Ever since the ban of the gill net several years ago the Florida seatrout have begun to come back tremendously. However commercial fishing is still allowed due to a loop hole in the current law. With the up and coming closure in October 2018 of commercial fishing in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore National Park along with local and statewide support to classify these precious fish to be a game fish status will be a much welcomed sight among those in the sport fishing world.
In the state of Florida there is no commercial sale of any game fish or wild game, so once they are classified in this manor as a recognized game fish their numbers will most likely sky rocket even further. There really is no reason to have any commercial fishing or hunting in any national park in the United States. Along with the support of of the public on this issue the area will remain the top spot to target these fish.
The Indian River Lagoon system is part of the longest barrier island complex in the United States. Saltwater fishing is minutes from central Florida cities such as Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral, Daytona Beach, Orlando, New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach and Walt Disney World. Making this the premier fishing destination in the world along with a great location for a family vacation.
The Mosquito Lagoon is part of this system which it occupies more than 30 percent of Florida's east coast and spans a massive 156 miles from Ponce de Leon Inlet in the Mosquito Lagoon area to Jupiter Inlet to the south. The most unique and defining feature of this system is its location. This puts it in a class of its own. Its unique geographical setting straddles a transition zone between colder temperate and warmer sub tropical biological provinces. It is perhaps here and nowhere else in the United States that tropical and temperate species coexist and thrive. World class light tackle sport fishing at its very best!
The Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and Indian River Lagoon, with numerous world records on file, is billed as the "Redfish Capital of the World." This is the apex of inshore back country flats fishing and fly fishing on the planet. To the east of this area lies Canaveral National Seashore in the New Smyrna Beach area and just to the southwest lies the the Indian River in the Titusville area.
Among the back country waters these predators are considered to be the lions and tigers of the flats. Aggressive and extremely great fighters, along with offering a great challenge for the angler at hand. Very intelligent and extremely cautious makes them an apex predator to be sought after among anglers alike. Making these saltwater sport fish a main target on fly or spin. Artificial and live bait tactics. To catch a big gator seatrout is by far an accomplishment beyond belief. Something to be extremely proud of.
Florida Inshore Fishing Charters is located just east of Orlando Florida and the area attractions.
The Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and Indian River Lagoon system here in east central Florida is home to some of the best spotted seatrout fishing in the world. The Indian River is home to the world record according to the IGFA. Spotted seatrout can be some of the best sport fish to target out here among the grass flats.
These fish range anywhere from 1 pound up to a common weight of 8 plus pounds. Trout over 8 pounds, gator trout, are seen and pursued on a daily basis.
Trout fishing here in central Florida can be compared to freshwater fishing for largemouth bass. Due to the trout tend to shake their heads and breach the surface after being hooked. Spotted sea trout can also be targeted quite often and successfully using top water plugs which is by far one of the best ways to fish for any species.
Whether you are fly fishing or spin fishing this is the place to be for some of the best spotted seatrout fishing in the world.
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Captain Drew Cavanaugh is an Orlando fishing guide & a certified professional casting instructor • Also offers tutorials on Yamaha outboard engines • Sight fishing the inshore saltwater flats for redfish, cobia, Atlantic tarpon, IRL Sebastian Inlet snook, Florida black drum and Florida sea trout • Titusville seatrout guide on light tackle • Florida Inshore Fishing Charters and Near Shore Beach Fishing Trips Light tackle flats fishing Cocoa Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Titusville, Edgewater, Oak Hill and Daytona Beach • Charter fly fishing or spin fishing for redfish, trout, tarpon and snook • Minutes from Orlando, Walt Disney World, Kissimmee, Ponce Inlet, Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and central Florida's Space Coast • All photos and videos are the sole property of Drew Cavanaugh Photography • ©2017 DRC Enterprises of Central Florida, INC.