Wednesday April 16, 2014 

Directions to Boat Ramps and Launches

East Central Florida's Space Coast
Fishing Destinations and Fishing Guide Rendezvous

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  • 1. Banana River Lagoon
  • Driving Directions

Shallow Water and Inshore Light Tackle Fishing in the Banana River Lagoon located between the Indian River Lagoon, Mosquito Lagoon between Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach, the Banana River Lagoon is one of the most productive saltwater angling opportunities in Florida. Monster Redfish, world class sea trout and plenty of feisty snook will keep you and your guide busy. During the early morning hours in the warmer months you might try fly-casting against the mangroves for snook or live-baiting in the flats for a smorgasbord of gamefish.

Click on the "Driving Directions" tab above to find out where you will meet your guide on the Banana River Lagoon for great Inshore, light tackle fishing. Click for More: [Banana River and Kelly Park Information]

Start:
Orlando International Airport
One Airport Boulevard
Orlando, FL
32827-4399 US
End:
Kelly Park (boat ramp)
2550 N. Banana River Dr.
Merritt Island, FL 32952
Distance:43.6 mi
Total Estimated Time: about 43 mins


1. Take the SR-528-TOLL E toward Cocoa/Merritt Island/Cocoa Beach 40.1 mi 37 mins
2. Take exit 52 for Banana River Dr and go right for 0.2 mi
3. Turn left into Kelly Park second entrance
NOTE: Can't miss Kelly Park on the left (east) side of Banana River Drive, immediately after the exit off SR-520.

  • 2. Port Canaveral
  • Driving Directions

Offshore & Nearshore fishing on East Central Florida's Atlantic coast offers some of the best big game angling action. King mackerel, cobia, tripletail, dolphin, wahoo, sailfish, amberjack and more within minutes of the boat ramp. During the summers you will enjoy live bait fishing for hard striking gamefish or possibly trolling or sightfishing other sportsfishing opportunities. Port Canaveral is the home of world class ocean fishing and space flight, there's no better way to spend your summer vacations than on the ocean with Lagooner Fishing guides out of Florida's Space Coast.

Click on the "Driving Directions" tab above to find out where you will meet your guide for and Offshore Fishing Charter out of Port Canaveral, Florida. Click for More: [Port Canaveral Meeting Location Information]

Start:
Orlando International Airport
One Airport Boulevard
Orlando, FL
32827-4399 US
End:
Freddie Patrick Park (boat ramp)
9050 Flounder Street.
Cape Canaveral, FL 32931
Distance:43.6 mi
Total Estimated Time: about 46 mins


SR 528 East to 47 Miles to Port Canaveral Terminal Exit B George King Blvd.
Proceed approximately one half mile East on George King Blvd to Traffic light and turn left on Flounder Street.
Continue for three hundred yards to stop sign and turn right into Freddy Patrick Park.
Find a parking spot and walk to the boat ramps that are visible from the parking lot.

  • 3. Indian River Lagoon
  • Driving Directions

Clearly one the best inshore fisheries in the world, the Indian River Lagoon boast the largest breeding inshore redfish and world record sea trout. As the season's change the IRL or the Indian River Lagoon changes too. You'll find redfish and sea trout almost year-around and snook and tarpon during the warmer months. Several fishing personalities and guides have included this location in their promotional schedules, you should too.

Click on the "Driving Directions" tab above to find out where you will meet your guide on the Indian River Lagoon for great light tackle inshore fishing. Click for More: [Indian River Lagoon Meeting Information]

Start:
Orlando International Airport
One Airport Boulevard
Orlando, FL
32827-4399 US
End:
Kennedy Point Park (boat ramp)
4915 S. Washington Ave, Titusville, FL 32780
(321) 264-5037
Distance:39.7 mi
Total Estimated Time: about 43 mins


1. Take the SR-528-TOLL E toward Cocoa Beach/Kennedy Space 25.8 mi 23 mins
2. Exit on the left onto Challenger Memorial Pkwy/SR-407 toward I-95 N/Titusville/NASA Kennedy Space Center 6.8 mi 9 mins
3. Turn right at Columbia Blvd/SR-405 E 1.9 mi 3 mins
4. Merge onto US-1 N/S Washington Ave via the ramp to Titusville (north) 2.1 miles
Kennedy Point Park will be on your right hand side. It is a small park with a boat ramp at the parking lot.

