As the full impact of the fall seasonal change sets in, the excitement of fall fishing is before us. Huge schools of mullet getting blasted by tarpon, snook, jacks and redfish. Large numbers of big fish of multiple species ready to attack whatever is on the end of a rod. It’s a special time of year!
Big bull redfish have been around as usual with a larger push of ocean fish ready to arrive at Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach any time now. The next 4-6 weeks will be some of the best fishing for these fish all year.
Tarpon are around but somewhat difficult to target consistently as they are following the mullet and looking for opportunities to strike just about anywhere. At the right times and places though, some of the coming days of fall will offer some serious action for these fish.
Snook fishing will also reach its peak soon as the fish provide great opportunities at all hours of the day on the right tides.
Jack crevalle are gathering as well to massacre the mullet schools in feeding frenzies from New Smyrna Beach through Daytona Beach that have to be what mullets nightmares are about. These fish fight hard and the eats alone are often worth targeting them!
Mosquito Lagoon has been surprisingly clear for the later summer/early fall time frame and the fishing has been good on many days with the right weather. The coming months should be fun for both spin and fly fishing looking to sight fish.
Fall fishing is not to be missed, let’s get out there!
Capt. Billy Rotne
Ponce Inlet Fishing Charters
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