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New Smyrna Beach

Just south of Daytona Beach is an overlooked fishing paradise called New Smyrna Beach.

One of the prime locations for catching big redfish is the Ponce de Leon Inlet pass where the Halifax River and Mosquito Lagoon meet and flow into the Atlantic Ocean. A jetty on the north end of this natural pass extends into the ocean. These rocks also provide habitat for fingerling fish, crustaceans and other natural prey for bull redfish. Live bait fished on the bottom or under a popping cork is an excellent way to tie into one. Artificial lures like gold spoons, grubs and jigs, especially when tipped with shrimp, are also excellent.

The current is a fast-moving current when the tide starts. You need a strong anchor and a stout rope to stay in place. You also need seriously tough gear to keep your bait where you want it. “The closest thing to a guaranteed bite, especially after locating fish, is to bait with fresh bunker or blue crab on the bottom. Terminal tackle is a simple three-way swivel system — the same rig many anglers use to bottom fish offshore — using 60- to 80-pound ­fluorocarbon, a 5/0 to 7/0 circle hook and a loop to interchange bank sinkers from 6 to 10 ounces,” says Sport Fishing Magazine.

The current also creates a ledge, the exact location of which will vary over time. Once you find that ledge, fish the drop-off side with the redfish rig. Since reds like to swim in schools, when you hook up with one, more are in the area.

Before you head out, check the regulations to see what’s in season and what you can take home.

New Smyrna Beach Inshore Fishing

This part of Florida is known for its population of blacktip sharks. These aggressive sharks like shallower waters. Big ones are over 100 pounds. The current world record is 270 pounds and comes from Africa. Current Florida shark regulations do not have a size limit for this fish. Anglers are limited to one per day. National Geographic says this species is responsible for most shark bites in Florida. If you catch one, let the New Smyrna Beach charter fishing guide handle the fish to avoid being a shark bite victim.

What makes this shark a top target for anglers is the acrobatic display it puts on when hooked. They will leap out of the water making them a challenge to keep on the line. Live and fresh baits are the best option for these fish. They can be chummed up from a boat, but not from the beach. Florida’s shark fishing regs put extra restrictions on beach fishing for these top oceanic predators.

Live and cut bait on a non stainless steel circle hook with a coated wire leader is recommended. Circle hooks are required when fishing from the beach. A circle hook is recommended because the hook almost always catches the fish in the corner of the mouth. The curve on the barb means it will not snag the fish deep inside it.

Other inshore species are trout, mangrove snapper, croaker, sometimes called whiting, jack crevalle, black drum, snook and tarpon. If you are after fish for the table, look for the croaker. As an “unregulated” fish in Florida, each angler is allowed to take home up to 100 pounds per day. That is a lot of tasty fillets. Use small hooks and bits of squid or shrimp on light lines. Croakers are a great fish to go after with kids because they are so common.

As many know, Indian River is well known for gator trout and big snook. The best method for putting one in the boat is live bait under a popping cork. Pinfish, fingerling mullet and menhaden are the best baits. You can also rig a grub under the popping cork.

New Smyrna Beach Offshore Fishing

If pulling big fish from deep water is your thing, New Smyrna Beach fishing charters is the way to go. With a variety of natural and artificial reefs offshore, the deep sea fishing here is excellent. Big grouper, amberjack, hogfish and snapper abound. To catch these fish, you should find good structure on the bottom and drop rigs with live or cut bait right over the side of the boat. Amberjack also hit big jigging spoons. Just know that working these heavy artificial lures takes more work than fishing on the bottom.

Ranging from deeper water all the way to the surface are king mackerel, sailfish, mahi mahi, wahoo, tuna and marlin. New Smyrna charter captains typically troll bait-tipped dusters through productive waters. While trolling, the captain also keeps an eye out for school baitfish at the surface. This is a sure sign that something is chasing the fish to the top. Diving seabirds are often the first indicator of something happening beneath the surface.

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