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Indian River Florida Fishing the Shallow Water Flats

The Indian River Lagoon is a TRUE lagoon and is spectacular for inshore fishing charters.  Over the years the lagoon has changed from a commercially harvested waterway to a protected inland paradise for recreation and enjoyment. As a Florida Saltwater Fishing Guide, I take anglers out in search of large inshore redfish, black drum, tarpon and snook.  Once known as the Sea “Trout Capital of the World”, the IRL still holds on to its roots as a viable angling destination.

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Indian River Florida Fishing The Intracoastal Waterway

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. Much different than from the sixties and seventies with local watering holes like Tingley’s Fish Camp, now-a-day sports fishing has created a foundation for a multi-billion dollar industry in Florida with boat manufacturers, outdoors and high end fishing tackle stores. The Indian River Lagoon has helped groom Central Florida fishing into a true eco-tourism and outdoor destination for Americans and the world.

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 its 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.

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

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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

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Wes Beyers
Wes Beyers
Had a blast picking up some big black drums, cobia, and other species! Richard is the master of these fish, and WILL show you a great time down here in Cocoa Beach!!!read more
Blake Byers
Blake Byers
Had a great time. I will definitely be back.
William Masten
William Masten
Richard and Gina are really great people. Since I first fished with Richard about 8 years ago, I try to come back every year. Besides providing a great fishing experience, they have become good friends. Try Lagooner. You won’t be sorry!read more
Mark Mayeda
Mark Mayeda
My wife and I have chartered Captain Richard for both the ocean and inland rivers. We have had great experiences catching king mackerel, barracuda, and speckled trout. Captain Richard knows how to put you on fish and takes awesome pictures of us with our catch. Would definitely go on another fishing trip with Captain more
Bill Sims
Bill Sims
My grandson and I had a great time with Captain Richard. When we are back in area we plan on booking with Lagooner Fishing again
Tammy Bawcom
Tammy Bawcom

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