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Fishing Guide on the Indian River Lagoon

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Friday February 23, 2018

One of Florida's premier fishing guides lives out his life daily on the Indian River Lagoon and it's nearby waterways. Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides takes hundreds of anglers fishing each year on the shallow saltwater lagoons looking for redfish, sea trout, snook and tarpon.

Captain Richard takes his regular anglers on four, six and eight hour fishing excursions in the Indian River during the cooler months from September till around April and during the warmer months of May thru August he concentrate on the Atlantic Ocean for larger game in the deeper sea waters off Port Canaveral. "The cooler months are so much fun in the lagoon as the large redfish are breeding in September and the sightfishing gets spectacular as Florida's mercury goes down to the perfect temperatures for trout and reds to start a pattern between deeper and shallower waters. It's a fly fishing paradise!" Explains this seasoned inshore fishing guide.

Looking for a big redfish? Try the Indian River or one of it's close and connected waterways the Banana River and Mosquito Lagoon from late August till October and you're likely to land a 40 pound giant. Large spawning redfish congregate and get busy during this pre fall and fall season.

Smaller slot sized fish (slot meaning legal harvest sized redfish 18-27 inches) can be sightfished in the mid winter and spring effectively for the angler wishing to test his hunting and casting skills. Redfish are fun to pursue and are often easily sightfished with an experienced fishing guide.

Other fish species to consider catching on the IRL include the spotted sea trout, ladyfish, jack crevalle, snook and tarpon. Once known as the Spotted Sea Trout capital of the world, the Indian River is regaining it's reputation as a haven for large "Gator" trout exceeding ten pounds. During their season that closes in November and December, anglers can harvest four sea trout between 15 and 20 inches... one of those four can exceed 20 inches and is considered a trophy according to the Florida Wildlife Commission. Sea trout are receptive to topwater and subsurface plugs, during the deep winter chills they are stacked up in holes and will readily eat plastic grubs and small live baits like shrimp.

Charter Fishing Guide on the IRL

During Florida's calm winter days your fishing guide will glide you quickly across the water on a shallow water boat called a flats boat. The average depth in the crystal clear lagoon is less than six feet and while you are fishing it's exciting to see the wildlife like the American Alligator, bottle nosed dolphin, manatees and stingrays. During the mid-winter bird watching enthusiast will see rosette spoonbills, every duck and water fowl known in North America and even large birds of prey like the bald eagle and osprey. The IRL is a haven for wildlife and remains an unspoiled and pristine waterway on Florida's Space Coast.

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At the northern end of the lagoon near Titusville, Mims and Scottsmore, anglers will see the Kennedy Space Center where Space Shuttle launches were common place and the Apollo moon missions rocketed off the Cape Canaveral peninsula.

Captain Richard can help anglers of all ages and skill level achieve confidence in fishing techniques for all gamefish species on the Indian River Lagoon system. The preferred fishing equipment is spinning tackle, however fly fishing enthusiast and bait casters are brought out when the conditions are correct and anglers have the skill to utilize them. Experienced anglers with casting abilities will enjoy sight fishing for marauding redfish while less experienced will catch the majority on live baits and artificial lures. Whatever your age or skills, the Indian River and it's shallow water grass flats will offer a challenge and opportunities for you to catch quality sports fish while you're visiting Florida's Space Coast.

Where is the Indian River Lagoon

Technically the IRL or Indian River is part of the Intra coastal waterway on the eastern seaboard of the United States. The name of this body of water changes as you traverse the waterway from Biscayne Bay in Miami and northward toward the Chesapeake Bay or Montawk New Jersey.

East Central Florida's prominent Indian River Lagoon sections are called the Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River Lagoon and of course the Indian River Lagoon as it heads south toward Sebastian Inlet and Fort Pierce with the North Boundary skirting a small town called Scottsmoore and Mims. Fishing information on the Indian River can be found at the links above.

What to Bring

On a Guided Fishing Trip

We provide all fishing licenses, tackle and equipment to assure your day is successful. Our tackle includes St. Croix Rods, both Shimano and Penn Reels and a wide variety of artificial fish lures.

All you are required to bring on your Indian River Lagoon trip is proper clothing for the time of year, food and beverages, polarized sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen for the warm Florida sunshine. Your fishing guide will provide everything you will need to have a successful day on the water.

Indian River Lagoon Fishing Guide

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 03 2016 14:50:53.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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There's not a better way to spend a Valentines day with your sweetie than out in the boat catching the winter sun and a few nice fish. If the weather this February stays nice, look for some fun and rewarding fishing into the central Florida spring break period. Fish get hungry as spring approaches and the cold winter grip releases. I KNOW... I KNOW... IT's Florida! How can Florida get cold? Well, it can often drop into the 40° mark over night and be in the 70's during the day, so plan a late morning trip on the lagoon and you should be safe in Februay and into March.

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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.

Amazing start to an amazing vacation! - Port Canaveral was our first stop on a 7 day Norwegian cruise out of New York City... When I didn't find any fishing excursions listed through NCL, I did a Google search and emailed a few different charter outfits. Capt. Gina was quick to respond and super to deal with. When she came right to the ship to pick us up for our trip she greeted us with a warm hug like we were lifelong friends. Capt Richard kept us on fish the entire time. We had many laughs and great conversation. I really enjoyed hearing him speak about his family. Caught some beautiful King Mackerel and a few other fish, WHAT A DAY! I would recommend Lagooner to anyone!
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