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Cocoa Beach and it's Famous Gator Trout Fishing

Wednesday April 26, 2017

Shallower water produces larger sea trout", explained Captain Richard of Lagoon Fishing Guides out of Cocoa Beach, Florida. I thought he was out of his mind fishing in a mere four inches of water, but when the big trout started coming in, we started competing on who could catch the shallowest and biggest trout. I finally put one in the trees and he stated... "That's too shallow (with a smirk on his face)", but I swear you could almost throw your baits on dry land and catch these gator sized trout.

Cocoa Beach and the Brevard County area host some of the best spotted sea trout fishing in the world. As a matter of fact it was once known as the Sea Trout Capital of the World, but it's diminished somewhat since the 1970's when commercial fishing and inshore gill netting over-harvested sea trout to the point where the fishery was on the verge of collapse.

Florida voted on a constitutional amendment to ban the inshore entanglement netting and the trout have since rebounded and are again showing up in good numbers around Cocoa Beach and in the Banana and Indian River Lagoons. "I believe we still have the largest sea trout, but our numbers haven't been as readily coming back", explained Captain Richard. "Every year, I get a good handful of double digit sized sea trout that are 10 pounds and larger, but until the winter and spring of 2011/2012 we hadn't seen the numbers that our forefathers had witnessed. It's coming back and hopefully we can see a steady increase in the numbers of big trout over the next decade."

Sea trout are caught with many different methods from popping corks, top water plugs, live shrimp and fin fish. there's plenty of smaller ones caught in the drop-offs around sandbars and deeper grass beds, but the larger trout like the shallower parts of the lagoon and can often be as spooky as a bonefish in gin clear water, but a patient and skilled angler can often get the larger ones with a little effort and invested time.

"Captain Richard took me wade fishing for some extremely nice Spotted Sea Trout in Cocoa Beach's Banana River Lagoon and I'll be back..."
- Brian

How Can I Connect to a Sea Trout Fishing Guide?

Call a few days or preferably a few weeks prior to planning your trip and set a date with Captain Gina of Lagooner Fishing Guides if you have an exact time you will be arriving in the Cocoa Beach or Orlando area. Once the day is set, just relax and we'll take care of the rest... Cocoa Beach style.

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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!

East Central Florida is home to the largest spotted seatrout in the world. After entanglement netting was constitutionally banned in Florida, seatrout have rebounded back to healthy numbers and sizes that we haven't seen since the early 1980's. Seatrout are an aggressive fish that will strike anything from topwater artificials, spoons, jigs, livebait and various fly patterns.

INSHORE and/or NEARSHORE over grass, sand and sandy bottoms. Winter time fishing in deeper waters with well defined thermoclines produce plentiful numbers of fish. We find that seatrout stage close to their winter holes on the flats between cold spells. Live bait works great for winter trout as they are usually less aggressive and want to test the baits a lot before they commit to a strike. Recent winters have produced many trout in excess of 30 inches and we are looking forward to many more successful trout seasons ahead.

Remarks

Seatrout are often referred to as gator trout when they are large (over 6 pounds). Lagooner charters specialize in finding and catching large seatrout in shallow water areas. Here are some facts about these gamefish:

Matures during first or second year and spawns INSHORE from March through November; often in association with seagrass beds; lives mainly in estuaries and moves only short distances; adults feed mainly on shrimp and small fish.

Some Trout Pictures:

Sebastian Inlet Gator Trout
Girl with Stringer of Trout
Seatrout On Fly
Banana River Trout
Indian River Gator Trout
Stringer of Big Seatrout
Florida Sea Trout
Mosquito Lagoon Sea Trout
Banana River Sea Trout
Gator Trout in the Banana Lagoon

Regulations

Not less than 15" or more than 20" (statewide) except one fish over 20" per person. 4 per harvester per day South Region 5 per harvester per day N.E. and N.W. Regions.
Season Closure: Nov. & Dec. S. Region / Feb. N.E. and N.W.

State Record

15lb., 6 ozs.

Sea trout fishing in Cocoa Beach

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: March 13 2017 21:33:59.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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April - 2017 Fishing Forecast

April of 2017 should be a great spring for fishing in both inshore and offshore coastal waters of Central Florida. Look to the Mosquito Lagoon and Banana Rivers to produce redfish and sea trout consistently and then look toward the ocean and depending on the water temps, clear skies and wind the cobia will be on their way north and migrating past Canaveral towards their northern grounds on the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Central Florida's weather during the spring is usually no less than spectacular as the college spring breakers are winding up the end of their vacation and heading back to campus to finish up before summer break. Daytona Beach host several spring events from NASCAR Races, Bike Week and Spring Break activities while Cocoa Beach and it's Space Coast offer a much less crowded alternative for vacationers to seek a more secluded and restful Holiday. The temperatures are rising and the fishing should be heating up too in East Central Florida's Cocoa Beach.

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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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