Banana River Lagoon

Capt. Jim Ross

As the winter cools the waters of this portion of the lagoon look for trout, black drum, snook, and redfish to move into residential canals where they are protected from the north winds that will surely come. Live shrimp or jigs tipped with shrimp are two of the best options for landing each of these types of fish. Assassin sot plastic sea shad ranging from 2 to 4-inches in length are also great lures to cast near drop-offs, mangrove edges, and docks within the various canals in the Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach areas. Between fronts look for black drum, redfish, trout, and potentially some nice sized pompano on the 2 to 4-foot deep flats. The reds and trout will usually hit mullet, pinfish, and shrimp, and the pompano and drum will strike cut clam and sand fleas rigged on a jig head.

Capt. Jim Ross
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