Cocoa Beach, Florida Fly Fishing - Fineline Fishing Charters

East Central Florida Fishing Charters near Orlando in Cocoa Beach


Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon

East Central Florida fishing offers a wide variety of light tackle opportunities for every angler whether they're a novice or expert. Thirty minutes east of Orlando, Florida, and just north of Cocoa Beach and south of Daytona Beach the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon surround the Kennedy Space Center complex. They are part of the Canaveral National Seashore and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. This unique area of Florida is the most diverse saltwater estuary in the United States.a wide range of fishing opportunities. Whether you're looking to site fish for monster redfish in the shallows, gator trout over the grass flats, or prefer seasonal fishing excursions for tarpon, snook, Cobia or Kingfish off the beaches, these fisheries rank among the most diverse in the world.

Captain Jim Ross is a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and full time fishing guide. A lifetime of experience fishing near-shore and backwater species with fly and light tackle gear near Orlando, Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach.

Capt. Jim Ross knows how to land massive fish on extremely light gear, and has an International Game Fish Association (IGFA) World Record certificate in the Fly Fishing division to show for it. He's heralded as one of the pioneers credited with bringing shallow water sight fishing to the Indian and Banana Rivers, and Mosquito Lagoon in the early 1980's. For two decades Capt. Jim has been teaching clients these highly productive techniques, creating memorable fishing adventures whenever possible.

Indian River Florida Fishing

Florida FishingRedfish are our most abundant and frequently targeted species and provide a challenging target for sight caster plying our shallow rivers and lagoons. If you can get the bait near them without spooking them, they are aggressive, hard-fighting fish with spool stripping speed. Redfish can be caught all year long in East Central Florida. But some months of the year are better than others. Slot sized fish are usually most abundant in the months of April, May, June, August, September, and October. The spawning ritual usually occurs from mid August to mid October. During this time of the year you can expect to see 400 to 1000 fish in each school. These aggressive 15 to 40 pound (35 to 50+ inch long) fish will devour everything that hits the water in their path. This is the hottest big redfish action you will ever experience in your life.

Speckled Sea Trout

East Central Florida was once known as the Speckled Trout capital of the world. Conservation efforts over the last ten years are helping this once over-harvested species regain its former popularity. Giant specimens known as gators well in excess of 8 pounds are becoming more common every year and the numbers of three to eight pound fish we are catching in the spring and fall months are tell tale signs that this highly prized species is rebounding wonderfully.

Small speckled trout can be targeted throughout the year. Anglers can easily catch double digit numbers when a good sized school is encountered. The best months for the larger gator sized trout are October through May. Especially between cold fronts during December, January, and February and also preceding the new and fullĀ moon phases in March, April, and May

Florida FishingTarpon are a seasonal fish that migrate northward to the "Space Coast" during the warmer months of the year. Tarpon are arranged into two categories; juveniles that weigh between 5 and 50 pounds, and adults that can scale to over 150 pounds. Many of my anglers visiting during the summer months enjoy targeting these highly energetic "silver kings". They are by far the largest and one of the most challenging species to hook and land that we encounter during the year.

Though not as common as redfish and trout, Snook are a prized catch, and are a favorite target of many light tackle anglers visiting Central Florida. Also known as "Linesiders", these fish strike lures, baits, and flies with a vengeance. Snook often get airborne when hooked and can put on quite a show. Common snook range in size from 2 pounds to over 20 pounds.

Black Drum make their appearance during the cooler months of the year. They range in size from juveniles that weigh just a pound or so to adult fish scaling well into the 60 pound range. Black drum can be found in a wide variety of habitats.

Cobia are a seasonal fish that have gained huge popularity in the last few years. They range in size from 10 to 60+ pounds. These highly prized game fish are found in the near shore waters of the Atlantic Ocean and on reefs and wrecks farther offshore.

Florida FishingJack Crevalle's are pound for pound the hardest fighting fish that swims. As a charter captain I've had anglers catch everything from blue gill to blue marlin, and I can honestly say that I believe no other species of fish can compare to this one in the power department.

Tripletail are one of the most unique species of fish we encounter in our near shore waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Tripletail range in size from 1 to 25 pounds and provide great sport on light to medium tackle.

There are various other hard fighting species of fish that can be targeted throughout the year along the near-shore waters of the Atlantic Ocean. They include multiple types of shark, bonito, spanish mackerel, barracuda, snapper, flounder and others. These are all fun fish to catch, but are "seasonal species" along our East central Florida coastline.

East Central Florida Fishing Charters
(up to 4 anglers)

New Skeeter SX-240 bay boat totally redesigned for 2013

Florida FishingCaptain Jim has a New Skeeter SX-240 bay boat totally redesigned for 2013. (seen right). It accommodates up to 4 anglers, is extremely fast, dry, and stable, and has tons of room. It's ideal for the open waters of the Indian and Banana Rivers east of Orlando near Cocoa Beach. This is the boat used when fishing the Atlantic Ocean off of Cocoa Beach for cobia, shark, tarpon, king mackerel, tripletail and other near-shore species.

Captain Jim also has an extremely shallow running 17' tunnel hull style skiff made for stalking fish in the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River and Banana River. This boat is not for everyone. If you have stability or balance issues, or more than two anglers.

What Captain Jim Provides:

Orlando Florida redfish

-Local expert fishing knowledge for species inhabiting the Indian and Banana Rivers and Mosquito Lagoon.
-Fishing licenses for every angler on board.
-Lamiglas fishing rods, Shimano reels, and all other tackle lures, bait and ice.
-Cooler for food and drinks (1 and 2 person parties)
-Complimentary Fineline fishing Charters t-shirts with trip. A $15 value per customer.
-Discounted pricing on release mount(s) (fiberglass replica) services for memorable catches through a local reputable source.


Let's go catch your next memory!


Climb aboard for an action packed light tackle fishing adventure with Capt. Jim Ross. The productive tropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon along Florida's Space Coast just 40 minutes east of Orlando harbor a large variety of hard fighting game fish species that are waiting to give you the fight of a lifetime.

Fishing Charter Rates

Flats/Backcountry Trip (based on 1 or 2 anglers)*
Half day (4 hours) $395
3/4 day (6 hours) $475
Full day (8 hours) N/A
3rd & 4th angler $50 each
Tarpon, Cobia, and Near Shore Trips (based on 1 to 2 anglers)*
Half day (5 hours) $500
Full day (8 hours) $600
3rd & 4th angler $50 each
Max 4 Anglers On Single Boat Flats & Nearshore Trips

Book an East Central Florida fishing charter near Orlando and join the ranks of satisfied fishermen that return time and time again to enjoy the action that our fishery provides.