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Friday April 28, 2017

Redfish in the Indian River

The Indian River seems to produce redfish inspite of the weather and fishing conditions some days if you have a good fishing guide and some determination and patience. Demetrius Dumaskas and friends spent a half day (starting at 1:00 pm) with Indian River Fishing Guide Captain's Don Patterson & Richard Bradley on a drizzly January day in the Indian River. "It was cold, it was rainy, it was windy.... but these Indian River Charter Captains put us on the fish!" explained Jeff while displaying his hefty redfish for the camera.

It's all in the attitude explains Captain Richard. "These guys went fishing when everyone else was coming back to the ramp skunked and defeated. They brought no rain gear and barely any warm clothes. But their friendship and determination made the difference this day."

The two boat charter had a little competition going for both ladyfish and redfish. Capt. Don's boat took the lead. While the biggest fish goes to Jeff on Captain Richard's Boat. The tally at the end of this miserably fun day of fishing was quality vrs quantity with both Captains sharing the prize.

End score on this rainy afternoon.

Indian River Fishing Guides Redfish Ladyfish Catfish
Demetrius
Jim
3 9 3
Bob
Jeff
1 5 3

"We wanted to go fishing no matter what and when other anglers were leaving the ramp waiting for another day, our guides took us fishing and showed us how to catch redfish in the Indian River during bad conditions."
- Jim and Jeff

Hello,
One of my favorite places to fish is the Indian River with it's diverse amount of wildlife and fish species. During the cold winters you'll often find me in the northern part of the Lagoon looking for redfish in the Banana Creek and Scottsmore area but when the fall sets in lower parts of the Lagoon near Sebastian gets hot for snook and big trout. Look me up for a great day of fishing on the Indian River Lagoon for big redfish in the late summer and fall and awesome sightfishing during the cooler parts of the year.

Tight Lines,
Captain Richard Bradley
Lagooner Fishing Guide

Known as a fish that will not quit, redfish can be absolute brutes. And as such, they have become one of the most sought after fish in the shallows of Florida. Since their protection in the mid 1980's redfish numbers have proliferated and are especially abundant and large on the east central Florida coastline. Redfish have a coppery bronze color with a tinge of red, color will vary depending on water clarity. Normally redfish have one spot on the base of their tails but often there are several or many spots. Take a look at these spots caught by a lagooner fisherman. [LOOK]

East Central Florida boast some of the best inshore and estuary fishing for redfish in the world. Our redfish are renown for both quantity and quality. They are found in the lagoon systems all around the coast of Florida and some are even found offshore. This species is often found feeding in less than one foot of water while foraging for crustaceans, fish and small mollusk. Often they are in such shallow water that you can see their tales and backs protruding from the water, hence the term "tailing redfish".

Best Redfish Locations

Mosquito Lagoon
Sightfishing Mecca from Oakhill to Playlinda Beach. World famous fishing waters in the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge in Northern Brevard County. Mosquito Lagoon can have crystal clear water allowing flyfisherman and light-tackle fisherman great opportunities to sight fish for tailing redfish and other species.

Northern Indian River Lagoon
Banana Creek, Titusville, Carbide Flats, Haulover Canal, Dummit Cove, Scottsmore are only some of the known redfish haunts in this area.

The Banana River has a NMZ or No Motorized Zone in the very north adjacent to Canaveral Airforce Base and NASA property. This are can be extremely productive for big schooling redfish as they are not subjected to motor boats and fishing pressure.

Remarks

Orlando Redfish
Sebastian Redfish
Mosquito Lagoon Redfish
Banana River Guide Service
Indian River Redfish Guide
Releasing Redfish
Indian River Redfish

Regulations

Not less than 18" or more than 27" and only 1 fish per harvester per day.

State Record

51 lbs., 8 ozs.

Red Drum Fishing Charters on the Indian River Lagoon

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 03 2016 20:54:36.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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April - 2017 Fishing Forecast

April of 2017 should be a great spring for fishing in both inshore and offshore coastal waters of Central Florida. Look to the Mosquito Lagoon and Banana Rivers to produce redfish and sea trout consistently and then look toward the ocean and depending on the water temps, clear skies and wind the cobia will be on their way north and migrating past Canaveral towards their northern grounds on the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Central Florida's weather during the spring is usually no less than spectacular as the college spring breakers are winding up the end of their vacation and heading back to campus to finish up before summer break. Daytona Beach host several spring events from NASCAR Races, Bike Week and Spring Break activities while Cocoa Beach and it's Space Coast offer a much less crowded alternative for vacationers to seek a more secluded and restful Holiday. The temperatures are rising and the fishing should be heating up too in East Central Florida's Cocoa Beach.

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Inshore Charter Fishing in the Banana River Lagoon near Cocoa Beach, Florida. Catch redfish, sea trout, tarpon, snook and many other saltwater gamefish aboard the world famous Lagooner flats fishing boat with renowned Captain Richard Bradley.

I have been honored to share a boat with Captain Richard more than once. He and Captain Gina are fantastic people, kind, courteous, and extremely knowledgeable. I have been blessed to fish from Canada to Florida and I can give Lagooner Fishing Charters the highest of praise and I look forward to fishing with them multiple times in the future!
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