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Sebastian Inlet Redfish
Catching Red Drum At Sebastian Inlet Florida
Tuesday January 23, 2018
Florida's Sebastian Inlet is a funnel and pathway into the IRL allowing schools of redfish and other marine life to traverse into the ocean and along the beaches of Brevard & Indian River County. Sebastian Inlet is a staging place for many species of gamefish to feed, spawn and migrate during different times of the year and redfish are often seen schooling on the surface during almost all seasons and certain tides.
Redfish are one of Florida's most popular sportfish and can be pursued both in the ocean and in the shallow water lagoons on Florida's coastlines. The mouths of inlets are natural pathways that often concentrate fish as they move between the Atlantic Ocean on Florida's east coast and the Intracoastal Waterway with it's tributaries, islands and sandbars. Anglers at the Sebastian Inlet area can have the best of both worlds when the weather cooperates as they can go in the ocean looking for tarpon, redfish schools and other gamefish like jacks and snook. If the weather is less cooperative fishermen can launch into the lagoon and fish around the many islands and mangrove shorelines with clear shallow water grass flats, sandbars and oyster beds.
There's no "set way" to catch a redfish in the Sebastian Inlet area, but drifting live bait in the inlet is one of the most productive for large breeders while throwing artificial's, pilchards or live mullet do well in the Indian River Lagoon itself. Captain Richard Bradley has lived and fished at Sebastian all his life and has honed his skill with over 25 years of "fishing experience" in the Sebastian State Park area including the Inlet and the Indian River Lagoon.
Explains a Michigan Angler on Vacation in the Sebastian area
Sebastian Inlet's Premier Redfish Guide
When I first got my drivers license I took my $500 1969 Volkswagen beetle down to Sebastian Inlet to surf and fish as often as possible. This freedom allowed me to spend weekends camping under the Sebastian bridge with my surfboards and fishing rods exploring the mangrove shorelines and islands when the surf wasn't cooperating. During the night hours, I noticed a gentleman quietly fishing off the fenders by himself and as an inquisitive sixteen year old, I found myself watching as he pulled in redfish, snook and jacks with more success than anyone else. Sitting on a bucket of dead menhaden and casting patiently upstream this man inspired me to come back the following day armed to the hilt with a new fishing rod, leaders hooks and of course... a bucket of bait to sit my rear end on too. Over the next several years, I found myself fishing feverishly thru my college years at Sebastian and other south Florida Inlets refining techniques and tackle along the way. The experiences that I had night time fishing inlets over 25 years inspired me to share my fishing with anglers as a guide soon afterward and the rest..... was fishing history in the making...
Captain Richard Bradley
In Sebastian Florida
Winter is a season of unpredictability almost everywhere and Sebastian Inlet and the Lagoons and Ocean are no different. Weather is a major concern for vacationing anglers as coldfronts can push windy, cold and wetness thru Florida. However there is a redeeming feature of winter in Florida... In between fronts are spectacular fishing and possibly the best fishing of the year. Fish are foraging feverously between fronts and the warmer weather gets them excited and energetic as they know they must stock up on calories before the next front comes. Don't let the winters at Sebastian frighten you as the redfish are still a great target fish and the spotted seatrout become prevalent too.
Known as a fish that will not quit, redfish can be absolute brutes. And as such, they have become one of the most sought after fish in the shallows of Florida. Since their protection in the mid 1980's redfish numbers have proliferated and are especially abundant and large on the east central Florida coastline. Redfish have a coppery bronze color with a tinge of red, color will vary depending on water clarity. Normally redfish have one spot on the base of their tails but often there are several or many spots. Take a look at these spots caught by a lagooner fisherman. [LOOK]
East Central Florida boast some of the best inshore and estuary fishing for redfish in the world. Our redfish are renown for both quantity and quality. They are found in the lagoon systems all around the coast of Florida and some are even found offshore. This species is often found feeding in less than one foot of water while foraging for crustaceans, fish and small mollusk. Often they are in such shallow water that you can see their tales and backs protruding from the water, hence the term "tailing redfish".
Best Redfish Locations
Sightfishing Mecca from Oakhill to Playlinda Beach. World famous fishing waters in the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge in Northern Brevard County. Mosquito Lagoon can have crystal clear water allowing flyfisherman and light-tackle fisherman great opportunities to sight fish for tailing redfish and other species.
Northern Indian River Lagoon
Banana Creek, Titusville, Carbide Flats, Haulover Canal, Dummit Cove, Scottsmore are only some of the known redfish haunts in this area.
The Banana River has a NMZ or No Motorized Zone in the very north adjacent to Canaveral Airforce Base and NASA property. This are can be extremely productive for big schooling redfish as they are not subjected to motor boats and fishing pressure.
Not less than 18" or more than 27" and only 1 fish per harvester per day.
51 lbs., 8 ozs.
Sebastian Redfishing in Florida
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 17 2016 23:05:05.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
January - 2018 Fishing Report
The Banana River comes alive during the colder months of year and January is the peak season for deep hole trout, redfish and juvenile black drum. We've been fishing the deeper canals and slews with success during the cold fronts when the water is cold and also catching some great sized fish on the flats adjacent to these holes. Look for the Banana River to improve as the winter gets colder and the fish transition to their winter haunts in pursuit of cold, stable water. Look for mature fish to seek warmth on the shallow shorelines nearby.
January - 2018 Fishing Forecast
Is it going to be an Indian Summer this January or possibly a deep freeze Polar Vortex? These are the questions that all fishing guides want to know. Depending on how this winter plays out with temperatures, winds and other conditions will dictate how our fishing will pan out in January. Unless the water is churned up by high winds, January will produce some of the cleanest and clearest water of the year in Central Florida as colder water kills of plankton life in the lagoons and mild northeast winds often push in clearer water in the ocean. Look for great inshore fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon and Northern end of the Indian River toward Titusville. If the winds and water are all frothed up it can be a crap shoot for fishing in almost every inshore locations and will shutdown all offshore fishing due to small craft warnings and safety warnings. However, between fronts, look for some of the best fishing of the year in January both inshore and offshore in Central Florida.
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Lagooner Fishing Guides Review / Trip Advisor
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.
Money so well spent!! - I treated a couple of dear friends to a charter fishing trip with Lagooner. I have to say it was money so well spent! Not like any charter I had ever been on before. Richard paid personal attention to every detail. Making sure we had the absolute best time and moved us around to follow fish of every type. This allowed for some simple easy fishing along with some wild challenges. I can't think of what else would have made this trip a better experience. My guests had never been treated so well on a charter they said. Yes you can find cheaper but I would never, ever try to save a couple of dollars and not have this kind of experience and memories.!
Written by: vacationtimeeeee about Lagooner Fishing Charters on February 3, 2015
5 / 5 stars