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Friday June 22, 2018

A Changing Fishery

Change on the Indian River Lagoon has been evolving over the decades.  There's an emerging fishery that's been largely ignored as more prominent and prestigious fish have overshadowed other gamefish that have been less sought out or overlooked.
We've been known for world-class sea trout and sight-fishing for redfish and we've had a well-known snook fishery in the southern portions of our county near Sebastian Inlet. As of recently the lowly Black Drum has been gathering popularity and become a species in the forefront as the decline of seagrass and water quality has led to less habitat for other gamefish. 
The Mosquito Lagoon is the last bastion of a healthy lagoon in Brevard County other than the southward part of the lagoon near Sebastian Inlet.  Since seagrass has largely been depleted in the central part of the lagoon, to much of our surprise the black drum have made what appears to be an upward trend the population. 
Drum love crustaceans and don't like to work too hard for a meal. While redfish have the predatory feeding habits of a bald eagle and like to pursue lively baits, blacks tend to be less active and depend on shrimp, crabs and other less active baits.  Don't think that you must have a live shrimp or crab as drum love a dead meal almost as much if not more than live bait (think stinky baits attract the bite), black drum seem to be the buzzards and love carrion but will also take an easy meal.



The video above was taken mid-winter this year with a good friend and client Marshall from Seattle, Washington.  It's not often you wear out an angler on fish, but Marshall declared he was too tuckered for another after landing several of these "River Monsters" that were schooled up and tailing on the Indian River Lagoon.

Redfish are Still on Target

During the cold fronts, I took Marshall and many of my clients out for a morning of plentiful reds and trout in the deeper depressions on the Mosquito Lagoon.  Most days had numbers exceeding 50 fish and frequently exceeding one hundred.

I'm sorry, I've run behind on my fishing reports lately and promise to try and stay consistent.
-Captain Richard Bradley
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Posted on Monday May 21, 2018

November is Fishing Month

November's Inshore Fishing Is Special

The Mosquito Lagoon & Sebastian Inlet Showing Their Colors

I've never considered myself a pompano expert by any means, but this year's run of these tasty little beach runners have dominated parts of the inshore and nearshore waters of Brevard and Indian River Counties. 
Sandfleas and "goofy jigs" are a favorite to use when looking for these delicacies from the the salty waters of the Indian River and Beaches.  I've had several days were double-digit numbers have been the norm and then, well other days I've felt like I have a long way to go to be a pompano expert.

Everyone likes a good fight when it's on the end of a fishing rod. The ladyfish have been a favorite for those wanting to tussle with an anxious and fighter that's often called the "Poor Man's Tarpon".  Jumping is their specialty and there's always a smile when you bring one into the boat for a photo.  Ladyfish are often used for cut bait for other gamefish and redfish prefer ladyfish chunks above all else.

Don't count on the snook every November, but if warm weather and the fall mullet run to continue, you'll find plenty of lineside action on the lagoon, in Port Canaveral and Sebastian Inlet.  Snook are an inshore favorite and are great eating too.  The four-inch slot limit is demanding, but the fish is a worthy opponent indeed.

Sea Trout and Redish are staging into their inshore holes and grassflat areas of the Mosquito Lagoon north of Cocoa Beach and east of Orlando, Florida. Take advantage of the fall and winter months for these gamefish.

Posted on Friday November 10, 2017

Red Dawn on the Mosquito Lagoon

Early mornings have been the trick to getting redfish on the shallow water grass flats.  Tailing schools of all sizes have been making their appearances almost anywhere you stop and concentrate.

Most anglers practice catch and release but some choose to keep a couple for the dinner table.  

The key to summertime fishing in Florida is go early and be the first one on the spot.


Both artificial and natural bait are productive but generally the bigger fish like natural baits as the seem more educated.


Posted on Thursday July 20, 2017

Fishing Reports and forecast on the Banana River Lagoon

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: February 26 2017 23:27:51.

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June - 2018 Fishing Forecast

June of 2018 is looking to be a hot summer with hot fishing off of East Central Florida near Cocoa Beach. Orlando visitors should anticipate the warm weather and great fishing that coastal and offshore fishing provides in the warm Atlantic Ocean this time of year. Last year in 2017 we saw many tarpon exceeding 100 pounds caught off the Brevard County beaches along with a good amount of sharks, king mackerel and really big Jack Crevelle that kept things interesting. Looking forward to this year's forecast on the Space Coast remember that the coastal waters along the Atlantic seaboard and Ocean will probably be the most productive fishing during the month of June and as we look in to August the ocean will look to be the most inviting destination for anglers in the heat of the Central Florida Summer.

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