Explore a natural Florida with all of your senses: swim with dolphins, surf righteous tides, paddle amid bioluminescence and create your own beach safari. The Black Dolphin Inn offers an escape where the pleasures and practicalities of everyday life are elevated to an art form. Food, sleep, comfort - of course! But more than that, the Black Dolphin Inn offers a sense of belonging, or having a base from which to "explore" where daily activities revolve around the sun, sand and water.
The Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Indian River Lagoon converge literally at our front door–there is no better fishing destination in North America.
My name is Captain Michael Mann (USCG Licensed) and I have over 20 years of fishing experience. I started fishing the lakes and rivers of Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama as a child with my grandfather who taught me the need to conserve our natural resources as well as how to understand the seasonal movement of game fish. I have been a fishing guide in Florida since 2000 after fishing tournaments for 8 years. I started guiding on the famed Stick Marsh for trophy Large Mouth when a friend of mine got me into shallow water flats fishing and the rest is history. Hooking a 20 pound Redfish in a foot of water is an awesome feeling with the sound of your drag peeling off and the water coming alive! There is nothing like it in the world. I am living my dream, come let me help make your fishing dreams come true.
Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide Rates:
Florida Fishing- 5 Hour Trip: $350.00
Eco Tours: $150.00
Florida Sportfishing Fat-Fish Guide Service accepts Visa & Master Card or cash. A $50 deposit is required at time of booking, refundable only if cancelled 5 days prior to trip date or due to inclement weather. Bring your camera & non-oily sunscreen (Bull Frog Sport Spray is recommended), polarized sunglasses, snacks, white sole shoes & a hat with a dark colored visor. All safety, licensing and fishing equipment is supplied as well as complimentary drinks. You are, however, welcome to bring your own tackle. We use XPS Bionic rods 7' medium action with Shimano Sahara 4000 reels and you will be fishing off of a Mercury powered Hells Bay.
First and foremost, when it comes to fishing, it's my livelihood and also my hobby. If I'm not guiding, you'll most likely see me out there on the lagoon fishing and/or scouting, making sure I am on fish, for you. This area became my home in the early 60's when my Dad retired from the Air Force and started his second career at the Space Center. His love for fishing had a long-lasting effect on me. Luckily, I've been able to fish in a wide range of areas, Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, Bahamas (Andros), Mexico (Yucatan, Mazatlan) Turks and Caicos, to name a few. As good as some of those places are, it makes me appreciate what a special place the Mosquito Lagoon is.
And the Mosquito Lagoon is special! The area gets a lot of attention from the fishing community. I have been fortunate to get mentions in publications such as Florida Sportsman, Sport Fishing Magazine and Fly-Fishing in Saltwater's and over the years did a few TV shows including Public Television, Sport Fishing Magazine, Shallow Water Angler, Fins and Skins, and Tarpon Bay Tales. All fun stuff, but the best part of my job is seeing my anglers catch fish and enjoy the Mosquito Lagoon.
I'm proud to say I donate to Coastal Conservation Association, an organization that's done much for our sport of fishing and am Tournament Director for the Redbone Celebrity Tournament held right here at the Mosquito Lagoon Fish Camp, which raises money for finding the cure for Cystic Fibrosis. There is only one place I fish professionally and that's right here in the Mosquito Lagoon. My daily contact with these waters allows me to help my clients fish in a variety of ways using fly, live bait and artificials.
Equipment: You'll be guided out on a flats skiff, an 18' Hells Bay Waterman set up with comfortable seating. For poling and sight fishing in the shallows here in the north end of the Mosquito Lagoon, it's the perfect hull, very quiet and with an extremely shallow draft. Light spinning tackle consists of Loomis rods and Shimano reels. Fly rods are Loomis rods and Abel reels.
Rates: 1 or 2 persons, $400, includes bait, license and tackle, ice and cold drinks (water, diet and regular colas) for 5-6 hours. Additional time is $50 per hour. For larger groups, a 20' Pathfinder is available for up to four persons. Please call for rates.
Call me to arrange extra guides/boats to accommodate you and your party! I will be happy to do so at no extra charge. To reserve your dates, a $100 deposit is required. I take care to make sure your day is secured with no foul-ups, the deposit ensures your day on the water is guaranteed. Your deposit will be refunded or used for another day, your choice, if I have to cancel for weather reasons.
What you should bring: Remember, it's always cooler in the winter and hotter in the summer when on the water. Dress accordingly for maximum comfort. Polarized sunglasses will help you see redfish while we sight-fish. I use Costa Del Mars but in a pinch you can get inexpensive brown tinted polarized sunglasses at most tackle shops, drugstores, etc. Soft soled shoes are a must. You must possess a current signed Refuge Sports Fishing Permit at all times while fishing on the Refuge. The permit is self-issuing and assures you have read and understood Merritt Island NWR's fishing regulations.
