Guided fishing trips on the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon for Redfish, Snook, Speckled Trout, Tarpon, or Black Drum
Looking for an
Orlando Fishing Guide
while visiting our tourist destinations of Orlando, Cocoa Beach or Daytona? Please consider an Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon fishing guide. Capt. Mark Wright is a full-time Titusville fishing guide who provides enjoyable angling experiences from Central Florida’s East Coast on the fabled waters of the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon. It is here that anglers come to sample the incredible fishery that has made Titusville, FL one of the premier Redfish fishing destinations in the World!
Let a full time guide with a lifetime of Florida fishing knowledge put you onto great fishing action!
Capt. Mark has been fishing the 160+ mile length of the fabled Indian River Lagoon System since 1970. He brings a lifetime of sport-fishing experience and over 10 years of commercial fishing knowledge to your day on the water. While Capt. Mark is locally known for finding the GIANT redfish this area is famous for he is equally adept at finding the slot-sized redfish that most anglers prefer. Another specialty to mention is fishing for trout in the summer months using live pigfish, which Capt. Mark traps himself.
Two Boats to choose from
The Banshee Extreme flats boat by Ranger Boats accommodates two anglers. Built for the CLIENTS comfort this boat is the perfect performance boat for the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon. The boat is very stable and will never feel like it is tipping over. Alternatively, for parties of up to four, or trips off the beach, or if you don’t feel comfortable in a low-profile “flats skiff”, a well appointed 21 ft. bay boat is available (inset picture). The high sides allow for an extra measure of safety & comfort. Non-boaters, the very young, and elderly passengers will feel secure using the convenient grab rails to move freely about the cockpit.
Rates starting as low as $300 – See full price list here.
Multi-boat trips are available. Call Capt. Mark for details. Online booking is available for your convenience.
Frank gave the trout a real spanking on a recent trip with Capt. Mark Wright. Getting the timing right on the “warm-up” resulted in well over a two man limit on upper slot trout and several redfish!
The winter season is in full force. Water levels are low and water clarity is quite good in most areas. So far we’ve had a fairly cold season with at least two major cold fronts knocking the water temps into the forty degree range.
The good news here is once the water temperatures rise into the upper fifties again the fish typically go on a feeding binge! I try to time my starting time to allow us to start fishing as near this threshold as possible. If our timing is right and we find fish right away we can expect a good trip.
Starting a bit too early is not necessarily a bad thing. If you’ve managed to find an area holding fish that won’t bite it’s fairly easy to wait them out. It’s amazing at times what an extra degree or two does to a cold fish’s mood…
Think small, especially in clear water. I keep a rod rigged with a three inch Z-Man Minnowz and another rigged with an EZ Shrimpz. Unless we’re in an area with lots of dead grass on the bottom they’ll be rigged on 1/6 ounce Headlockz jig-heads. If dead grass is an issue I’ll rig them in weedless fashion using EZ Keeperz hooks. Lead your target by several feet and manipulate the lure slowly into your targets path. Even in the cold water the bite is often vicious!
Joe lost count of the weakfish he caught on recent trip with Capt. Mark Wright.
Happy New Year, fisher folk!
As we progress into Florida’s version of winter it will be important to adjust our fishing techniques a bit. Cooler water temps trigger a mass exodus of our remaining silver mullet schools and indeed most of our other common baitfish of the shallows. Yes, some will stick around and of course our common mud minnow population will be unconcerned with cooler water temps.
Shrimp will become the most sought after food supply of our shallow water predators. Crabs, clams and snails will also be high on the menu list for redfish and black drum. It’s true these shellfish are eaten all year, but it’s in the winter months they become a staple food source.
Think small when using lures. I tend to throw soft plastic three or four inch shrimp and three inch minnow baits; by Z-Man of course! Work them slowly and vary your retrieve between slow and steady and stop and go.
Obviously, a live shrimp is a fantastic choice to offer tailing redfish and black drum. I typically tail hook them on a 2/0 or 3/0 circle hook. The shrimp does not need to be huge. If I’m able to cast them I’m happy with their size. However, if targeting a gator sized trout laid up in the sand or trophy redfish you’ll be hard pressed to find a shrimp too large.
A great ending to productive charter with Capt. Mark Wright.
Finally, October is here. When asked what my favorite time of year to fish our local waters my answer is April, May, June and OCTOBER!
