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A Day Of Fishing On The Mosquito Lagoon For Gator Sized Sea Trout.

Thursday November 23, 2017

What a great time to take your friends or family out for a fishing trip on the Mosquito Lagoon for Gator Sea Trout with a fishing guide that knows how to put you on the big ones. Big trout like the one above don't happen to everyone that fishes the lagoons and saltwater estuaries in the southeast, but Captain Richard is known for putting anglers on these giants regularly.

"We came over for a week with my girlfriend and our kids to stay at Disney for a week and decided to spend a day fishing. I called Lagooner Fishing Guides and talked to Captain Gina about setting up a day and within moments I knew we were in for a great day on the water with her husband Captain Richard", explains Dave (above) with his son and friend. "I'm so glad we took a day off of the parks to relax in the Florida sunshine during our Thanksgiving Holiday."

During the winter months large sea trout known as "gator trout" to anglers are caught consistently east of Orlando, Florida in the Mosquito Lagoon and it's tributaries. Catching large trout in the Lagoon takes knowledge and skill and requires stealth and patience as they are usually wary of noise and movements. There are few anglers who know how to catch the really big ones consistently and many who claim they do, "it's important to be quiet and subtle when presenting your baits to these fish" explains Captain Richard who guides on the Mosquito Lagoon for gator seatrout regularly during the cooler months of the year.

Captain Richard is a Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide out of Cocoa Beach, Florida Read Captain Richard's November Mosquito Lagoon Redfish Fishing Report.

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Sea Trout Information

Our lagoons around east central Florida are full of sea trout which can be caught in a multitude of ways from popping corks using live bait & jigs to topwater lure, multitudes of live bait, jerk baits and just about everything in between. I guess that's why these gamefish are so popular as there's no boundaries on pursuing the sea trout when it comes to tackle and techniques.

As a child we fished for trout with a standard jig called trout touts, a shrimp imitation made of soft plastic on a jig head. As I grew older we used various topwaters and subsurface lures to draw strikes over the shallow water grassflats in the Banana River and Indian River Lagoons and later into the now world famous waters of the Mosquito Lagoon. As I've matured, I've found that all the old techniques still work well, but the larger trout are more evasive and require more patience, knowledge and skill than many anglers possess.

When I was writing about sea trout in this article, I found myself wanting to go out and try some of my childhood techniques and wondered if they worked as well as I remembered them. As a guide, I'm often asked to only pursue larger "gator" sized trout that exceed 20 or more inches in length and the seldom caught 30 plus inch trout in my home waterways, bays and lagoons. Catching small undersized trout simply for the joy of catching fish is not at the top of many of my paying customers list... so I seldom get to try and catch small aggressive little tinker sized trout on small jigs and poppers but it's joy to do and as soon as the water starts warming this spring, I'm sure I'll give it a try for old times sake.

The Mosquito Lagoon offers a great fishery for large sea trout, often called "gator trout" when their size exceeds 20 inches. You'll find trout plentiful almost all year around, but during the hotter months trout seek shade and cooler waters and in the winter you'll often find them warming on the flats or waiting for the cold front to pass in a deep water hole or canal. You can pretty much count on the Mosquito Lagoon to produce some kind of Spotted Sea Trout angling opportunity all year long.

East Central Florida is home to the largest spotted seatrout in the world. After entanglement netting was constitutionally banned in Florida, seatrout have rebounded back to healthy numbers and sizes that we haven't seen since the early 1980's. Seatrout are an aggressive fish that will strike anything from topwater artificials, spoons, jigs, livebait and various fly patterns.

INSHORE and/or NEARSHORE over grass, sand and sandy bottoms. Winter time fishing in deeper waters with well defined thermoclines produce plentiful numbers of fish. We find that seatrout stage close to their winter holes on the flats between cold spells. Live bait works great for winter trout as they are usually less aggressive and want to test the baits a lot before they commit to a strike. Recent winters have produced many trout in excess of 30 inches and we are looking forward to many more successful trout seasons ahead.

Remarks

Seatrout are often referred to as gator trout when they are large (over 6 pounds). Lagooner charters specialize in finding and catching large seatrout in shallow water areas. Here are some facts about these gamefish:

Matures during first or second year and spawns INSHORE from March through November; often in association with seagrass beds; lives mainly in estuaries and moves only short distances; adults feed mainly on shrimp and small fish.

Some Trout Pictures:

Sebastian Inlet Gator Trout
Girl with Stringer of Trout
Seatrout On Fly
Banana River Trout
Indian River Gator Trout
Stringer of Big Seatrout
Florida Sea Trout
Mosquito Lagoon Sea Trout
Banana River Sea Trout
Gator Trout in the Banana Lagoon

Regulations

Not less than 15" or more than 20" (statewide) except one fish over 20" per person. 4 per harvester per day South Region 5 per harvester per day N.E. and N.W. Regions.
Season Closure: Nov. & Dec. S. Region / Feb. N.E. and N.W.

State Record

15lb., 6 ozs.

Fishing Guide for Spotted Sea Trout on on the Mosquito Lagoon

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 02 2016 13:21:56.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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November - 2017 Fishing Report

November in Central Florida can be an up or down proposition for fishing offshore as the nor-easterner's start to blow and seas pick up. However, it can be rewarding for anglers looking to cash in on the end of the fall mullet run for almost every type of nearshore species from jacks and snook to redfish and tarpon. If the temperatures and wind stay cooperative, look for nearshore to be productive, but if the seas get angry look inshore towards the lagoons for redfish, sea trout and possibly some snook action at Sebastian Inlet and the Indian River Lagoon. November is a Central Florida transition month so don't be surprised to see fish getting active and feeding heavily before the winter cool down when bait becomes less abundant and fish look to warm up on the shallow water flats later in the morning.

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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.

Awesome day on the water - Captain Richard is a wonderful guide. Not only did we have fun and caught some really nice fish but learned quite a bit in the process. Definitely taking his trip again-Soon!
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