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Tuesday April 25, 2017

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.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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April of 2017 should be a great spring for fishing in both inshore and offshore coastal waters of Central Florida. Look to the Mosquito Lagoon and Banana Rivers to produce redfish and sea trout consistently and then look toward the ocean and depending on the water temps, clear skies and wind the cobia will be on their way north and migrating past Canaveral towards their northern grounds on the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Central Florida's weather during the spring is usually no less than spectacular as the college spring breakers are winding up the end of their vacation and heading back to campus to finish up before summer break. Daytona Beach host several spring events from NASCAR Races, Bike Week and Spring Break activities while Cocoa Beach and it's Space Coast offer a much less crowded alternative for vacationers to seek a more secluded and restful Holiday. The temperatures are rising and the fishing should be heating up too in East Central Florida's Cocoa Beach.

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Inshore Charter Fishing in the Banana River Lagoon near 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.

Hands down, Captain Richard and his wife Captain Gina make for an incredible fishing experience. Richard is a true professional and a real pleasure to be with. Gina provides exceptional customer service and makes you feel very much appreciated. Can't wait to get back there again.
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