Please call 386-566-6303 cell or 386-409-7380 business, or email me at email@example.com for more information.
Captain Justin Price has lived in the Edgewater/Mosquito Lagoon Area since moving here at nine years of age. He soon discovered his passion for saltwater fishing and has been fishing these local waters for well over 20 years.
He is a member of the Coastal Conservation Association of Florida, Halifax Sport Fishing Club, and is the Vice President of the Mid-Coast Fly Fishers. He is also U.S. Coast Guard licensed, fully insured, and an authorized fishing guide permit holder for the Mosquito Lagoon, Canaveral National Seashore park and Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge waters.
Capt. Justin is also a family man, being married to his lifelong partner, Miranda, and father of two children. Taking his love for fishing to a new level, he has founded Right in Sight Charters. You will appreciate Capt. Justin's professional manner, as he is equally at ease guiding experienced or novice adult anglers, as well as having great patience in teaching younger anglers the new skills they will use on their trip. He will go out of his way to make sure that your fishing trip will be a rewarding experience that will leave you wanting to come back for more.
He has guided clients from around the world in the back waters of New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, and the pristine grass flats of the Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River Lagoon. From the early morning boat rides to your destination, you will be at a loss for words by the scenery and wildlife you will see along the way. Our area is home to some of the best fly fishing and light tackle sight fishing in the world.
Captain Fred is one of the top Daytona Beach fishing guides in the region. Since 1985, he has been an active angler, fishing daily in the waters surrounding New Smyrna Beach, including the world famous Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, Banana River, Spruce Creek and Ponce Inlet. Captain Fred also has many years of international experience. His fishing adventures have taken him to many locales: the Bahamas, Cuba, Indonesia, Thailand, Madagascar, and several islands throughout the Indian Sea.
In 2000, Captain Fred became a professional fishing guide. He now earns his living by teaching others "the tricks of the trade" that he has acquired over the past 30 years. As an amiable and patient guide, he will ensure your day on the water is a success.
If you are a novice angler, you will quickly learn how to use light tackle and spinning gear, including Shimano, Stradic, Substain and Stella. Captain Fred also will teach you about which baits to use: mullet, pinfish, or jumbo shrimp. Under his guidance, Captain Fred will make your first monster catch a memorable one! If you are an accomplished angler, Captain Fred enjoys sharing his knowledge and the techniques that he has accumulated over the years as a Daytona Beach fishing charter. He will explain how to read and use the tides, moon phases and currents to locate and land a trophy fish. For the expert, game fish will provide the challenge and thrill that you are seeking.
Contact Captain Fred at 407-948-5035, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fishing-guy.com.
If water sports, nature, exploration and a sense of adventure are your favorite pastime, come discover the most biologically diverse estuary in North America.
As the locals say “do the loop” and enjoy breath-taking sunsets, picturesque waterfront vistas, fresh seafood, shopping and live music–while overlooking one of the most diverse estuaries in North America. The nearly six mile WaterFront Loop gets its name from the views offered of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Indian River and Atlantic Ocean.
The Ponce de Leon Inlet is one of the top surf spots on the East Coast, says Surfer Magazine. Add the friendly locals, fun nightlife, delicious food–Nat Geo's definition of the perfect beach town.
Anchored by the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach is ranked in the "100 Best Small Art Towns in America." It's also the second oldest city in North America with more than 30 historical sites.
BlackFly Outfitter is a full service fly shop so simply let us know what you need in terms of tackle or gear and we'll have it at the Black Dolphin when you arrive or we'll ship it directly to your home or office. Look for us on the web at www.blackflyoutfitter.com or www.blackflylodge.com. Our phone in Jacksonville is 904-997-2220.
New Smyrna Beach has the longest stretch of public beach in the nation – and has been recognized as the #1 beach in Florida by a survey of over 50,000 readers of the Orlando Sun Sentinel.
New Smyrna Beach - Driving Access Ramps
The tradition of driving on the beach in Volusia County dates back to the early days of the automobile. The hard-packed sands offer an opportunity to leisurely drive along the water’s edge from the north jetties, five miles south to 27th Street. The Black Dolphin Inn is located on the western shore of the Indian River and Intracoastal Waterway, and is in close proximity to several of the beach access ramps.
The privilege of beach driving includes responsibility, however, and there are some rules in place: please watch for pedestrians, sunbathers and wildlife; parking is allowed east, or seaward, of the posts; observe the 10 mph speed limit; drive with headlights on and at least one front window completely open; and, texting while driving is prohibited.
