Saltwater Fishing Charters by Lagooner Fishing Guides
Highly Popular Catch For The Dinner Table
Monday January 22, 2018
Most travelers coming to Florida might have heard of Pompano as the alluring sandy beaches along south Florida's East Coast. However, the Pompano we are ever so familiar with and speak of is the unfamiliar species that actually swims near shore to our coastline and in the saltwater lagoons. Just minutes away from Orlando and the busy theme parks, attractions and night life you can make your way out along the shoreline to hook into one of these unique fish. They are rather pretty with a greenish gray and silver color, most would say this fish is fit for a kings table as it is mild and rich tasting yet very light and lean. Chef's love the versatility of preparing this fish so when you visit Orlando and the Space Coast area you will have to dine at the Pompano Grill in Cocoa Beach to enjoy a fresh plate that is not only tasty but visually appealing as well.
- Greenish gray on back, shading to silvery sides
- Fish in dark waters showing gold on throat, pelvic, and anal fins
- Deep flattened body with small mouth
- No scutes
- 22 to 27 soft dorsal rays; 20 to 23 soft anal rays
- Origin of anal fin slightly behind origin of second dorsal
Florida pompano are common in inshore and nearshore waters, especially along sandy beaches, along oyster banks, and over grassbeds. They are often in turbid water and may be found in water as deep as 130 feet.
These fish spawn offshore between March and September. Florida pampano feed on mollusks and crustaceans, especially sand fleas. Local movements are influenced by the tide, and seasonal movements are influenced by temperature.
Florida pompano are common in inshore and nearshore waters, especially along sandy beaches, along oyster banks, and over grassbeds. They are often in turbid water and may be found in water as deep as 130 feet. Florida pompano feed on mollusks and crustaceans, especially sand fleas. Local movements are influenced by the tide, and seasonal movements are influenced by temperature.
11 inches to fork of tail, six per harvester.
Florida Record: 8 lb 4 oz, caught near Port St. Joe
Orlando Pompano Fishing Trips
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: December 15 2017 19:51:36.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
January - 2018 Fishing Report
The Banana River comes alive during the colder months of year and January is the peak season for deep hole trout, redfish and juvenile black drum. We've been fishing the deeper canals and slews with success during the cold fronts when the water is cold and also catching some great sized fish on the flats adjacent to these holes. Look for the Banana River to improve as the winter gets colder and the fish transition to their winter haunts in pursuit of cold, stable water. Look for mature fish to seek warmth on the shallow shorelines nearby.
January - 2018 Fishing Forecast
Is it going to be an Indian Summer this January or possibly a deep freeze Polar Vortex? These are the questions that all fishing guides want to know. Depending on how this winter plays out with temperatures, winds and other conditions will dictate how our fishing will pan out in January. Unless the water is churned up by high winds, January will produce some of the cleanest and clearest water of the year in Central Florida as colder water kills of plankton life in the lagoons and mild northeast winds often push in clearer water in the ocean. Look for great inshore fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon and Northern end of the Indian River toward Titusville. If the winds and water are all frothed up it can be a crap shoot for fishing in almost every inshore locations and will shutdown all offshore fishing due to small craft warnings and safety warnings. However, between fronts, look for some of the best fishing of the year in January both inshore and offshore in Central Florida.
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Lagooner Fishing Guides Review / Trip Advisor
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.
Written by: Scott M about Lagooner Fishing Charters on February 20, 2015
5 / 5 stars