fish are known for their pure strength. Their pulling
power will amaze you. They are one of my favorites.
Redfish can be caught on shallow flats with live
and artificial baits. Fishing for them using top
water lures with 10 pound tackle is one of our favorite
ways to pursue them. Live bait is also fun to use
and DEADLY. Conservation of reds is important so
we encourage clients to release most of their redfish
catch. Numbers are increasing due to protected fishing.
We are able to find redfish all year long in the
Lagoon, as well as the
Indian River Lagoon. But some months are better
Lagoon in East Central Florida boasts some of the
best inshore and estuary fishing for redfish in
the world. Redfish in the Indian River and Mosquito
Lagoon are known for both quality and quantity.
They are found in lagoon systems all around the
coast of Florida and some are even found offshore.
The best locations to find redfish in Florida are
Mosquito Lagoon and the Northern Indian River Lagoon.
Redfish feed on crustaceans, fish and small mollusk.
Often redfish are in such shallow water that you
can see their tales and backs protruding from the
water, hence their nickname tailing redfish. Redfish
have several different names or aliases depending
on what part of the country you are from.
spotted sea trout is the most common fish in the
area. Although they are not the most aggressive
fighters, trout will take a number of artificial
and live baits. They inhabit the grass flats, canals,
bays and river systems across Florida. We enjoy
using top water plugs for trout since nothing beats
a top water hit. Trout will "hammer" a
surface lure. I use barb-less hooks when fishing
for trout since they are delicate fish. This insures
a safe catch and release. Trout are a good eating
fish. Mosquito lagoon is famous for its "Gator
sea trout males average 19 inches in length. Females
are 25 inches long on average. Males and females
weigh 2 to 3 pounds . Distinguishing characteristics
include a dark gray or green back and silvery-white
below, with distinct round spots on back, fins and
tail; black margin along the edge of tail; soft
dorsal (back) fin with no scales; and one or two
prominent canine teeth usually present at the tip
of the upper jaw.
is the fish that everyone wants to catch. Snook
are known for their top water hits, line burning
runs, and down right "meanness." This
great gift to our area waters is receiving the conservation
attention that will protect and keep it around for
a long time. A new size and bag limit has recently
been put into effect. We catch Snook on the flats
near mangrove islands, docks, and bridges on the
River Lagoon. The best snook fishing is durning
the fall and spring mullet runs. If you're looking
for some great top water action, these are the fish
that you want to chase. I mean you just have to
love a fish with a racing stripe.
are one of the hardest hitting fish on the flats
of the Indian River Lagoon. They frequent all regions
of the Indian River Lagoon and you will find anglers
and fishing guides snook fishing in Cocoa Beach
regions all the way south to Sebastian Inlet. Snook
are primarily a structure oriented species found
along mangrove shorelines, docks, bridges and other
partially submerged structure. These fish hit very
hard and fast, pull hard, and are quick to try and
return to there cover you caught them in which makes
for some heart pounding action when you hook-up
with this spectacular fish.
tarpon is a giant among saltwater game fish. Although
it is not the largest game fish an angler can catch
and release, it’s known as “the silver
king” throughout the warm lagoons, estuaries,
and saltwater flats of the Space Coast. The "Megalops
Atlanticus" is astonishingly powerful and is
famous among anglers as the mythological silver
beast that can walk on water. Tarpon, once hooked,
are known for jumping and thrashing about, their
tails skitting across the flat.
hooking a tarpon can be an experience in itself.
The tarpon’s mouth is extremely hard and has
been likened to tough construction-grade concrete.
Subsequently, successful hook sets are almost more
challenging than actually getting an aggressive
tarpon to take a well-presented bait. . When a tarpon
finally chomps on your bait, and the hook is set,
the fish will put on an impressive aerial acrobatics
show. Seasoned tarpon anglers, when trading notes
on a day’s work, will often proudly include
the number of “fish jumped” as well
as the number of fish landed.
Drum reach a maximum size of just over 100 pounds
but the "bulls" usually range in the 25
to 40 pound range. They have deep bodies with 4
or 5 broad black bars on their sides. Black Drum
feed on a variety of things, such as, small fish,
crustaceans, and oysters. They can be found over
sand or mud bottoms on shallow water flats. Black
drum aren't usually caught on artificial baits becaust
they lack the speed to chase down lures and depend
heavily on smell. These fish are know for their
great fighting ability, they they just don't seem
to give up.
drum are related to the redfish. They school up
in the winter months where they move into shallow
water to feed on the small shrimp, and crabs. Just
like the redfish black drum will root around and
tail in skinny water looking for food. Schools of
500 fish are found inside the Mosquito
Lagoon all year. Anglers are able to sight fish
the brutes on light tackle. Through out the summer
months the bull drum move into deeper water around
the bridges and channels.