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Friday June 22, 2018

Redfish have become one of the most popular gamefish in the last twenty years in the southeast United States and the Banana River Lagoon has an awesome population of red fish from pint sized rat reds to monster sized fifty pounders. More than likely you'll find some great keeper redfish or reds (nickname) as we like to call them that are perfect for the average angler and delicious on the table.

banana river redfishNorth Banana has a great protected estuary area called the No Motorized Zone or NMZ, anglers are only allowed there by canoe or kayak as there are no gas or electric motors allowed. Lagooner fishing guide Captain Richard Bradley often takes anglers to the NMZ in the Banana River Lagoon for a one-on-one experience that anglers never forget. Redfish and spotted sea trout are abundant and because of the difficulty of going nearly seven miles one way, there is not much fishing pressure in these waters or on the fish themselves.

An abundant and popular species on the Banana River Lagoon, the red fish is an exciting game fish that can be caught in the shallower waters and often are seen before you make a presentation. Sightfishing has become "the rage" among anglers in the gin clear grassflats and shorelines as guide & angler stalk fish in the shallowest areas looking for a moving red fish shadow, wake or tail. It's as fun and exciting as fishing can get when the conditions are right.

"What a fantastic day on the Banana River Lagoon being guided by and extraordinary fishing guide and friend, Captain Richard Bradley. I've been fishing with him for over 20 years and I keep coming back for more"
- Girard Middleton, SOBE Miami

Captain Richard Bradley and his beautiful wife are local natives on the Banana River Lagoon in east central Florida. While Gina does not guide anglers, she often takes a day and goes fishing in the crystal clear lagoon when the weather is nice. If you call Lagooner Fishing Guide's you'll more than likely talk to Captain Gina about setting up a trip with Captain Richard or one of her fishing guide friends. She's a knowledgeable angler and a great resource for people looking to take a day or two of fishing on Florida's east coast including the Banana River Lagoon, whether for redfish or other game fish.

Known as a fish that will not quit, redfish can be absolute brutes. And as such, they have become one of the most sought after fish in the shallows of Florida. Since their protection in the mid 1980's redfish numbers have proliferated and are especially abundant and large on the east central Florida coastline. Redfish have a coppery bronze color with a tinge of red, color will vary depending on water clarity. Normally redfish have one spot on the base of their tails but often there are several or many spots. Take a look at these spots caught by a lagooner fisherman. [LOOK]

East Central Florida boast some of the best inshore and estuary fishing for redfish in the world. Our redfish are renown for both quantity and quality. They are found in the lagoon systems all around the coast of Florida and some are even found offshore. This species is often found feeding in less than one foot of water while foraging for crustaceans, fish and small mollusk. Often they are in such shallow water that you can see their tales and backs protruding from the water, hence the term "tailing redfish".

Best Redfish Locations

Mosquito Lagoon
Sightfishing Mecca from Oakhill to Playlinda Beach. World famous fishing waters in the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge in Northern Brevard County. Mosquito Lagoon can have crystal clear water allowing flyfisherman and light-tackle fisherman great opportunities to sight fish for tailing redfish and other species.

Northern Indian River Lagoon
Banana Creek, Titusville, Carbide Flats, Haulover Canal, Dummit Cove, Scottsmore are only some of the known redfish haunts in this area.

The Banana River has a NMZ or No Motorized Zone in the very north adjacent to Canaveral Airforce Base and NASA property. This are can be extremely productive for big schooling redfish as they are not subjected to motor boats and fishing pressure.


Orlando Redfish
Sebastian Redfish
Mosquito Lagoon Redfish
Banana River Guide Service
Indian River Redfish Guide
Releasing Redfish
Indian River Redfish


Not less than 18" or more than 27" and only 1 fish per harvester per day.

State Record

51 lbs., 8 ozs.

Red fish or the popular Red Drum are one of Florida's best angling opportunities.

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: December 10 2015 17:57:33.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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Fishing Reports

June - 2018 Fishing Report

The summer is upon us and June is the beginning of the hottest time of the year. Typically Captain Richard is fishing the ocean during this month so his reports are not as fulfilling about the Banana River but some of my friends have been doing fine with small sea trout, jacks and ladyfish around the spoil islands and deeper dropoffs.

Fishing Forecast

June - 2018 Fishing Forecast

Forecasting the Banana River in the month of June is challenging as the water temperatures rise the bite tends to go down so that's why you'll find many anglers pursuing other places like Port Canaveral or Sebastian Inlet area where there's tidal flow and water exchange. The Banana is a unique estuary because of it's distance from any open ocean inlets and bays. Because of this it's important to realize that the temps can often get into the mid 80's and higher causing the fish to be less receptive to feeding and more likely to seek cooler places under docks or simply migrate into more comfortable waters.

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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.

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