Fly Fishing In The Surf: Baby Steps

I wanted to take the kayak down to Mosquito Lagoon on Sunday.  However there was a threat of rain, and you don't mess with boats and rain in Florida.  I don't even live in South Florida, but the rain can be off the hook crazy here.  Especially when lightning is involved.  So screw that.  Instead I figured I'd go somewhere that I could wade and fish, and escape somewhat quickly, should the skies begin to unleash their fury.

Moving south from the outing a few weeks ago at Crescent Beach, I decided to take a trip down to New Smyrna Beach, just below Daytona.  It's been really enjoyable checking out the different beaches in Florida, not just as fishing spots, but recreational destinations, as each have their own unique characteristics.  


Base camp was Smyrna Dunes Park, at the bottom end of the Ponce de Leon Inlet.  It's a very dog friendly beach that offers (extremely popular & crowded) jetties to fish off of as well as a large sand bar to wade out onto.  It's not grass flats like those in South Florida, but it does get you quite a bit out into the waterway...the only peril being the omnipresent waverunners...


I have to say, I really enjoyed this beach spot.  It was a pretty hot day, low 90s, so there were a lot of people doing the beach thing at the various entrance points; however with ample beach and the beauty of the dunes in the background, I had no problem finding calmer places to drop in and do some casting.

Heck, I actually hooked a fish this time - yeah no kidding!  My first one fly fishing off the beach (I still don't count THIS ONE since it didn't fight) - and while this was "only" a ladyfish, it jumped three times and was pretty fun to fight.  It kicked the hook on the third leap so I never got it to hand, but RWK says they poop on you anyway, so I feel a little better today about that long distance release.

I actually think I'll go back down to New Smyrna Beach some point and give it another try.  Next time (hopefully) with KC & Lilly in tow.  Most of the places I've fished to date haven't been terribly family friendly, so I haven't really thought to see if they wanted to come along...but this beach is.  Lilly would absolutely go nuts with all of the dogs.

Here are a few more pictures of the day:





Did that tortoise follow me from Crescent Beach?


Dead

Lots of dolphins


Comments

  1. Looks like the beaches here in NC. It took me quite a few tries to get any fish in the surf. I just had success on my last trip. You're doing better than me already.

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    1. Awesome. Then we'll learn together. I really enjoy fishing calm flats, this wave stuff is a new experience.

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  2. Surf is a tricky mistress. I've been a few times and am nowhere close to understanding, although I did my best last trip. Two whole surf perch...I was actually pretty stoked! Keep at it!

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    1. I will if you will. Surf perch...I'd be stoked too. A fish is a fish as far as I'm concerned.

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  3. That lighthouse point park looks cool too. If ya zoom in, it becomes low tide, making that breakwater look tempting, and with 8 boats fishing on the end in casting distance..... there's gotta be fishes.

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    1. Ooh. Google Earth is magic. I see what you mean. Looks like I need to check out that side of the inlet too.

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    1. Better visit soon, before global warming puts us under!

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  5. I repeat what, Mark, said about missing Florida. I need to start making annual trips down there to fish the Gulf. Looks like you only had to share that beach with the tortoise and dead crab.

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    1. Creative photography. There were TONS of people there...and a drive up ice cream boat. But there were certain spots to be in the clear.

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    2. A drive up ice cream boat sounds like something I would enjoy seeing after a few hours on fishing. Hopefully, they were serving up some of the classics...King Cones and Firecrackers...I wonder if they still make the Ninja Turtle ones with the gumball eyes.

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  6. That satellite image looks lime a great place to fish. All those channels feeding into one one spot...looks like a great place for bait fish and thier predators to concentrate with the changing of the tides. Those are the types of areas I really enjoy fishing here on Long Island.

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    1. I did have a good time. I'd like to go back. Very fishy.

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  7. Nice, Mike. You fishing a Cheeky reel? How do you like it (I'm sure that lady fish took you into backing). I love walking the beach looking for fish to throw a fly at. There's just a lot more beach and water than fish.

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  8. Why would anyone give water to a manatee?

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