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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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April - 2017 Fishing Forecast

April flowers and spring fishing have taken over the Banana River Lagoon during and this month is a smorgasborg of fishing for anglers as the water temperatures are rising and spring is in the air. Look for the Banana River to produce some very nice Sea Trout and great redfish as both species are starting to move away from the deeper winter haunts and into the flats near sandbars and islands. Snook may be a great challenge for anglers that can cast accuratley against mangroves and docks.

NOTE: Cobia and Dorado are good opportunities for anglers during the this time of year in the offshore waters near the Banana River Lagoon.

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 Charter Fishing in the Banana River Lagoon near 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.

A very knowledgeable guide and knows the area waters well. We were on big reds and trout within minutes of the leaving the dock and ventured about the lagoon to catch different species. The scenery in the Lagoon is remarkable! Richard’s boat was well equipped with good equipment, he was well prepared to adapt to the different types of fishing through out the day. My primary focus was sight fishing for big reds on fly - the flies that Capt. Richard provided were right on! Booking the charter was a breeze, his wife Capt. Gina was very accommodating to work me in (thank you Capt. Gina). Capt. Richard seemed to know who was hungry at the right times – and we had some impressive catches! Well done Capt. Richard, and thanks for a great day on the water!
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