Central Florida Flats and Inshore Fishing
 

Fish the famous Florida flats near Orlando

Our flats are famous, and my most popular fishing charter is on the famed Indian River Lagoon--pure saltwater, and awesome fishing!

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Website Created by Keith Kalbfleisch
Copyright 2001 Saltwater Adventures of Central Florida. All rights reserved.
Revised: 01/26/14.

What is "Inshore" or "Flats"?

Fish the famous Florida flats near OrlandoFlorida is blessed with a unique fishery in its shallow backwater and lagoon systems.  Imagine shallow saltwater lake-like lagoons, with unique fish, birds, and plants.  The areas we primarily fish near Orlando is the famous Northern Indian River system.  By shallow, we mean that most of our fishing is done in less than two feet of water!  Because of Fish the famous Florida flats near Orlandoits sheltered properties, inshore waters can often be fished when it is impossible to fish offshore or nearshore.  It also has calm water, so if you have problems with the "Mal de Mar", sea sickness, you will not have any problems.

 

But can you catch fish?  YES! Commonly we catch top saltwater fighters like:

Spotted Seatrout, Fish the famous Florida flats near Orlando  Fish the famous Florida flats near Orlando

 Redfish, Fish the famous Florida flats near Orlando

 

Black Drum, Fish the famous Florida flats near Orlando

and perhaps less likely, but still possible, other gamefish like Tarpon, Snook, Jack Crevalle, and Ladyfish.  

Fish the famous Florida flats near OrlandoFish the famous Florida flats near OrlandoRedfish are the primary fish of choice on our flats, as they are spooky, powerful fish that are a blast to catch.  These fine gamefish are bulldogging fighters with wide shoulders and beautiful coloration  They are copper-backed, silver-sided, white-Fish the famous Florida flats near Orlandobellied, golden-eyed beauties with a blue-tinged tail and a distinctive spot.  The Indian River Lagoon system is one of the few places that a truly large mature redfish can be caught on the flats due to the land-locked nature of this pristine system. 

All of these fish are caught in just a few inches of water on ultralight fishing gear.  We primarily use 6-8 lb test line on rods and reels most people would think are sized more appropriately for small freshwater trout streams.  These fish will commonly take over a hundred feet of line on a run, and on the flats there's nowhere for them to go but speeding away!

Fish the famous Florida flats near OrlandoMost people use spinning gear, but if you wish to use a fly rod, the gear is available, and Captain Keith ties his own flies to best match the forage in the area.

There are two ways to fish our flats--lures or bait.  Fishing the flats with lures can be very close to hunting, as Capt. Keith silently poles you along the shoreline in The MTC sneaking up on fish.  You carefully present your lure or fly to the fish, perhaps a tailing redfish, and WHAM!  Fish on!  Similarly, you may be casting to hidden fish lying in potholes in the skinny water, never knowing when a camouflaged spotted seatrout may pounce on your lure.  Fish the famous Florida flats near OrlandoSince our fish are extremely wary, you must be able to make long, accurate casts--this can be extremely challenging and exciting fishing.

The other way to catch our wary fish is "Flats Trolling".  Capt. Keith will put you into key feeding areas with bait, quietly waiting for fish to come to you.  This is a laid-back approach that can still provide excitement as that big one takes off, making the reel scream and waking you from your dozing in the warm sun.  It is also perfect for children and anglers with less experience.  While you wait you will see a variety of birds, stingrays, crabs, and maybe dolphins.  This is quiet, relaxing, private fishing.

Fish the famous Florida flats near Orlando

While on the flats near Orlando, you may also see some unusual Florida wildlife such as raccoons, manatees, porpoises, stingrays, horseshoe crabs, a variety of non-game fish, and a plethora of birds including Ospreys and Bald Eagles.  It is a Florida paradise that is fun, interesting, and has some big fish! 

Fish the famous Florida flats near Orlando

Fish the famous Florida flats near Orlando

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Fish the famous Florida flats near Orlando