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.
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.
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.
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©
I would love to have the opportunity to share my native waters with you wheen visiting Central Florida. It's always stimulating to see people get excited about the outdoors, fishing and getting away from the daily grind of life. I grew up on the Banana River in the 1960's and 70's and only left this area for a breif period to attend college in West Palm Beach. When I came back from college I basically started where I left off and picked up and exciting life partner, Captain Gina to spend my remaining days with. If you considering coming to the Central Florida area near Orlando and Daytona, please give Captain Gina a call and let her know you're ready to go fishing on Captain Richard's Banana River Lagoon. I know she'll be excited and we'll make preparations for your arrival and time on the water while you're visiting our area.
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The frost is on the pumpkin, but not in Central Florida's Banana River Lagoon during October. The haloween month can be the first we really start feeling cooler temperatures and the fish seem to get frisky and are hungry during this fall month. Although we concentrate further south for snook during October, it's starting to really get good in the Banana River as bait from the fall mullet run are around and there's plenty of action for almost every species from snook to sea trout. Sea trout in the evenings can be fantastic or early in the morning when the sun is not fully out. Redfish and tarpon will be around the whole day for anglers to enjoy. Look for the Banana to get better and better during the coming weeks and months as winter makes itself known.
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History of the Banana River
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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.
Book your Fishing Adventure with Captain Gina at Lagooner Fishing Guides by calling (321)-868-4953 or filling out and submitting the online form on this page.
Lagooner Fishing Guides is a brand name for Lagooner, Inc. and is locateded at:
204 Garfield Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
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2550 N Banana River Drive
Merritt Island, FL 32953
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 Captain Gina Bradley in our Booking Department to arrange your trip today at (321) 868-4953.
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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