Additional Ramps can be found on our Indian River Boat Ramps page by clicking [here]. Directions to Parrish Park and Lee Wenner Park are on that web page also.

  • 4. Sebastian Inlet
  • Driving Directions

Sebastian Inlet - One of the premier snook factories in the world, this inlet produces snook almost all year around excepting the winter. Only in the coldest few weeks of the year does this place shut-down (some would argue with that). Remember that snook are mainly night feeders and you will more than likely not start fishing till after dark or early mornings for the big ones. Sebastian's tides and vast mangrove shorelines and grassflats offer great inshore fishing during the daylight for sea trout, snapper, pompano, jacks, ladyfish and more. We offer night time fishing opportunities in the fall to Sebastian for advanced anglers and day time fishing trips for all anglers all year long.

Click on the "Driving Directions" tab above to find out where you will meet your guide for an inshore fishing trip to Sebastian Inlet and the Indian River Lagoon near Sebastian.

Start:
Orlando International Airport
One Airport Boulevard
Orlando, FL
32827-4399 US
End:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South A1A
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Distance:86.2 mi
Total Estimated Time:about 1 hour 43 mins


1. Take the SR-528-TOLL E toward Cocoa/Merritt Island/Cocoa Beach 30.3 mi 26 mins
2. Take exit 42A to merge onto I-95 S toward Miami 24.7 mi 22 mins
3. Take exit 180 toward W Melbourne/Melbourne 0.3 mi
4. Turn left at US-192 8.7 mi 18 mins
5. Turn right at Miramar Ave S/SR-A1A Continue to follow SR-A1A 1.7 mi 4 mins
6. Turn left at Ocean Ave/SR-A1A Continue to follow SR-A1A 16.4 mi 24 mins
7. Cross over Sebastian Inlet bridge and exit right (west) on south side of inlet . Proceed 0.5 miles to boat ramp ($5.00 park entry fee).

  • 5. Mosquito Lagoon
  • Driving Directions

World renowned for it's sight fishing for redfish, Mosquito Lagoon has established itself as one of the most pristine fisheries in the world. Clear grass flats, abundant wildlife and protected estuaries near Kennedy Space Center makes this destination a favorite location for anglers.

Click on the "Driving Directions" tab above to find out where you will meet your guide for a trip on the Mosquito Lagoon.

Start:
Orlando International Airport
One Airport Boulevard
Orlando, FL
32827-4399 US
End:
Mosquito Lagoon Haulover Boat Ramp
Distance: 57.51 miles
Total Estimated Time: 1 hour, 16 minutes


1. Head south on Airport Blvd 1.2 mi 2 mins
2. Take the ramp to SR-436/Terminal B/N exit/SR-528-TOLL 0.1 mi
3. Merge onto Airport Blvd 1.5 mi 3 mins
4. Take the SR-528-TOLL E ramp to Cocoa/Kennedy Space Center 0.3 mi
5. Merge onto SR-528 E Toll road 25.8 mi 23 mins
6. Exit on the left onto Challenger Memorial Pkwy/SR-407 toward I-95 N/Titusville/NASA Kennedy Space Center 4.5 mi 6 mins
7. Merge onto I-95 N via the ramp to Titusville 19.4 mi 17 mins
8. Take exit 231 toward Scottsmoor/Oak Hill 0.4 mi 1 min
9. Merge onto CR-5A E/Stuckway Rd 0.8 mi 1 min
10. Slight right at CR-5A/Stuckway Rd 276 ft
11. Turn left at US-1 N 4.7 mi 5 mins
12. Turn right at Kennedy Pkwy/SR-3 8.8 mi 13. Turn off after Haulover Canal Bridge and proceed on unpaved road west until you reach ramp 0.5 mi 2 min

  • 6. Banana River No Motor Zone
  • Driving Directions

While not accessible with a motor boat the Banana River's No Motor Zone or NMZ is a promised land of bull-redfish, gator trout and abundant wildlife. This is a world class inshore fishing trip for the healthy, in shape angler where It's not uncommon to witness large schools of tailing redfish meandering through the grass flats while you stealthfully glide past in your canoe or kayak. Because this is a canoe trip and several miles of paddling is required, you should consider any physical limitations. There is only room for (1) one angler on each charter and canoe and adverse weather can postpone, reschedule or change fishing venues to another location.

