the fish and 100% comfortable at all times!
The inshore fishing around Ponce Inlet, Daytona Beach, and New Smyrna Beach has been a lot of fun lately with good catches of big bull redfish. Snook are starting to enter their warm months patterns and are giving us opportunities, and it won’t be long now before the tarpon start to show up.
Mosquito Lagoon has also been giving us good fly and light tackle spin fishing opportunities at redfish and trout in the back country. This is some of my favorite type of fishing and I really enjoy disappearing into the back country with my clients where we only see fish and birds.
Nearshore fishing off Ponce Inlet, Daytona Beach, and New Smyrna Beach is starting to enter its prime season with big jacks recently showing up and the tarpon hopefully getting closer by the day. False albacore tuna will be here soon as well.
The most comfortable time of year to fish is upon us with low humidity and perfect temperatures. Combined with a good spring time bite, it’s been hard to beat lately.
Nearshore off Daytona Beach, Ponce Inlet, and New Smyrna Beach, we have had opportunities at some nice cobia recently. As that migration winds up, warmer months fish will soon arrive such as tarpon and false albacore. Tarpon are a challenge for literally any angler, and false albacore are one of the most drag screaming, hard pulling, fun fish to catch on 10lb tackle that there is.
Inshore fishing around Ponce Inlet, Daytona Beach, and New Smyrna Beach has been productive for our big bull redfish as well as some black drum and snook which are beginning to move around with the water water temperatures.
Flats fishing in Mosquito Lagoon is still giving us good shots at 4-8lb reds and sea trout on fly and light spin tackle. Snook will begin to show up in some of these same areas soon.
As we enter the full fledged spring season, the fishing has been rapidly falling into the expected patterns. The temperatures couldn’t be more comfortable to fish in and now with the time change, we get a little more daylight to lengthen our afternoon trips. Spring in Florida brings about many great opportunities that we are ready to enjoy.
In the Ponce Inlet, Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach area, big bull reds will begin entering their spring rhythms and warming up from the winter time hunkering. Snook are also starting to move back into their usual haunts. Black drum have mainly migrated back to the north but there are still a few around.
Nearshore fishing has been quite variable with windy conditions, but we should start to get more opportunities in the coming weeks. Cobia could still make an appearance if we catch a few good weather days. Tarpon and big jack crevalle won’t be too far behind either along with drag ripping false albacore.
Mosquito Lagoon has lost a little clarity with the warmer temperatures but we are still getting some fun sight fishing for fly and spin anglers in the skiffs.
And so yet another change of seasons begins as we enter spring. Cardinals calling in the upland islands, white butterflies floating across the bow, and comfortable temperatures in the low 80’s are all a signal that spring has sprung. It’s the beginning of another cycle of our yearly rhythm of fishing opportunities.
Inshore fishing can be a lot of fun in spring with possibilities at large redfish, snook and black drum. In the Ponce Inlet, New Smyrna Beach, and Daytona Beach areas, these species will keep our rods bent in the coming weeks.
Nearshore fishing off Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach will enter its warm months season with opportunities at cobia in the next few weeks, followed by the arrival of tarpon in late April and May. Big jack crevalle will make an appearance at some point as well.
Inshore fishing in Mosquito Lagoon is still producing fun sight fishing opportunities for fly and light tackle spin anglers. Close quarter shots at reds and trout are exciting for any angler! The fish are challenging so bring your A-game but the reward is nothing short of spectacular.
Capt. Billy Rotne
Ponce Inlet Fishing Charters
Winter seemed to be rather brief this year with a few days close to 80 degrees last week and more warm weather in the forecast. Low humidity and “just right” temperatures sure do make it comfortable to be outside this time of year!
We have been mainly focusing on light tackle and fly fishing in Mosquito Lagoon the past few weeks as that’s been where the better fishing has occurred. Water clarity and fish activity continue to make it a good option to sight fish for 4-8lb redfish, black drum, and sea trout.
Fishing around Ponce Inlet, New Smyrna Beach, and Daytona Beach for big redfish and black drum can be variable this time of year but it should pick up rapidly as the warmer temperatures become a steady trend. The patterns of the fish will adjust to this and the days should become consistent soon.
Nearshore fishing off Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach is generally more of a summer activity but on the right days we do have opportunities at migratory cobia. This challenging type of sight fishing is a lot of fun when things line up. Spotting the cobia following giant manta rays is a sight to see. Just seeing the rays alone is a great experience!
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