Where the Indian River Lagoon really stands out, is with the incredible diversity of fish species that are found within it, At 685 known species, it has the highest fish diversity of any body of water in North America. While it is common to catch over ten species of fish in a half day trip, Captain Mark’s boat record is currently 22 species caught in a single half day of fishing. Although many species are found year round, some are seasonal, and others are intermittent or rare. While abundant species diversity is the areas unique characteristic, the largest spotted seatrout ever recorded in the world was caught one mile north of Ft. Pierce. The “big four” glamour species are snook, sea trout, redfish, and tarpon, but there are many, many other fish species that can be caught. Whether sight fishing for redfish or tarpon, casting the mangroves and jetty’s for snook, drifting the intracoastal waterway for variety, searching the flats for large seatrout, running the beach for trophy fish, or fishing docks for dinner, there is something for all interests and skill levels.
A few of the additional fish we catch include spanish mackerel, snappers, pompano, permit, bluefish, ladyfish, groupers, sharks, kingfish, cobia, jacks, flounder, sheepshead, barracuda, tripletail, black drum, grunts, Gaff topsail catfish, and even the rare big eyed bonefish that is native to the Lagoon. There are many types of fish to catch ALL YEAR LONG!