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Fishing Trips on the Indian River Lagoon in Central Florida

Thursday August 25, 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

August 2016
Indian River Fishing Update

It's still very hot temperatures during the dog days of August on the Indian River Lagoon. Fishing is best done in the early morning hours and then it's off to deeper waters for small trout, ladyfish and other mixed bag fishing. Occasionally you'll find a few fish in the flats during the day but for the most part it's an early morning bite for both redfish and sea trout. Snook have been very productive at night and during both morning and evening bites at Sebastian Inlet and it's surrounding shallow water flats. Most big snook are coming out of their spawn patterns and heading toward the inlet to wait for this falls mullet run and other late summer and early fall bait runs.

East Florida's Indian River lagoon always has something to offer anglers during anytime of the year, but you'd better wake up early or be willing to fish at night to catch some of the better fish in August. During the summer of 2016, make it a point to setup a trip on the IRL and some of it's inlets and waterways.

The breeding redfish in late August will start in the later part of the month and into September. If you want to catch a giant redfish, this is the time of year to do it. Look for the best opportunities in the northern end of the Indian River and the Banana River Lagoon.

Fishing Forecast

August - 2016 Fishing Forecast

August is another hot month on the Banana River Lagoon for temperatures but not as good for fishing. Look to the ocean out of Port Canaveral to be more productive or try some fishing down at Sebastian are during the hottest summer months. Redfish can move into the deeper flat regions of the Banana River during the later part of August in preparation of the spawn in September, but these will be the larger redfish and not the slot size that many enjoy for a meal. Look for next month to be a better month for the Banana River and then into the early winter it will even get better. If you're really looking to fish on the Banana River set up a half day evening trip or an early morning pre-dawn trip for snook and reds.

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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.

Excellent Christmas Fishing Trip - My son and I had a wonderful fishing trip with Captain Richard. He was knowledgeable, friendly and willing to work hard to insure we caught fish and had a wonderful experience. Captain Gina was first rate in setting up our trip, providing great information and directions.
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