In Orlando there is a labyrinth of creeks, rivers, sloughs and backwater bays that provide fisherman with INCREDIBLE inshore fishing. It’s a new adventure every time the boat leaves the dock. The Halifax River, Mosquito lagoon and, a little distance south, the Indian River Lagoon create a very high quality habitat for Redfish, Sea Trout, Snook, and Black Drum. Near the Inlet Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Bluefish, Flounder and Tarpon slip in and out daily with the tide. Sight fishing Redfish and Trout on the flats is a great thrill!
It is really about stalking the fish or school of fish by following the ripple of their fins on the surface and then ever so quietly moving across the flat water until close enough to make a cast. And of course, your fishing guide always has an eye open for the monster redfish that lurk in the deeper holes.
The mullet run is definitely in full swing and the fishing has been excellent from the basin south to the inlet. Redfish, trout, snook, flounder, and more can be targeted with artificials or live baits. Oyster bars, creek mouths, and docks are the primary stops. Some of the flounder have been giants.
In addition to the other species mentioned, blackdrum and pompano are also showing up in good numbers. Targeting these species takes a little different approach. The blackdrum will not take an artificial or eat a fish bait, but readily will take a shrimp or crab. Most of the drum are coming off the docks and bridges. Pompano, on the other hand, are most likely to be found on top of shallow oyster bars. They can be seen skipping away on their sides if you happen to come to close. Unlike the drum, they eat both crustaceans and fish. However, when in the river they seem to be only concerned with eating the small brown mussels that grow on the oyster bars. I’ve tried to use the mussels and oysters for bait, but pinfish quickly pick it off. The most consistent bait I’ve found to get them on is a free lined fiddler crab drifted over top of a likely bar. The pinfish will leave the crabs alone for the most part and give you a shot at some of the best eating fish there is. Most of the pompano are between 2 and 5 lbs!
Slowly, paradise was being degraded. And the pace was quickening.
In many circles, Mosquito Lagoon has been referred to as the “Redfish Capital of the World.” Numerous line-test world records for redfish, as well as for spotted seatrout, have been established in the lagoon’s pristine waters. There is no residential development along the shoreline. No businesses, either. No agricultural runoff to poison the water. No causeways across the relatively narrow lagoon separating the mainland from the barrier island. The lagoon is unlike any other on the east coast of Florida. For 20 miles, lush seagrasses cover flats where depths average less than three feet. In many areas, the water is only inches deep. Redfish and spotted seatrout grow to legendary size. Paradise!
For years, anglers have flocked to the lagoon like waterfowl in fall. Boat manufacturers made boats capable of running in the skinny water so that previously inaccessible areas could be reached. Who needed fishfinders or stalking skills when all you had to do was run around on the flats until a school of fish “bumped” with a tell-tale wake? And so what if there was an angler in the vicinity who had quietly poled within casting distance of the fish that had just spooked? The fish would relocate and both anglers could move in on them when they settled down. At least until a third and possibly a fourth angler did the same thing. Then the school might get up and leave the flat, IT IS SOMETHING TO EXPERIENCE!
The Indian River Lagoon system runs along nearly one-third of the eastern coast of Florida. It encompasses the trifecta of inshore saltwater fishing areas: the Mosquito Lagoon, the Banana River and the Indian River. These are shallow saltwater estuaries, not rivers in the traditional sense of the word, though two of the three are named as such. They are more akin to saltwater lakes than rivers, with large areas having little or no water flow other than that generated by the wind.
Unlike most lakes, however, these lagoons are not landlocked. There is access to the ocean via four natural inlets and one manmade entrance point. To the north is Ponce Inlet, bordered by Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach. Next is Port Canaveral where boats can enter the Banana River Lagoon via a lock. About 40 miles to the south is Sebastian Inlet; south of that is Ft. Pierce Inlet and finally, St. Lucie inlet, the southernmost inlet of the group.
Fishing in the Indian River Lagoon system offers anglers a variety of species to target and can be enjoyed by all sorts of anglers. You’ll see fly- and light-tackle anglers in technical poling skiffs stalking fish on the shallow flats; kayak and canoe anglers enjoying freedom from boats in their own no-motor zone; anglers without boats wading near shore; and people fishing from bridges, piers, inlets, docks, and seawalls.
Captain Steve’s Statistics is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed and a Capt for Sea Tow. He’s been a tournament fisherman for the past 20 years and looks forward to sharing is knowledge with his customers.
Steve does not fish that day, this is your day. He will be there to help and advise you. He has the experienced and techniques that will lead you to catching lots of Bass. The beauty of Central Florida, and the weather that brought Steve from Indiana several years ago. He made many trips to Florida and found it to be some of the finest fishing around.
Capt Steve specializes in Bass, Redfish and Sea Trout.
He primarily fishes the St. John’s River between Lake Monroe to the South and Lake George, Rodman Reservoir to the North. He also fishes the Kissimmee Chain and Lake Toho, and does multi day trips.
