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If you're look for diverse angling, a New Smyrna Beach fishing charter might be just the thing for you. With the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River Lagoon, and Atlantic Ocean at your fingertips, you’re hard-pressed to go home empty-handed. Larger than life fishing without the crowds? We’re sold!

Head to the popular Mosquito Lagoon and you'll hook into Redfish, Trout, and Tarpon. For monster-sized fish, explore the Indian River Lagoon’s diverse ecosystem of mangroves, oyster bars, and channels. Bull Redfish and Gator Trout stick around all year and the opportunities to hook into record-breaking sized fish are endless.

Head out from Ponce Inlet and you’ll hit productive reefs, home to bottom feeders such as  Snapper, Grouper, and Triggerfish, in no time. For pelagic species including Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and even Sailfish, you’ll need to head about 40 miles out and into the Gulf Stream.

A half day trip in the Mosquito and Indian River Lagoon gives you enough time to pull a few fish onto the boat, but opt for a full day trip to get your hands on some monster-sized catch. If you’re looking to go past the continental shelf and into Gulf Stream, a full day or extended full day trip is recommended.

Most charters depart from boat ramps along the Indian River North, providing easy access to inshore and backcountry waters. For Atlantic-facing adventures, hop on a charter taking off from South Atlantic Avenue and minimize your travel time into deep waters.

Rules & Regulations

Like all Florida saltwater fishing charters, your New Smyrna Beach captain covers your license. For freshwater adventures, you'll need to purchase your own online or from a local DNR vendor. Bagging and seasonality vary depending on where you're fishing so it's best to head out with an experienced guide. 

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New Smyrna Beach Fishing Seasons

With clear waters in the backcountry, winter in New Smyrna Beach is a paradise for anglers. Sight fishing is the name of the game so be on the look out for tailing Redfish making their way through the shallow waters. 

Inshore fishing continues to be rewarding, with beautiful blue skies and mild temperatures sending away the winter blues. Head to the reefs for Amberjack and Snapper or stick closer to shore and hook into Trout and Redfish.

As the waters start to warm up, the baitfish move inshore. Fishing for Sheepshead inshore is not to be missed! Nearshore, watch out for migrating Manta Rays – there's almost always Cobia following closely behind.

With temperatures averaging between 60–79 degrees, April in New Smyrna beach is beautiful. Get out on the water and make the most of the Cobia, Kingfish, and Shark bite.

Escape Orlando's crowds and enjoy a relaxed day on the water in the lagoon or Atlantic ocean. Warmer currents offshore bring pelagics like Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo as close as 20 miles to shore.

Tarpon fishing heats up along the beaches as the weather gets hot. Afternoon storms are common, making a morning charter the safest choice. The calm nearshore waters make for excellent bottom fishing.

Some real rod-benders can be caught out of New Smyrna Beach in July. Summertime is perfect for battling Sharks inshore, or Mahi Mahi offshore. In the reefs, get your hands on covetable Red Snapper!

If you're after Tarpon, this is one of your best shots! Head into the Lagoon for trophy "Silver Kings." If an offshore adventure is more your speed, head into the Gulf Stream for Mahi Mahi or into the reefs for Grouper.

The fall mullet run attracts migratory fish close to shore. If you're after a Bull Redfish, this is the time to go for it. Don't miss the annual FishStock festival for tournaments, panels, and bargains. 

The weather begins to cool and the southward migration continues. Hook into Sailfish, Kingfish, and Wahoo offshore or make the most of the incredible Seatrout and Redfish bite in the Indian River.

As we transition into winter, the inshore lagoons become increasingly appealing. Trout, Redfish, and Snook can be caught through to February, while Wahoo, Sailfish, and Kingfish bite hard offshore.

Bottom fishing is great at this time of year, with Snapper and Grouper moving into the nearshore reefs. Inshore, there's plenty of Sheepshead, making for fun fishing and great eating over the holiday period. 

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Top Fishing Techniques in New Smyrna Beach

  1. Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in New Smyrna Beach

Redfish

Redfish

Tarpon

Tarpon

Snook

Snook

Spotted Seatrout

Spotted Seatrout

Black Drum

Black Drum

Cobia

Cobia

Snapper (Mangrove)

Snapper (Mangrove)

Flounder

Flounder