Saltwater Fishing Charters by Lagooner Fishing Guides
Artificial Lure Fishing
Topwater and Sub-Surface Baitfish Imitations
Friday June 22, 2018
Artificials are the mainstay of anglers around the world and it's no different on the Indian River Lagoon. There's a sense of pride when one catches a fish on a lure, whether it's a jig, topwater or a wooden plug made by a old timer in the family. Artificial lures are often easier than bait and are far less messy than live & dead bait. The simple convenience of heading out the door with a rod & reel and a hat full of your favorite lures while wading along the shoreline is an angler's way to decompress and forget about the worries of the week.
"I've learned over the years what works best on our local gamefish and if people will listen to our instruction and be willing to be flexable, they usually catch some great fish on the Space Coast"
Topwater plugs are the covetted lure by most fishermen and are put on a pedestal above all other fish charming hardware in the tacklebox. A simple popper can be chugged along and ignored while taking a sip from the beer (which usually helps) or a talented angler can try his hand at the Zara Spook or it's varients and show of his talents at zig-zagging the piece of plastic or wood on top of the water to impress his friends. The know how of topwater fishing is almost as rewarding as catching the fish in many instances as a bad day of fishing with a topwater will give any angler the excuse... "I used topwaters all day, and I think the fish just were't on the surface baits today". Anyways, who's counting fish, right? It's always better on the water than working in the office and besides, you got out of Honeydoos while you spent the day getting carpal-tunnel throwing topwater lures.
Lagooner Fishing Guides specializes in putting you on fish, whether it's artificial lure fishing or live baiting. Listen to your guide when it comes to choosing your weapon and ammunition on the water. The right lure might make the difference between a good day and a bad one. Some days require weedless jerkbaits and other days hard subsurface plugs with treble hooks will work the best. "I've learned over the years what works best on our local gamefish and if people will listen to our instruction and be willing to be flexable, they usually catch some great fish on the Space Coast", explains Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides.
A good presentation will often out perform a favorite lure and any color. Presentation is EVERYTHING on the Indian River Lagoon for most artificial lures on wary gamefish. A properly placed lure presented well will more than often get the bite.
Next time you decide to come down and go fishing on the Indian River Lagoon with a professional fishing guide, ask them about what artificials they recommend using for the conditions... It might surprise you that it's your favorite.
Popular Topwater Lures on the Indian River Lagoon
Rapala's Skitter Walk - An easier and better version of the Zara Spook of yesteryear. Better casting, better colors, better action and razor sharp hooks make for a better topwater.
Poppers - It's a toss up on which popper works the best with so many varieties and types. Try Storm, Yo-zuri and Rebel poppers and see which action works for you.
Soft Top Waters - Single hook soft topwaters can be awesome when the weeds are thick. Try several varieties including DOA's and Bass Assassin Die Dappers weedless hooked.
Indian River Fishing with Artificials
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 05 2016 12:00:30.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
June - 2018 Fishing Report
June - 2018 Fishing Forecast
June of 2018 is looking to be a hot summer with hot fishing off of East Central Florida near Cocoa Beach. Orlando visitors should anticipate the warm weather and great fishing that coastal and offshore fishing provides in the warm Atlantic Ocean this time of year. Last year in 2017 we saw many tarpon exceeding 100 pounds caught off the Brevard County beaches along with a good amount of sharks, king mackerel and really big Jack Crevelle that kept things interesting. Looking forward to this year's forecast on the Space Coast remember that the coastal waters along the Atlantic seaboard and Ocean will probably be the most productive fishing during the month of June and as we look in to August the ocean will look to be the most inviting destination for anglers in the heat of the Central Florida Summer.
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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.
A very knowledgeable guide and knows the area waters well. We were on big reds and trout within minutes of the leaving the dock and ventured about the lagoon to catch different species. The scenery in the Lagoon is remarkable!
Richard’s boat was well equipped with good equipment, he was well prepared to adapt to the different types of fishing through out the day. My primary focus was sight fishing for big reds on fly - the flies that Capt. Richard provided were right on!
Booking the charter was a breeze, his wife Capt. Gina was very accommodating to work me in (thank you Capt. Gina).
Capt. Richard seemed to know who was hungry at the right times – and we had some impressive catches! Well done Capt. Richard, and thanks for a great day on the water!
Written by: Ray Norman about Lagooner Fishing Charters on January 21, 2015
5 / 5 stars