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Sunday June 24, 2018

Fishing in the shallow water estuaries on Florida's east coast for Spotted Sea Trout is one of the best ways to spend a day with your spouse or friend. Orlando offers spectacular fishing enjoyment for anglers of all skill level and age.

Long known for it's abundant large trout, Florida's east coast's lagoons holds the esteemed all tackle world record trout for several decades and continues to provide some of the largest speckled sea trout to date. Speckled or Spotted Sea trout struggled from the late 1970's when over-harvesting from commercial entanglement netting decimated the fishery driving Floridians to the polls and amending the state constitution to ban all entanglement nets from inland waters and out three nautical miles offshore. This 1992 vote improved inshore fishing drastically clearing the way for all the inshore gamefish to thrive again by taking commercial interest out of the inshore bays and inland waterways. Inshore saltwater sportsfishing near Orlando is thriving and doing exceptional now thanks to the efforts of recreational fisherman and the Florida voters.

When Is The Best Time To Catch Sea Trout?

Spawning for the sea trout on Florida's central east coast happens in the spring and continues into the early summer. This is the best time to catch the big ones and perhaps the greatest numbers of larger trout. During the hotter months of June, July and August, trout are spread out in the lagoons or find shelter near shaded docks or cooler waters where there's tidal flow and water transfer. Look for trout during the night or early morning hours during those higher temperature time periods. Winter can concentrate the numbers of trout into deep water areas and sets the fishery up for the pre-spawn periods before heading out to the spawning grounds around sandbars and dropoffs. Each season in Florida holds different types of trout fishing from popping cork fishing to topwaters, jigs and various live baits too.

Feeding PelicansIf catching large trout is your goal, the cooler months are the answer explains Captain Richard of Lagooner Fishing Guides. "I have anglers come from all over the United States looking for big gator trout and find that the winter and spring are the most consistent months. During the summer months trout get uncomfortable and will only feed in the coolest part of the day."

Expert trout anglers know that the biggest fish come from the shallowest parts of the lagoon. Look for bait fish like mullet or clean shallow grassflats and you'll likely find this predators lurking around waiting for a meal.

"I decided at the last moment to climb on board and go fishing with my husband. Boy am I glad I did, I caught my biggest fish ever and had more fun catching sea trout when we visited the Orlando area this spring. I'll be back again!"

Sea trout offer a great opportunity and excuse for people to find a friend and get out on in the great outdoors. Florida's Orlando area has some of the best outdoors and fishing destinations in the world where spotted sea trout and other game fish await for the fishing enthusiast.

Captain Gina BradleyI'm Captain Gina Bradley from Orlando Florida and I'm declaring "it's time to go fishing with a friend day!" It's ALWAYS time to take a sweet heart or family member out on the water to catch a few fish when you're vacationing in the beautiful Florida sunshine. I've been married to a fisherman for over twenty years and the times we spend on the water are simply the best bonding times for us. We spend time pulling in fish and talking about things we don't ordinarily do and all while we're pulling in dinner in the beautiful weather we have in Florida.

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

East Central Florida is home to the largest spotted seatrout in the world. After entanglement netting was constitutionally banned in Florida, seatrout have rebounded back to healthy numbers and sizes that we haven't seen since the early 1980's. Seatrout are an aggressive fish that will strike anything from topwater artificials, spoons, jigs, livebait and various fly patterns.

INSHORE and/or NEARSHORE over grass, sand and sandy bottoms. Winter time fishing in deeper waters with well defined thermoclines produce plentiful numbers of fish. We find that seatrout stage close to their winter holes on the flats between cold spells. Live bait works great for winter trout as they are usually less aggressive and want to test the baits a lot before they commit to a strike. Recent winters have produced many trout in excess of 30 inches and we are looking forward to many more successful trout seasons ahead.


Seatrout are often referred to as gator trout when they are large (over 6 pounds). Lagooner charters specialize in finding and catching large seatrout in shallow water areas. Here are some facts about these gamefish:

Matures during first or second year and spawns INSHORE from March through November; often in association with seagrass beds; lives mainly in estuaries and moves only short distances; adults feed mainly on shrimp and small fish.

Some Trout Pictures:

Sebastian Inlet Gator Trout
Girl with Stringer of Trout
Seatrout On Fly
Banana River Trout
Indian River Gator Trout
Stringer of Big Seatrout
Florida Sea Trout
Mosquito Lagoon Sea Trout
Banana River Sea Trout
Gator Trout in the Banana Lagoon


Not less than 15" or more than 20" (statewide) except one fish over 20" per person. 4 per harvester per day South Region 5 per harvester per day N.E. and N.W. Regions.
Season Closure: Nov. & Dec. S. Region / Feb. N.E. and N.W.

State Record

15lb., 6 ozs.

Orlando Sea Trout

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: February 07 2017 23:28:32.

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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.

A very knowledgeable guide and knows the area 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. The scenery in the Lagoon is remarkable! Richard’s boat was well equipped with good equipment, he was well prepared to adapt to the different types of fishing through out the day. My primary focus was sight fishing for big reds on fly - the flies that Capt. Richard provided were right on! Booking the charter was a breeze, his wife Capt. Gina was very accommodating to work me in (thank you Capt. Gina). Capt. Richard seemed to know who was hungry at the right times – and we had some impressive catches! Well done Capt. Richard, and thanks for a great day on the water!
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