Saltwater Fishing Charters by Lagooner Fishing Guides
Banana River Lagoon
Spotted or Speckled Sea Trout Guide
World Class Light Tackle Charter Fishing Guide on Florida's East Coast
Saturday November 25, 2017
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©
November - 2017 Fishing Report
The Banana River has had some spectacular days during October of 2017 and heading into November we are already plucking some nice sized trout in the shallow waters off Cocoa Beach and Merritt Island. Look for redfish and sea trout to improve as the temperatures continue to cool and the deeper dropoffs to provide plenty of action. Most of the fish during this month have been caught on rocky out-croppings or shallow water estuaries along the edges of islands and shorelines. Basically if you find good amounts of bait, you will find the fish
November - 2017 Fishing Forecast
Thanksgiving in Central Florida and on the Banana River Lagoon can be a great time of the year for almost all types of inshore species native to our area. Redfish, black drum and sea trout will really kick in as the month matures and will only get better as the winter deepens. Look for this fall month to produce good numbers of redfish and some spotted sea trout. If it's a very cool month, it should be better and warmer will still produce well. The nice thing about November too is that there is less fishing pressure and boaters on the lagoon. This will help with the gathering of fish in the busier parts of the lagoon and it's also a good time to have some seclusion.
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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 people and experience! - My husband and I had never tried anything like this before so we were a bit nervous about being sea sick. Captain Richard was so nice and laid back and gave us tips and tricks to try and fight it off. My husband unfortunately was very sick even before we started to get the lines out. Captain Richard took control and told him what to do and even where to stand in the boat to make it better. Unfortunately after captain Richard tried all his tricks my husband was still pretty sick so we had to call it a day an hour early.
The day was definitely not a loss though. Even though we didn't get to catch any fish I still got to see tons of wildlife! We saw everything from dozens of turtles to Dolphins, Rays, and even an 8 ft hammerhead shark! Captain Richard is a pro and definitely knows what he's doing and talking about. I would recommend this trip for sure!
Written by: Laura B about Lagooner Fishing Charters on June 28, 2015
5 / 5 stars