Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve – Kayak Fishing

Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve, New Smyrna Beach, FL – Kayak Fishing


If meeting a random individual from out of state, at Walmart isn’t a recipe for the perfect kayak fishing location, I don’t know what is. This random fisherman recommended a spot in New Smyrna just off of A1A for some good fishing. Well he wasn’t wrong.

Divito Park in New Smyrna Beach, FL

Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve (aka Divito Park on Google)

  • 100 Divito Drive
  • New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
  • Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
  • Parking: Pletiful
  • Typically busy, but not crowded on weekends. There are also plenty of alternate launch locations along A1A near the park entrance.

Kaku Wahoos at Divito Park Launch

Wahoos Ready for Launch

Kayak Fishing Equipment

This trip was the perfect time to try out our new DakDel Power Boxes and thanks to Sup and Skiff Outfitters, this was our first chance to try out our new Power Pole Micro anchors with our Kaku Wahoo’s. Since we had been out here before, we left our spikes mounted to the side of the Wahoo until we cleared the A1A bridge, because you don’t have 8 feet of clearance, and the current is pretty strong under the bridge.

Power Pole Spike Mounted on Wahoo
Power Pole Spike in Storage Location

The Power Pole’s worked flawlessly, and our DakDel Power Boxes successfully withstood the elements, kept the Power Pole working all day, and our cell phone and GPS charged and functioning for our 6+ hour outing.

DakDel Power Box
Cell Phone Charging using the DakDel Power Box
DakDel Power Box
Power Pole Micro connected to DakDel Power Box

Kayak Fishing Locations

From the Divito Drive launch site, we headed Northeast under the A1A/US1 bridge. Navigating through a couple of the canals and around some sandbars, we varied our location from dropping anchor near the edge of the canal and also docking on some sandbars. As the tide started rolling in during the early afternoon, the sandbars became scarce.

Catfish on Sandbar
Catching Catfish on a Sandbar

There were plenty of other boats and kayaks in the area, so you can definitely see the areas that might yield some successful results.


  1. Catfish – are plentiful in the area and seemed to bite regularly. Some were of decent size, but there were also a lot of small one’s that we brought in.
  2. Ladyfish – caught a decent one about 20 inches in length, but couldn’t get any recurrence of this action.
  3. Red Drum – my wife managed to bring in one small Red Drum, but we were unsuccessful in repeating this.
Kayak Fishing Drum and Catfish
Some of the better fish for the day

Bait Used

We had zero success with artificial lures. So we turned to frozen shrimp.

The frozen shrimp worked well, but we noticed that the fish didn’t bite on the smaller shrimp, it had to be something of substance. As we started rolling low on bait, we noticed the bites started to fade as well. So bring enough bait to keep you satisfied for a long day.

Ladyfish in New Smyrna

Alternatively we saw a ton of boats in the area using cast nets to obtain bait fish of their own. If you’re so inclined, this might be a more cost effective option than loading up on frozen shrimp.


We spent over 6 hours on the water, and had pretty regular action throughout our time on the water. It was worth the visit for some good fishing action, but based on our results we can’t say that you’ll be able to bring anything home to eat.

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