Help, Shore Fishing Spots in New Smyrna Beach and Mosquito Lagoon, NEW to Fishing.
I am pretty new to Bass and Saltwater fishing. I grew up fishing perch and pike in freshwater when I was little with barber or of the boat with my grandfather and then just gave up fishing as I got older.
Then a friend of mine send me some YouTube videos of Bass fishing in FL and I got a excited to try myself as I live on a large men-made FL lake in my development here in New Smyrna beach that is full of bass I heard. I bought a Shimano 2500 Sienna reel for $30 and Berkley Cherrywood HD 6'6 M rod for $25 on Amazon and caught a 17" bass with first cast on Texas rig with Zoom black with speckles warm, I was hooked. Spent months on and off watching and following some YouTube channels as to how to fish, lures, knots, rigs, bait, etc. While doing that I went out a few times to the real world and tried to fish St. John river canals in New Smyrna and Port Orange but no fish. We tried to go to popular parks with fishing ramps like Buena Vista Park by North Causeway, no fish. Riverside Park by South causeway, no fish for me there either. I did speak to people there fishing and they also had no luck there in general, some might say they caught 1 fish and that's it. Which was surprising to me in general. They did tell me they come here late nights, very early mornings and also catch on dead cut mullet or live shrimp with poor results. I also tried Swoop Site Boat ramp twice with also no luck, just a few bites by what seemed to be small blue on DOA fake shrim lure as half of lure was bitten off. My father in law caught tons of fish there same time 2 years ago and had no bites this time with me and he was very puzzled too.
I did catch 3 Blues 14-18" by NSB jetty on the North side of the jetty facing Ponce Inlet jetty with $30 walmart combo that I bought trying to surf fish, which was exciting as I caught them by the structure. Then we went a few times since in the morning 8 or 9am or so and caught no fish. I did see folks catch at the end of the jetty so maybe we did not cast far enough even with 10ft surf rod I since got as it was low tide. Not sure..
So after doing some reading on here and another forum I began to realize that there is just less fish in general compared how it used to be from all I read about red tide, green and blue algae and hurricane Irma affects in last 3 years. I read some people even given up going to Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon completely as water is brownish and not very clear. So is that what it is? Plus, with me I have no boat and can only do shore fishing, unless I can get my friend to go out on the boat and if so, would you suggest for us to go to ML north or Indian River North? Or don't bother? I was going to try shore fishing by Apollo Beach Ramp # 5 off of A1A as you can surf fish there and shore fish in the Lagoon. I was planning to get there 6:30am and through top water and jigs in the Lagoon and cut bate or Fishbites shrimp flavor on pompano rig or regular drop down rig with 3oz sinker with cut frozen mullet.
I also was just suggested River Breeze Oak Hill peer to try which is very close to me for reds etc.. Any suggestions or tips are appreciated. Thank you. Great forum and full of info.