Well 2017 has finally started and it seems to be off to a good start. The water clarity in the Lagoon System has improved greatly and the fish seem to be chewing very well. The water has dropped after the last couple of cold fronts and the current moon phase pushing fish into a winter time pattern. Look for redfish on the shallow grass flats nose down rooting around for a easy meal. I like to throw smaller crustacean artificals early in the morning then moving to a Aqua Dream Spoon as the day moves on. Mullet, cut bait and live shrimp have been working just as well. There has been some large schools of black drum on the flats as well and seem to eat well on a shrimp or half crab presented correctly. The trout can be found holding in the pot holes through out the lagoon and laying on the mud flats toward the north in the New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater area. Tricking the bigger ones is always a task but can be done on live finger mullet and soft plastics as well.
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.