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Smallfrye posted 02-12-2002 10:12 AM ET (US)   Profile for Smallfrye   Send Email to Smallfrye  
Hey guys, I'm planning a trip to the New Symerna Beach area for the week of 3/11. Can you locals recommend a fishing guide in the area. I may bring along a 17'BW but not sure it would be worth it, considering my (non) knowledge of the area.
I'm bringing the two kids so fun is the goal. What should we expect to catch ? Are tarpon or sailfish still in the area ?
Any help would be appriciated.
Thanks, Jim
Bigshot posted 02-12-2002 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
water is a bit chilly but there will be plenty of fish to catch. If not a big burden, bring the Whaler.
JFM posted 02-12-2002 12:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
There was a guy who posted a rental unit close by the Whaler plant. He said he caught reds and a host of other fish by the boat load. I fished the area about 5-6 years ago and came up empty. That's something that don't happen often, especially if I bring my son. Regards, Jay
stinkyB posted 02-12-2002 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for stinkyB  Send Email to stinkyB     
march will still be too early for Tarpon in that area. Sailfish bite offshore should be good, but that time of year it may be too rought to go out in the 17'. Best bet will be inshore for Reds & flounder & trout if the water stays cool. March will also produce good numbers of blues.
Spring time is good for FL fishing.

Good Luck.

if you don't use a guide, go to a tackle shop and get a "Top Spot" fishing map.

David Ratusnik posted 02-12-2002 01:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Smallfrye- Come south from New Symrna along the Indian River. Opens into the Mosquito Lagoon. Trout and reds are running now. My neighbor is catching legal trout off his dock just across the canal from me (Merritt Island/KSC area- just south of where you will be). Just off shore I am told that Cobia are beginning to run. Look for the cobia along the surface or under rays. My neighbor is using live shrimp on the trout. Bring your 17'footer- probably need to stay on the ICW or just off shore. Sunday we went out thru Port Canaveral to the big pond. Seas were 6 ft. at 8 secs. Turned around and came back in. 15 boats fishing the mouth of Port Canaveral. I know they wanted to try for the cobia but just too much sea. Very pleasant in the shelter of ICW or Port Canaveral. Weather has been high of about 72 degrees- might need a sweat shirt early or late in the day. Have fun David
David Ratusnik posted 02-12-2002 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Smallfrye- Another neighbor dropped off a hunk of amberjack that he had just smoked on Sunday. Apparently he and his son took a party boat out of Port Canaveral landing a bunch of these. Another neighbor came back in from a morning of fishing with 9 jacks c's. I've only ever caught one, but alot of fun, your kids would love to hook one. The neighbor grinds them up, freezes and uses for chum. David
Smallfrye posted 02-12-2002 09:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Smallfrye  Send Email to Smallfrye     
Thanks for all the info guys. We catch plenty of trout , reds, AJ's, etc here in TX. I'm looking forward to sails or tarpon. From what you say, sails are only possible if the weather permits. In any case, there will be too much water for the 17'.
I nearly forgot how close to the Whaler plant I would be. Do they offer tours to the public ?
fireball posted 02-13-2002 03:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for fireball  Send Email to fireball     
Don't stop at Smyrna-go directly to Marathon0sails are there as well as tuna-the 17 will work just fine but you can rent a 22 aquasport for 150 a day...
PMUCCIOLO posted 02-13-2002 05:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
I live in Daytona Beach, just north of NSB. I can recommend two guides for inshore fishing in Mosquito Lagoon: (1)Brian Clancy of Eldora Charters 386-409-7380; (2)David Brown 386-427-1991. The offshore fishing captain is Capt. John Lloyd of Triple Header Sportfishing: 386-423-9900.
Draftmanswife posted 02-26-2002 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
I'm in Deland, just west of New Smyrna, might I suggest you try some fresh water bass on the St. John's River.? All the recommends from Daytona are good, but the best in the area for salt water in the lagoon in Capt. Joe Porcelli, 386-314-5656.
We've been pulling reds, and trout like crazy!
Take care,
Draftmanswife posted 02-26-2002 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Almost forgot, I think you can still take tours of the Whaler factory. It is about 10 miles south of NSB, and just south of that there is a nice new public ramp called Riverview Park on the east side of US1. Most locals launch there. Nice lighting if you come in after dark too. Shrimp are runnin too, so bring your lights and nets!
David Ratusnik posted 02-26-2002 08:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Smallfrye- If you are looking for a place to have lunch or dinner try JB's Fish Camp- sort of fun, as it's on the water, M. Lagoon. Go south on A1A out of New Smyrna several miles, it's on the right just before you hit Cape Canaveral National Seashore (Federal). If you prefer, you can arrive by boat. Dress is casssssssssuuuuuaaaaallll to hardly anything at all. David
CaptainNacho2t posted 02-26-2002 10:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for CaptainNacho2t  Send Email to CaptainNacho2t     
I know that this is kind of off the subject, but I highly suggest that you visit the Whaler plant while you are in the area. I have taken the tour and leanrned a lot I didn't know about Whalers. It was a great experiance.

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