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Thursday July 27, 2017

On the East Coast of Florida near Kennedy Space Center and adjacent to Orlando is a vast lagoon bordered by Cocoa Beach and Merritt Island that holds an abundant amount of gamefish for the sportsfisherman and avid anglers.

The Banana River boast several well known and popular fish species including the coveted snook, redfish, tarpon and spotted sea trout. During the year and it's seasonal changes you can pursue each gamefish as the opportunity arises. Sea trout are almost always available, but snook and tarpon are most often during the warmer times of the year. Redfish are always on the menu for those in the know and there's an abundant amount of ladyfish, jacks and a sprinking of other lesser known species for the fishing enthusiast.

Varieties of Gamefish on Central Florida's Banana River.

Snook - One of the most prestigious and also the most difficult species to pursue in the Banana River Lagoon. Snook are caught along or near structure and have habits that often mimick the largemouth bass. Look for snook in the fall to be the best bet in the Banana River Lagoon.

Redfish - Redfish are a popular inshore gamefish in all of Florida and are very abundant at times in the Banana River Lagoon. Look for reds near sandbars, oyster beds and along shorelines with bait and other heathy lagoon food like crabs and shrimp.

Spotted Sea Trout - A favorite and popular inshore species that are abundant around grassbeds and shallow water lagoons in the Banana River. Look for bait and healthy sea grass.

Tarpon - A summertime species that can exceed 100 pounds. Tarpon are the often found in deep water when there's plenty of baitfish in the late summer and early fall in the lagoon.

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: December 10 2015 17:57:32.

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July - 2017 Fishing Report

One of the hottest months of the years is also one of the poorest months on the Banana River as the boat traffic and blazing temperatures have water in the high 80° Mark. Look for a mixed bag of gamefish and if you're serious about redfish or larger sea trout start your outing well before daybreak.

Fishing Forecast

July - 2017 Fishing Forecast

It's hot and July proves to turn the temperatures up to firecracker levels as the Daytona 500 approaches and so does our nation's independence day. You won't find many cooperative fish on the Banana River Lagoon during July unless it's during the early morning hours or late evening. The lagoon's lack of tidal flow is it's downfall during the warmer months and extremely hot summers can almost stop the fish bite altogether during the daylight hours. Look northward toward the Mosquito Lagoon or south at Sebastian Inlet for better redfish and sea trout results. Snook can make a pretty good showing during the cooler mornings, but after the sun comes up to mid-morning strength look for the fishing to slow down quickly. You'll find excellent fishing out of Port Canaveral and on the beaches during July so ask your guide about fishing close to the beach during July and you won't be disapointed.

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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.

Amazing People and Amazing Day on the Water - Our day spent with Captain Richard on the Atlantic was one of the most memorable of our lives! This guy is entertaining and an expert fisherman! Captain Gina was so accommodating prior to our reservation, giving us local recommendations, and after our trip, ensuring that we had the best time and following up with us to see if we would visit agin!
We spent the first hour or so of our trip goofing around, storytelling and listening to "old man rock music" as Captain Richard looked for bait. Once he coasted his net and caught bait that was the size of the fish that we catch from the shore, we knew that we were in for a treat!
The weather was beautiful, water was calm and, in between joke telling and getting to know each other, we ended up catching 3 king mackerels (one was 45 lbs!), 2 amber jacks and 2 barracudas, all of which were very sizable! Captain Richard provided great guidance as we fought the fish (and won!), was very patient snd honest.
Highly highly recommend booking a fishing charter with Lagooner Fishing Guides! Not only will you return to land telling true fish stories of your time on the water (as evidenced in photos), you will also return with new friends!!

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