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Fishing in New Smyrna Beach
With both inshore and offshore waters holding a rich variety of species all year round, New Smyrna Beach fishing always has something up its sleeve. This relaxed beachside community will soothe your blues. Located under an hour’s drive from Disneyland, not only does New Smyrna Beach offer some of the best inshore and deep sea fishing near Orlando, it is also the perfect place to escape the crowds.
Located on a barrier island that straddles the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River, New Smyrna Beach has the best of both worlds. To the north, the Ponce de Leon Inlet gives access to blue water, while to the south, the mighty Indian River and northern backwaters of the Mosquito Lagoon make for irresistible shallow water angling. What does this mean? It means fishing in New Smyrna Beach and its surroundings could see you coming face to face with Bull Redfish, Mahi Mahi, and even the occasional Blue Marlin, with reams of other species besides.
It’s easy to get lost in these waters - in a good way. Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway and the Indian River draws a whole ecosystem right by the town’s doorstep. Within minutes, you can explore a honeycomb of deep creeks, channels, oyster bars, mangrove islands, bridges, and causeways. This is where you will find the best inshore New Smyrna Beach fishing spots, as you explore the endless backwaters in search of the area’s famous Bull Redfish and Gator Trout. This is allegedly the only place in the world Redfish stay in the same area all year round. To be honest, we don’t blame them.
The beauty of these waters is their proximity to the Mosquito Lagoon, which is a favorite destination among New Smyrna Beach fishing charters and guides. The best thing is, almost every fishing trip will take place in the presence of manatees, herons, porpoises, pelicans, and other wildlife.
Head out of Ponce Inlet, and you will be in some of the most abundant waters on Florida’s east coast. This area doesn’t experience the same amount of overfishing as you find in the south, and there are more wrecks and artificial reefs than anywhere else on the coast. 25 miles offshore, you will find the Oculina Coral reefs, another hotspot for bottom feeders such as Snappers, Groupers, Triggerfish, and Amberjacks.
With all this structure around, the conditions are also ideal for attracting pelagic fish. The Gulf Stream is accessible on longer day trips, and with it comes Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, King Mackerel, Wahoo, Sailfish, and even Blue Marlin on occasion. With the continental shelf dropping 40 miles offshore, big pelagics and deep waters are certainly accessible for those with the engine power to make it there and back in a day.
Surf fishing New Smyrna Beach and its surroundings can also have good results. With about 35 miles of public coastline to play with, it’s never too difficult to find a quiet spot to set up your rig. Common catches include the likes of Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, Bluefish, Flounder, and Whiting. Best of all, local rent shops are happy to rent equipment if you don’t have your own.
Rules & Regulations
Licensed New Smyrna Beach fishing charters will cover the necessary fishing licenses for all passengers on board. Anyone fishing from the shore or a public pier will need to purchase a saltwater fishing license from the Florida Wildlife Commission.
Types of Fishing
One of the biggest attractions for inshore fishermen in the New Smyrna Beach and Mosquito Lagoon area is light tackle fishing. The area’s consistent Redfish population, healthy numbers of Snook, large Gator Trout, and annual Tarpon migration is enough to keep any angler’s hands full all year round.
Target big Tarpon at Ponce Inlet with live bait, jigs, plugs, and flies. Gator Trout are common in the Oak Hill area and respond well to bait such as mullet, croaker, and pigfish, as well artificial lures. Fly fishing for Redfish is a favorite all year round: it doesn't get much better than the Mosquito lagoon for this.
As mentioned above, the deep sea fishing New Smyrna Beach has access to is phenomenal. Troll 25 plus miles offshore and look out for upwells and downwells to hook up on big Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, and more. Nearshore, trolling with downriggers can be a very effective method for finding big Kingfish and the occasional Wahoo.
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Top Targeted Species in New Smyrna Beach
- Size 3 to 12lbs
- Food Value Good
- Game Qualities Good
- Habitats Inshore, Nearshore, Flats, Backcountry
- Size 1 to 3lbs
- Food Value Good
- Game Qualities Average
- Habitats River, Lake, Inshore, Nearshore, Reef, Backcountry
- Size 15 to 30lbs
- Food Value Excellent
- Game Qualities Good
- Habitats Offshore
- Size 3 to 15lbs
- Food Value Good
- Game Qualities Excellent
- Habitats Inshore, Flats, Backcountry
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