Indian River Lagoon Fishing

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Indian River Lagoon Fishing the Shallow Water Flats

The Indian River Lagoon fringes Florida’s Atlantic east coast from Ponce De Leon Inlet and southward approximately 150 miles toward Hobe Sound. It’s natural and manmade inlets provide tidal movement and flushing that is crucial to the health and well being of aquatic marine and estuary life.  Three distinct interconnecting bodies of water make up the Indian River lagoon system, starting in the north with the Mosquito Lagoon and connecting directly west via the human-made Haulover Canal is the official northern Indian River Lagoon near the cities of ScottsmoreMims, and Titusville. Traveling southward the Lagoon is split by Merritt Island where the island’s eastern side host the Banana River Lagoon while it’s western shore maintains the Indian River Lagoon name for the next one hundred miles or so until it reaches the town of Hobe Sound and Jupiter Inlet.

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The Indian River Lagoon is part of the 3000 miles Intracoastal Waterway that borders most of the eastern seaboard of the United States and the Gulf of Mexico. The Intracoastal Waterway or ICW is a mostly natural protected waterway that has been enhanced with manmade canals and dredging to promote commerce and safe and protected passage for commercial and recreational vessels without the hazards of the open ocean and rough seas. The ICW was commissioned by Congress in 1919 and loosely maintained by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.  While the USACE is responsible for investigating, developing and maintaining the nation’s water and related environmental resources, many environmental concerns and requirements have prevented the USACE from rigorously maintaining the ICW, and it’s waterways.

During the last century, the IRL has become a mecca for recreational and sports fishing enthusiast. Many adventurous anglers from all over the world travel to this renowned fishing destination for favorite saltwater gamefish species. Sports fishing has created a foundation for a multi-billion dollar industry in Florida with boat manufacturers, outdoors and fishing tackle stores. The Indian River Lagoon has helped groom central Florida into a true eco-tourism and outdoor destination for American and the world.

Indian River Lagoon Fishing Report and Information

A lagoon is a body of comparatively shallow salt or brackish water separated from the deeper sea by a shallow or exposed sandbank, coral reef, or similar feature. In the case of the IRL, it is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a thin barrier island with small breaks or “openings” called inlets. Almost the entire eastern seaboard of Florida is a barrier island, and Brevard County has a well-known city on its barrier island called Cocoa Beach, and it also hosts the Canaveral National Seashore and northward to Ponce Inlet.

The Indian River Lagoon is a TRUE lagoon; there are no headwaters or freshwater springs feeding the bay as indicated by its name “Indian River.” The small turbulent inlets including Sebastian Inlet, New Smyrna Inlet, Fort Pierce Inlet, St. Lucie Inlet and Jupiter Inlet in the far south are just a few spigots that feed into the IRL with clean saltwater from the Atlantic Ocean. There is a minimal freshwater intrusion from natural sources other than small creeks and rivers like the Sebastian River, Turkey Creek, and Crane Creek. There as several man-made canals coming from the center of the state that controls water levels during rainy seasons, unfortunately, they often contain agricultural runoff and petroleum products from roadways and developed areas. However, these spillways can also be meccas for gamefish like snook for keen anglers.

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Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition

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Our vision is an Indian River Lagoon of clear waters, alive with lush sea grass beds, thriving fish, birds, manatees and dolphins – a healthy place where our families can play.

We are citizens, organizations, & businesses allied in one demand: That our government take necessary and continuing actions to clean and restore the Indian River Lagoon. The lagoon is, by all objective accounts, the economic and environmental lifeblood of its bordering communities, cities, and counties

Lagoons In Peril?

Some would argue, depending on what part of the 200-mile long lagoon they are actively involved in that the IRL is pristine. At first glance, many anglers are mesmerized by the sheer beauty of our saltwater lagoon estuary.  The northern end of the IRL, known as the Mosquito Lagoon is a 20-mile stretch that borders the Kennedy Space Center and it’s Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. Since the mid-1980’s this has become a mecca for anglers, and it’s sight fishing opportunities. While many of the younger generations look at this as an unspoiled watershed, old timers like Captain Richard Bradley, beg to differ and remember when the Mosquito Lagoon was a healthier, cleaner habitat.

Fortunately, in 1992, the voters of the State of Florida amended the Florida Constitution to Ban inshore entanglement nets and limit commercial fishing within three miles of shore. While this has helped and possibly saved the fish populations, the next assault that needs confronting will be protecting our lagoon from over-development and the problems of stormwater runoff.

