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Sunday June 24, 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.

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

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June - 2018 Fishing Forecast

June of 2018 is looking to be a hot summer with hot fishing off of East Central Florida near Cocoa Beach. Orlando visitors should anticipate the warm weather and great fishing that coastal and offshore fishing provides in the warm Atlantic Ocean this time of year. Last year in 2017 we saw many tarpon exceeding 100 pounds caught off the Brevard County beaches along with a good amount of sharks, king mackerel and really big Jack Crevelle that kept things interesting. Looking forward to this year's forecast on the Space Coast remember that the coastal waters along the Atlantic seaboard and Ocean will probably be the most productive fishing during the month of June and as we look in to August the ocean will look to be the most inviting destination for anglers in the heat of the Central Florida Summer.

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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.

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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