October is special because there is so much happening throughout central Florida. It’s simply a “fishy” time of year. Anglers can target every species of fish common to the flats of the North Indian River Lagoon with a high probability of success finding and catching them.
Cooler nighttime air temps help bring water temps down to favorable levels which kick the fish’s metabolism into overdrive. They need to feed and there is plenty of food available.
While fingerling mullet is likely the most abundant food source at this time it’s certainly not the only. Pinfish, pigfish, mud minnows, glass minnows and shrimp are also prolific and they all are eagerly eaten.
For those of us who enjoy fooling fish with manmade “lures” it’s tough to make a poor choice as long as you’re using a lure of an appropriate size. My people have been achieving great results with four inch shad tails like Z-Man’s Diezel Minnowz and five inch scented Jerk Shadz. Rigged on an EZ Keeperz weighted hook these combos are extremely effective!
Cody catches a great redfish on his first fishing charter!
Fishing has been generally good if not a bit sporadic this late summer and September will undoubtedly be the same.
Z-Man Diezel Minnowz and Grass Kickerz have been producing well on spotted seatrout and redfish alike. Married to an appropriately sized EZ Keeperz hook these lures are user friendly and productive. A steady retrieve works well, though I’m personally fond of the reel/stop/reel approach. Letting the lure rest a moment or two on the bottom often results in solid, aggressive bites!
The early morning top-water bite is still great if you can find an area holding lots of small mullet without too much floating grass.
The big redfish are becoming quite active in their usual haunts and by the time this article hits the streets expect the spawning season to be underway.
The Haulover Canal is the pass way for these breeding fish to join together with the breeders of the IRL. Those anglers not comfortable negotiating the shallows of the Mosquito Lagoon have a great opportunity to catch a trophy here as the big reds travel back and forth through the canal. LIVE mullet, pinfish and blue crabs are prime baits that the bait stealers tend to ignore.
DJ with a typical top-water seatrout caught recently with Capt. Mark Wright
True summer is upon us in July and summer means hot air and hot water temperatures along with low water levels. Yes, rain will influence water levels to some degree, but only on a temporary basis.
This rain driven rise and fall of summer water levels is not a tidal experience, though it’s the nearest thing to it in our waters and sometimes spurs on great feeding activity.
After major rainfalls the prudent angler will look for feeding redfish, trout, snook, ladyfish and juvenile tarpon wherever water is flowing. While culvert pipes are well known for gathering feeding predators they are but one option.
Creek mouths whether embellished with culverts or not are potential hot spots. Blind creek mouths are my favorite because most people do not know they are there. Being overgrown with mangrove trees or pepper trees keeps them hidden from view, but does little to stem the flow of water leaving the mainland and draining into the lagoons.
Lastly, troughs formed between back-water islands that happen to channel water into the open lagoon can be magical. Learning to recognize when to be in these spots will up your catch exponentially.
Since these areas often are structure oriented I seldom use my ultralight gear and tend to go with ten or fifteen pound braid outfits. The extra strength helps with convincing a larger than normal specimen to come out of the tangles…
For me three and four inch soft plastic swimming baits rigged weedless are ideal. Most of the minnows swept into the open lagoon waters are on the small side.
Of course, Z-Man Minnows, Diezel Minnowz and Curly Tailz will all catch fish here and are extremely easy for anyone to manipulate; simply cast and retrieve!
Tony enjoyed a fun morning catching tailing redfish recently with Capt. Mark
The water clarity (at least at the time I’m writing this) in the south ‘goon is surprisingly clear. In fact, visibility has been good to great for several months. I’m hoping the Mosquito is rebounding from the water quality issues of the past several years. Hopeful as I am I’m far from certain the worst is behind us.
Recent rainfall has not yet (I’m writing this in early June) spoiled our water clarity. I’m happy to say it’s been a pleasure SEEING the blue edged tails of redfish as they cruise by!
While we’re still catching good numbers of spotted seatrout on top-water plugs and soft plastic lures it’s the tailing redfish schools I’m excited over. Tailing reds have been eagerly eating weedless rigged Z-Man EZ Shrimpz, color has not been that important!
The redfish have been on the move and just because you found plenty in your favorite spot yesterday does not mean they’ll be there today. A drastic change in wind direction or water levels may dictate the fish move to a more suitable location.
Be strategic in your search if yesterday’s fish have moved. Dropping water levels might have placed them nearby in slightly deeper water where they are happier. If a stiff breeze moved them look up-wind from your hot spot until you find sheltered water at a depth that makes them happy.
