Temperatures and fish numbers both seem to be on the rise this week. Inshore, biomasses of young redfish are moving from deeper water back to the grassy flats of Mosquito Lagoon. Look for tailing reds wherever you can find healthy grass. Water clarity has been an issue in spots, so a dead finger mullet on a #3 circle hook may be your best bet, otherwise try enticing them with paddle tail lures rigged with a flats jighead, or try your luck with a fly. As the sun gets higher and things warm up, leave the flat and search leeward shorelines for cruising redfish. We are back to that pattern where things get pretty slow (and hot) after 10 or 11am, so get on it early.
Offshore, the mahi have been getting closer to shore giving more people a shot at them. My favorite lure for mahi is a ballyhoo rigged with any type of small chugger-head. Deep dropping with a chicken rig in ~300 ft of water has been producing snowy grouper, but please be aware of current restrictions on keeping them. Bottom fishing at the inshore reefs has been producing nice triggerfish caught on squid or sardines. Some guys have been finding larger amberjack in deeper water as well. Sea state looks favorable for fishing outside of Ponce Inlet, but be aware that late Monday and Tuesday, seas will jump to 3-4ft, but will go back to 2-3ft for the rest of the week. Good luck out there and most of all, have fun and be safe!
Capt. Jimmy Tiblier
New Smyrna Beach & Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Reports
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