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The diversity of Fish in the Indian River Lagoon

Catching Sheepshead on our fishing charter tour.

Fishing is a great way to enjoy Florida’s picturesque Indian River Lagoon. With our unique fishing charters, Banana River Boat Tours offers the perfect way for fishing enthusiasts to take advantage of this incredible environment.

For those unfamiliar with the area, The Indian River Lagoon is home to a variety of fish. The waters are filled with small tarpon, trout, snook, redfish, black drum, sheepshead, tarpon, pompano, and more.

Whether you are using artificial or live bait, it is essential to know what type of fish you hope to catch before heading out on your trip.


When most anglers think of a typical Florida inshore fishing trip, they imagine this hard-fighting type of fish. They enjoy shallow, grassy waters. Thus the Indian River ticks all the boxes when it comes to this fish’s ideal environment.

Redfish are known to hit various bait, but most prefer shrimp as they are bottom feeders.

Shrimp, crabs, and mullet can all be used as bait for redfish.

Speckled Trout

The Indian River Speckled Trout fishing is world-famous, and deservedly so. Speck, the Florida state record, was caught here, weighing in at over 17 pounds. Satisfy your fishing hunger with this catch of the day!


The Indian River Lagoon is home to a large population of small-sized flounders, known as sand perch among anglers. These fish can be found in holes and pockets close to oyster bars or other structures on shallow flats. 

The following are the best bait to catch flounder:

  • minnow/squid
  • live finger mullet
  • live spot
  • shrimp


The snook is a much sought-after species known for its fighting abilities. Snooks are often caught in similar locations as redfish or trout but can be found in all areas of the lagoon where there is structure to provide them with ambush points.

Try fishing dock lights for Snook for the best chances of success. Bottom jigs or swimmer bait, artificial crabs and shrimp, or live bait such as menhaden, mullet, or sardines can be used. 

When Snook is active in the summer, you can get lucky casting topwater baits and plugs.

Benefits of a Fishing Charter

When it comes to fishing in the Indian River Lagoon, it’s just not the same as fishing in other waters. 

That is why it is best to hire a professional for your next trip here. It’s imperative to have someone who can teach you how to catch these fish and share with you their local knowledge of where they tend to hide!

Benefits of hiring a professional fishing charter include:

  • no need for a license
  • experienced professionals who can provide the ultimate experience
  • variety of locations
  • a private fishing experience!
  • an excellent guide for beginners or experts
  • and more!

Why Banana River Boat Tours?

When you receive a fishing charter service from Banana River Boat Tours, you will receive a crash course and be prepared to reel in the ultimate catch!

Our experienced captain is always ready to teach you everything you need to know about fishing in this area. We provide our clients with all the necessary equipment and tackle so that they can get on their way to catching fish after just a few minutes of instruction.

Our charter staff will ensure your safety throughout every aspect of each fishing experience. 

You’ll also see many different types of wildlife along the Banana River Lagoon while learning more about Florida’s ecology through stories from your guide as well as historical points of interest.

Our Experienced Team

Our guides will take you to the best fishing spots on the river. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, you’ll either catch fish or have a great time trying. 

We’ll teach beginners how to cast, bait their hooks, and even remove their fish from the hook, but not before you take some fish selfies. 

There’s no need to worry if you don’t have a fishing license. Our license covers you and your entire crew.

During our Guided Fishing Tours Cocoa Beach experience, you’ll be fishing for snook, redfish, sea trout, tarpon, sheepshead, flounder, and other species.

Enjoy the River

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the amazing one-of-a-kind sights and sounds of the Indian River Lagoon if you aren’t a fisherman but the rest of your crew is. Snowy white egrets, great blue herons, kingfishers, and osprey will captivate you with their majestic beauty and skill. Book your Cocoa Beach Fishing Tours trip today and spend the day fishing in one of Florida’s most diverse and vibrant waterways. 

Book With Us Today

For a fun and exciting fishing charter, book an excursion tour onboard Banana River Boat Tours today! Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly trip or an adults-only trip, we can accommodate you. Call us at 321-759- TOUR or email us at

Cancellation Policy

We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Should you need to cancel your reservation or change the number of people at your party, please allow us at least 24 hours’ notice. If you book by phone, we will take your credit card number to hold your seats and confirm your reservation.

 If you cancel or change your group size within 24 hours of your scheduled tour time or do not show up for your tour, you will be charged the total price for the tour. When purchasing in advance, we will gladly refund you as long as you cancel or make adjustments to your reservation at least 24 hours before your tour. In the event that we need to cancel your tour due to weather, you will not be charged.


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