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

September 17, 2019

Welcome to fall in Florida! Still about the same as summer, lol. Water is a little higher now around New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet after two hurricanes blew by up the coast. Fall finger mullet run is going off in the Mosquito Lagoon with redfish, trout and occasional snook blowing up bait and lures. It’s been a lot of redfish, big snook, jacks, sharks and tarpon around Ponce Inlet and down through New Smyrna Beach. Sadly hurricanes wrecked our other baifish availability flushing most of them out into the ocean…and that’s kinds changed up where and how we are fishing daily and numbers we are catching.

Fall is good for redfish at or near Ponce Inlet for big redfish over 20 pounds. They are stacked up there by the hundreds to spawn. Typically it’s drift fishing with live bait but it’s definitely the best and easiest time of year to catch trophy redfish. Mosquito Lagoon has smaller redfish scattered far and wide on shallow flats. Drift fishing lures or posting up free-lining bait usually finds some redfish up on the flats.

This year has been far and away the best I’ve seen our local snook fishing. We are kinda out of their normal range here, but bunch of warm winters has their numbers strong. They too were just congregated to spawn the last few months and are now moving towards winter hideouts. There’s been a lot of them scattered in Mosquito Lagoon this year. We've been catching great size fish, including a few of the biggest I've ever caught or landed. Snook will remain steady all through the rest of the year.  In fact, some of my favorite months are November and December when it becomes possible to catch 20-30 snook a day.

Hurricane did push a bunch of tarpon inshore. Can find good numbers around Ponce Inlet with some very large ones at that. Although this morning, hardly a one could be found again. That's the way they are around here and why I usually only do them as an in addtion to type thing instead of exclusive.  They’ll all move out of here soon anyways when first cold fronts show up in a few weeks. Drifting crabs and live baitfish as well as jigs and plugs all give you best chance to get a bite.

Been slammed all summer and hasn’t slowed down too much into October. Then it’s gonna be slammed again for November and December. I take short notice trips if I have availability. Text me, call me at 386-212-4931 or even send an email to secure a date. Read my 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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