Unusually warm weather continues and has brought about what seems like we will get an early spring this year. The fish are transitioning fully into patterns we don’t normally see for another month but that’s ok because we have been having some fun days on the water.
The Ponce Inlet area is starting to get more active with fish behaving like they would during the warmer months of the year and things should continue to get better in the coming weeks. Redfish and some snook will be our targets for these trips until the warm water species like false albacore tuna and tarpon arrive.
Mosquito Lagoon which is our adjacent estuary to the Ponce Inlet area has been our primary focus during the winter and spring months. The water clarity remains good for sight fishing reds and black drum with both spin and fly tackle. This type of fishing is challenging and rewarding, very much like hunting as we stalk the flats looking for fish to throw at. We will continue to fish this area when we can over the next few months through mid summer before we shift our focus to the tidal areas.
Ponce Inlet Fishing Report
Spring seems to be here a bit early this year with temperatures forecast as high 90 degree this week! The warm weather with relatively low humidity has certainly made for pleasant fishing conditions and the fish themselves have shifted into their spring time patterns.
Mosquito Lagoon which is about 10 miles south of Ponce Inlet has been the place for most of our fishing lately. Good sight fishing for redfish and black drum has been keeping my anglers rods bent on the sunny and calm days and we’ve been using a few other techniques on some of the more breezy and cloudy days.
The Ponce Inlet area has been transitioning into its spring patterns with ocean temperatures in the mid 70’s which is very unusual for February. The target species of redfish, snook and tarpon along with big jack crevalle and false albacore tuna will all be on our radar very shortly. We have been catching some nice reds already and the snook will be more active soon.
Winter almost seems likes it’s in the rear view mirror with day after day of warm temperatures in the upper 70’s and low 80’s. The fish feel this too and have been moving away from winter patterns and into spring type behavior. This can present us some new opportunities in the coming days and weeks.
Most of our recent trips continue to be in the Mosquito Lagoon area that’s about 10-15 miles south of Ponce Inlet. We have been using both of our Hell’s Bay skiffs to access fish in the shallowest back country areas. Fish tailing, feeding on shorelines, moving around in small schools and other great behaviors conducive to sight fishing have been the recent trend. This provides great opportunities for both spin and fly fisherman.
The Ponce Inlet area has been fishing in its winter pattern still with some opportunities at resident redfish and a few black drum which are starting their migration north. Snook will likely begin to get more active as the warmer days continue. Within the new month or two, we will start to enter the productive spring and following seasons that make the inlet area a great place to fish.
Another couple weeks of too-nice-to-be-winter weather has passed and we have enjoyed some great days on the water in spring like conditions. Upper 70’s and sunny skies have had it feeling like it’s spring time. The fishing has been a lot of fun as well with a combination of cooler and warmer weather patterns coming together.
We have been spending most of our time lately in Mosquito Lagoon just to the south of Ponce Inlet. The water clarity has been good for sight fishing and the bite has been good too. We’ve been catching a few trout but mostly redfish and black drum on spin and fly tackle.
The Ponce Inlet area is entering its spring time pattern early this year with a little activity from snook and reds starting to get going. As water temperatures react to the warmer winter we have been having, bait will start to move more and this area will only get better.
As our winter season pushes on, we have been really enjoying some great weather and fishing. The special thing about the Ponce Inlet area is that we have great options year round that offer different types of fishing. Regardless of the weather condition, we can have great days on most days during the winter season.
Most of our fishing has been taking place in the Mosquito Lagoon area which is just a few miles south of Ponce Inlet. This remote area is one of the few untouched areas along Florida’s east coast. The scenery and the wildlife goes hand in hand with the fishing.
We have been having some great days with both spinning tackle and fly rods, doing a combination of sight fishing along with a few other techniques. The bite for redfish, black drum and sea trout has been pretty good lately so we’ve been having a lot of fun.
The Ponce Inlet area has also been productive for some of our winter species like sheepshead along with a few bull reds hanging around.
The last few weeks of fishing has brought seasonal change to the Ponce Inlet and Mosquito Lagoon area. We had some very cold winter weather along with the rest of the country in the last week of 2022. Thankfully it’s warmed back up nicely but that changed the fishing patterns a lot.