NOTE: Trip limited to one persons (two including guide).

Click on the "Driving Directions" tab above to find out where you will meet your guide for a canoe/kayak trip in the No Motor Zonelo.

Start:
Orlando International Airport
One Airport Boulevard
Orlando, FL
32827-4399 US
End:
Kelly Park (boat ramp)
2550 N. Banana River Dr.
Merritt Island, FL 32952
Distance:43.6 mi
Total Estimated Time: about 43 mins


1. Take the SR-528-TOLL E toward Cocoa/Merritt Island/Cocoa Beach 40.1 mi 37 mins
2. Take exit 52 for Banana River Dr and go right for 0.2 mi
3. Turn left into Kelly Park second entrance
NOTE: Can't miss Kelly Park on the left (east) side of Banana River Drive, immediately after the exit off SR-520.

Instructions on Meeting Your Fishing Guide and Charter Captain

East Central Florida is located directly east of Orlando Florida and it's major themeparks and attractions including Disney World, the Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios and Seaworld. Most saltwater inshore & offshore fishing are less than an hour away from Orlando's resorts or hotels. On this page you'll find major fishing ramps, marinas and launches our fishing guides meet their anglers at.

World class fishing can be found along Florida's eastern coastline from Daytona Beach southward toward Sebastian Inlet for saltwater fish species including redfish, spotted seatrout, tarpon and snook. Each location listed is a rendezvous point where your guide will launch the boat, start your fishing excursion and disembark when finished.

Directions instructing anglers to our fishing destinations commence in front of the Orlando International Airport (MCO) on State Road (SR) 528 and continue east toward the Atlantic seaboard. Once you've set a trip with Lagooner Fishing Guides, Captain Gina will send you an itinerary with with attached detailed instructions to the chosen meeting spot.

Note on Sea Sickness: If you are taking an offshore fishing charter and are susceptible to sea sickness: Take your drug of choice the night before your charter and once again the morning of your fishing charter. If you take ant-sea sick drugs the morning of your trip, it will be too late.


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What To Bring On an Inshore & Offshore Charter Fishing Trip

The most important thing to bring onboard your fishing charter is a positive attitude and plenty of excitement. However there are a few items that will make your trip more enjoyable. The Florida sunshine is hot and plentiful so it's important to bring your own sunscreen(s) for any exposed skin on your face, body and lips. It's also important to bring clothing you can layer depending on the time of year. If it's during the cooler months the temperatures can start cold and end up in the 90°F range so keep that in mind from October til April. In the summer you should consider light weight clothing and light colors too. Everyone should invest in a pair of polarized sunglasses to help them see into the water and cut down the glare from Florida's bright sunshine on the white boat decks. Also consider a brimmed hat, sombrero or visor to help with the glare, a dark colored underside on the brim is a better choice than a lighter colored underside as it cuts the glare even more. Bring Food & Drinks are expecially important to full day trips, all charters will require some type of liquid refreshments with water and gatoraide being favorites. Ice is provided on all trips excepting half day inshore trips where anglers are encouraged to bring their own if desired. All fishing licenses, permits, rods, reels, tackle and bait are provided by your fishing guide. Oh! And don't forget that great attitude and you'll be in for a great time in the Florida sunshine and water.

Bring a cooler for any fish you wish to take home, but you may not bring the cooler onboard as all our boats have built-in onboard coolers and fish boxes. Inshore fish will be kept in livewells and offshore fish will be kept cold and fresh. Your guide will clean your catch if desired, but you might want to bring zip lock type storage bags to transport and store your fillets.

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