We have had some great fishing recently summer patterns fully getting going. It’s definitely starting to feel like summer outside but that’s ok, when the weather is hot the fishing usually is too!
Inshore fishing around Ponce Inlet has been fun with some great days catching redfish. The way these fish feed this time of year makes for some of my favorite fishing. Snook in the 10-15lb range have been giving us opportunities as well. Some days they chew, others they make us wonder, but when they do eat it’s a lot of fun trying to get them to the boat.
Nearshore fishing out of Ponce Inlet has started to shape up with some big blitzing schools of false albacore tuna. Nothing in Florida other than a bonefish can make a 10lb setup scream like a false albie. We have also had some shots at schools of big jacks and it will be any time now that the bait and the tarpon arrive in good numbers.
In Mosquito Lagoon just to the south of Ponce Inlet, we had a big push of ocean water with some very high tides recently. This will add a bit more clarity to the lagoon and help us see the fish even better while sight fishing with light tackle and fly.
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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