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Indian River Redfish
Catching Redfish or Red Drum in Central Florida
Saturday January 20, 2018
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.
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"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
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.
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
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.
Not less than 18" or more than 27" and only 1 fish per harvester per day.
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 Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
January - 2018 Fishing Report
The Banana River comes alive during the colder months of year and January is the peak season for deep hole trout, redfish and juvenile black drum. We've been fishing the deeper canals and slews with success during the cold fronts when the water is cold and also catching some great sized fish on the flats adjacent to these holes. Look for the Banana River to improve as the winter gets colder and the fish transition to their winter haunts in pursuit of cold, stable water. Look for mature fish to seek warmth on the shallow shorelines nearby.
January - 2018 Fishing Forecast
Is it going to be an Indian Summer this January or possibly a deep freeze Polar Vortex? These are the questions that all fishing guides want to know. Depending on how this winter plays out with temperatures, winds and other conditions will dictate how our fishing will pan out in January. Unless the water is churned up by high winds, January will produce some of the cleanest and clearest water of the year in Central Florida as colder water kills of plankton life in the lagoons and mild northeast winds often push in clearer water in the ocean. Look for great inshore fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon and Northern end of the Indian River toward Titusville. If the winds and water are all frothed up it can be a crap shoot for fishing in almost every inshore locations and will shutdown all offshore fishing due to small craft warnings and safety warnings. However, between fronts, look for some of the best fishing of the year in January both inshore and offshore in Central Florida.
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Inshore and Offshore Charter Fishing near Orlando and 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.
Gave a fishing trip to my husband for his birthday after recommendation from my cousin Kristin Kessel Asinger. He is still talking about it as the best fishing trip ever! Don't hesitate to book a fishing trip with Captain Richard!
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