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Wednesday January 24, 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

Spring Snook at Sebastian

Spring and Early Summer Snook Bite

Inshore and Inlet fishing for Sebastian and Indian River Snook is about as good as it gets when the tides and winds cooperate.  You can expect a mixed bag of redfish, gator trout and some mighty nice sized snook both in the inshore waters of the Indian River Lagoon and the tidal areas inside Sebastian Inlet.
Sebastian Inlet Snook Fishing

Giant Gator Trout


Posted on Friday April 28, 2017

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Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: February 26 2017 23:18:09.

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During January, Captain Richard spends most of his time in north Brevard County chasing redfish and sea trout in the Mosquito Lagoon. Windy weather has forced us to chunk bait for redfish and sea trout in the shallowest parts of the lagoon where shelter from the elements keeps us out of winter's cool wind. This January has been productive in the south end of the Mosquito Lagoon and also on the Merritt Island side of the Northern Indian River Lagoon across from Titusville. Artificials in slews and deep holes are also producing numbers of small trout, redfish and black drum.

Fishing Forecast

January is an unusual month in Florida and much of the southeast as it can be the coldest month or the warmest month of the winter. If it's the latter than it could be a really good month for targeting tripletail outside of Port Canaveral. Typically there's an Indian Summer that comes sometime in January and there is a short window of opportunity to get out and pull a few fish from structures close in toward the beaches. Calm water and warm water during this month can be the ticket for incoming tripletail on weedlines and an angler only needs to know how and where to be successful in the hunt for Tripletail in January. This January's looking to be a mixed bag of weather with a few opportunities for getting out of Port Canaveral. Ask your guide to look for these conditions and see if he can produce a good day of fishing when the weather is calm enough and the temperatures are high during next few weeks. If the weather doesn't cooperate, look to go inward towards the Banana River Lagoon or Indian River Lagoon to catch some nice redfish or spotted sea trout as this is the month for those two species to start gearing up for the spring spawn and staging in traditional haunts.
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