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Banana River Lagoon
Spotted or Speckled Sea Trout Guide
World Class Light Tackle Charter Fishing Guide on Florida's East Coast
Tuesday April 24, 2018
Taking a fishing trip with a guide during your Banana River Fishing Guide for redfish, trout, snook or tarpon is one of the most exciting ways to spend a day in the great outdoors. The Banana River lagoon is one of the most diverse and exciting lagoons to fish in our nation and it's not uncommon to catch all four of our prominent species in one outing. While visiting our lagoon and letting a fishing guide take you out you'll often see manatees, porpoise or dolphin, bald eagles and other wildlife on or around the Banana River.
"Captain Richard takes me fishing every winter for large Banana River sea trout and it's never disappointing and always fun."
-Captain Gina Bradley
Banana River Sea Trout Fishing Updates
The Banana River has great sea trout fishing almost all year long, however there are better times than others to find larger "gator" sized trout. Some anglers just want to catch sea trout despite the size and there's better time for that too.
Generally speaking the late fall winter and spring are more productive times for bigger trout and the summer is a great time to catch the small under 15 inch models in the deeper grass flats. "The best times to catch quantities of large trout are between cold fronts in late January thru March and during the spawn in March, April and May", explains Captain Richard of Lagooner Fishing Guides. "The cooler temperatures congregate the fishing into their prespawning grounds before the spring arrives."
Our Sea Trout fishing was considered the best in the world until commercial fishing decimated the fish until 1992 when Florida voted on the constitutional amendment to ban all inshore nets from three miles inward. The spotted sea trout have rebounded since the net band and Florida's Central east coast is gaining back it's notoriety for being a spotted sea trout destination again.
East Central Florida is home to the largest spotted seatrout in the world. After entanglement netting was constitutionally banned in Florida, seatrout have rebounded back to healthy numbers and sizes that we haven't seen since the early 1980's. Seatrout are an aggressive fish that will strike anything from topwater artificials, spoons, jigs, livebait and various fly patterns.
INSHORE and/or NEARSHORE over grass, sand and sandy bottoms. Winter time fishing in deeper waters with well defined thermoclines produce plentiful numbers of fish. We find that seatrout stage close to their winter holes on the flats between cold spells. Live bait works great for winter trout as they are usually less aggressive and want to test the baits a lot before they commit to a strike. Recent winters have produced many trout in excess of 30 inches and we are looking forward to many more successful trout seasons ahead.
Seatrout are often referred to as gator trout when they are large (over 6 pounds). Lagooner charters specialize in finding and catching large seatrout in shallow water areas. Here are some facts about these gamefish:
Matures during first or second year and spawns INSHORE from March through November; often in association with seagrass beds; lives mainly in estuaries and moves only short distances; adults feed mainly on shrimp and small fish.
Some Trout Pictures:
Sebastian Inlet Gator Trout
Girl with Stringer of Trout
Seatrout On Fly
Banana River Trout
Indian River Gator Trout
Stringer of Big Seatrout
Florida Sea Trout
Mosquito Lagoon Sea Trout
Banana River Sea Trout
Gator Trout in the Banana Lagoon
Not less than 15" or more than 20" (statewide) except one fish over 20" per person. 4 per harvester per day South Region 5 per harvester per day N.E. and N.W. Regions.
Season Closure: Nov. & Dec. S. Region / Feb. N.E. and N.W.
15lb., 6 ozs.
Sea Trout are one of Florida's best angling opportunities and popular gamefish species.
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: December 10 2015 17:57:33.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
April - 2018 Fishing Report
April is the month of awakening as the sea trout have been chewing lately looking forward to the warmer weather of May and the hot summer ahead. The Banana River Lagoon typically quiets down and the productive waters of the Mosquito Lagoon have been the place where Captain Richard has been spending most of his time before nosing out into the ocean in pursuit of cobia on the calmer days of April.
April - 2018 Fishing Forecast
April flowers and spring fishing have taken over the Banana River Lagoon during and this month is a smorgasborg of fishing for anglers as the water temperatures are rising and spring is in the air. Look for the Banana River to produce some very nice Sea Trout and great redfish as both species are starting to move away from the deeper winter haunts and into the flats near sandbars and islands. Snook may be a great challenge for anglers that can cast accuratley against mangroves and docks.
NOTE: Cobia and Dorado are good opportunities for anglers during the this time of year in the offshore waters near the Banana River Lagoon.
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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.
Excellent day on the water with Captain Richard - We were fortunate to get a good day off shore, trolling for bigger fish. We caught Crevelle Jack, Bonito and King Mackerel. Richard was a blast to fish with and knew his stuff. He made our day lots of fun and productive. Would definitely go out with him again!
Written by: jnlswain about Lagooner Fishing Charters on May 17, 2015
5 / 5 stars