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Catching Red Drum At Sebastian Inlet Florida

Saturday April 21, 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.

"Catching Several Redfish in the Indian River Lagoon adjacent to Sebastian Inlet with Captain Richard was productive and fun as we spent the day together searching for and finding redfish and other gamefish in his native waters on Florida's east coast."
Explains a Michigan Angler on Vacation in the Sebastian area

Sebastian Inlet's Premier Redfish Guide

Redfishing Guide in Sebastian FloridaWhen 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...
God Bless,
Captain Richard Bradley

April Redfish
In Sebastian Florida

A favorite time of the year as the water is warming and the fish are moving from their winter haunts toward their summer play grounds. Many of the lagoon's islands and shorelines are prime target areas for redfish and snook. Redfish typically breed in the fall and late summer so many of the fish are on the look for food in the form of shrimp, crabs and various finfish. Look for redfish to be plentiful in the shallow water grassflats in the Indian River lagoon and during the top of the outgoing and incoming tides in the inlet.

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

Mosquito Lagoon
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.


Orlando Redfish
Sebastian Redfish
Mosquito Lagoon Redfish
Banana River Guide Service
Indian River Redfish Guide
Releasing Redfish
Indian River Redfish


Not less than 18" or more than 27" and only 1 fish per harvester per day.

State Record

51 lbs., 8 ozs.

Sebastian Redfishing in Florida

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 17 2016 23:05:05.

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April - 2018 Fishing Forecast

April of 2018 should be a great spring for fishing in both inshore and offshore coastal waters of Central Florida. Look to the Mosquito Lagoon and Banana Rivers to produce redfish and sea trout consistently and then look toward the ocean and depending on the water temps, clear skies and wind the cobia will be on their way north and migrating past Canaveral towards their northern grounds on the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Central Florida's weather during the spring is usually no less than spectacular as the college spring breakers are winding up the end of their vacation and heading back to campus to finish up before summer break. Daytona Beach host several spring events from NASCAR Races, Bike Week and Spring Break activities while Cocoa Beach and it's Space Coast offer a much less crowded alternative for vacationers to seek a more secluded and restful Holiday. The temperatures are rising and the fishing should be heating up too in East Central Florida's Cocoa Beach.

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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.

Great guide and lots of fun!!! - My wife and I have been fishing with Capt. Richard and Capt Gina for years. We have been out many times with them and always have a great time and catch fish. We love going to go to eat with them at a local place that will cook the fish we catch. They are super people and we try to get with them annually. Give them a try and you will be glad you did.
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