As we approach the edge of the winter season, it’s time to get excited for the new opportunities we will be presented. Clearer water and new species of fish are the theme of the coming 3 months.
Around Ponce Inlet, big redfish and giant black drum will fall into their winter patterns and some of the larger fish we catch all year will be landed. Tarpon and snook will slow way down to survive the cold of winter but hopefully will have another non eventful season for their safety.
It’s tough to get off the beach this time of year for nearshore fishing off New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach due to the weather on most days, but we will have some opportunities on the calmer days.
Inshore fishing in Mosquito Lagoon will enter its peak season with clear water and good sight fishing shots at reds and trout on fly and light spin tackle. The water has already started to clear up and it’s always fun to spend time in the back country of the lagoon chasing shallow water fish.
Capt. Billy Rotne
Cooler temperatures are knocking on the door as we head into the latter part of fall, bringing another change in the seasonal fishing patterns. Warmer water species hunker down while new species arrive from the north.
In the Ponce Inlet, New Smyrna Beach and Mosquito Lagoon area, redfish and big black drum will be the mainstays of the early winter season. These species tolerate cooler temperatures well and give us great targets even on the cooler days. Snook are still around, but become considerably less active as the days get colder.
Nearshore fishing off Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach gives us the opportunity at another species, triple tail. These fish are accessible on the better weather days when ocean conditions allow us to spend time along the beach. Most of the other nearshore species aren’t around during the winter so we generally spilt time between inshore and nearshore on the days we target them.
Mosquito Lagoon is already getting clearer with the first couple fronts past us. Hopefully we will have a great sight fishing season through spring this year. Large schools of black drum will be arriving in the coming weeks, giving us some great flats fishing opportunities.
As with the others seasons, east central Florida has great fishing at all times of the year. Don’t miss out on the opportunities at hand!
Capt. Billy Rotne
Ponce Inlet Fishing Charters
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