The Ponce Inlet area has been less of a focus for us after this cool down as many of our warm water species like snook had to hunker down and a lot of the redfish and other species moved to their winter time feeding areas. We have shifted our approaches and remained successful with some great days on the water.
Much of our fishing recently has been down in Mosquito Lagoon about 10 miles south of Ponce Inlet. The cool down clears up the water in many areas and can make the bite quite good for redfish, trout and black drum. We have been catching these fish consistently over the last few weeks and had some really fun days doing it. Big migratory black drum have been an option on some days with fish up to 40lbs! Sight fishing has also been really good with groups of fish tailing and feeding several different ways. This is one of the best times of year for sight fishing with both spin and fly tackle.
As winter finally knocks on our door this coming Christmas weekend in Florida, winter fishing patterns will be locked in place for the next couple months. We shift away from the warm water species of summer to the fish that give us our best winter opportunities.
In the Ponce Inlet area, big reds and black drum aren’t harmed by the cooler water temperatures of winter and will be our primary target. The snook have done quite well for the last few years and we can only hope they will make it through this winter as well.
In Mosquito Lagoon a few miles south of Ponce Inlet, winter brings the clearest water of the year and some good fishing as well. Redfish will group up in small schools in several areas and big schools of migratory black drum will occupy the deeper basins of the lagoon. Winter and spring bring some of the best fishing conditions to the lagoon and we will be taking advantage of that for the next few months.
Ponce Inlet Winter Fishing Report
Other than a few cool days in November, we are off to what seems like a pretty warm winter so far here around Ponce Inlet in central Florida. Compared to most parts of the country, it’s almost always nice in Florida this time of year. Whether it stays warm or cools down as we head towards January, the fishing should be good either way.
Back country fishing in Mosquito Lagoon which is a few miles to the south of Ponce Inlet starts to enter it’s prime season as cooler temperatures bring clearing water that gives us the visibility we need to have fun days sight fishing with both fly and spin tackle. Big black drum are arriving on their year migration here to spawn and also make a fun target for days on the lagoon.
Around the Ponce Inlet area itself, our winter season is mainly focused on big bull redfish and big black drum on their way to the lagoon. These fish aren’t impacted by cooler water temperatures the way our summer species like snook and tarpon are so we have good chances at them even when we enter the coolest parts of winter.
Winter in Florida just isn’t the same as the rest of the country, it’s a great time to escape the snow and come catch some fish!
Ponce Inlet Fishing Charters
As we transition into the “winter” months here along the coast of east central Florida, great fishing opportunities remain strong! Our winters can be chilly some days, but we can also have extremely pleasant conditions to fish on many other days. The fish bite either way!
In the Ponce Inlet area, the bull redfish bite continues to be strong with many anglers catching some great fish over the last couple weeks. As we progress into the cooler portion of winter, these fish, along with the snook, will begin to move to areas they prefer to overwinter. Big black drum are also arriving for the winter season with some of these fish weighing in at over 60lbs!
Back country fishing in Mosquito Lagoon just to the south of Ponce Inlet will start to be a good option again as winter brings cooler temperatures and low, clear water. Sight fishing for 4-8lb redfish on fly and light tackle is one of the other highlights of this time of year. Large schools of black drum will also be a good option over the next few months.
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Fishing Charters Ponce Inlet Florida
Just when we thought hurricane season was over, we got an unusual November storm. Thankfully it didn’t cause any damage to the boats and fishing is getting back to normal this week.
Redfish and snook are both around in the Ponce Inlet area and will feed well through November. There are still some tarpon around as well but the amount of time they remain here will be dependent on how our next few cold fronts impact water temperatures. When things are right, the tarpon can feed hard before pushing on with their winter migration towards the Caribbean.
Mosquito Lagoon just to the south of Ponce Inlet has had some really high water levels after our first hurricane, they started to drop but came back up again after this more recent storm. They should drop over the next few weeks and the fishing should be good for spin and fly anglers looking to sight fish as we head into December.
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