We’re still in the Goldilocks zone of late spring temperatures here in the Ponce Inlet area and the fishing has been and should continue to be great. Warm water species are starting to arrive and get active both inshore and nearshore.
Nearshore fishing off Ponce Inlet has finally started to shape up nicely with calmer winds ahead and warm enough water that our target species of tarpon, jack crevalle, and false albacore tuna are doing their thing. The next month should really open this fishery up and I expect great days to come for sure.
Inshore fishing around Ponce Inlet and the adjacent areas has been a lot of fun with good catches of big bull reds and big snook. The bull reds are entering their summer pattern and we have been targeting them with both spin and fly tackle. The big snook are definitely glad winter is over and they’ve been nice and chewy recently with my clients landing fish up to 35”.
Just to the south, fly and light tackle fishing Mosquito Lagoon has been fun with redfish blasting baits in shallow water and the big sea trout starting to gear up for their coming spawning season.
Another spring week has passed with seemingly perfect spring weather that has made every day comfortable to be outside. As we enter the beginning of the summer season over the next few weeks, the weather will get a little warmer but more calm and open up all the opportunities that this fishing season offers.
Around the Ponce Inlet area, we have been catching big redfish and a few snook in the areas around the inlet and adjacent inshore waters. As summer progresses more tarpon will move in as well.
Nearshore off Ponce Inlet, big adult tarpon up to 125lbs are arriving along with big jack crevalle and false albacore tuna that can make light tackle and fly rods scream. The calmer weather to come over the next month will really open up this area of our fishery.
To the south of Ponce Inlet, Mosquito Lagoon has been fishing well with 4-8lb backcountry reds pushing on shorelines and tailing in some areas. Big sea trout will also begin feeding well ahead of their spawning season. These are both great targets for light tackle fly and spin anglers on the calmer sunny days.
Ponce Inlet Spring Fishing Report
It’s been a little breezy this past week as spring blows it’s way into summer, but the calm days of May and June are just weeks away. Thankfully the wind does not impact our fishing so it just makes the day all the more pleasant as we start to get warmer temperatures. There is a brief period between now and July with calmer days and with low rain chances, it’s one of my favorite times of the year.
Around Ponce Inlet, New Smyrna Beach, and Daytona Beach, the inshore fishing has been good with catches of big bull redfish and some snook. The tarpon are starting to arrive now and will soon be here in larger and larger numbers. The fish are changing patterns and gearing up for a period of the year the bite can be really good.
Nearshore fishing off Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and the Ponce Inlet area itself is entering its season with big tarpon showing up, big jack crevalle, and one of my favorite light tackle fish to catch, false albacore tuna. The calmer periods to come will make this fishing accessible on most days of the week.
Mosquito Lagoon has still been fishing well on the calmer days for my light tackle spin and fly anglers with fish pushing on shorelines and in areas with vegetation. 4-8lb redfish and sea trout along with the occasional similarly sized black drum have been the primary targets. Every now and then we get opportunities at bull reds as well when we get lucky!
The pleasant temperatures of spring continue to make our days on the water comfortable and easy going. It’s hard not to enjoy just how nice it can be outside right this time of year. The fishing has been a lot of fun recently with the last remnants of anything winter related falling far into the rear view mirror.
Inshore fishing around Ponce Inlet has produced some really great days lately for big bull reds and snook. The same can be said for the New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach areas as well. Spring fishing really changes the pattern from winter and the fish begin to do things in a more consistent way which benefits anglers day after day.
Mosquito Lagoon is still clear enough to sight fish and the fishing has been good for both fly and spin anglers who want to experience the challenge of hunting single fish in shallow water. Few things top watching a fish you just made a perfect cast to eat your fly or lure a few feet from the boat! These back country trips take us far away from other people and really make for a great time.
Nearshore fishing is starting to gear up for summer with some tarpon, jack crevalle, and false albacore tuna starting to show up off the Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach area. Calmer days and smoother seas are right around the corner and I’m really looking forward to the time we will spend with anglers off the beach this year!
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