For those visiting the area or looking in from Orlando, the Indian River & Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Charters are a sight-fisherman’s dream come true, with expansive shallow flats. These pristine estuaries are a short drive from Orlando, Fl. Located just 45 minutes east of Orlando International Airport, 1 hour south of Daytona International Speedway and 45 minutes north of world famous Cocoa Beach, lies the city of Titusville, which rests in the shadows of Kennedy Space Center. It is from here that Capt. Mark offers Orlando fishing charters light tackle inshore sport-fishing trips for redfish and trout all year. Inshore fishing for tarpon, snook, jacks, ladyfish and black drum are also available on a seasonal basis.
Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Charters for Orlando Visitors
The awe and inspiration of the Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River Lagoon is health food for the soul. Bottlenose dolphin, manatees and alligators often swim with us as wading birds stalk the shorelines and pelicans and seagulls fly by or dive around us. While the fishing may be the highlight of your trip the wildlife will be an incredible bonus!
Our Fishing Charters
For those of you looking to target larger game fish Capt. Mark also offers near shore trips. The beaches off of Cocoa Beach offer a wide variety of seasonal game fish. Kingfish, tarpon, cobia, and triple tail are just some of the hard fighting varieties available. All near shore trips leave out of Port Canaveral which is just a short 40 minute drive from Orlando, FL.
Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Charters & Orlando Fishing Charters Details Fishing trips may be custom tailored to YOUR needs or preferences and skill levels. The use of live or natural baits as well as artificial lures will be employed as necessary or at the Client’s request. Capt. Mark will do “whatever it takes” to put fish in the boat for his diehard clients. If kicking back and letting the fish come to you is more your style Capt. Mark can tailor your trip to that laid back attitude.
For those who truly want to learn the ropes of flats fishing, instructional charters are offered. Here, emphasis is placed on the teachings of flats fishing rather than the catching. This will effectively shave years off of the learning curve of the trial and error method of becoming an accomplished angler!
Orlando Fishing Charters
Only a short drive from Orlando, Daytona or Cocoa Beach and only 2 ½ hours from Tampa, Titusville is an easy reach for the angler looking for an adventure or just a relaxing day of no stress fun! For more information on what to expect on your trip please check out the “Trip Details” portion of this website.
The Orlando Fishing Experience
Our Orlando guests can expect a fishing trip that caters to both family and excitement. Keeping the rods busy is Captain Mark’s specialty, and when first-time clients fish with us, they become lifelong clients. As part of your Orlando visit you really should consider a fishing trip here on the nearby coast. Aside from fishing, you can expect to view wildlife, sea life, and create a memory that will add to the value of your Orlando vacation. If you’re bringing the kids, Captain Mark will ensure they have a great time both in the boat and on their fishing rods.
What kind of fish can we catch?
For inshore, Redfish, Snook, Speckled Trout, Tarpon, or Black Drum are the fish we often target. We often see additional catches of snapper, jack crevalle, small sharks, and a fun favorite for the kids – lady fish. There are also many other species that inhabit these lagoon’s – something is biting all year. For nearshore Kingfish, Cobia and (bigger) Tarpon are the usual goals – but this part of the fishery can offer many surprises for those who wish to take this trip.
Can we keep the fish?
Most of our targeted species have bag and size limits and/or season dates. As long as your catch follows along with the state’s set rules, YES – you can keep your catch if you desire to do so.
How much is it to go fishing from Orlando?
Our fishing charter rates start as low as $300 – See the full price list here.
Orlando Fishing Charters
Fishing charters for Orlando visitors are available a short distance away. The fishing here in the Mosquito Lagoon is phenomenal, and should not be missed by any Orlando visitor.
For your convenience we have an online reservation system which allows you to check availability, reserve your date, and pay your deposit. We also offer gift certificates that can be purchased online and delivered to your email address on the same day as your purchase. Please check the “Reservations” and “Gift Certificates” portion of this web site for more details.
LOCAL anglers can save $$ by fishing on Capt. Mark’s Schedule!
Local anglers who are able to fish on Capt. Mark’s schedule and with short notice are invited to register for the SCOUTING TRIP CHARTER SERVICE. As Capt. Mark endeavors to keep abreast of the best bite he is frequently “scouting” for redfish, spotted seatrout, black drum and more. These trips average 4 hours and are priced at $125 per person. Please keep in mind you may be “sharing” the bow with another on the “list”. Send Capt. Mark an email to be included!