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Tuesday April 24, 2018

All you need is and eight weight fly rod and either a floating or intermediate WF fly line and you've got a deadly combination for catching redfish near Orlando, Florida. Fly fishing has become a popular way to pursue shallow water and inshore fishing and Orlando holds some of the best sight fishing for several species of inshore and offshore game fish.

One of the most popular inshore fish to find on Florida's east coast is the eager redfish or channel bass on the Indian River Lagoon system. If you're prepared to make the cast to a feeding red, they'll almost always take the fly and you'll be hooked on these fun and feisty shallow water fish.

"What a thrill it is to see redfish in the clear waters near Orlando and attempt to make a cast and entice one of these extraordinary gamefish into receiving one of my handmade flies. If you get a taker, be prepared for an epic battle with a beautiful saltwater beast!"
- explained this angler after landing his first redfish on fly

During the cooler times of the year when the winds are cooperative and the weather if fair, you'll see schools of redfish lazily swimming along the shorelines and sandbars feeding on crabs and shrimp in the shallow water grass flats on the lagoons east of Orlando. It takes specialized boats and equipment to do locate and stalk these saltwater gamefish and a keen eyed guide to show you where the quarry can be found. Shallow water fishing is often referred to as "Flats Fishing" or "Skinny Water Fishing" by anglers and this part of Florida host some of the best Flats Fishing in the country.

Shallow water boats or "Flats Boats" allow a guide to approach a feeding redfish and his angler to make his presentation with precision and accuracy with the least amount of pretense and profile as stealth is paramount when sneaking up on a tailing or feeding redfish. Making a double haul cast in the 60-70 foot range is pretty mandatory when fly fishing for redfish, super long cast are always profitable for anglers, cut a nicely presented sixty foot cast will usually do the trick.

Orlando's Best Bet for Sea Trout

Captain Gina BradleyI'm not the best fly fishing extraordinary, but I love to get out on calm days when there's plenty of redfish around and try my hand at catching redfish east of Orlando in the beautiful clear lagoons. It's so pretty and the if I can't make the cast or get frustrated, my husband is forgiving and allows me to pick up my spinning rod and gain some momentum and confidence back. Fly fishing is not for everyone, but it's a fun way to spend a day when you're visiting our area. Captain Richard has a few nice rods to let you try out or you can simply bring your favorite fly rod in the 7-9 weight category and give it a whirl like me. My favorite redfish flies are the Clouser and the chartreuse Redfish Candy, but redfish will almost take anything you throw at them as long as it's presented well.

If you're coming to our area anytime soon. Please give me a call and set up a trip with us to go fish for spotted sea trout or any other Florida gamefish that we have biting during that time. We'd love to have you!
Captain Gina Bradley
Lagooner Booking Agent / 321 868-4953

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Where are the Redfish in April?

You can't go wrong in the spring for redfish in Orlando on the Banana River and Indian River Lagoons. As the temperatures rise and the sea grass starts to grow taller the redfish seem to since that spring has sprung. Spring is one of Captain Richard's favorite time of the year to fish for redfish, there's a good mix of slot-sized and oversized reds on the lagoons and the fish are pretty agressive and consistant. May can be a better month to head out to the beach for other species, but it's also great month for redfish on Orlando's best saltwater fishing spots.

Saltwater Flyfishing In Orlando

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: December 02 2016 16:03:34.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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April of 2018 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 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.

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