April 2016 New Smyrna Beach Fishing Report
With the start of spring usually brings great fishing from Daytona Bch south to Mosquito Lagoon. The bite has been good even with the algae bloom that has arrived this year. The water clarity here in the north and central lagoon has not been that bad and the fishing has shown with clients boating several fish from redfish,trout and black drum to mention a few. We are starting to see some more bait arrive in the waters of New Smyrna Bch and Mosquito Lagoon which brings a great food source for trout and other species. The trout bite has been good with good numbers being caught and even weights above 8lbs coming boat side . My bait of choice would have to be a free lined finger mullet but the top water bite has also been great early morning and then switching over to a soft plastic as the sun rises a little higher.The trout and redfish have been both holding around the bait pods on the shallow grass early so do not be surprised when your plug gets crushed by ole Ricky the redfish. Target the flats that are holding a lot of bait and you will find the trout hanging in and around the sand holes . The red fish bite has also been good whether fishing north in the creeks of New Smyrna Beach or south on the grass flats of Mosquito lagoon they can be found milling around the oysters up north and on the grass down south. I like to throw ADL spoons and also soft plastics along with live or cut bait depending on fishing location all of these baits will do the trick. The black drum can still be located through out the lagoon system in nice size pods some larger than others . They have been eating shrimp very well and can also be fooled on several different soft plastics as well look for them tailing in the shallows and make a settle presentation to achieve a bite. I have had a report that the cobia bite has been pretty good just south of us when winds have allowed fishing so hopefully with the increase of warmer weather
will bring warmer water temps off the beach and we will see them moving north shortly.
Good luck and be safe.
Capt Patrick Rood
(386) 566 1394
About The Author: Captain Patrick Rood
Company: Spot N Tail Charters
Area Reporting: Mosquito Lagoon,Daytona Bch,New Smyrna Bch
Bio: Captain Patrick Rood is a native Floridian that has grown up on the local waters of Mosquito Lagoon, Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach with the passion for inshore fishing. He is sponsored by Power Pole, Maverick Boat Company, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses , Castaway Rods , Motorguide Trolling Motors and Aqua Dream Lures. With the help of these great sponsors he has traveled the state of Florida fishing many redfish tournaments. He has taken the experiences learned while fishing these tournaments in locations such as Boca Grande, Englewood, Jacksonville,and St. Augustine, FL and used them everyday while guiding on the waters of east central FL with his clients. He takes pride in teaching and showing you an experience on the water that you will never forget. Whether you are fishing the structure at night for snook in New Smyrna or sight fishing tailing redfish in Mosquito Lagoon he will make it a trip of a lifetime.