Banana River Lagoon Fishing Report: June 2015

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If the water clarity remain as good as it was last month anglers should continue to see an increase in the numbers of trout and redfish that take up residence in the Banana River Lagoon this month. Clean, clear water is what allows the sea grass beds to flourish, and in turn the grass is what holds the shrimp, clams, crabs, and small bait fish that larger predators feed upon. Redfish should be found near docks, rocky areas, and mangrove covered shorelines or islands throughout the Newfound Harbor and 1000 island areas.

Fish near glass minnow or fingerling mullet bait pods when possible. Topwater plugs Like the Rapala Skitterwalk usually work at first light and again at dusk. Through the middle of the day Saltwater Assassin soft plastic jerk baits rigged on a weedless hook or a sea shad tail rigged on a jig head or weedless swim bait hook are often effective for these fish. Slot sized trout can also be expected when targeting redfish with these types of lures. Live shrimp or live fingerling mullet are good choices if you are not proficient with using these types of artificial lures. Schools of speckled Trout will also strike lipped diving plugs that run 1 to 3-feet deep. I like the Rapala X-Rap size 08 or 10 in the olive green, clown, or glass ghost color patterns. Anglers can avoid the dreaded puffer attacks when using these types of lures over the open grass flats in 3 to 5-feet of water. Ladyfish and jack will strike them as well. To give them a little extra attracting power spread some Pro-Cure “mullet” or “inshore” flavored scent on these hard plastic lures and hang on!!

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