New Smyrna Beach Fishing

While there's nothing wrong with a fishing vacation at an exotic resort half way across the globe, it is places like New Smyrna Beach that remind us there's really no need to look far and wide in search of premium sportfishing grounds and perennial angling potential. The exemplary fishery next door, New Smyrna provides its fisherfolk with a myriad of equally tempting choices, from tackling the celebrated Mosquito Lagoon to probing the offshore wrecks for possibly the largest selection of game fish on the entire east coast. The lagoon is revered for its bragging-sized Reds and fat Gator Trouts with several line-class records boated just off the city's shoreline, and rarely does a backcountry trip end without a visit from the welcome squad of Manatees, porpoises, Herons, Pelicans and other local wildlife. On the other hand, the Intercoastal Waterway provides an ideal backdrop for a slew of game fish to prosper, including predators such as sharks, Barracuda and Cobia. The area also hosts more wrecks and artificial reefs than anywhere else on the coast, resulting in prolific bottom fishing for the likes of triggerfish, flounder, grouper, as well as several delicious species of snapper. Finally, venturing further into the gulf waters insures a chance at everyone's favorite pelagics, namely Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna and even an occasional Blue Marlin!

Known For

New Smyrna Museum of History, Sugar Mill ruins, The Old Fort, Canal Street Historic District, Eldora House, Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens, Annual Jazz Festival, Smyrna Dunes Park, New Smyrna Town Beach, Flagler Avenue Park, Marine Discovery Center, Lake Ashby Park, Black Heritage Museum

Rules & Regulations

A fishing license is not required for anglers fishing aboard a guided boat or a for-hire charter, as long as the vessel has a valid charter captain or charter boat permit.

New Smyrna Beach Fishing Calendar

See what’s biting by month or species.