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Saturday November 18, 2017

Orlando's coastal tuna fishing is not on the agenda as in years gone past, but you can still manage to catch a few if you're knowledgeable and lucky. Blackfin tuna used to be specifically targeted out of Canaveral as they were relatively easy for Charter Captains to find and target when the abundant rock shrimp and scallop boats formally trawled and chummed up tuna and other marinelife, offering an abundant and seasonal catch of these tasty and hard fighting fish, typically blackfin are pursued in the fall months of September and October near Orlando.

Today's blackfin tuna are an incidental catch rather than a targeted species off Florida's east coast except for Yellow Fin Tuna which are still pursued by elite enthusiast starting at almost 100 miles off the coast. Tuna trips typically start at over $3,000 dollars per day with a few less experienced and equipped Captains charging less. If you're looking for over-night tuna trips on a comfortable boat with a salon, head and air-conditioning, we can help you find a great Captain for those "Other Side Fishing Trips" which refers to the other side of the Gulf Stream in search of Marlin, Yelowfin Tuna and other far ranging species including Mahi Mahi and Wahoo. Captain Russell Sinclair being one of the best long range charters capable of producing a safe trip in excess of one hundred miles from the coastline. Lagooner fishing guides are not capable of safely and legally doing long range tuna trips. A boat that can keep you out of the fickle east coast weather and thunderstorms is a must. Don't arrange a long range tuna trip on a boat without shelter in our area. Our fishing guides specialize inshore and coastal offshore fishing trips that are seldom out of sight of land and not where the yellowfin tuna roam.

Blackfin Tuna off Florida's East Coast

For years we had a consistent fishery for the less sought after but quality blackfin Tuna off Orlando's eastern coastline of Brevard County our of Port Canaveral. We simply chummed up tuna and other species off the anchored rock shrimp boats where their crew typically worked and slept during the day before and after pulling nets during the evenings and nights. But those days are gone as the rock shrimp fishery has dried up and the boats have turned to other parts of the world. We catch blackfins when we are livebaiting now and it's a hit-or-miss proposition unlike fishing into the 1980's and early 90's.

Professional Fishing GuideWelcome Orlando Anglers,
We're hoping that one day the consistent tuna fishing off Florida's East Coast will come back and give us a go as it did just a few short years ago. Little did we know back then how quickly a fishery could fold when the value of rock shrimp drove shrimp boats to more productive and inexpensive areas. While there's still plenty of blackfin tuna, the shrimp boats concentrated blackfin, making it a viable target in a day of fishing.

Don't get me wrong, there's still good tuna fishery out beyond eighty miles on the other side of the Gulf Stream for yellowfin tuna, but not on the continental shelf off Florida's east coast. The blackfin tuna are still abundant but are not as easily found in concentrations when the commercial shrimp & scallop boats were abundant. Orlando still has a great offshore fishery and there's always a chance of catching tuna, but to target that specific species is not as valid as it used to be for an under $2,000 trip due to rising fuel cost and the time spent to get to the 120 mile range must go to catch those critters. Never the less, look us up for a great fishing trip offshore of Florida's east coast and we'll do everything to put you on some great rod pulling action off Orlando's eastern seaboard in the beautiful Atlantic ocean.

Happy Tuna Fishing,

Captain Richard Bradley
Lagooner Fishing Guide

Blackfin tuna (Thunnus atlanticus) is the smallest tuna species in the Thunnus genus, generally growing to a maximum of 100 cm (39 in) in length and weighing 21 kg (46 lbs).

Blackfin tuna have oval-shaped bodies, black backs with a slight yellow on the finlets, and yellow on the sides of their bodies. They are only found in the western Atlantic from Cape Cod to Brazil.

Blackfin tuna hunt both epipelagic (surface) and mesopelagic (deeper water) fish and squid. They also eat crustaceans such as shrimp, crabs, amphipods, stomatopods, and the larvae of decapods.[2] They are a short-lived, fast-growing species; a 5-yr-old fish would be considered old. They reach sexual maturity at the age of two years, and spawn in the open sea during the summer. Blackfin tuna are a warmer-water fish, preferring water temperatures over 20° C (68° F).

Occurs in tropical and warm temperate waters of the western Atlantic Ocean. There are scattered records of blackfin tuna occurring as far north as Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, but the usual range is from North Carolina to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, including the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.


This is a pelagic, schooling fish that generally feeds near the surface. Its diet consists of small fishes, squid, crustaceans, and plankton. An excellent light tackle species, it can be taken by trolling or casting small baits or lures, including ballyhoo, mullet and other small fishes as well as strip baits, spoons, feathers, jigs, or plugs; or by live bait fishing from boats at the surface of deep waters one to two miles offshore. It has some local commercial importance, but is predominantly an angler's fish. It is a spunky game species and the flesh is of good quality and flavor


Of the thousands of fish species found in Florida waters, the vast majority have no specific regulations at all. These ?unregulated? species include some very popular sport fish that are commonly caught by recreational anglers such as white grunt, gulf kingfish (whiting), gafftopsail catfish, ladyfish, cero mackerel, blackfin tuna, bonito, great barracuda, gulf kingfish, pinfish and jack crevalle. The list also includes thousands of other species that are less frequently targeted but sometimes caught incidentally including spadefish, American eels, silver perch, croakers, hardhead catfish and many others. The term ?unregulated? can be misleading because standard recreational gear requirements still apply, and there is a default bag limit established by Florida Statute for any species harvested by a recreational angler. Harvesting amounts that exceed the default recreational bag limit (which are defined as commercial quantities) and commercial sale of all unregulated species would require a saltwater products license.

Two fish or 100 pounds per person, per day -whichever is more. For smaller fish like white grunt, the limit is 100 pounds regardless Lionfishof the number of fish it takes to reach that total weight. For larger fish such as the southern stingray, if you harvest two fish that have a combined weight of 150 pounds, that is your limit for that species.

State Record

45 lbs. 8 oz.

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Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: February 08 2017 10:46:10.

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November in Central Florida can be an up or down proposition for fishing offshore as the nor-easterner's start to blow and seas pick up. However, it can be rewarding for anglers looking to cash in on the end of the fall mullet run for almost every type of nearshore species from jacks and snook to redfish and tarpon. If the temperatures and wind stay cooperative, look for nearshore to be productive, but if the seas get angry look inshore towards the lagoons for redfish, sea trout and possibly some snook action at Sebastian Inlet and the Indian River Lagoon. November is a Central Florida transition month so don't be surprised to see fish getting active and feeding heavily before the winter cool down when bait becomes less abundant and fish look to warm up on the shallow water flats later in the morning.

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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.

Fishing Trip - I would recomend Lagooner Fishing Charters to anyone who wants a great fishing experience in Florida. Captain Rochard knows these waters very well & was great with my 15 year old son. Captain Richard and his wife are a great team and go above and beyond to make this a great experience. Great folks, great time !
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