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Cocoa Beach Sea Trout
Cocoa Beach and it's Famous Gator Trout Fishing
Sunday January 21, 2018
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..."
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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.
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
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.
15lb., 6 ozs.
Sea trout fishing in Cocoa Beach
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: May 15 2017 16:29:17.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
January - 2018 Fishing Report
The Banana River comes alive during the colder months of year and January is the peak season for deep hole trout, redfish and juvenile black drum. We've been fishing the deeper canals and slews with success during the cold fronts when the water is cold and also catching some great sized fish on the flats adjacent to these holes. Look for the Banana River to improve as the winter gets colder and the fish transition to their winter haunts in pursuit of cold, stable water. Look for mature fish to seek warmth on the shallow shorelines nearby.
January - 2018 Fishing Forecast
Is it going to be an Indian Summer this January or possibly a deep freeze Polar Vortex? These are the questions that all fishing guides want to know. Depending on how this winter plays out with temperatures, winds and other conditions will dictate how our fishing will pan out in January. Unless the water is churned up by high winds, January will produce some of the cleanest and clearest water of the year in Central Florida as colder water kills of plankton life in the lagoons and mild northeast winds often push in clearer water in the ocean. Look for great inshore fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon and Northern end of the Indian River toward Titusville. If the winds and water are all frothed up it can be a crap shoot for fishing in almost every inshore locations and will shutdown all offshore fishing due to small craft warnings and safety warnings. However, between fronts, look for some of the best fishing of the year in January both inshore and offshore in Central Florida.
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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.
Money so well spent!! - I treated a couple of dear friends to a charter fishing trip with Lagooner. I have to say it was money so well spent! Not like any charter I had ever been on before. Richard paid personal attention to every detail. Making sure we had the absolute best time and moved us around to follow fish of every type. This allowed for some simple easy fishing along with some wild challenges. I can't think of what else would have made this trip a better experience. My guests had never been treated so well on a charter they said. Yes you can find cheaper but I would never, ever try to save a couple of dollars and not have this kind of experience and memories.!
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5 / 5 stars