Make sure you check the tides before expecting to drive on the beach as some of the ramps will close at high tide. There is a beach cam on www.volusia.org which will show you whether or not cars are able to drive due to the tides.
The beach is open to vehicles from sunrise to sunset, November 1 through April 30, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 1 through October 31. There is a $10 per day per vehicle user fee to drive on the beach from February 1 through November 30. The following ramps allow cars to access the beach:
Third Avenue Beach Ramp (6 minutes by car) - Via Highway 44 South Causeway, drive 2 miles from the Black Dolphin Inn. Take Third Avenue to Live Oak; turn right to Lytle/Hwy. 44. Turn right and follow the South Causeway past the Publix shopping area to the next traffic light and turn left at the Walgreens. Two more blocks and you are on the beach ramp.
Flagler Avenue Beach Ramp (7 minutes by car) - Take Riverside Drive north to the traffic light at Washington Street, turn right onto the North Causeway and drive almost 2 miles to the end of Flagler Avenue.
Crawford Avenue Beach Ramp (8 minutes by car) - Take Riverside Drive north to Washington Street, turn right onto the North Causeway, drive 1 ½ miles to Peninsula Avenue, turn left and go seven blocks to Crawford Road where you will turn right and in two more blocks you are on the beach.
Beachway Avenue Ramp (9 minutes by car) - Instead of turning right on Crawford, drive another ¾ of a mile and turn right on Beachway to get to the ramp. If you turn left and travel a mile and a half on the beach, you will reach the inlet jetties, which is a popular spot for surfers and fishermen.
27th Avenue Beach Ramp (10 minutes by car) – This is the southernmost vehicle entrance to the beach and lies 5.5 miles from the Inn. Take the South Causeway, as above, and drive to 27th Avenue where you will turn left to the beach. The area to the south of this ramp is traffic-free, so you have to make a left turn, on the beach, and drive north.
Pets are prohibited on the beach; however there is a Dog Beach at the north end of the island where parking is available at Smyrna Dunes Park, 2995 N. Peninsula. Here you will find a spacious sandy area with a view of the lighthouse across the inlet. Your puppies will love running in and out of the water and chasing sand crabs. This state park provides two miles of elevated walkways with views of various ecosystems within. There is a $10 fee per vehicle.
New Smyrna Beach is full of opportunities to leave the car behind and enjoy the ambience on foot. You will experience historical discoveries, boutique shopping and eclectic art, along with numerous dining options. As you step out of the Inn, head north, on Riverside Drive, to explore and discover the charm and charisma that our little town has to offer.
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Located less than an hour from Orlando, Cocoa Beach and St Augustine, the town is blessed with bays, lagoons, and waterways for boating, fishing, and water sports. Wildlife and water are your constant companions.
Travelers are drawn to New Smyrna Beach because of its beautiful beaches and recreation activities. There are many areas in Volusia County which offer choices such as surfing, fishing the flats, exploring our wonderful parks, admiring historic homes, shopping for antiques, and sunbathing on the beach.
Pack a lunch and head to the southern tip of the New Smyrna Beach barrier island to the Canaveral National Seashore, which is part of the National Park Service. Here you will find beautiful beaches as well as adventures to explore. This park is home to the Eldora State House, an historical residence which allows the visitor to see what it was like to live in Florida in the nineteenth century. Another must see is Turtle Mound, the highest shell midden in the nation, with a circular boardwalk to the top and breathtaking vistas of the estuaries and Mosquito Lagoon. The park’s 24 miles of undeveloped beach and 58,000 acres of barrier island, open lagoon, coastal hammock and pine flatwoods provide you with a day of exploration and Florida nature at its most natural.
On the way back to the Black Dolphin Inn, you might want to stop at JB’s Fish Camp, less than a mile south of the Park. Here you will find a full service restaurant and bar, along with kayak rentals for further exploration along the waterways.
The north end of the barrier island is home to Smyrna Dunes Park, 250 acres of pristine land surrounded on three sides by water. Two miles of elevated boardwalk among the dunes along with observation towers, picnic areas and pavilions, offer sights of gopher turtles and their natural habitat. On the east side of the park you will find the jetties with options for fishing and surfing. Walking around the tip of the peninsula you will see the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, across the waterway. A little further and you will run into the dog beach, which is the only area in New Smyrna Beach which allows dogs to frolic in the water.
After a day at the beach in Smyrna Dunes Park, head back to Flagler Avenue for refreshment among the many restaurants and bars on the half mile stretch between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.