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Capt. Doug Blanton
Copyright 1999-2010 [Indian River Adventures]. All rights reserved.
Revised: March 07, 2010 .


Merritt Island is a name you don't hear about very much when people talk about fishing for reds. However, when you hear people talk about fishing the Florida flats for redfish they are talking about this area. Merritt Island is the home of the southern part of Mosquito Lagoon and a barrier Island between the Indian and Banana Rivers. You don't hear much about Merritt Island is because it is seen as a small strip of land between the mainland and Cocoa Beach.

The truth is Merritt Island is the home of NASA and this areas largest wildlife refuge. Most people don't have access to a lot of this island therefore they don't even know it's here. The good part is that because a big chuck of this island and surrounding waters are restricted it has made some of the least fished redfishing flats in the state. This has also created a huge spawning area where these fish grow to record size.

I have been fishing Merritt Island for over 35 years and have had the satisfaction of  catching redfish over 50 pounds and trout over 15 pounds. For the past decade I have been guiding the Merritt Island waters and helping my clients sight fish the fish of a lifetime with light tackle.

If you have never sight fished with light tackle, don't worry. I cater to all fishing experience levels, from beginner to expert. My job is to help you catch fish without the stress and screaming you my have encountered with other guides. I will do everything I can to help you catch a big one. 

Since I specialize in sight fishing, most of the fishing we be doing is in less than 3 feet of water. This gives us the advantage of spotting reds up to 200 yards away. I guarantee once you have had a chance to feel the adrenalin rush of spotting and sneaking up on tailing fish you will be addicted.

The flats in this area are considered one of the top 10 spots in the world for sight fishing redfish. Due to its popularity the Cocoa Beach area has been the target of numerous fishing shows. Now the only thing missing is you, so stop dreaming about fishing the flats and watching other people do it on TV and let's go catch some memories.

When you fish with me expect to be provided with the same quality equipment I expect to be provided with when I hire a guide. 

So, You can always count on

  • A fresh spool of line.

  • Having top quality equipment put in your hands.

  • I currently use Shimano Stradic spinning reels, Ross fly reels and G-Loomis Greenwater rods. 

  • Quality lures and tackle. 

  • A spacious smooth riding boat 

  • And most of all, a full time guide that wants to see YOU catch fish.

Over the past few years, I have caught redfish averaging 35 inches with a few up to 55 inches.

Another fun fish to catch in the Indian and Banana Rivers is the spotted sea trout. It is common to catch them between 12 to 27 inches with an occasional gator (30+ inches).

I am a full time U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain with over 35 years experience fishing the Indian and Banana Rivers from Titusville to Cocoa Beach for redfish, trout, snook and tarpon. I currently fish from 2005 Famous Craft 1800XL. It is one of the most comfortable and driest flats boats on the market.

I will provide the following...
  • All fishing tackle
  • Rods and reels
  • Fishing license
  • Sunscreen
  • Ice
  • Beverages (Cokes, water and Gatorade)
  • Panoptx Polarized Sunglasses
  • 30 + Years of Experience!
You should bring the following...
  • Cool long sleeve shirt, Depending on season.
  • Hat, sunglasses
  • A camera 
  • A lunch or something for you to snack on

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Please feel free to call or e-mail any questions about availability or information about my charters.

Phone 321-432-9470 



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