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King Fish and Mackerel Ocean Fishing In Florida

Monday April 23, 2018

Florida's east coast near Daytona Beach offers some of the best King Mackerel angling opportunities for vacationing anglers. King Mackerel or "King Fish" as we refer to them in the southeast are enjoyable to catch and eat and can be caught almost all year around in Daytona's Atlantic Ocean waters.

During Daytona's summer months kingfish move in toward the beach to spawn and feast on the bait pods close to the shoreline. This summertime fishing is a great way to introduce anglers to fun fishing within sight of land and during the calmer time of the year. It's also a great time to pursue other nearshore fish like snook, jack crevalle and the aerobatic tarpon.

Winter fishing for king mackerel can still be productive, but finding a window of opportunity between cold fronts and breezy days are more difficult. Lagooner Guides tend to concentrate on kingfish during the warmer calmer months and look inshore during the fall and winter months near Daytona.

Whether you're visiting Daytona or live in the Daytona Beach area year around, King Mackerel is almost a sure bet for the angler wishing to venture out to the ocean for an enjoyable day of fishing off Florida's east coast. Call Captain Gina today and ask her about the fishing opportunities around Daytona Beach.

When is the best time to fish in Florida?

Florida's blessed with year around good fishing depending on what species of fish you're seeking out. Central Florida's east coast has plenty of month-to-month fishing but it's most consistent inshore fishing has to be the redfish of the intracoastal waterway in the Banana, Mosquito and Indian River lagoons. The ocean has plenty to offer but the most abundant fishery is probably the King Mackerel or kingfish. Summertime fishing for kingfish along the beaches and inshore reefs and wrecks is a popular event for those seeking larger more pelagic opportunities. Cobia can be an exciting and abundant fish during certain times in the spring and summer off Florida's Space Coast too.

Kingfish are colored iridescent bluish green on their backs with silvery sides a streamlined body and tapered heads. There is no black color on front of dorsal fins and lateral line starts high and drops sharply below the second dorsal fin. Young kingfish often have yellow spots like those of the Spanish mackerel.

East Central Florida host some of the best King Mackerel fishing in the United States. Lagooner Fishing Guides prides itself in our kingfish charter fishing tactics with live bait in the summer and fall months. One of the most enjoyable angling opportunities in Florida, the king mackerel has a prestigious and renowned tournament circuit targeting this species. The SKF or Southern Kingfish Association holds at least one tournament in the Canaveral area because of the consistency of the fishery.

Kings are found NEARSHORE and OFFSHORE and occasionally taken from piers running into deeper water. During the summer months off Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach you can often find large (smoker) kingfish within a mile of the beach and just beyond the breakers. Most of the time kingfish can be caught along the ridges and wrecks offshore of Florida's East Coast.


Kings are schooling fish that migrate fom south Florida waters in winter to more northerly waters in spring. Gulf population thought to be separate from Atlantic population, with considerable mixing in winter from Cape Canaveral past Key West. Kingfish spawns in midsummer OFFSHORE and feeds on small fish and squid.

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24" to fork in tail minimum size limit, limit of two per angler per day.

State Record

90 lbs.

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Vacations are meant to be a way to "get away and relax", that's why Lagooner Fishing Guides prides itself with helping customers with their vacation plans to the Daytona Florida area. We take care of it all from the when and where's to what equipment and boats to use for each situation. After all it's your fishing trip and it should be easy. Call us or fill out the form on this page for additional information. Our belief is that a fishing trip should be an easy thing and no worries about what to bring other than your favorite food and/or beverage. Call Lagooner Fishing Guides and reserve a date today!

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April - 2018 Fishing Forecast

April flowers and spring fishing have taken over the Banana River Lagoon during and this month is a smorgasborg of fishing for anglers as the water temperatures are rising and spring is in the air. Look for the Banana River to produce some very nice Sea Trout and great redfish as both species are starting to move away from the deeper winter haunts and into the flats near sandbars and islands. Snook may be a great challenge for anglers that can cast accuratley against mangroves and docks.

NOTE: Cobia and Dorado are good opportunities for anglers during the this time of year in the offshore waters near the Banana River Lagoon.

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Inshore and Offshore Charter Fishing near Orlando and Cocoa Beach, Florida. Catch redfish, sea trout, tarpon, snook and many other saltwater gamefish aboard the world famous Lagooner flats fishing boat with renowned Captain Richard Bradley.

Great day with a great Captain! - No matter your skill level....Richard does an awesome job of putting you on fish! He is professional, courteous and always a ton of fun and laughter! If you are looking for a fun day on the water....a family outing....or serious fishing....Richard is your guy!
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