Orlando Fishing Guides on the Banana River Lagoon
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I, Captain Richard, am a native, and a local guide, equipped and experienced to help a wide range of anglers and their needs. Our boats can accommodate youth and elderly, small families and fishers with all levels of experience and knowledge. With decades of experience as an Orlando fishing guide I am ready to serve my customers and provide a fun-filled day on the water. Along with fishing you might find some of the early and more recent history of the waterway you will be guided on a bit interesting.
Inshore Fishing Charters
Cocoa Beach & Merritt Island’s shallow water lagoons are an angler’s utopia. The well-known, thousand islands, situated in this area are a paradise for the beginner angler to the most proficient fly fishing experts. Typically fishing is performed out of a specialized skiff called a flats boat, getting its name from the shallow water seagrass “flats” or beds that abundant in our coastal regions.
On calm, windless days anglers may be maneuvered around the lagoon’s briny shallows “Gondola” style and given opportunities to view and cast to fish, called sight fishing. On less optimal days, anglers may be instructed to blind cast or use a variety of bait depending on availability. Different seasons present an array of offerings for the anger; you may find yourself fishing around mangrove shorelines or gently push poling miles of large shallow seagrass beds or deeper basins and sloughs depending on conditions.
Fishing Guides Near Me
Fishing Guides have the most current knowledge of what is biting. An experienced guide will strive to put you on the best bite available during the duration of your charter. Redfish spawn throughout September, but conditions often deem it difficult for guides to find and make presentations to these fish, frustrating both angler and guide. Trust your guide’s instinct and listen to their advice on what they’d do to make a successful fishing day. Banana River fishing can be one of the best experiences for any angler at any skill level. I would enjoy the opportunity to get you out on an inshore fishing charter.
About the Banana River
The Banana River Lagoon is on Florida’s East Coast near Cocoa Beach. It is an associate watershed that includes the Indian River & Mosquito Lagoon which host the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). While technically the Banana River Lagoon does not add the ICW, the lagoons share the same water and characteristics including the same fish species. The lagoon’s most northern area eventually seeps to the Banana Creek wanders through the Kennedy Space Center where it joins the Indian River Lagoon. If you could continue north by airboat, you’d pick up on the famous fishing mecca the Mosquito Lagoon and onto New Smyrna Inlet or further north on the ICW. North Banana includes the famous No Motor Zone or NMZ as it’s often called, where canoes and kayaks make way to some of the most productive shallow water red fishing in the world. After September 9, 2001, the federal government closed most of this pristine waterway to boat traffic, and it’s become a breeding ground for Florida game fish. If you follow the waterway southward, the shorelines of the Banana River become developed at Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, and Metro Merritt Island. The lagoon ends at Dragon Point and merges into the Indian River Lagoon near Eau Gallie and Melbourne.
If you’d like to read more about the Banana River and our area, visit our Lagooner Local blog. There are interesting articles about the history of the lagoon including the iconic Bombing Target, the Banana River Naval Station and other tidbits of history that make our area unique.
Contrary to its name the Banana River is not a river. The original settlers improperly named this saltwater body of water. Water movement is entirely dependent on the wind and very little tidal flow.
It’s a Lagoon, Not a River
This lagoon is a unique estuary system that desperately needs protection against development. Much of the Banana River has suffered from growth over the last fifty years as stormwater runoff has destroyed many of the seagrass beds in the metropolitan areas. The further north you travel in the lagoon the healthier the watershed becomes as the Merritt Island wildlife refuge protects much of the coastline. If you continue south, you’ll find Cocoa Beach’s thousand islands and pass by Merritt Island’s Horte Point, the entrance to Merritt Island’s Newfound Harbor. Continuing northward to Sykes Creek and it’s residential canals, you will eventually find the Barge Canal. Motoring south you’ll discover gin-clear flats, and pelican covered islands on the Banana River’s west bank and Merritt Island’s eastern shoreline of Tropical Trail where wading anglers find tailing redfish and large seatrout. We are not sure where the name “Banana River Lagoon” originated. We speculate that some of the original European settlers probably raised Bananas and exported them up and down the Intercoastal waterways. The Dummit family was known for their agricultural efforts and known to grow citrus, sugar cane and even pineapples. Why not Bananas? You can still find bananas in the Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral area on residents properties.