The Florida sun is at its strongest in the summer months. When coupled with the humidity, it can make one feel as if they are sealed inside a plastic container, ready to melt. But at night, there is something entirely different about Florida in the summer. The Florida fishing experience in Volusia County is truly splendid. Many people who are fishing enthusiasts love Volusia County; for New Smyrna Beach is known as the redfish capitol of the world. Night fishing is popular during the hot summer months, and sometimes can yield even more interesting catches.
Fishing at night in New Smyrna Beach can be a different experience, for there is always the possibility of big game fish, and the excitement is hightened by the darkness of the night, and not knowing what you have hooked till the last minute. One of the best places to fish in New Smyrna Beach is the Indian River; for the variety of fish is plentiful. The eco-system in New Smyrna Beach is one of the most diverse of America’s eco-systems; due to the Intra-coastal waterway.
This means that the glorious Indian River and Atlantic Ocean intermingle; yielding all types of fish in from sea, not just reds. There are a multitude of river and little bay areas existing in the New Smyrna Beach area for anglers to explore as well. People can also fish right off New Smyrna Beach’s piers and bridges, or take a charter boat and their own vessel out to sea. One just needs the proper salt-water fishing license and to make sure their launch point is accessible during night hours; past the usual “closed at dawn” restrictions known at some park areas and boat docks along the river. When one fishes at night, there may be a limit to the amount of fish that is allowed to be caught; especially shrimps and other crustaceans. When in doubt, check with the locals in the bait shops, and at online sources pertinent to the area you wish to fish.
Now this is the fun part. How does one fish at night? Well, things are similar as in the daytime, but there are certain techniques known only to night anglers that yield fast results. What is used are a few long, tubular, low-powered and 12-volt submerged water-tight lights; the most popular choice for serious anglers being green lights. Green lights seem to yield some of the best results, though other types of lights are used successfully too. Green lights are generally found in sporting good stores and online; at lengths of twenty-four and forty-eight inches. They are suspended underwater on either side of the desired fishing area, and the light attracts fish. For shrimp people, these lights are a dream; for the shrimp simply swim to the surface of the water, and are easily caught with nets.
Night fishing is often successful based on a known fish feeding location (where the fish look for their prey), and by the light of the moon. Sounds very mysterious, but the light and darkness of the moon, along with various temperatures of water throughout the seasons, have a lot to do with the types of fish biting and the quality of the catch.
So the next time you want to fish, but have to work or don’t like the sun, there are options. The fish are always biting in Florida!