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Fishing the Banana River Lagoon with Captain Frank Catino

From the north, starting at the Ponce De Leon Inlet to the southern segment of Indian River Lagoon at Port St. Lucie Inlet, you can find some of the finest nearshore and flats fishing. The IRL is composed of lagoons, river mouths, canals, inlets and ocean influence, typically broken down into three segments, Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and Indian River Lagoon.

Primary Fish Caught
Spotted Sea Trout
Snook
Tarpon
Redfish

Primary Tackle Used
Fly fishing
Spinning rod
Bait casting

Special Features
Shallow water
Grass flats
Oyster beds

The Banana River Lagoon

The Banana River is part of the Indian River Lagoon system. Characterized by its long, narrow shape, this estuary is bordered by barrier islands on the east and on the west by Merritt Island. The Banana River lagoon's northern section is connected to the Banana Creek, that meanders through the Kennedy Space Center and connects to the Indian River Lagoon. This Brevard County waterway is comprised of salt marshes, mangroves, swamps, sea grasses, oyster beds and spoil islands.

The Banana River is home to over 400 species of fish, hundreds of types of mollusk, shrimp and crabs, making it a highly diverse waterway. With over 45 square miles or nearly 30,000 acres of fishing area, the Banana River makes for great fly fishing or light tackle fishing. The more than 50 spoil islands provide great fishing potential for shallow water anglers.