One of the more prevalent ecological problems to the Indian River Lagoon is storm water runoff. Unlike natural drainage that occurred before human development, stormwater runoff comes from our roadways, parks, golf courses and other sources. Every summer storm spills millions of gallons of flow into the lagoons sending petroleum products from roads and nitrates/phosphates and other chemicals from yards and manicured landscaping. Raw sewage treated wastewater and effluents are evasive and killing tens of thousands of acres of important seagrass each decade.

Our lagoons are still beautiful, but only thru diligence and constant conservation can we keep our inlets healthy for fish and wildlife populations to continue.

My son and I had a lovely time on the ocean today with Captain Richard. The fishing was great, took home two large King fish and a Spainish Mackerel. Had them for dinner tonight, was so yummy. We saw many dolphins, some huge sea turtles, a manatee and a shark. Was not only a fishing trip but also a great nature adventure. Loved feeding the leftover bait fish to the pelicans and woodstorks. I HIGHLY recommend taking this trip. Worth every penny.read more
Kathy Klasek Sayre
Kathy Klasek Sayre
2018-06-20T01:47:02+0000
My son and his friend had the best time of their life...quoted by Graham and Nick...Capt Richard was fantastic Caught some amazing fish
Shelly Lynne Shapiro-Swan
Shelly Lynne Shapiro-Swan
2018-02-14T13:26:59+0000
We had a slow start but Captain Richard made sure we got on the fish. it was a great time with great people
Tony Lowe
Tony Lowe
2017-07-22T21:47:12+0000
We had an absolutely amazing experience. Couldn't have asked for a better fishing trip. Thanks Captain Richard.
Kris Wickens
Kris Wickens
2017-07-07T23:52:22+0000
My wife and I loved our time on the water with Captain Richard! Thanks for a great trip!
Jerod Ochsendorf
Jerod Ochsendorf
2017-05-06T13:28:21+0000
After 10 straight years of fishing with Capt. Richard we are looking forward to number 11 this year. We always have a great time and catch a lot of fish. We always look forward to visiting with Capt. Richard, Gina and their girls.Dana & Sheilafrom Ohioread more
Sheila Brisker Smith
Sheila Brisker Smith
2017-01-27T01:35:52+0000
Richard is a great guide with a lot of great stories. Worth the time & money.We have gone with numerous times over the last 5 years. The last time was 12/27/16, we caught redfish, blue fish, mangrove snapper, jack & a snook.My husband & I both caught redfish...a 7, 12, 20 & 30 lbs. another great day on the water.read more
Johanna Jensen
Johanna Jensen
2017-01-15T04:31:08+0000
I will definitely go back again. Captain Richard was great. Had a blast and he was good with my 10 year old. Don't hesitate to book a trip with Him. You won't be disappointed.read more
Stanton Jacobs
Stanton Jacobs
2016-12-31T15:30:13+0000
Great Experience, we've al ways wanted to go, just didn't know who to select? We fished for 1/2 day, and Cptn Richard made sure we had a Good Time. We would go again, and recommend it for others! Fish On!!read more
James Gibson
James Gibson
2016-12-13T14:13:27+0000
I enjoyed Captain Richard, he was a lot of fun! He's very knowledgeable and funny�! The Haneys will definitely be booking another experience soon!
T Renea Haney
T Renea Haney
2016-11-24T02:25:43+0000
This was the best, we would go again in a second. He treated my 13 year old like a young man. Caught very nice fish in a beautiful area. Felt safe at all times. Cpt. Richard made quite the impression on my son. We will be going again, and I would recommend this trip to anyone.read more
Angie Coyne Hale
Angie Coyne Hale
2016-08-22T21:50:50+0000
We had a great time with Captain Richard.It was great to catch Kings, Spanish Mackerel and Bonitas.We also saw a huge Hammerhead Shark and Barracuda.We will definitely go again!read more
Michael D. Allen
Michael D. Allen
2016-08-04T10:36:10+0000
Great Captain, great trip.Local/Native to the area, knows these waters.You wont find better.
Jimmy Ryder
Jimmy Ryder
2016-08-01T17:25:17+0000
Best fishing experience EVER! Capt Richard knows all the hot spots and is an expert guide and angler!
Rick Donnelly
Rick Donnelly
2016-05-15T00:41:49+0000
Was awesome. Captain Richard was absolutely great with my nephews.
Mark Shute
Mark Shute
2016-04-27T09:10:53+0000
Experienced, knowledgeable, diligent and a very pleasant captain with whom to share the day. His hard work payed off under trying conditions.
David Fass
David Fass
2016-03-09T04:30:39+0000
