Saltwater Fishing Charters by Lagooner Fishing Guides
Sight Fishing On The Banana River
Saltwater Shallow Water Inshore and Light Tackle Fishing
Monday May 29, 2017
Polarized Glasses a dark brimmed hat and light spinning tackle make for a remarkable day of sight fishing on the Banana River Lagoon in central Florida if the conditions are right for weather and wildlife. Sight fishing has become the rage during the last twenty years of on many outdoors and fishing television shows, and for good reason, it's productive and fun!
While sight fishing is not for everyone, it is a great way to spend the day enjoying the clear shallow water with it's grass beds and marine life. Between fish, you might see stingrays, manatees, dolphins, horseshoe crabs and many more crustaceans, invertebrates and finfish. Peering out on a calm day you'll often see redfish feeding and foraging in the shallows with their tails tipping skyward as they busily look for the meal below. A quick cast of the rod and an offering of an imitation shrimp, crab or minnow should get a response if the angler and guide are skillful and stealthy on their approach... if not, the fish will quickly vacate the premises leaving no more than a puff of sand and wake.
More often than not, there's always another fishing not too far away and the patient angler can once again make the presentation and possibly hookup with a feisty red fish or racy sea trout. Sight fishing is not for the inpatient and can challenge even the most dedicated anglers. Many times conditions can turn a day of sight fishing into a day of blind casting or possibly into live baiting and waiting for the fish to come to you. But the rewards of a good day of sight fishing will be talked about for a long time and remembered with both success and failures of the day.
"We started out on a windy morning bait fishing with some success and when the winds calmed in the late morning, Captain Richard suggested we try our hand at sight fishing... What A BLAST as we watched tailing redfish eat the Berkeley Gulp offerings!"
-Two South Carolina Rednecks and Patriots
Bill & Erny
What to Expect and What to Bring on a Sight Fishing Charter...
Sight Fishing involves, eyes, ears, communication and fishing skills to make a successful day of catching fish. You must be able to listen to your guide's verbal directions, "Fish at One O'Clock and 30 feet, do you see him moving from right to left?" ask you guide... "Cast past him and lead him by eight feet or so... reel! reel! reel! drop it... perfect. Now twitch, twitch... set the hook!" You'll hear this cadence all day long as the guide's experienced eyes and knowledge strive to assist you in hooking your fish. "It's a fine line of keeping your attention, lowering your anxiety and coaching your responses" explains Captain Richard Bradley, an expert sight fishing guide on the Banana River Lagoon. Helping you achieve success is a combination of angler's preparation, weather and fishing conditions and a guide's skillful eye and understanding of the fish he's pursuing.
The Banana River Lagoon offers a great opportunity for anglers to hone their skills under the watchful eye of an experienced, seasoned fishing guide with a lifetime of knowledge to offer. Fishing guides offer the one-on-one service needed to get anglers to the next level in their fishing skills and endeavors.
Sight Fishing on the Banana River Lagoon in Florida
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: December 10 2015 17:57:35.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
May - 2017 Fishing Report
Captain Richard has been spending most days on the Ocean during the month of May only to retreat into the Banana River Lagoon on windier days when the Atlantic is too rough. There's been some redfish and sea trout caught in the shallow waters of the Banana, but the real action has been in the ocean.
May - 2017 Fishing Forecast
May is one of the last month's of good fishing in the Banana River Lagoon until the summer months are over and the temperatures start to fall again in late September and October. May is awesome backwater snook time for Banana River anglers. Look for the early morning bite to produce great numbers of these hard hitting game fish. Fly fisherman only need to bring white mangrove flies in an assortment of sizes, but most snook will be in the single digit size so don't go past a 10 weight. Redfish will be plentiful and healthy sized in many areas of the Banana River and the sea trout will be staging around bait along sandbars and islands. Look for sea trout to slow down late in the month and as the summer temps rise the sea trout fishing will all but disappear excepting the smaller ones in the deeper water. Sebastian and the Mosquito Lagoon will be better sea trout areas in late May and into the summer.
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Inshore Charter Fishing in the Banana River Lagoon near 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.
Had the best day fishing off Cocoa Beach with Capt. Richard while we were docked in Port Canaveral for the day from the Norwegian Gem. Capt. Gina was so helpful in planning our trip months ahead and even came right to the boat and picked us up when we pulled into Port! We caught some beautiful King Mackerel and had many laughs. I would recommend Lagooner to EVERYONE. If we ever get back down there, we'll definitely go again.
Written by: Shanee Thomas Taylor about Lagooner Fishing Charters on March 1, 2015
5 / 5 stars