|New Smyrna Beach is a small seaside city of about 25,000 people located
near Ponce de Leon Inlet. Less than one hour from Orlando, New Smyrna
Beach lies at the northernmost end of the Mosquito Lagoon. Nearby towns
include Edgewater, Oak Hill, Port Orange, and it is just a short drive from the
famous Daytona Beach.
The closest inshore saltwater fishing to New Smyrna Beach is the northern
Mosquito Lagoon. Unlike the areas to the south, this portion of the Lagoon is
influenced by tidal flow. The waters are a maze of tidal creeks with many
oyster bars and docks where fish congregate. The variety of fish in this
region is exceptional. Redfish, seatrout, and drum make their home here as
they do throughout the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River. Tarpon, snook,
snapper, grouper, bluefish, flounder, sheephead, jack crevalle, and ladyfish
are also caught frequently.
Many of the waters surrounding New Smyrna Beach area are stained and
sight fishing is generally not the main tactic used. Fishing for redfish and
trout usually involves casting jigs or soft plastic shrimp up current and
working them along the many oyster bars and mangrove shore lines. Fishing
the bridges and residential docks can produce a wide variety of fish.
In the summer months, the New Smyrna / Edgewater area is home to
hundreds of tarpon from ten pound juveniles to full grown adults weighing
well over one hundred pounds. The sheltered inshore waters offer
protection from the wind and do not experience the heavy fishing pressure
found in other areas of Florida.
For the angler looking to sight fish the shallow flats, New Smyrna Beach is
only twenty minutes from the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the
southern Mosquito Lagoon. The Refuge is home to a variety of wildlife and is
popular with nature photographers and bird watchers, especially during the
New Smyrna offers some great beaches including the Canaveral National
Seashore. This is one of the last undeveloped beaches on the east coast of
Florida. The seashore offers access to the beach as well as wading and
kayak access to the Mosquito Lagoon.
Ponce Inlet offers access to nearshore fishing during the summer and fall as
well as deep sea fishing all year long.
If you will be staying in the New Smyrna Beach area and are
interested in booking an inshore light tackle fishing charter,
call me at 321-229-2848
See my Central Florida Fishing Report to see what kinds of
fish we have been catching on the latests charters
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