Cocoa Beach, Mosquito Lagoon, and Orlando Fishing Charters


Fineline Fishing Charters with Captain Jim Ross and Captain Justin Ross is centrally located to some of the best fishing in the entire state of Florida. Serving clients from the Orlando, Cocoa Beach, and Daytona areas, our charters in the Mosquito, Indian, and Banana River Lagoons offer fantastic fishing opportunities inshore and we also offer seasonal near-shore offerings as well. Vacationers and residents alike will find just the right fishing excursion to suit their needs.


Whether you are a family looking for a fun day on the water, or a pro looking to adventure into this part of Florida, you can be assured that both Captains will be friendly, professional, and knowledgeable to make sure your trip is simply the best.


Explore our favorite trip types below, and then give us a call at 321 636 3728 or reserve your trip online. The calendar is up to date with real time availability for the type of trip your looking for, so don’t wait, get started fishing with us today!

Inshore & Backcountry
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We offer stellar fishing for Bull Redfish, Sea Trout, and monster Jack Crevalle’s in the East Central Florida area.

Tarpon & Seasonal

Our seasonal fishing excursions include fishing for Tarpon, Snook, Cobia or Kingfish off the beaches. Something is always biting!

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Popular Species in the Mosquito Lagoon & Cocoa Beach Fisheries

Two generations of captains at Fineline Fishing charters offer excursions that target all of Florida’s popular inshore and nearshore species. These fish are a staple of our fishing charters, but are only a small window into the diversity of these fisheries as a whole. These trips are also a favorite for our Orlando visitors as the drive isn’t far and the fishing is simply the finest available in the area. This is a great way to cap off your Orlando vacation, and catch a memory that will last until the next time you visit us. Some of our species listed are edible and others are purely game species that we catch for the sport of it, but either way we want to make sure you get the best experience possible.


Redfish are the staple of our inshore fishery in the Indian River, Banana River, and Mosquito Lagoon. Thirty minutes east of Orlando, Florida, and just north of Cocoa Beach, these three bodies of water surround the Kennedy Space Center complex.

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Speckled Sea Trout

The waters of the Indian River, Banana River, and Mosquito Lagoon are home to some of the largest Speckled Trout found anywhere in the US. They are unquestionably the most popular game fish in the state.


Tarpon are a “seasonal” species that add variety to the types of fish we encounter throughout the year in our lagoons and near shore Atlantic Ocean waters. They are usually available during the warmer months of the year (April through November),


Snook can be found in all of the salt and brackish waters in Central Florida. The three smaller species (swordspine, fat, and tarpon) and many of the small “common” snook prefer to hide in backwater creeks and canals.

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Black Drum

Black drum are generally a “seasonal” fish that we rely on to add a little spice to our winter time fishery. Due to enhanced regulations on this species, we are seeing an increase in the number of slot sized fish we are catching over the past few years.


Cobia are found only in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in this portion of Florida They are generally present anytime the water temperature readings are above the 68 degree mark. We generally have a “Spring” (Feb-March) and a “Fall” (Oct-December).

Jack Crevalle

Crevalle Jack are closely related to Pompano, Permit, Amberjack and other edible fishes, but they have ZERO food value. In my opinion, these fish are pound for pound the best fighting fish that swims in any water anywhere in the world. Period!


Tripletail are another “seasonal” fish that are extremely underestimated fish when it come to shear pulling power. They are often spotted laying motionless on the water’s surface. When presented with a bait they often take their time trying to eat it.

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Other Species

There are various other hard fighting species of fish that can be targeted throughout the year along the near-shore waters of the Atlantic Ocean. They include multiple types of shark, bonito, spanish mackerel, barracuda, snapper, flounder and more.

Cocoa Beach, Mosquito Lagoon, and Orlando Fishing Guide

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Top Area Fishing Guide

Join Cocoa Beach, Daytona, and Orlando fishing guide, Capt. Jim Ross, on the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, or beaches for the Speckled trout, Redfish, Snook, or Tarpon fishing trip of a lifetime. Located just minutes east of Orlando, south of Daytona Beach, and north of Cocoa Beach, Florida, the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon offer a wide range of fishing opportunities.


Whether you’re looking to “site fish” for monster redfish in the shallows, gator trout over the grass flats, or prefer seasonal fishing excursions for tarpon, snook, Cobia or Kingfish off the beaches, these fisheries rank among the most diverse in the world.

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Capt. Jim Ross

Capt. Jim Ross knows how to land massive fish on extremely light gear, and has an International Game Fish Association (IGFA) World Record certificate in the Fly Fishing division to show for it. He is also one of the few anglers to ever land a blue Marlin on a fly rod on his first attempt.


He’s heralded as one of the “pioneers” credited with bringing shallow water “sight” fishing to the Indian and Banana Rivers, and Mosquito Lagoon in the late 1980’s after learning these techniques on his frequent trips to Islamorada in the Florida Keys. For two decades Capt. Jim has been teaching his charter fishing clients these highly productive techniques, creating memorable fishing adventures whenever possible.

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The Boats

The first is Captain Jim’s sponsored boat- a 2019 Skeeter SX-240 bay boat powered by a Yamaha 300 Horsepower 4 stroke outboard engine. This boat can accommodate up to 4 anglers, it’s extremely fast, dry, very stable, and has tons of fishing room. It’s ideal for all anglers that want to fish the lagoon waters located east of Orlando, south of Daytona Beach and west of Cocoa Beach. This is also the boat Captain Jim uses when fishing in the Atlantic Ocean between Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach for near-shore species such as cobia, shark, tarpon, king mackerel, and tripletail. Captain Justin Ross is piloting the 2016 Skeeter bay boat that is almost identical to the new 2019 model on many of his excursions. These include the waters east of the Orlando area, or along the near-shore waters around Cocoa Beach.


Our other fishing charter boat is a 17′ technical “poling skiff.” This boat excels at stalking spooky fish with light tackle or a fly rod in very shallow water. We slip quietly through these areas by shoving this boat with a push pole. Areas of the Mosquito Lagoon and northern end of the Indian River that are located north of Cocoa Beach, east of Orlando, and south of the Daytona Beach area, are where this boat shines. This skiff fishes best with one or two anglers. It is ideal for fly fisherman as well. This boat is not for everyone though, or suited for every weather condition. If you have stability issues, more than two anglers, or if the winds are fairly strong on the day of your charter, then the Skeeter SX-240 bay boats are much better suited for your days fishing charter excursion.

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Orlando Fishing

For our Orlando guests we offer excellent fishing right next door on Florida’s east coast. To add another element to family fun time and memory making, or to get out on the water to target Florida’s Premiere coastal gamefish, Fineline Fishing Charters offers a range of fishing trips to meet your needs. Captain Jim Ross is not only a local fishing guide with extensive knowledge of this fishery, but he is also a radio personality who will ensure your time on the boat is both productive and pleasurable.


This part of the inshore fishery is home to big redfish, sea trout, snook, tarpon, jack’s, and the list goes on. There are trips designed to make sure the kids have fun, and there are sight fishing trips for the more hardcore fisherman out there. So, if you are in the Orlando area and looking to get on a boat and get a line wet, Fineline Fishing Charters is a top rated local fishing guide who is here to provide you with the best Orlando fishing trip possible.


Orlando Fishing Charters


Both Captain Jim Ross and Captain Justin Ross specialize in taking Orlando area visitors on some of the best area fishing charters available. From scenic inshore family fishing trips to battling big fish in the nearshore or while sight fishing the flats, Fineline Fishing Charters is A rated among Orlando visitors.

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