Guided Fishing Charter on the Banana River Lagoon for saltwater inshore species including redfish, spotted sea trout, snook, tarpon and black drum.
Our Charter Captains are equipped and experienced to help a wide range of anglers from youth, elderly, families, experts, novice, flyfishing and more. With over 25 years of experience as Central Florida's premier charter fishing service, we are ready to serve our customers and provide a full service experience each day.
Merritt Island's shallow water lagoons are an angling paridise that provides entertainment and pleasure for beginning anglers to the most advanced fly fishing officianado. Typical fishing is done in a specialized boat called a flats boat, getting it's name for the shallow water grass flats that abound around many coastal areas of the world.
On calm, windless days anglers may be pushed around the lagoon's briny water like an Italian Gondolla and given opportunities to actually see and cast to fish as they present themselves. On less optimal days, anglers may be instructed to blind cast or simply use various bait depending what's available. Depending on the time of year and what's biting you may find yourself fishing around mangrove shorelines or poling across vast grassy flats or deeper basins adjacent to those areas.
The Banana River Lagoon is located on Florida's East Coast and is part of the lagoon system that includes the Indian River & Mosquito Lagoon and the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). While technically the Banana River Lagoon does not host the ICW, the lagoons share the same water and characteristics including that same fish species. The Banana River lagoon's most northern area is connected to the Banana Creek running through the Kennedy Space Center and connecting to the Indian River Lagoon as it wanders westward. If you could continue 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.
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.
By Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
If you are visiting the Central Florida near the Banana River Lagoon simply contact us by filling out one of our online forms or calling at the phone number listed on the top of this page (321) 868-4953. Lagooner Fishing Guide's booking agent, Captain Gina, will quickly assist you and settup an exclusive angling experience on our inshore lagoons with a full time, expert Florida fishing guide.
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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.
Learn more about Lagooner Fishing Guides by clicking on any of the links and reading about the fishing possibilities east of Orlando, Florida on the Atlantic Ocean and the vast shallow water lagoons on Florida's East Coast.
The Banana River Lagoon is a shallow saltwater lagoon adjacent to and between Cocoa Beach and Merritt Island, Florida. The barrier and spoil island on the Banana River Lagoon make an awesome fishery and angling opportunities for anglers to catch redfish, spotted sea trout, snook and tarpon. Call Captain Gina today and ask her about information and a fishing trip on the beautiful Banana River Lagoon.
The easiest access for launching boats and demarcation on the Banana River Lagoon is at Brevard County's Kelly Park located directly off of SR 528 approximately 35 minutes from the Orlando International Airport (MCO). Go to our maps page and get detailed directions to the nearest boat launches on the Banana River Lagoon.
2550 North Banana River Drive
Merritt Island, FL 32952