Capt. Frank Catino

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in the Orlando area, Florida

Capt. Frank Catino

Overview

Go fly fishing in East Central Florida and enjoy the expertise of Orvis-endorsed guide Capt. Frank Catino.

The Mosquito Lagoon
Over 20,000 acres of grass-covered flats make the Mosquito Lagoon a fisherman's dream. Fly fishing, sight fishing and light tackle fishing are excellent; it's said that Mosquito Lagoon has the best redfish and spotted trout fishing in the world! This shallow water salty lagoon lies within the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, and as such it gives the sight fisherman some of the best conditions.

Indian River Lagoon
The main body of water that comprises the Indian River Lagoon is about 125 miles long, starting roughly at the City of Titusville at the northern end to Fort Pierce inlet, at the southern end. Known for its pristine water, sight and fly fishing, along with bait casting, are outstanding, a great experience for any fisherman.

You can find great year-round fishing along mangrove-lined shores, grassy flats, and spoil island rims. Fish for redfish, snook, trout, and tarpon.

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 consists 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.

Indian River Lagoon at Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, and Stuart
The Vero Beach to Fort Pierce Inlet area of the Indian River Lagoon is the southernmost portion of the Lagoon system and is characterized by a more tropical feel. With the Fort Pierce Inlet approximately 20 miles south of Sebastian Inlet, the influence of the tidal changes is more apparent. In this area can be found larger redfish, tarpon, and especially snook. This region is dotted with mangrove islands, grass flats, and shallow shorelines.

FAQs

Season:

Year-round: Redfish, trout Spring, Summer, Fall: Snook, tarpon

Species:

  • Target Species
  • Redfish
  • Tarpon
  • Snook
  • Trout

Region/Terrain:

The Mosquito Lagoon
Grass covered flats make the Mosquito Lagoon a fisherman's dream. Fly fishing and light tackle fishing for redfish and spotted sea trout are excellent. Sightfishing conditions are idea

Indian River Lagoon
This main portion of the lagoon system offers a variety of fishing enviroments. Great year-round fly fishing for redfish or trout, tarpon too, when warmer.

Banana River Lagoon
Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach waterways offer excellent fishing. The natural beauty and serious fishing make the No Motor Zone a great day trip.

Sebastian Inlet Fishing
Snook fishing in the fall is unmatched. Large tarpon and redfish can be found almost anytime.

Vero Beach, Stuart and Ft. Pierce Fishing
The far south parts of the Indian River Lagoon, hold big tarpon and snook.

Typical Weather:

  • Winter: Mild days, cool nights
  • Spring: Warm days, mild nights
  • Summer: Hot days, warm nights
  • Fall: Mild days and nights

Rates:

Rates start from:

  • $350 - Half Day
  • $450 - 3/4 Day
  • $550 - Full Day

What is Provided:

All equipment, fishing tackle, as well as a Florida state fishing license for up to three people. Only the finest spinning and fly tackle are used.

Gear Recommendations:

  • Fly tackle from 6 wt. rods to 10 wt.
  • Floating lines are recommended.
  • Spinning tackle, 7 ft. rods, 6 lb. to 15 lb. test line.

What to Bring:

Polarized sunglasses are best, hat and suitable layers for changing conditions, rain jacket, outdoor, deck or tennis shoes, camera.

Additional Activities:

We offer custom Airboat Wildlife Tours. Along with custom freshwater bass fishing trips. http://www.stjohnswildlifetours.com

Reviews

Capt. Frank Catino
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
468 St. Johns Dr.
Satellite Beach (Orlando area), FL
321-223-7700
321-777-2793

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