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New Smyrna Beach: Florida’s Secret Pearl

New Smyrna Beach, also known as Florida’s Secret Pearl, has always been rated by magazines and travel agents as one of the must-go-to beaches. The beach sits right on top of the Indian River and gives it access to two other spots: the Indian River’s lagoon basins and even a bit of St. John’s River itself! With that, anglers - both veteran and novice - will be exposed to a variety of fishes.

If you want something to get your blood pumping, New Smyrna Beach is has some incredible waves. Surfers always have New Smyrna Beach on their to-go-to list to catch those big waves. After hitting the waves, this town keeps some great restaurants and art galleries, making it one of the most popular places to go to experience a variety of recreational activities.

New Smyrna Beach is goes by another name- Redfish Capital of the World: Mosquito Lagoon! Anglers can now test their luck and chances of catching a Redfish in the backwaters of Mosquito Lagoon to break the world record of 43 lbs. 

New Smyrna Beach also served as the hosting grounds for the Casting for Cats Women's Sailfish Tournament Islamorada 2021 and the Power-Pole Pro Redfish Tour GoLive Fl East Coast 2021.

New Smyrna Beach Sunset

Fishing in New Smyrna Beach: Choose your experience!

Nothing beats getting a fishing charter in New Smyrna Beach to help you start out. New Smyrna Beach is just full of fishing spots that you might find yourselves overwhelmed by the amount of fishing spots. New Smyrna Beach fishing charters can bring you out to experience fish offshore especially if you’re trying to land a snapper, grouper, mahi-mahi, sailfish, tuna, and wahoo. Some people even found a few Amberjacks swimming around.

In New Smyrna Beach, they’re known also for an exclusive kind of fishing known as Surf Fishing. Unlike other beaches, New Smyrna Beach allows you to drive your car onto the beach. All you need is your equipment, bait, and line and you’ll be bringing in fish in no time. Some of the fish you can catch via Surf Fishing are Pompanos, Redfish, Bluefish, and if you’re lucky - you might land a shark!

But when it comes to inshore fishing, New Smyrna Beach has so much to offer. You can either do Kayak Fishing and go paddling your way as you try to catch the elusive Silver King Tarpon. Or, you can go Pier Fishing to haul in those Gator Trouts or Bull Redfish. Explore the waters of the famous Mosquito Lagoon and see for yourself the world’s Redfish Capital.


Fishing Opponents in New Smyrna Beach

Never go fishing without knowing what your target is. It’s like going to the grocery store without any idea what’s inside your fridge! 

When people go to New Smyrna Beach, they have specific targets in mind. The 5 top fish targets here in New Smyrna Beach include the Tarpon, the Redfish, Largemouth Bass, Speckled Trout, and the Mahi-Mahi. 

  • Tarpon - Also known as the Silver King, they’re elusive and are always a fan favorite that people can fish all year round. They usually appear in the Mosquito Lagoon and in the Halifax River. Bring heavy spinning tackle and their favorite food as bait. Big ones usually come during the summer wherein they weigh almost 100 lbs.
  • Redfish - New Smyrna Beach isn’t known as the Redfish Capital for no reason. The Redfish however in the Mosquito Lagoon is unique due to them never going offshore. They’ve been inshore all their life! They’re also a good target for inshore fishing all year-round.
  • Spotted Trout - Also known as the Gator Spotted Trout, these are the kinds of fish that you go Kayak Fishing for. These are also available all-year-round.
  • Largemouth Bass - New Smyrna Beach is home to one of the biggest Largemouth Bass populations in the world because of St. John’s River. Catching these guys is done best with a Carolina rig and some plastic baits to be able to drag them out of the water.
  • Mahi-Mahi - Also known as the Dolphinfish, the Mahi-Mahi is the main target of anglers when going offshore fishing. Bring some strong tackle and search for some floating debris if you’re planning to bring home this fish for dinner.

Fish species
Common Dolphinfish

Habitat: Offshore

Weight: 15 - 30 Pounds

Length: 40" - 83"

Largemouth Bass

Habitat: Lake, Pond, Rivers

Weight: 2 - 22 Pounds

Length: 15" - 32"


Habitat: Inshore, Flats, Backcountry

Weight: 25 - 63 Pounds

Length: 48" - 96"

Lake Trout 

Habitat: Lake

Weight: 5 - 15 Pounds

Length: 25" - 59"

New Smyrna Beach Activities: What else can we do?

Daytona 500 Racing

While New Smyrna Beach is known for fishing, it has other things in store for tourists who want a break from staring at the big blue. 

  • Surfing - Not in the mood to fight with your meal but just want the adrenaline from the waves? New Smyrna Beach is the perfect place for surfers. In fact, a lot of surfers will lead you to Ponce Inlet - the best place to start surfing in New Smyrna Beach.
  • Racing - There are those who prefer the whining and growls of NASCAR engines. For those who love the sound of gears and the smell of burning rubber, New Smyrna Beach is also home to the Daytona 500 where drivers have to survive driving 500 laps in an oval.
  • Marine Discovery Center - Prefer fish watching over fighting with your meal? Then head over to the Marine Discovery Center. A perfect place also for kids who want to learn about the deep blue but can’t really swim yet.
Fishing Techniques
Surf Casting
Deep Sea Fishing