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New Smyrna Beach Area - Indian River Lagoon - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

November 22, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Stay safe for the holidays. Starting to get some cold fronts dropping into Central Florida more regularly. Now in our typical fall transition period. Still getting big redfish every day lately, and the last two weeks we were still catching big tarpon hanging around. Snook are starting to move towards the winter hangouts. Mullet are really moving through again, the last big push of baitfish before winter.

Still very good fishing for big redfish around Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach and heading south into Mosquito Lagoon. Should be good for another couple weeks before they move out for the next couple months. Our attention will soon then shift to fishing for redfish in the north end of Mosquito Lagoon in the creeks, oysters, and shallow mud flats. Water will continue to clear up as we get into the start of the New Year. There will be great sight fishing in January and February for schools of redfish in the shallows.

A recent hurricane that passed through whipped up some big seas out of Ponce Inlet and schooled up the tarpon hanging around in New Smyrna. We had a few trips during the middle of November where we hooked 4-6 tarpon per day in the 40-80 pound range. That was short lived as we got a batch of cold weather the last few days that should push the rest of them south for the winter. The smaller resident fish get pretty lethargic the rest of the year so thats likely it for a few months on tarpon.

Snook are starting to move around in New Smyrna Beach heading to their winter time hangouts. Caught some great ones over the last couple months. December and January typically bring out some of my best snook catching of the year in Mosquito Lagoon and Ponce Inlet backwaters. We routinely get 10-20+ per day. Live bait and lures, and we usually can do some sight casting for them as conditions allow.

Not a lot to write about for speckled trout. Widely scattered and eating live mullet or soft plastics when you find a couple. Big gator trout will start to move up shallow in Mosquito Lagoon when the water levels drop and clear up. So won’t be targeting them much till that happens.

Had a packed calendar the last couple months and looks to be busy in December. Holidays are super busy as we finish out the calendar year. Don’t wait till last minute as the last couple weeks of December and first couple weeks of January will be booked solid. I take short notice trips if I have time available. Text me or call me at 386-212-4931 or even send me an email to secure a date. Read my fishing charter page to view the top reasons why you should book your trip with me today. I look forward to fishing with you soon…

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