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Indian River Sea Trout Fishing
Fishing Trips on the Indian River Lagoon in Central Florida
Saturday February 06, 2016
Sea Trout trips on the Indian River Lagoon in East Central Florida are back! It's not uncommon to come back to the dock with your limit in fish while releasing many fish back to be caught again. The Indian River Lagoon or IRL is the world famous for it's spotted sea trout that was on the verge of collapse until the Net-Ban in the early 1990's brought it back.
"In the last few years we've seen many trout approaching and sometimes even breaking the ten pound mark." comments Captain Richard Bradley (Lagooner Fishing Guide)
East Central Florida is home to the largest spotted seatrout in the world. After entanglement netting was constitutionally banned in Florida, seatrout have rebounded back to healthy numbers and sizes that we haven't seen since the early 1980's. Seatrout are an aggressive fish that will strike anything from topwater artificials, spoons, jigs, livebait and various fly patterns.
INSHORE and/or NEARSHORE over grass, sand and sandy bottoms. Winter time fishing in deeper waters with well defined thermoclines produce plentiful numbers of fish. We find that seatrout stage close to their winter holes on the flats between cold spells. Live bait works great for winter trout as they are usually less aggressive and want to test the baits a lot before they commit to a strike. Recent winters have produced many trout in excess of 30 inches and we are looking forward to many more successful trout seasons ahead.
Seatrout are often referred to as gator trout when they are large (over 6 pounds). Lagooner charters specialize in finding and catching large seatrout in shallow water areas. Here are some facts about these gamefish:
Matures during first or second year and spawns INSHORE from March through November; often in association with seagrass beds; lives mainly in estuaries and moves only short distances; adults feed mainly on shrimp and small fish.
Some Trout Pictures:
Sebastian Inlet Gator Trout
Girl with Stringer of Trout
Seatrout On Fly
Banana River Trout
Indian River Gator Trout
Stringer of Big Seatrout
Florida Sea Trout
Mosquito Lagoon Sea Trout
Banana River Sea Trout
Gator Trout in the Banana Lagoon
Not less than 15" or more than 20" (statewide) except one fish over 20" per person. 4 per harvester per day South Region
5 per harvester per day N.E. and N.W. Regions.
Season Closure: Nov. & Dec. S. Region / Feb. N.E. and N.W.
15lb., 6 ozs.
Seatrout or Speckled Sea Trout Fishing on the Indian River Lagoon
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 19 2015 17:22:38.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
Looking for information about fishing the Indian River Lagoon or IRL in Central Florida? Call (321) 868-4953 and Ask for Captain Richard or his fishing mate Captain Gina. They'll be more than glad to talk to you in length about setting up a fishing trip while you're visiting the area.
Indian River Fishing Update
Fishing in 2016 is shaping up this February in the Indian River Lagoon as we are having many days with large eight pound plus spotted sea trout and several redfish being landed. Look for the spotted sea trout bite to improve as we move toward spring and into March and April. Redfish have been our most consistent catch in the Lagoon in the last few weeks and this bite should continue into the coming weeks. Sea Trout should turn into the predominant species as they begin their spawn when the warmer spring weather arrives.
Recent catches include large "Gator" sea trout with some exceeding eight pounds and one monster that was just below eleven pounds. The large redfish are not as plentiful, but the slot sized four to eight pounders have been prevalent in the shallow water flats and in some of the deep holes along the Indian River Lagoon canals. Look for all this fishing to get better and better as the month matures.
As usual call Captain Gina to set a date for your next fishing trip in the Indian River Lagoon.
Captain Richard Bradley
February - 2016 Fishing Forecast
Valentine fishing in February is one sweetheart of a fishing trip on the Banana River as temperatures and coldfronts make fish predictable as the weather. Coldfronts will send the sea trout to the holes and the warmth between fronts will cause them to enter the shallow water in numbers. The redfish are ever-present and there may be mixed opportunities with them, but they should be consistant. If we have a mild winter, the fishing for reds will probably be better but a harsh winter will be more challenging. On the Banana River look for redfish and large spotted sea trout and a smattering of black drum for fun. Typically the snook are a no-show and the tarpon can be in a couple of backwater locations if they feel up to it.
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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.
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