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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 Disney World, 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.
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 at this time: look out for tailing Redfish making their way through the shallow waters.
Inshore fishing continues to be very rewarding, with beautiful blue skies and nice temperatures sending away the winter blues. Bottom fishing for Snapper, Grouper and Amberjack is very good over the reefs and wrecks.
As the waters warm up for spring, numbers of baitfish increase. This brings the backcountry to life. Nearshore, watch out for migrating Manta Rays - there will almost always be a Cobia following them northwards up the coastline.
With average temperatures between 60 and 79 degrees, April in New Smyrna beach is very comfortable. Get out on the water and make the most of the nearshore bite: Cobia, Kingfish, and Sharks are all picking up this month.
Escape the crowds of Orlando and enjoy a relaxed day on the water in the lagoon or the Atlantic ocean. Warmer currents offshore bring pelagics like Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo within fishable range.
Tarpon fishing heats up along the beaches as the weather gets very warm. Afternoon storms are common, meaning a lot of charters will fish earlier in the morning. With calm nearshore waters, this is a perfect time for family fishing.
Some real rod-benders can be caught out of New Smyrna Beach in July. Summertime is perfect for battling a Shark in shallow waters close to shore, or even heading offshore for Tuna and Mahi Mahi. Bottom fishing is very good.
Temperatures are high and afternoon storms are common. With beaches full of vacationers, this is a good time to get out onto the peaceful waters inshore or to battle a Tarpon in Ponce Inlet. Offshore fishing remains very good.
The Fall Mullet run attracts migratory fish close to shore. This is the time of year for huge Bull Redfish around the beaches and inshore waters. Don't miss the annual FishStock festival for days of tournaments, talks, and bargains.
The weather begins to get cooler, while the migration southwards continues. Catch Sailfish, Kingfish, Wahoo and more offshore, or make the most of the incredible Seatrout and Redfish bite in the Indian River.
As the weather transitions to winter, the inshore lagoons look increasingly appealing. Speckled Seatrout, Redfish, and Snook can be caught through February, while Wahoo, Sailfish, and Kingfish are biting well offshore.
Bottom fishing is great at this time of year, with Snappers and Groupers moving to closer reefs and wrecks. Inshore, you will find large quantities of Sheepshead making for some fun fishing and great eating over the holiday period.
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What People Are Saying About New Smyrna Beach
"Full day with Capt. Tony"
Get on board with Capt. Tony and his crew! You won’t be disappointed !!!
"3 hour trip with Captain Randy -- excellent fishing despite difficult conditions"
Yes, the fishing in Mosquito Lagoon (part of the intra-coastal waterway) is great -- beautiful calm conditions and some great fishing spots.
"A great day with Capt. Joey"
Most people tell me that this is a great place to fish and with all the charters, I believe them. We got hit with a dramatic change in weather coming in and it looked like nobody was catching that day. Oh well, that is why they call it fishing. We will be back.
Follow the weather forecast and checkup with the captain to hit the right time for a trip. Remember waterproof cloth especially in the spring and fall. The sea can be rough.
Top Fishing Techniques in New Smyrna Beach
Top Targeted Species in New Smyrna Beach
- Size 3 to 12lbs
- Food Value Good
- Game Qualities Good
- Habitats Inshore, Nearshore, Flats, Backcountry
- Size 3 to 15lbs
- Food Value Good
- Game Qualities Excellent
- Habitats Inshore, Flats, Backcountry
- Size 5 to 30lbs
- Food Value Average
- Game Qualities Average
- Habitats Inshore, Nearshore
- Size 10 to 30lbs
- Food Value Good
- Game Qualities Good
- Habitats Inshore, Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck