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Thursday July 19, 2018

A Guided Fishing Charter on the Banana River Lagoon for saltwater inshore species including redfish, spotted sea trout, snook, tarpon, black drum and more.

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 proficient fly fishing experts. Typically fishing is performed 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 sight fishing. 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 sea grass beds or deeper basins and sloughs depending on the time of year, availability 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 red fish spawn throughout 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.

Charter Fishing on The Banana River Lagoon in Florida

Boating in the Banana River Lagoon

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 identical 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 red fishing 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 adopted 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 guarded from development. Much of the Banana River has suffered from development over the last fifty years as storm water runoff has destroyed many of the sea grass 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 Intercoastal 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.

Charter Fishing on The Banana River Lagoon in Florida

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: July 09 2018 18:17:20.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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Inshore and Offshore Charter Fishing near Orlando and 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.

BIG fish - Capt. Richard knows how to put you on the fish!! He is a very knowledgeable guide and knows the 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. It was fun and exciting. The scenery in the Lagoon is remarkable! Richard’s boat was well...
about Lagooner Fishing Charters on January 20, 2015

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