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Fishing Around The Lagoons In Central Florida

Thursday October 19, 2017

Fishing in shallow water is nothing new on the Indian River Lagoon, but it's often overlooked by the vast majority of anglers. "When I was a kid we simply waded the local lagoons for sea trout, redfish and other Florida gamefish. It often surprised me to see large fish in ankle deep water while wading and swimming around my home", says Captain Richard of Lagooner Fishing Guides.

Don't be surprised to see big sea trout caught in less than one foot of water in any of our lagoons, the biggest trout like the shallows, while the immature ones seem to lurk on the edge of deeper grassflats and dropoffs. Redfish can school in the ocean or inches of water in the shallowest lagoons and anglers should often look to the skinniest water for these crustacean munching gamefish.

Shallow water fishing can prove to be a great way to spend the day on the Indian River Lagoon when you're visiting Florida. Come explore the backwaters of the Space Coast and it's famous fishery with Lagooner Fishing Guides on your next adventure with Captain Richard Bradley.

Indian River Shallow Water Flats Fishing

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 06 2016 10:58:28.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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Fishing Reports

October - 2017 Fishing Report

The summer is over and the autumn winds are starting to prevail as we head toward the holidays and winter. With water temperatures on the fall and water levels above average you can find good numbers of fish very close to the shoreline and against the mangroves. Mullet are in their peak run and will start to subside as we enter November, but bait, comfort and the end of the redfish spawn should keep anglers busy during the month of October. Lie mullet will trump any given bait during the fall on most days and if you're lucky enough to run into a school of big breeding redfish, it typically doesn't matter what you throw at them, just be ready for these fish that often exceed forty pounds.

Wrapping up the October report, we have been catching snook along the deeper shorelines with the seasonally high water, breeding redfish are coming to an end, but you have a chance to catch them and the fall mullet fun will keep the gamefish interesting into November.

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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.

BIG fish - Capt. Richard knows how to put you on the fish!! He is a very knowledgeable guide and knows the 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. It was fun and exciting. The scenery in the Lagoon is remarkable! Richard’s boat was well...
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