Capt Richard and Capt Gina are awesome...! Very accommodating and they surely will guarantee anyone that goes out in the water with a great time! It's been awhile since I've gone charter fishing with them but I still remember every single moment I was out with them. Thank you Capt Richard and Capt Gina. Keep up the great work and more success to you guys. Fish ON....!!!read more
Allan Martin
Allan Martin
2015-06-26T12:33:37+0000
Had the best day fishing off Cocoa Beach with Capt. Richard while we were docked in Port Canaveral for the day from the Norwegian Gem. Capt. Gina was so helpful in planning our trip months ahead and even came right to the boat and picked us up when we pulled into Port! We caught some beautiful King Mackerel and had many laughs. I would recommend Lagooner to EVERYONE. If we ever get back down there, we'll definitely go again.read more
Shanee Thomas Taylor
Shanee Thomas Taylor
2015-03-02T02:15:01+0000
Having been fishing a number of times over the years with Captain Richard I can highly recommend Lagooner Charters. We have always had a great time and he puts you on the fish. Richard and Gina have not only been our charter captains but have become our friends. Give them a try you won't be disappointed.read more
Dan Roach
Dan Roach
2015-02-12T21:42:28+0000
I have been honored to share a boat with Captain Richard more than once. He and Captain Gina are fantastic people, kind, courteous, and extremely knowledgeable. I have been blessed to fish from Canada to Florida and I can give Lagooner Fishing Charters the highest of praise and I look forward to fishing with them multiple times in the future!read more
Shane Roberts Walton
Shane Roberts Walton
2015-01-29T18:21:54+0000
Captain Richard was great company on the boat. He's a blast to hang out with and will glady joke around with everyone. When it came to the fishing it was a tough day to start but we were able to find a school of drummer fish. He was able to spot a school of fish from his boat which was pretty cool. We caught a good 20-25 lb black drumfish which made the whole trip worth it. For sure recommend captain Richard.read more
Sam Teitelbaum
Sam Teitelbaum
2015-01-22T05:41:54+0000
Had a blast with Captain Richard too bad weather didn't cooperate he still put us on some fish
April Schomaker
April Schomaker
2015-01-21T22:54:34+0000
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!read more
Ray Norman
Ray Norman
2015-01-21T17:48:40+0000
We had an awesome day of fishing with Captain Richard! Regardless of your fishing ability....Richard will get you on fish and make sure that everyone has a great day! He is professional, courteous and funny! We caught fish even though boats around us were struggling and we had a fantastic time! I would highly recommend fishing with Richard!read more
Troy McQuagge
Troy McQuagge
2015-01-20T23:00:43+0000
We had an outstanding experience with Lagooner! To start, Captain Gina made the booking quick and easy. All follow-up and communication was just like she promised. Once we were on the water, Captain Richard made the day fun for everyone and put us on fish at every stop. I would recommend Lagooner to anyone looking for a charter in Cocoa Beach.read more
Todd Brewer
Todd Brewer
2015-01-15T04:41:43+0000
Gave a fishing trip to my husband for his birthday after recommendation from my cousin Kristin Kessel Asinger. He is still talking about it as the best fishing trip ever! Don't hesitate to book a fishing trip with Captain Richard!read more
Anna Svensson
Anna Svensson
2015-01-14T17:30:13+0000
Captain Richard worked hard to put fish in the boat. We were able to bring in a few big Reds and some trout, and a couple keepers to take home for dinner. It's always the hope to be able to catch lots of fish, but fishing is fishing and there are no guarantees; the time of the year we travel to Florida also has an impact on our fshing success. This last trip out with Captain Richard my wife came along and thorougly enjoyed the experience and catching the big Reds. She is looking forward to our next trip to Florida and another fishing trip with Captain Richard.read more
Roger Voigt
Roger Voigt
2015-01-13T03:16:25+0000
I'm a local and all my friends fish with Captain Richard at Lagooner Fishing Guides. He's a fantastic guy and knows all the best spots to fish.....
Sandy Goins Kornegay
Sandy Goins Kornegay
2015-01-09T22:52:15+0000
We had a great time with Captian Richard!! 1/2 day trip,good weather and fish in the box:)) We stdpped off cruise ship and onto his boat within 10 minutes. Great trip for novice to experianced angler. Thanks Capt. & will see you again!!!read more
Chris Beane
Chris Beane
2014-07-14T00:49:49+0000

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