Saltwater Fishing Charters by Lagooner Fishing Guides
Banana River Charter Fishing Charters
Experts, Novice & Beginnering Anglers
Thursday May 28, 2015
Our Charter Captains are equipped and experienced to help a wide range of anglers from youth to elderly, families, novice & experts and even avid flyfishing enthusiast. With over 25 years of experience as Central Florida's premier charter fishing service, we are ready to serve our customers and provide a fun-filled day on the water.
Inshore Saltwater Fishing Trips
Cocoa Beach & Merritt Island's shallow water lagoons are an angler's utopia providing entertainment and pleasure for the beginner angler to the most proffecient fly fishing experts. Typically fishing is perfomed out of a specialized skiff often referred to as a flats boat, deriving it's name from the shallow water seagrass "flats" or beds that abound in coastal regions.
On calm, windless days anglers may be maneuvered around the lagoon's briny shallows "Gondolla" style and given opportunities to actually view and cast to fish as they present themselves, generally referred to as sightfishing. On less optimal days, anglers may be instructed to blind cast or simply use a variety of bait depending on availability. Different seasons present a variety of offerings for the anger, you may find yourself fishing around mangrove shorelines or gently push poling miles of vast shallow seagrass beds or deeper basins and sloughs depending on the time of year, availabity and conditions.
Fishing Guides are the best indicator of what is biting. An experienced guide will strive to put you on the best bite available during the duration of your charter. Typically redfish spawn thoughout September, but conditions often deem it difficult for guides to find and make presentations to these fish, frustrating both angler and guide. Trust your guide's instinct and listen to their advice on what they'd do to make a successful fishing day. An inshore fishing trip can be one of the best experiences for any angler at any skill level when visiting Florida, make the Banana River Lagoon a priority when you're in the Central Florida area.
May - 2015 Fishing Report
May - 2015 Fishing Forecast
May is one of the last month's of good fishing in the Banana River Lagoon until the summer months are over and the temperatures start to fall again in late September and October. May is awesome backwater snook time for Banana River anglers. Look for the early morning bite to produce great numbers of these hard hitting game fish. Fly fisherman only need to bring white mangrove flies in an assortment of sizes, but most snook will be in the single digit size so don't go past a 10 weight. Redfish will be plentiful and healthy sized in many areas of the Banana River and the sea trout will be staging around bait along sandbars and islands. Look for sea trout to slow down late in the month and as the summer temps rise the sea trout fishing will all but disappear excepting the smaller ones in the deeper water. Sebastian and the Mosquito Lagoon will be better sea trout areas in late May and into the summer.
Lagooner Fishing Guides
A connection to East Central Florida's best fishing destinations, charter fishing captains and full-time expert fishing guides.
204 Garfield Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL
Lagooner Fishing Guides is a brand name for Lagooner, Inc. and is locateded at:
204 Garfield Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Meeting Place Banana River Fishing
2550 N Banana River Drive
Merritt Island, FL 32953
Captain Richard Bradley is the founder of Lagooner Fishing Guides. He is also your fishing guide on the Banana River. Captain Richard Bradley is employed to furnish a safe, fulfilling day on the Banana River.
Call our Booking Agent Captain Gina Bradley in our Reservations Department to arrange your trip today at (321) 868-4953.
About the Banana River
Florida's Favorite Fishing Lagoon
The Banana River Lagoon is located on Florida's East Coast and is an associate watershed that includes the Indian River & Mosquito Lagoon which host the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). While technically the Banana River Lagoon does not include the ICW, the lagoons share the same water and characteristics including identicle fish species. The Banana River lagoon's most northern area branches to the Banana Creek traversing through the Kennedy Space Center and adjoining the Indian River Lagoon as it wanders westward. Continuing north on an air boat for a short distance you'd pickup on the famous fishing mecca the Mosquito Lagoon and onto New Smyrna Inlet or further north on the ICW. North Banana includes the famous No Motor Zone or NMZ as it's often referred where canoes and kayaks make their way to the most fertile shallow water redfishing in the world, barred none (even the Mosquito Lagoon). After September 9, 2001 the federal government closed most of this pristine waterway to any boat traffic and it's become a breeding ground for even more Banana River fish including world record sized sea trout and redfish.
Following the waterway southward the shorelines of the Banana River become developed toward Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach and Metro Merritt Island ending once again at Dragon Point and merging into the Indian River Lagoon near Eau Gallee and Melbourne. Contray to it's name the "Banana River" is not a river and adobted it's name from some of the original settlers that improperly called it a "river". It's a true lagoon that often has a higher salt content than the ocean due to evaporation and it's proximity to Inlets far to the north and south. Water movement is totally depending on the wind and very little if any from tidal movement. This lagoon is a unique estuary system that desperately needs to be gaurded from development. Much of the Banana River has suffered from developement over the last fifty years as stormwater runoff has destroyed many of the seagrass beds in the metropolitan areas. The further north you travel in the lagoon the healthier the watershed becomes as the Merritt Island wildlife refuge protects much of the coastline.
"Growing up on the Banana River, it was the simply the best place to fish on Florida's east coast and still remains a favorite destination for anglers today."
explains Captain Richard Bradley
If you continue south you'll find Cocoa Beach's thousand islands and pass by Merritt Island's Horte Point and the entrance to Merritt Island's Newfound Harbor and northward to Sykes Creek and it's residential canals and swampy headwaters north of the Barge Canal. Motoring southward again you'll discover gin clear flats and pelican covered islands on the Banana River's west bank and Merritt Island's eastern shoreline of Tropical Trail where wading anglers find tailing redfish and large seatrout. At the very south end of Merritt Island is dragon point and that's were there the Banana River and Indian River lagoon merge and ends the official end of the Banana River Lagoon. We're not sure where the name "Banana River Lagoon" originated from, but it is suspected that some of the original european settlers probably raised Bananas and exported them up and down the intracoastal waterways. The Dummit family was known for their agricultural efforts and were known to grow citrus, sugar cane and even pineapples... Why not Bananas? Bananas are now imported from central and south america where the climate is more conducive for quality fruit, but you can still find bananas in the Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral area in peoples yards and some wild banana orchards.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
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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.
Hands down, Captain Richard and his wife Captain Gina make for an incredible fishing experience. Richard is a true professional and a real pleasure to be with. Gina provides exceptional customer service and makes you feel very much appreciated. Can't wait to get back there again.
Written by: Matt Gehman about Lagooner Fishing Charters on March 1, 2014
5 / 5 stars
I'm Captain Richard Bradley and I would love to have the opportunity to be your Fishing Guide and share my beautiful native waterway and it's abundant wildlife treasures. It's stimulating to see people get excited about the outdoors, whether relaxing with their family on an early morning fishing trip or seeing the smiles widen while pulling on a big fish.
Allow me to take you on a unique Florida adventure where I've spent the last half century honing my fishing knowledge and skills. Give Captain Gina a call and ask her to help you prepare for your next Fishing Adventure in our native waterway.
Captain Richard Bradley
Lagooner Fishing Guides
Cocoa Beach, Florida