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Sight Fishing For Florida Fish
Looking for Fish to Catch and Stalking Them in Florida Waters
Saturday May 26, 2018
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.
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 Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
May - 2018 Fishing Report
May - 2018 Fishing Forecast
May is one of the last month's of good fishing in the Banana River Lagoon until the summer months are over and the temperatures start to fall again in late September and October. May is awesome backwater snook time for Banana River anglers. Look for the early morning bite to produce great numbers of these hard hitting game fish. Fly fisherman only need to bring white mangrove flies in an assortment of sizes, but most snook will be in the single digit size so don't go past a 10 weight. Redfish will be plentiful and healthy sized in many areas of the Banana River and the sea trout will be staging around bait along sandbars and islands. Look for sea trout to slow down late in the month and as the summer temps rise the sea trout fishing will all but disappear excepting the smaller ones in the deeper water. Sebastian and the Mosquito Lagoon will be better sea trout areas in late May and into the summer.
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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Lagooner Fishing Guides Review / Trip Advisor
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.
This guy knows how to fish - My wife and I booked a trip with Logooner fishing guilds and had a wonderful day fishing with Captain Richard. I booked the trip with Captain Gina who explaind what to expect on the fishing trip, Gina was very plesant from the moment she answered the phone and made me feel like our trip was important to them. She me that Captain Richard was a life time resident of the area and spent his entire life fishing the River and and Atlantic .From the time we got onto the boat with Captain Richard we knew we had booked with a guild who had a knowledge of the river and the different species of fish and knew where to find them. We spent the day catching Red fish and trout and needless to say had a blast. Even if we had not caught a lot of fish we would still book with Captain Richard because he gives it his all and is just a fun guy to spend the day on the water with. Thanks Captain Richard
Written by: Roger D about Lagooner Fishing Charters on January 21, 2015
5 / 5 stars