Fun Fishing in New Smyrna

The Fishing has been all good here in New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach area. The Shrimp Boats just left us, which gave us a lot of action with Sharks, Tarpon, Bonita’s, Kingfish and Barracuda’s. All of decent sizes too. For days when there were a few boats around, we made the trips to the close and near shore reefs. There we tangled into big AJ’s. We had to work our way through the “endangered species” aka Red Snapper in order to get to the other fish. We are also finding the breeding Flounder off the reefs allowing for some great table fare! These are ranging from the 5 pound and on up to over 10 pounders. It’s more of a subtle bite, but once they are moved off the bottom, the fight is on. Sorry- not giving secret to bait choice on this. But I will say that for the most part, I’ve had to move off of the live bait and on to cut bait for a more consistent bite.

Rainbow Redfish

Little Tunny

Species

Red Fish

Red FishRed drum, also called redfish, channel bass, spottail, red bass or reds, are one of Florida’s most popular sport fish and the state’s most widespread estuarine fish. Red drum are named after the “drumming” sound the make during spawning and when taken out of the water. The sound is produced by muscles rubbing against the inflated air bladder. Red drum inhabit the nearshore and offshore waters throughout the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to Key West. Red drum in Florida can reach lengths of 45 inches and weigh up to 51 pounds. The world record red drum was caught off North Carolina waters in 1984 and it weighed 94 pounds, 2 ounces.

SPOTTED SEATROUT

Seatrout FishSeatrout found inshore and nearshore in and around seagrass meadows, mangrove-fringed shorelines, deep holes and channels and above oyster bars. The State Record is at 17 lb 7 oz, caught near Ft. Pierce. The Seatrout makes the list for those seeking for a Grand Slam. While most consider a Grand Slam while during one fishing trip, under the rules, it goes for a 24 hour period of time.

BLACK DRUM

Black Drum FishBlack drum are an inshore fish common to bays and lagoons. They are bottom dwellers and often found around oyster beds. Black drum may also be found offshore. The largest member of the drum family, black drum spawn nearshore in the winter and early spring. They feed on oysters, mussels, crabs, shrimp and occasionally fish. Black drum may live to 35 or more years. The Florida State Record is 96 lbs, caught near Fernandina Beach. The vertical bars on juvenile black drum,Sciaenops ocellatus, are somewhat similar to those on sheepshead, Archosargus probatocephalus; and spadefish, Chaetodipterus faber.

FLOUNDER

Flounder FishFlounder are found inshore on sandy or mud bottoms and are often found in tidal creeks. They may also be caught occasionally on nearshore rocky reefs. Flounder lie on the bottom often partially covered by sand or mud waiting for a prey to come near and then strike suddenly. Gulf flounder hatch with a typical fish form but the right eye migrates over to the left side early in life.

 

TARPON

Tarpon FishThe adrenaline-rushing excitement of catching a tarpon is arguably unrivaled in the sport-fishing world. What happens to the fish after it is released? Are post-release responses different depending on tarpon size, environmental conditions or other factors? Learn more about the research exploring these questions.

Accomplishments

  • Catching 17 Sailfish during 1 outing.
  • 30 lb Mutton Snapper on 20# Test mono. World Record Fish!
  • Multiple Grandslams on each coast of Florida.
  • Catching a 10 Lb Spotted Seatrout
  • Catching every Bill Fish except the elusive Black Marlin. Sail, Spear, Sword, Blue & White Marlins have all been caught, but there is always that 1, that got away.
  • Catching a 12′ Gator along with many 8′ to 10′ Gators.
  • Catching the colorful Rooster Fish while in Costa Rica
  • 499 lb Blue Fin Tuna (darn 1 lb away.. blame it on the blood loss)
  • Becoming a USCG Captain
  • Becoming a Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot

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Can I bring my own equipment?

IMG_0625ABSOLUTELY! If you feel more at ease with your own trusty set-up and/or tackle preferences, then by all means bring your own! A big part of a private charter offering includes being turn-key, so to speak, so that the client(s) don’t have to bring a thing with them (other than previously mentioned). However, you are more than welcome to bring your own!

Third option

If you are looking for an experience you won’t forget for a lifetime, book this trip! One of the more exciting trips is when the Shrimp Boats are near shore. This is almost an absolute guarantee trip of excitement and un-expected catches. From Black-fin Tuna, Bonita’s, Sharks, Tarpon, Barracuda’s and many other species that can be caught! Going out of Ponce Inlet (Between Daytona Beach & New Smyrna Beach). During the late Spring and Summer months, and on calm days, it is time to go sight fishing on the beach for Cobia. Some say this is a tastier piece of meat than many (and I happen to agree!). Sharks and Big Jack Crevale seem to always show themselves for some fun drag screaming fish fighting fun.