Author: Sandesh Sukhdeo
New Smynna Causeway Fishing (May 2018)
This past week the bite around the New Smyrna Beach Causeways has been exceptional. We have been catching snook, redfish and tarpon. Every night we have been out we have landed multiple snook and tarpon and the occasional bull red. The key has been "bumping bottom" while throwing swimbaits. The action we are using is almost like fishing a flairhawk. The baits of choice are spooltek 6 and 9 inches and Tsunami Swimshad 5 and 6 inches. We have caught a few fish on flairhawks but the swimbaits have been producing better.
If the tide is slack I break out a bit lighter set up and throw lighter lures which often helps me increase my hook up ratio. My lighter setup is aShimano Stradic Ci4+ 4000 paired spooled with 20lb braid and its paired up with a Star Rods Seagis 7'6 8-17lb Fast Action. I throw lighter swimbaits, yo zuri jerkbaits and lighter jigs.
I expect the bite to get better around the causeways and the backwaters. The warm summer like weather is putting the fish into a more active state and more tarpon and snook action will continue to happen. The sea trout should start becoming more active as well as the mid spring flounder run that occurs in this area.
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