Hello there, it’s Captain Austin Campbell here providing you with a local fishing report. I am excited to be a new part of the East Coast Current team!
Born and raised on the water, I have been fishing locally here in New Smyrna Beach ever since I could hold a fishing pole. In 2019, I decided to make it a career and became a full time licensed fishing guide. I’m very fortunate to spend over 200 days a year on the water and I will do my best to provide you with the most up-to-date fishing report. Fishing is much more than a hobby for me, it’s my passion and way of life. Next to my awesome wife and daughter, it’s probably the most important thing in my life!
This past month, the fishing has been consistent with our typical winter species being caught. Sheepshead and weakfish have been around and I expect them to be plentiful in the coming weeks.
If you don’t know, weakfish are a close relative of the speckled trout and a member of the drum family. They are smaller than sea trout and are a popular game fish up north in the mid-Atlantic area. Here in our area, we often catch them off the beach and in the surf using shrimp as bait. They are super fun to catch especially for kids and they are delicious to eat. Most of the sheepshead we catch are in and around structures such as pilings, docks and rocks.
Big black drum are being caught, with some fish landed pushing 60 pounds! These fish are bulldogs and are a worthy adversary on light tackle. Mostly bottom feeders, these fish will never pass up a shrimp or crab. Snook and redfish are still around and as long as we don’t get any strong cold fronts we should continue to get some nice fish caught around Ponce Inlet.
If you are interested in coming fishing with us, call or text at (386) 689-9056, we’d love to take you.
Find this month’s tide chart here!
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Capt. Austin Campbell