Central Florida Atlantic Fishing
By: Capt Freddie Zona
Welcome to South East Volusia fishing! The local waters surrounding Ponce de Leon inlet are truly a sportsmen's paradise. We are very lucky to have access to a wide variety of versatile fishing. Whether it is backcountry, intercoastal, flats, surf, inlet, near coastal, inshore and offshore reefs, wrecks, ledges or fishing for big game pelagics, we have it all!
When fishing the backcountry, intercoastal and flats you can expect to catch spotted seatrout, redfish, flounder, snook, black drum, sheepshead, tarpon, jacks, and a variety of snappers. Most of these species can be caught year round with some being more prevalent than others during various times of the year. The intercoastal also offers some spectacular shrimping at different times of the year. The winter shrimping is best from January thru May in the waters of New Smyrna Beach to Oak Hill by dip netting using lights at night. Around the full moon you can catch your limit of pink and brown shrimp a.k.a. Oak Hill Reds. During the summer months you can cast net white shrimp from Port Orange to Ormond Beach during the day on an outgoing tide starting in July thru September. Each year varies on how long they run.
In the surf and along the beach the bluefish, whiting, weakfish, pompano and a variety of sharks can be caught this time of year. The fall brings in the schools of baitfish along the beach and along with them come the awesome table fair to feed.
The inlet offers a great fishery for big bull redfish almost any time of the year, along with a variety of shark species, sheepshead, black drum, grouper, flounder, blues, occasional snook, and mackerels to name a few. You can fish by boat or off the shore. The Ponce de Leon side of the inlet offers a great fishing pier and on the New Smyrna Beach side you can fish from the rocks. Be careful the current is very strong and there are alot of rocks in the water.
Near Coastal fishing, which is from off the beach to about 3 miles out, offers a great fishery for cobia, tripletails, doormat flounder, big bull redfish, mackerels and others species. Most of these fish can be caught year round. The best cobia fishing is during their migration around April when you can find them around the manta rays or swimming under a clump of weeds or something floating in the water. Sight cast fishing for these rod benders gets the heart pumping.
Our inshore and offshore reefs, wrecks and ledges offer an unforgettable bottom fishing experience and can be very productive year round depending on your targeted species. We have an abundant supply of bottom fishing areas from 5 miles off the beach to the deep blue sea and beyond. Within 10 to 20 miles offshore there are numerous artificial reefs that hold trophy fish year round. You can catch many species of grouper, snapper, jack crevalle, black sea bass, and triggerfish just to name a few. Our offshore fishing grounds offer a wide spectrum of fishing from sight fishing, bottom fishing or drift fishing and can be an effective way to get a rod bent. Depending on the time of year or if a fishery is open some of these species will have to be caught and released. Be sure to check your rules and regulations before fishing. If your sport is diving, these fishing grounds can be very rewarding. There are ship wrecks starting at 65' and can satisfy the experienced diver or spear hunter. Our ocean also offers historical ship wrecks out to 200' and deeper.
Trolling for pelagics can be very exciting even for the biggest fans of big game fishing. The offshore reefs, wrecks and ledges hold schools of baitfish that can even stop a blue marlin in its tracks. Warm Gulf Stream waters flow over these deepwater reefs, wrecks and ledges that provide a variety of trophy fish with an endless supply of food. Some of these trophy fish are dolphin (mahi mahi) wahoo, king mackerels, tuna, sailfish, blue marlin, white marlin and swordfish to name a few.
So if saltwater fishing is what you are looking for you have come to the right place. With such a wide variety of fishing available you may need further education to be successful. Our area has a wide variety of experienced and knowledgeable guides and charter services available. If you are the do it yourself angler the local bait shops and outfitters can help you choose the right bait and tackle to target the species you are after.
If you are ready for a fishing experience of a lifetime you have found it here in South East Volusia, so grab your lucky hat, camera, sunscreen, bug spray and toss in a bait, you never know what's waiting for you.
If you would like to catch the fish of a lifetime or make lasting memories with your family and friends you can book a trip with Freddie Z Fishing and Southwind Charters by calling 386-423-9260.
Keep a wet line,
Capt. Freddie Z