We have already entered the month of December and Santa will be here in just a few short weeks. The weather conditions this year have been very abnormal so far with very few cold fronts and high winds coming from every direction. The fish seem to be undecided on the pattern that they should be in from schooling in the the pot holes one day after a small front to finding them spread out across the grass a couple days later. The cold fronts are what supply the winds we need to lower the water level and water temp's in the lagoon system. So with the higher water and higher than usual water temps the red fish and trout are still holding on the shallow grass flats mixed in with the pods of bait fish. In the northern part of the lagoon around New Smyrna and Edgewater look around the oyster bars that are holding bait and you will find a mixed bag of fish from sheep head, redfish, trout, flounder and snook. The southern lagoons water clarity has been hit or miss with some locations being very clean and others very dirty depending on the high winds we have had lately. When you do find the perfect flat with clear water and bait you will find happy fish. I like to throw plugs in the early morning then switching to ADL spoons and soft plastics as the sun gets higher, The flounder have been moving in thick around New Smyrna and Edgewater and can be caught bouncing the bottom with a soft plastic or shrimp on a jig head. The trout bite has been good through out both the north and south lagoon system. A free lined finger mullet or live shrimp is a great choice if you are trying to target that trout of a life time.
Good luck and be safe!
Capt Patrick Rood
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.