Tuesday October 21, 2014  

Best Fishing Locations

Central Florida Best Fishing Bets by Month and Fish Species

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,
Captain RichardI'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

Lagooner Fishing Guide

Hot Fishing Holes Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep October Nov Dec

Mosquito Lagoon

(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
S
d
r
S
D
R
s
D

North Indian River Lagoon

Titusville/Scottsmore (inshore)

R
S
R
S
R
S
R
S
r
S
r
t
s
r
t
s
R
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R
t
s
R
S
d
r
S
D
r
s
D

Banana River Lagoon

Cocoa Beach/Merritt Island (inshore)

R
S
R
S
R
S
R
S
z
r
S
Z
r
t
z
r
t
r
t
r
t
Z
r
s
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Z
r
s
d
t
z
r
s
d
t

Port Canaveral/Cocoa Beach

(inside port & beaches nearshore)

L
L l
C
Tt
C
Tt
z
j
c
tt
Z
J
T
tt
Z
J
T
tt
Z
J
T
z
j
t
t
c
Tt
c
L

Port Canaveral

(offshore/deep sea)

k
c

k
c

k
C

k
C
Mm
k
c
Mm
K
c
mm
K
c
K
k
k K
Mm
K

Sebastian Inlet State Park

(inshore/beach)

R
S
R
S
R
S
R
S
z
r
S
Z
r
t
z
s
Xs
r
t
z
s
Xs
r
t
z
s
xs
r
T
Z
s
xs
r
T
Z
S
r
t
z
S
r
t
S

R = redfish
S = spotted sea trout
Z = snook
T = tarpon
D = black drum
F = flounder
C = cobia
P = pompano
Mm = 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)

Redfish
Redfish are one of the most exciting inshore species in the world and especially on east central Florida where they are popular because of the habitat in the shallow water lagoons makes it a fun fish to sightfish in the crystal clear grassflats on the Indian, Banana and Mosquito Lagoons.

Snook
Snook are one of the most coveted gamefish in the United States. Known for their exceptional tasting meat, snook fight as if they know the treasure those fillets hold for the tastebuds. Snook can be found on the beaches during the summer and the inlets in the fall. Look for snook in the backwaters all year long except when it's cold.
Spotted Sea Trout

Sea Trout
Spotted sea trout are one of the most popular inshore fish in the southeast United States. Fun to catch and great to eat these fiesty fish are popular for all anglers


Tarpon
Tarpon are strictly a gamefish in Florida and one of the most popular nearshore and inshore species that saltwater has to offer. Known for it's hard fights and weights that exceed 100 pounds, tarpon jump high in the air and give anglers a challenge they'll never forget.

Cobia
Lots of names for this coastal fish that relates to anything from manta rays and big sharks to wrecks, reefs and even boat wakes. Cobia can show up just about anywhere on Florida's coastline, but more than often you'll find them in the spring and fall at Port Canaveral.

King Mackerel
Holy Mackerel! This fish is known for fast long sizzling runs and yard hitting action. The Kingfish or King Mackerel is a great Florida gamefish that taste great and promises a good time of fishing off Florida's coastlines.

Black Drum
One of the most underspoken gamefish on the Florida coastline, the black drum get very large and roam the shallow water flats looking for shrimp, crabs and other shellfish or crustaceans. These fish can grow up to over 100 pounds and can be good to eat when they are small.

Triple Tail
You'll find these fish along the shoreline hanging near floatsome or far at sea on sargasm sea weed. One of the best eating animals in the ocean the humble but hard fighting tripletail are fun to catch and even better to eat.

Mahi Mahi
One of the most popular and beautiful offshore fish in the ocean. The Mahi-Mahi or Dorado (in spanish) is a hard fighting fish on Florida's deep blue waters and they are excellent on the table.

Jack Crevelle
Pound for Pound the strongest fighting fish in the ocean, the Jack Crevelle is a fun gamefish that's hard to beat for fun, strong pulling fish.

Mangrove Snapper
Kids love to catch them and everyone loves to eat this panfish of the saltwater. Mangrove snapper spawn inshore on the grassflats during the warmer times of the year and we catch them at Sebastian Inlet, Port Canaveral and often on wrecks offshore.

Blue Fish
When they're biting you'll wear your arms out from casting and bringing them in. The snappy and fast action bluefish is usually a cold water winter fish around central Florida and if they're small they are fair to eat.

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