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Saturday February 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."

Spotted Sea TroutOur 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.

Remarks

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

Regulations

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.

State Record

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 of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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Fishing Reports

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.

Fishing Forecast

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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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.

Captain Richard worked hard to put fish in the boat. We were able to bring in a few big Reds and some trout, and a couple keepers to take home for dinner. It's always the hope to be able to catch lots of fish, but fishing is fishing and there are no guarantees; the time of the year we travel to Florida also has an impact on our fshing success. This last trip out with Captain Richard my wife came along and thorougly enjoyed the experience and catching the big Reds. She is looking forward to our next trip to Florida and another fishing trip with Captain Richard.
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