January 3, 2008 New Smyrna Beach Light Tackle Flats Fishing Guide Report
The following is an archived fishing report for the above date and location. If you are looking for the most current fishing reports on the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River in central Florida then please visit our reports page.
If you are here in the Orlando, Disney, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach or Daytona Beach area and are looking into going on an inshore light tackle flats fishing charter for redfish, seatrout, tarpon, IRL snook or black drum then please give me a call at (352)223-7897 or email me at [email protected] and I will be glad to see if I can meet your needs or answer any questions you may have. I am a full time year round resident of Oak Hill and an Indian River & Mosquito Lagoon fishing guide specializing in light tackle saltwater fly fishing, spin fishing and sight fishing.
Today is another day with high winds and cold temperatures. The afternoon bite would be the best time to allow the water temperature to rise and let the waters heat up some. Start looking for fish(red fish and seatrout) in the shallower flats, tailing and feeding throughout the day. These waters will warm up first.
Soft plastics and live shrimp will be your best choice of bait. DOA is the go to plastics. Fly fishing the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River this time of year has been great. Numerous redfish are being landed using 6 and 7 weight fly rods as well with crab patterns and shrimp pattern flies. Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach flats fishing reports have been steady with great catches along not only the surf but the inshore waters as well. Sight fishing around the areas known as Orange Island, Turtle Mound Creek, Eldora Flats, Turner Flats and Slippery Creek this time of year are your very best bet.
However fishing the south end of the Mosquito Lagoon in the Titusville, Cocoa Beach and Merritt Island areas are producing fish as well. The big bull redfish and giant black drum are all over the Banan River no motor zone. Using light tackle with a DOA Cal or DOA Baitbusters you can land numerous fish. Now keep in mind that this takes a canoe or kayak to get in there since gas motors and electric trolling motors are not allowed at all.
The nice thing here central Florida is the boat ramps are right there at the fishing grounds. The oyster bars in the winter time has been producing nice redfish as well. Saltwater sport fishing paradise for sure. It will not be too much longer before the tarpon, king fish and cobia start rolling in.
Practice catch and release.
Captain Drew Cavanaugh is a full time Mosquito Lagoon fishing guide specializing in light tackle on spin or fly rod. Sight fishing the inshore saltwater flats for redfish, tarpon, snook, black drum and seatrout on the world famous Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River Lagoon and Banana River on Florida's Space Coast. He is also a member of the Florida Guides Association which requires their members to be fully licensed and insured. Along with this he is a professional member of the Coastal Conservation Association here in Florida. Both organizations promote the protection, future and resources of Florida's fisheries.
Fish the world famous Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River. Known as the redfish capital of the world. Home of the best light tackle backcountry inshore saltwater flats fishing Florida has to offer.
Mosquito Lagoon redfish guide on light tackle and sight fishing guide. Fly fishing or spin fishing for redfish, trout, tarpon and snook. Redfish guide on light tackle minutes from Orlando, Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral, Ormond Beach, Walt Disney World, Kissimmee, Sea World, Mims, Geneva, Scottsmoor, Sebastian Inlet, Shingle Creek, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Titusville, Edgewater, Oak Hill and Florida's Space Coast.