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Wednesday February 21, 2018

How shallow can you go? Sometimes I wonder if you can catch fish on dry land when I fish in the shallow water lagoons east of Orlando Florida. Guides and anglers often refer to water as "skinny" as it's commonly less than one foot deep where inches of water can hold large fish! Customers are frequently asking me about our "Flats Fishing", another term for shallow water fishing in our remarkably gin clear grass beds on the Mosquito and Indian River Lagoon.

The best way to learn about Flats Fishing is to spend time exploring it. One of my lifelong friends and I often run into each other while scouting with our wives on days off. Experience can never be substituted by written articles or videos, getting into the elements and pursuing fish on a regular basis is truly the best way to get acquainted with the lagoons.

Study The Flats

As a child and into my adulthood, I waded the shallow waters of the Banana River Lagoon between Cocoa Beach and Merritt Island. The 1960's and 70's offered an experience that only an old salt like myself can appreciate in the Central Florida estuaries. But you can make your own experience today by simply buying a small shallow water boat and exploring the same way I did, but with much more modern equipment. Spend days on the lagoon, poling, wading and putting around while observing patterns and finding fish.

Polarized Sunglasses

Today's charter couldn't see what I was looking at on the shallow grass beds in the Mosquito Lagoon. When I offered him my glasses to look through, he quickly yelped "Oh My God" as he was revealed what I'd been seeing and what he had been missing. Fortunately for him, I assisted his casting with prompts of where and how far to cast and the day's success was attributed to my ability to see and not his. Get a good pair of quality sunglasses that are both comfortable and efficient. Amber colored lenses with reflective faces seem to work the best.

Lighten Up on Tackle

Ten pound braided line on a light rod in the six and half to seven foot range seem to work best for artificial lure fishing, both redfish and sea trout can be pursued with this rod & reel setup. Black Drum, snook, jacks and other gamefish can be subdued with these light outfits also. My clients have caught many redfish over twenty five pounds on these rods and they simply make the presentation easier and more effective. If you're willing to spend the time and efforts many if not ALL of the shallow water species can be caught on an 8 weight fly rod too.

To sum up what I'm telling you, spend as much time in observation with a quality pair of polarized sunglasses and a light fishing rod and you're prepared to take on the shallow water fishing on Florida's coastlines. What bait, artificial lures and methods are another subject for another article... Good luck fishing and enjoy your time in the outdoors.

Captain Richard / Lagooner Fishing Guide

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Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: January 25 2017 21:50:13.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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February - 2018 Fishing Forecast

There's not a better way to spend a Valentines day with your sweetie than out in the boat catching the winter sun and a few nice fish. If the weather this February stays nice, look for some fun and rewarding fishing into the central Florida spring break period. Fish get hungry as spring approaches and the cold winter grip releases. I KNOW... I KNOW... IT's Florida! How can Florida get cold? Well, it can often drop into the 40° mark over night and be in the 70's during the day, so plan a late morning trip on the lagoon and you should be safe in Februay and into March.

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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 guide and lots of fun!!! - My wife and I have been fishing with Capt. Richard and Capt Gina for years. We have been out many times with them and always have a great time and catch fish. We love going to go to eat with them at a local place that will cook the fish we catch. They are super people and we try to get with them annually. Give them a try and you will be glad you did.
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