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Tuesday October 17, 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 October?

Fall redfishing can be great as the fish start out on the spawn in September and spread out later as the temperatures decline. After the Spawn in early fall, the fish are hungry and readily eat, the trick is finding them because the fishing pressure has sent them to deeper parts of the lagoon. Look for big reds at Sebastian Inlet and in the northern part of the Indian River Lagoon. Slot reds will fill in as the fall mullet run produces plenty of food for hungry red drum to pounce on.

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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October - 2017 Fishing Report

The summer is over and the autumn winds are starting to prevail as we head toward the holidays and winter. With water temperatures on the fall and water levels above average you can find good numbers of fish very close to the shoreline and against the mangroves. Mullet are in their peak run and will start to subside as we enter November, but bait, comfort and the end of the redfish spawn should keep anglers busy during the month of October. Lie mullet will trump any given bait during the fall on most days and if you're lucky enough to run into a school of big breeding redfish, it typically doesn't matter what you throw at them, just be ready for these fish that often exceed forty pounds.

Wrapping up the October report, we have been catching snook along the deeper shorelines with the seasonally high water, breeding redfish are coming to an end, but you have a chance to catch them and the fall mullet fun will keep the gamefish interesting into November.

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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.

Great Day of Fishing - My husband and grandson went out fishing with Captain Richard after his wife, Captain Gina was kind enough to pick them up at out hotel in Cocoa Beach. They had a great time even though it was cut just a bit short by a storm. My 15 year old grandson was worn out after fighting a huge amber jack for hours. He loved it! The only bad thing I can say is that they never sent us the photographs they promised, even after I checked back with them.
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