Published: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 11:31 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 4:06 p.m.
Before Tropical Storm Colin blew in and out of Florida, fishing was pretty good in the area. Anglers can expect a good week of fishing now that the weather has cleared.
SURF, PIERS: Tom Farnham at Your Rod & Reel in Daytona Beach Shores said those casting into the surf are catching bull whiting. “And believe it or not, we still have pompano around,” he said. “The sand fleas are showing up on the beach for the first time in three years and we think that is what is keeping the pompano around.” Farnham said several of his regulars are catching redfish, black drum, sheepshead and bluefish. “Everybody is catching something,” he added. The piers are led this week by Sunglow Pier which reported catches of mangrove snapper, redfish, flounder, jacks and black drum. The Flagler Beach Pier has been in a slump in recent days with the primary catch being catfish and puppy sharks. The Daytona Beach Pier has been “kind of slow,” according to Gene Lytwyn, who owns The Fishin’ Hole in the downtown area. He said anglers are catching some flounder and a few whiting.
OFFSHORE: Lytwyn said one of his customers caught a 60-pound wahoo and a 20-pound king on a recent ocean troll, before Colin showed up. “We’re still seeing a good number of dolphin, too,” he added. On the bottom-fishing side of the offshore equation fishermen are packing their coolers with gag grouper, triggerfish, sea bass and mangrove snapper, according to Jeff Burkhead at Fishin’ Cove Bait & Tackle in New Smyrna Beach. “We had one guy come in with photos of three Goliath groupers he caught all over 200 pounds,” Burkhead said. “He jumped in the water to take photos of them before releasing them.” Goliaths are off limits to keep. “Bottom fishing has been really good lately,” Lytwyn added.
PONCE INLET, HALIFAX RIVER: Capt. Kyle Busby of nobigreel.com has been working the area between the inlet and Dunlawton Causeway in recent days. “Around Port Orange, the larger snook are getting ready to spawn on the next full moon, so they are fat,” Busby said in an email report. “Recent trips have produced more quality snook than the smaller schoolies.” Busby said he has been free-lining live shrimp in creeks during tide changes and catching trout, reds, flounder, jacks and mangrove snapper.” Lytwyn said there are black drum in the Granada Bridge area, plus a few flounder hanging around. “Up in Spruce Creek, they are catching and releasing snook and landing redfish,” Lytwyn said. In the inlet flounder are taking live mullet, mud minnows and soft plastic artificials while black drum are gobbling up live shrimp or blue crab. On the south side of the inlet, Burkhead said his regulars are catching quite a few flounder, plus oversize redfish. “Those big reds are always in there,” Burkhead said.
TOMOKA BASIN, RIVER: Lytwyn said anglers are catching redfish in the basin and black drum up the river near the U.S. 1 span. “And we are seeing snook being caught in Thompson’s Creek,” he said. “But of course, they are out of season right now.”
MOSQ. LAGOON, INDIAN RIVER: Al Huffman at Lagoon Bait & Tackle in Edgewater says there are plenty of fish around, if you can find them. “Seeing a bunch of redfish and trout,” he said. “We’re seeing most of them coming out of Tiger Shoals and Slippery Creek.” Haulover Canal is holding some big black drum. Around New Smyrna Beach, Burkhead said river anglers are catching trout and mangrove snapper. Burkhead said blue crab trappers are having a field day right now. “Crabbing has been really good,” he said.
MATANZAS INLET, RIVER: Devil’s Elbow Fish Camp, which is located north of the inlet, reports a flounder run in the inlet and river, while other anglers are hauling in redfish and black drum in the river flats using mud minnows for bait.
ST. JOHNS RIVER: Capt. Rick Rawlins can’t explain it but anglers are enjoying a run of speckled perch, which usually show up in the fall and winter months. “People are catching up to 20 of them at a time, up to 2-pounds big, by vertical jigging in the run,” Rawlins said. Bluegill are plentiful and caught by tossing crickets along the bank. Bass have slowed down, but those being caught are taking wild shiners early in the morning.