Saltwater Fishing Charters by Lagooner Fishing Guides
Artificial Lure Fishing
Topwater and Sub-Surface Baitfish Imitations
Friday April 28, 2017
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©
April - 2017 Fishing Report
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.
Had the best day fishing off Cocoa Beach with Capt. Richard while we were docked in Port Canaveral for the day from the Norwegian Gem. Capt. Gina was so helpful in planning our trip months ahead and even came right to the boat and picked us up when we pulled into Port! We caught some beautiful King Mackerel and had many laughs. I would recommend Lagooner to EVERYONE. If we ever get back down there, we'll definitely go again.
Written by: Shanee Thomas Taylor about Lagooner Fishing Charters on March 1, 2015
5 / 5 stars