All Text & Photos Provided by Patrick “Tupat” Eichstaedt | @TheRealTupat
This past month has brought some of the highest tides we’ve witnessed in years. The convergence of flood tides, a full moon and rainfall has played a significant role. While these conditions have made fishing more challenging, the determined angler can still find success, even as the fish seek refuge among the mangroves.
In a recent adventure, I had the privilege of guiding a young couple all the way from the North Pole to explore the pristine waters of Volusia County. Rylie Bruntz (@RylieBruntz) and Daniel Conley (@Slippy04) joined me for a backwater excursion, eager to experience the unique fishing opportunities our region has to offer.
We kick-started the day by procuring live shrimp from the reliable Chum’s Bait Store in Bethune Beach. With our bait in tow, we ventured into the backwaters, greeted by a high tide transitioning to an outgoing one. Mother Nature blessed us with a beautiful day, complemented by gentle sea breeze winds – a perfect backdrop for a memorable fishing experience.
Throughout the day, we found ourselves hooking into a variety of species, making for an unforgettable outing. Our catch included trout, redfish, mangrove snapper, catfish, whiting and pinfish. It was a pleasure to witness the joy on Daniel’s face as he exclaimed that it was the most fish he had ever caught in a single session. Rylie, too, showed her prowess, likely outdoing all of us in the catch count.
I must extend a heartfelt thank you to my significant other, Rachel, for her indispensable role in making this adventure come to life and bringing us all together. As we wrap up this report, remember – until next time, keep those lines cast, hooks ready, and fish-catching spirits high. Tight lines and memorable catches await you in the bountiful waters of New Smyrna Beach!