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Monday May 29, 2017

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

Red drum on deck after landing

Where are the Redfish in May?

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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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.

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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