Saltwater Fishing Charters by Lagooner Fishing Guides
Banana River Redfish Guide
Channel Bass or Red Drum Fishing Adventures
Saturday February 24, 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.
North 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
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.
Not less than 18" or more than 27" and only 1 fish per harvester per day.
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 Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
February - 2018 Fishing Report
Florida's weather up-and-downs will determine if February will continue on as a typical winter month or warm into March toward spring. The Banana River has been a mixed bag of fishing with good days and fair days of fishing this year and depending on water temperatures and coldfronts the banana has been good during the colder days and so-so on the warmer days where Captain Richard has leaned toward the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon for a more productive fishing day.
February - 2018 Fishing Forecast
Valentine fishing in February is one sweetheart of a fishing trip on the Banana River as temperatures and coldfronts make fish predictable as the weather. Coldfronts will send the sea trout to the holes and the warmth between fronts will cause them to enter the shallow water in numbers. The redfish are ever-present and there may be mixed opportunities with them, but they should be consistant. If we have a mild winter, the fishing for reds will probably be better but a harsh winter will be more challenging. On the Banana River look for redfish and large spotted sea trout and a smattering of black drum for fun. Typically the snook are a no-show and the tarpon can be in a couple of backwater locations if they feel up to it.
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Lagooner Fishing Guides Review / Trip Advisor
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.
As good as it gets on the water! - Have been fishing 3 different times with Captain Richard and was very pleased with every trip! We caught cobia, kingfish, dolphin,giant redfish,and even hooked on to a nice marlin! took my 7 year old grandson on one of the trips,and Captain Richard was very good with him. He had him put the bait in the live well, as well as take them out. I would recommend Lagooner to anyone that likes cathing FISH!
Written by: david6142015 about Lagooner Fishing Charters on February 18, 2015
5 / 5 stars