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Fishing Trips on the Indian River Lagoon in Central Florida

Tuesday July 26, 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.

Remarks

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

Regulations

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.

State Record

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 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.

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Fishing Reports

July 2016
Indian River Fishing Update

The fishing in the Indian River Lagoon during July is HOT! Of course we are talking about the seasonal temperatures and the early morning fishing before those temperatures climb to uncomfortable ranges for anglers and fish. The key to fishing during July is to find cooler and more comfortable waters for each species. Your best bet is to start your trip before the sun comes up and end it before high noon when July temps can shut down the bite and make fishing on the unbearable for anglers.

You'll find redfish on the edges of sandbars and foraging for food in the clean shallow water during the early morning. Sea trout will be biting in the clean deeper grass beds alongside ladyfish and small jacks. Look for snook to be near tide flows and bait or ask Captain Gina about spawning snook opportunities on the beaches. Big tarpon will be on the beach consistently during the summer months for those looking to grapple with a 100 pound fish.

Fishing Forecast

July - 2016 Fishing Forecast

It's hot and July proves to turn the temperatures up to firecracker levels as the Daytona 500 approaches and so does our nation's independence day. You won't find many cooperative fish on the Banana River Lagoon during July unless it's during the early morning hours or late evening. The lagoon's lack of tidal flow is it's downfall during the warmer months and extremely hot summers can almost stop the fish bite altogether during the daylight hours. Look northward toward the Mosquito Lagoon or south at Sebastian Inlet for better redfish and sea trout results. Snook can make a pretty good showing during the cooler mornings, but after the sun comes up to mid-morning strength look for the fishing to slow down quickly. You'll find excellent fishing out of Port Canaveral and on the beaches during July so ask your guide about fishing close to the beach during July and you won't be disapointed.

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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.

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