Last week gave us our first taste of summer temperatures and a chance to explore some of the fishing patterns that are to come in the next few months. Warmer temperatures and calmer winds are a sign that we are leaving the transitional period of late spring and into our summer. This period of the year brings some of my favorite fishing for species like tarpon, I’m really excited that it’s finally starting.
Nearshore fishing off Ponce Inlet is a part of our daily excursions on most days of the week, and with species like big tarpon and light tackle false albacore tuna, it doesn’t get much better. As bait and other attractors of these powerful fish arrive, catching them will be our top priority.
Inshore fishing inside Ponce Inlet will also be a part of most of our trips for the summer season. Big snook and bull reds are high on the list of to-dos and as activity peaks for these fish, we will surely have some great days. Recently we have begun to enjoy just how much more active the warmer temperatures are making the snook in particular.
To the south of Ponce Inlet in Mosquito Lagoon, shorelines are attracting redfish and snook hunting for a bite to eat and giving up opportunities with both fly and light spin tackle. Sea trout also start to get active this time of year as they enter their spawning season. The water clarity remains good for sight fishing and these trips to the isolated back country can be truly unique.
This is by far one of the most comfortable times of year to fish in Florida. It’s warm enough that our warm water species are showing up and the early summer patterns are beginning, but humidity is low enough that it’s still really comfortable to be outside. The next few weeks will continue this way before the summer days of June bring on their hot weather.
Inshore fishing around the Ponce Inlet area, big snook and tarpon will be lurking along with a few big bull redfish. As these fish get ready for summer, they can offer us some great fishing opportunities. Redfish can be particularly fun to target this time of year.
Nearshore off Ponce Inlet, the forces that bring tarpon, sharks, big jack crevalle, and false albacore tuna are all coming together and should be in full swing in no time. Calm days and smooth seas of early summer will make these trips accessible on a regular basis.
To the south in Mosquito Lagoon, calmer days of May and June can help make our back country reds and trout more visible during the warm water months. Sight fishing with fly and light tackle is the agenda on our lagoon trips.
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