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Thursday December 14, 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

Hello,
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 December?

One of my favorite times of the year in Orlando is the mid-winter because the redfishing is spectacular and the temperatures are what we live in Florida for. Typically the cooler temperatures allow for late morning and afternoon fishing and there's less people on the water during these months of the year except for the Christmas Holidays if the weather is nice (which it often is). The water is clear in the winter and the redfish are keying on shrimp and crabs in the shallow water flats. The grass is cropped back from the lower temperatures and the fish are easier to see for the sightfishing enthusiast. Look for the northern Indian River and the Mosquito Lagoon to be productive and the Banana River Lagoon to have spectacular moments too.

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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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.

BIG fish - Capt. Richard knows how to put you on the fish!! He is a very knowledgeable guide and knows the 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. It was fun and exciting. The scenery in the Lagoon is remarkable! Richard’s boat was well...
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