Growing up near the shores of Sarasota Bay before the building booms of the 1960s and 1970s, Captain Rocky found a passion for fishing in the clear, shallow saltwater grass flats and pristine mangrove-lined shorelines of the lower west coast of Florida. The purity of fishing resonated deep within his soul: the stillness, the natural beauty of God’s creation, and the lure of the water and the hunt.
Captain Rocky is one of the finest fisherman in Florida, and most is know in the Mosquito Lagoon for his superior fishing technique and knowledge! You’ll love fishing with Captain Rocky!
Captain Peter’s love of fishing was kindled at the tender age of four when his family moved to Brevard County during the space coast “boom” in the mid-1960s. This spark was fanned to flames as he grew up in and around local waters, taking up surfing and developing my East Coast angling skills through the high school and early college years.
In the 1980s, he found another love and settled with her on the beautiful west coast of Florida. This move required me to learn an entirely different fishing environment. For twenty years he honed his West Coast techniques, fishing the mangroves by day and the local bridges by night. Continuing to catch species such as trout, reds and snapper, Peter earned a reputation as a successful big Snook angler. The versatility that comes with forty years of successful fishing experience on both the east and west coasts of Florida.
Redfish are one of the most popular backcountry and flats game fish. Redfish will take a wide variety of flies, lures, and top water plugs. This makes Redfish one of the most sought after fish by light tackle anglers. They are one of the hardest fighting fish on the grass flats.
Snook are seasonal in Florida waters. They can be found in inlets, backcountry mangroves and flats. Snook on light tackle and fly rod are a favorite method for serious anglers. Snook like live bait best like shrimp, crabs and fingerlings but will take artificials and flies.
Speckled trout are a river, backwater and flats favorite. They are good eating and are fun to catch on live shrimp under a popper cork. Speckled trout hit surface lures in the mornings, and buck tails jigs really anytime of the day! Drift fishing across a grass flat- watch out!
Snapper are one of Florida’s most sought after and tasty bottom species. There are a number of snapper varieties and all are good to eat. It takes special tackle and technique to catch these wary fish- they are very sensitive to terminal tackle and presentation of bait. Fluorocarbon leaders are important part of your presentation. Snapper like shrimp, crab and other small crustaceans. Snapper like bottom cover like reefs, wrecks and other structure and can be found in all Florida saltwater bodies.
Tarpon are one of the most exciting and sought after game fish to be found anywhere! The Tarpon is one of the most remarkable sport fish in the world, when hooked they perform acrobatic jumps which defy belief. Spin or fly casting with lures or live bait (crabs or shrimp) and big flies are effective ways to catch Tarpon. Tarpon are generally cooperative eaters, but their bony jaws make it hard to maintain a hook up, the result is that many fish throw the hook after a few jumps. Tarpon are not good to eat, but they are sure fun to catch!
Most all Orlando Inshore Fishing style boats are open, they have no cover or air condition
You are welcome to bring alcohol on board any of our charters, but please avoid bringing glass on board as it poses a safety hazard.
Standard bait is not included unless otherwise specified by Captain
Live bait is typically not included in the price and the cost is the responsibility of the charter although the guides does catch a lot of hi bait for free.
Most all bass boats do NOT have a bathroom (“head”) on board (but are generally close to restrooms while fishing) At anytime with a short notice we can take to you to a marina or restroom facility.
Cancellations & Refunds
If not otherwise specified, our cancellation window is 72 hours or more prior to the charter for standard trips and 14 days or more for over six and yacht trips.
Customers who cancel within the cancellation window will receive a full refund of any amounts paid.
Customers who cancel after the cancellation window expires are responsible for the full amount of the charter, any catering or add ons that have been purchased, plus a 20% gratuity.
We can arrange custom catering on most all trips, ranging from drinks and snacks. Most of the locations also have access to resorts on the water for lunch.
Please contact us for a catering quote.
Children are very much welcome and permitted on all charters and there is no minimum age.
Any fish that are caught on your charters and are legal to take belong to you, Florida State law regulates what you can and cannot keep and your captain will know these.
Food & Beverage
All of our charters provide a cooler with ice for you to store any food or beverage you bring. We also provide bottled water.
A 15-20% gratuity for your Captain is customary and not included in the price.
Everyone on saltwater charters ONLY are cover by state law when purchasing a chartered saltwater trip!
We will provide the exact address of the boat with your confirmation or upon request, locations are subject to change depending on weather.
Due to US Coast Guard regulations allow charter boats a limited to a maximum of four passengers. Many of our boats will only accommodate two or three, this is why its important to let us know at the time of booking so we can get you the biggest boat available.
Unless otherwise stated or discussed, you are chartering the whole boat and there is no additional parties.
Seasickness is another term for motion sickness and typically manifests itself in the form of fatigue, nausea, and vomiting. In the Orlando inshore fishing charters there is no need to be worry about seasickness as the water is calm.