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Monday July 25, 2016

Below is a matrix of premier fishing locations matched with the months with the best fish bites for each game fish species.  This should give anglers an idea of what they might expect to catch in each location and help them determine the time of year to target different kinds of fish. Remember that it's not "all inclusive" and should not be "set in concrete" but for the most part it's pretty accurate.

Remember that these are "Rules Of Thumb" and can change due to weather and/or other conditions. Summer hurricanes can knock the fishing down or in some cases cause an unusual bite depending on the severity of the storm and proximity to the fishing. Winter temperatures can cause the fish to bite hard in deep canals or scatter over the lagoon in search of comfort. Don't hold your guide to this guideline wholly, let him explain what is going on and use this matrix to give you an idea of what's the best bet for your fishing trip.

Hello,
I'm Captain Richard and this web page is "supposed" to represent the fishing on Florida's central east coast from Mosquito Lagoon and southward towards Sebastian Inlet. I gotta tell you, I've seen this matrix on so many charts and magazines in our area and as simple as it seems it's been very difficult for me to compile and finalize because each year seems to have it's inconsistencies and often changes due to weather, fishing pressure or other influences.

For instance in the January of 2010 we had a deadly cold front that I've not seen in my half century of living in Florida that threw off our fishing in the lagoons and our offshore fishing too. In 2009 we had cobia the entire summer both nearshore and offshore which is unusual because cobia numbers tend to thin out during the summer unless we have cold upwellings and clear water moves in. Other factors that influence fish being present or feeding are expected bait runs like the fall mullet run or unexpected bait producing unusual feeding and conditions for preditor fish.

Well I hope you understand... It's difficult to be exact when it comes to marine life, weather and conditions, but this chart below will give you an idea of how things generally are in the specified areas on Florida's east central coastline. Don't hold our feet to the fire when reading this chart but it's a good fishing guideline when planning your next fishing trip to The Space Coast on Central Florida's east coastline adjacent to Orlando.

Captain Richard Bradley

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Possibly the most popular inshore Saltwater Fish Species in North America, the redfish is great eating, hard fighting and fun to catch in the shallow water lagoons around central Florida.

The everpresent Spotted Sea Trout can be caught in all the inshore waterways in Central Florida from small to large. Great for frying and fun to catch on topwaters and jigs.

Probably the most coveted of all inshore species, the Snook or "Robalo" is a difficult but worthy gamefish for the fishing enthusiast. Best tasting inshore fish and the trickiest adversary the snook will always please.

While Tarpon are not fit for tablefare, they make up for in angling fun. Cocoa Beach can host tarpon over 100 lbs and give anglers more fight than most anticipate.

The speedy and hard fighting kingfish are called "Smokers" because of their ability to smoke line off the fishing reels and because many anglers like to smoke this fun & tasty fish.

The lumbering cobia can be found out of Port Canaveral and it's beaches. Cobia are often sight fished and can be found in the spring migrating north for the summer along the Florida coastlines.

Name
Inshore R
S
D
R
S
D
R
S
r
S
r
S
r
t
s
r
t
s
R
T
s
R
T
S
R
t
S
d
R
S
D
R
S
D
Nearshore L
S
D
L
S
D
L
C
t
C
T
c
T
J
s
T
J
s
T
J
s
t
j
r
R
c
l
R
c
l
r
S
L
Offshore K
c
K
c
K
C
E
k
C
E
k
c
E
k
c
k
c
J
c
j
c
j
K
E
K
E
R = redfish
S = spotted sea trout
Z = snook
T = tarpon
D = black drum
F = flounder
C = cobia
P = pompano
E = mahi-mahi
G = grouper
J = jack crevalle
k = kingfish
L = bluefish
La = ladyfish
M = spanish mackeral
Tt = tripletail
X = snapper
Xs = mangrove snapper
Wh = wahoo
Capital Letters = Better Months
Lowercase Letters = Fair Months
* Depending on seasonal conditions (water temperatures, weather)

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Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

Author Captain Richard Bradley

Captain Richard Bradley is the author and contributor for many of the articles written on the Lagooner website. Richard is a professional fishing guide, taking anglers in his native waters near the Banana and Mosquito Lagoons on Florida's central east coast almost three hundred trips seasonally. When not charter fishing, Captain Richard enjoys time with his family surfing, fishing, camping and various other outdoor activities.

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