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Cocoa Beach Redfish Guide
Professional Fishing Charter Captain
Tuesday May 23, 2017
An inshore specialist and Cocoa Beach native, Captain Richard Bradley is constantly looking for those redfish opportunities for his anglers on the Banana River Lagoon that's adjacent to his home. Cocoa Beach is a wonderful area to kickback and go to the beach, but the saltwater lagoons and tributaries west of town are an awesome place to take a half day of reel sizzling and sight fishing opportunities for red drum or channel bass.
"I've taken people out fishing in my local estuaries near Cocoa Beach looking for redfish for years and years and I never grow tired of the challenge. Central Florida's Banana River Lagoon host some of the best redfish angling opportunities on the east coast of the United States," explains Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides. "We catch giant redfish in the fall and great amounts of slot sized and smaller ones the rest of the year to keep my anglers busy."
"Cocoa Beach is known for great surfing, warm beaches and pretty girls, but I come here to visit my friends and go fishing! We come here every year and go fishing in the fall for giant redfish and mild weather, I won't stop doing this vacation.... EVER!" Says one vacationer from Chicago.
Where Can I Find Redfish...
Redfish are one of our most profound and prolific saltwater inshore fish. Next to the spotted sea trout, this fish can be one of the most sought out inshore fish in Florida if not the most popular. Redfish can be found in so many places it's hard to nail them to just "ONE PLACE", but I'll attempt to steer you in some of the more popular places and locations. Exact destinations are not as important as when and what type of habitat the fish can be found at.
During the winter, reds roam the shallow water flats on warmer days and deeper holes on cold days. It can be challenging to find reds during the winter on the flats because they often are simply not to be found. The spring on the other hand is time for redfish to come out and play... Redfish or Reds as they are often called will flood the flats adjacent to deep water to feed and sun. Collecting calories and soaking up sunshine is not only something the Florida tourist do during the spring, but it's also what a redfish will do before the summer heat.
Summer can host some good morning red fishing, but isn't often over early and for good reason, the temperatures and humidity can play havoc on the fisherman as temperatures can approach 100°, making it difficult to stay on the water past about 10:30am. Captain Richard usually resorts to fishing out in the ocean during the summer because it's cooler and the fishing is an all day thing. "We occasionally find big schools of redfish in the ocean during the summer and they eat anything you throw at them." explains Richard... "You don't usually find me in the lagoons in the summer, but when you do, it'll be in the early morning, they ocean fishing is so much fun until the fall comes."
Fall fishing produces the biggest inshore redfish with fish frequently being caught in the 30 pound and larger sizes. It's always fun to go after these big breeder sized fish when the weather is cooling down and the schools can exceed 500 fish. It's during these spawning periods that fish are extremely aggressive and show little fear. Schools of redfish often charge top water lures, flies and any assortment of jigs.
When is the best time to pursue Cocoa Beach Redfish?
Fall threw Spring are the best times to catch redfish in central Florida near Cocoa Beach. The summer can produce some good redfish too, but the heat! Did we mention the Heat? The redfish are typically around all year around and if you're looking for big reds start looking in late August and continue threw early November as they are spawning in the Banana, Indian and Mosquito Lagoons.
What Do You Catch
Cocoa Beach Red Drum on?
Reds can be particular about what they want during certain times of the year and downright refuse anything but live shrimp, small crabs or subtle lures like jerk baits and small lures.If you're sight-fishing in the shallow water and there's not much finfish or bait around, you might consider using jigs, jerk-baits and crab patterns, a small weedless spoon works well too, like the Johnson Silver Minnow below. If there's bait around a top water is by far the most enjoyable. I've really embraced Rabala's Skitter walks the last couple of years and it's walk the dog action is easier to obtain than the Ole Zara Spooks and other walking lures.
From the time I was very young till I became a fishing guide, I always liked the way a weedless spoon drew a strike from redfish. Reds are suckers for small flashy stuff and the Johnson Silver minnow does it better'n any. Long cast beyond the fish and skim it along the top of the water till it gets in his eye window and drop it till it's in his zone, then quick small jerks should do the trick. Blind casting spoons produces loads of twist and kinks and that's the downfall of spoons. A good swivel should help with the twisting and does not seem to matter to the fish. It's a piece of metal anyways.
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Vacations are meant to be a way to "get away and relax", that's why Lagooner Fishing Guides prides itself with helping customers with their vacation plans to the Orlando Florida area. We take care of it all from the when and where's to what equipment and boats to use for each situation. After all it's your fishing trip and it should be easy. Call us or fill out the form on this page for additional information. Our belief is that a fishing trip should be an easy thing and no worries about what to bring other than your favorite food and/or beverage. Call Lagooner Fishing Guides and reserve a date today!
Red fish Fishing in Cocoa Beach, Florida
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: September 13 2016 18:03:47.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
May - 2017 Fishing Report
May - 2017 Fishing Forecast
May in Central Florida is the beginning of great things for people looking toward an ocean fishing trip looking for fast action. King Mackerel, Cobia and even a few tarpon start to make a showing as May develops into a more summer like pattern. Inshore the fishing can be productive for early morning and evening anglers as the sun warms the gin clear waters of the Mosquito Lagoon and the Banana Rivers. Both Redfish and Spotted Sea Trout will be a popular gamefish that even the youngest anglers will appreciate and enjoy. Bring plenty of sunscreen, some polarized sunglasses and broadbill hat as the Florida sunshine will penetrate the most protected boating endeavors. May is the beginning of the summer in Florida as far as the temperatures are concerned, but there's often an afternoon shower, so be prepared to fish early and get off the water before the afternoon storms roll in. So remember, inshore fishing and offshore fishing are an equal opportunity in May in Central Florida.
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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.
We had an awesome day of fishing with Captain Richard! Regardless of your fishing ability....Richard will get you on fish and make sure that everyone has a great day! He is professional, courteous and funny! We caught fish even though boats around us were struggling and we had a fantastic time! I would highly recommend fishing with Richard!
Written by: Troy McQuagge about Lagooner Fishing Charters on January 20, 2015
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