The weather here in Central FL. has been pretty toasty for early May with highs in the lower 90's every day but it beats shoveling snow. The weather has not effected the bite at all here In Central East FL. It has actually improved it with multiple double digit days on both trout and red fish . The trout have been chewing very well from New Smyrna Beach through Mosquito Lagoon and also along the Intracoastal of Daytona Beach. Look for the schools of bait on the grass flats early in the morning and as the sun gets up move to the deeper edges of the flat in about the two to three foot of water range. I like to throw plugs and jerk baits around the bait pods early and then switch over to a weighted soft plastic along with sub walks as the day moves on. Live bait is always a good choice from live finger mullet to shrimp they have been eating both very well.I have found the redfish holding on the shallow grass flats for most of the day. The key is being as stealthy as possible mostly sticking to the poling platform or running the trolling motor on low not to spook them. I have been having great success on almost everything from plugs to Aqua Dream spoons for artificial, and shrimp to pin fish for live bait. Cut lady fish and cut mullet has also been a great go to bait
as well. There has also been great numbers of bait moving into Mosquito lagoon north through Daytona witch has brought the jacks in with them. If you want a great fight there is not a fish out there that pound for pound fights better than a jack. Look around the docks and sea walls of Daytona and New Smyrna where ever there is bait holding on those structures you will find them.We have also had some great numbers of flounder caught in and around Ponce Inlet some reaching over ten pounds. bouncing baits along the bottom is the trick whether its finger mullet or jumbo shrimp both will do the job. Believe it or not there has also been some tarpon starting to work their way into the back country and lagoon system as well. With all the life we have in the water right now it makes
for a great time to go wet a line.
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.