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When we talk about sightfishing in Florida we often conjure up images of fish swimming in shallow, clear lagoons as we often see on the fishing shows wagging their tails in the warm sunshine. But far too often we never see tails and often see just a silhouette or shadow moving along the grass flats or sandy bottom. Of course this is only when we're fishing in those areas and often we fish in the ocean and sight fish for cobia, dolphin, tripletail and other pelagic or benthic species in the deeper saltwater where you never see bottom at all.

Shallow Water Sight fishing

Shallow water fishing is popular for redfish, sea trout, bonefish, permit, sharks and in some areas cobia. Our east central Florida area is known mainly for red fish and spotted sea trout so that's what we'll be focusing mainly on in this article. Sightfishing for these two species involves a few tools including light spinning tackle in the 6 - 10 pound line class. Many anglers choose to use some of the newer braided lines like powerpro to get extra long cast with some of the lighter lures and baits you'll be using. Sightfishing for red fish in the lagoons does not necessarily require a boat as the water is usually shallow and can be waded, but remote areas will require some mode of transportation and a boat is definitely a benefit, especially if there's an alligator population.

Baits for redfish vary from spoons, jigs, top waters and many of the popular soft baits. It's almost up to the angler to decide what he wants to throw that day. Popular live baits include shrimp, crabs and fin-fish from pilchards and mullet to croakers and more, but remember that we are speaking of sightfishing and not blind casting or live bait techniques that do not require you to see the fish.

Captain Richard Bradley

Central Florida's Best Sight Fishing

Sight fishing has become one of Florida's most popular outdoors activities in the clear warm waters and lagoons with redfish being one of the most popular and sought after species being targeted. I'm Captain Richard Bradley and I've been sight fishing my home waters in East Central Florida my whole life. Living on the Banana River Lagoon and motoring up and down our coast from the Mosquito Lagoon to Sebastian Inlet has been a wonderful lifetime experience that I enjoy sharing with my customers on a daily basis.

If you decide to go fishing with me on and want to try your hand at sightfishing remember to bring your polarized sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen for the that Florida Sunshine!

Call me today and set up your sight fishing trip in Central Florida Today!

Captain Richard Bradley
Lagooner Fishing Guide / 321 868-4953

Flyfishing and Sight fishing

Popularized by flyfisherman like Lefty Kreh or Chico Fernandez who have sight fished with a fly rod for half a century all over the world. Many flyfishing enthusiast include east Central Florida to their destinations to catch redfish on the fly and it's usually done while sightfishing.

Whether you're coming to Florida to sight fish or just to catch fish, it's up to you and your guide to put your eyes to the test and try and catch a great day of sight fishing for many of the Florida fish species we have in our area. Give us a call today and we'll do our best to set you up with a great sight fishing day on East Central Florida.

In Deeper Water or in the Ocean

During the spring in Florida we can often see cobia and dolphin (mahi mahi) swimming close enough to the surface to actually see and make a cast to with a fishing rod. Yeah, there are many other species like sharks, jacks or bonito but most sportsman choose to stick to cobia in our area with less emphasis on other species. Cobia migrate north in the spring and south in the fall as the water warms and cools. When migrating they take advantage of the warmer surface water and can often be seen cruising on the surface or hanging around flotsam.

Cobia are often seen swimming with large manta rays and around bait pods both inshore and offshore. Dolphin and other ocean species are also seen but are much farther offshore usually than the coastal cruising cobia.

Sight Fishing in the Lagoons

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: December 17 2015 19:27:48.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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Fishing Reports

October - 2017 Fishing Report

The summer is over and the autumn winds are starting to prevail as we head toward the holidays and winter. With water temperatures on the fall and water levels above average you can find good numbers of fish very close to the shoreline and against the mangroves. Mullet are in their peak run and will start to subside as we enter November, but bait, comfort and the end of the redfish spawn should keep anglers busy during the month of October. Lie mullet will trump any given bait during the fall on most days and if you're lucky enough to run into a school of big breeding redfish, it typically doesn't matter what you throw at them, just be ready for these fish that often exceed forty pounds.

Wrapping up the October report, we have been catching snook along the deeper shorelines with the seasonally high water, breeding redfish are coming to an end, but you have a chance to catch them and the fall mullet fun will keep the gamefish interesting into November.

Fishing Forecast

October - 2017 Fishing Forecast

The frost is on the pumpkin, but not in Central Florida's Banana River Lagoon during October. The Halloween month can be the first we really start feeling cooler temperatures and the fish seem to get frisky and are hungry during this fall month. Although we concentrate further south for snook during October, it's starting to really get good in the Banana River as bait from the fall mullet run are around and there's plenty of action for almost every species from snook to sea trout. Sea trout in the evenings can be fantastic or early in the morning when the sun is not fully out. Redfish and tarpon will be around the whole day for anglers to enjoy. Look for the Banana to get better and better during the coming weeks and months as winter makes itself known.

Seeing Fish Swimming

Sight fishing is not often as easy as seeing tails of feeding fish foraging in shallow water as the photograph show above. But when an angler sees this it sure does make it easier to see and stalk them from a farther distance.

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Inshore and Offshore Charter Fishing near Orlando and Cocoa Beach, Florida. Catch redfish, sea trout, tarpon, snook and many other saltwater gamefish aboard the world famous Lagooner flats fishing boat with renowned Captain Richard Bradley.

Having been fishing a number of times over the years with Captain Richard I can highly recommend Lagooner Charters. We have always had a great time and he puts you on the fish. Richard and Gina have not only been our charter captains but have become our friends. Give them a try you won't be disappointed.
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