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Sight Fishing On The Banana River

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Friday June 22, 2018

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...

Banana River Sightfishing ChartersSight 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.

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Fishing Reports

June - 2018 Fishing Report

The summer is upon us and June is the beginning of the hottest time of the year. Typically Captain Richard is fishing the ocean during this month so his reports are not as fulfilling about the Banana River but some of my friends have been doing fine with small sea trout, jacks and ladyfish around the spoil islands and deeper dropoffs.

Fishing Forecast

June - 2018 Fishing Forecast

Forecasting the Banana River in the month of June is challenging as the water temperatures rise the bite tends to go down so that's why you'll find many anglers pursuing other places like Port Canaveral or Sebastian Inlet area where there's tidal flow and water exchange. The Banana is a unique estuary because of it's distance from any open ocean inlets and bays. Because of this it's important to realize that the temps can often get into the mid 80's and higher causing the fish to be less receptive to feeding and more likely to seek cooler places under docks or simply migrate into more comfortable waters.

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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.

Great Fishing, Great People! - I have been honored to share a boat with Captain Richard on more than one occasion. He and Captain Gina are super super kind, courteous and extremely knowledgeable. I have been blessed to fish from Canada to Florida, and I can give only the highest of praise to Lagooner Fishing Charters. I plan to fish with them many more times in the future.
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