Fishing the No-Motor Zone

East-central Florida’s no-motor zone provides peace, quiet and happiness on the fly

The public now have NMZ access at two locations: KARS Park, on the west side of the NMZ, and the 401 causeway, on the east side. To find KARS Park, take State Road 528 east, exit north on State Road 3 on Merritt Island andthen turn right on Hall Road. The park is open before daybreak, but you will have to sign in and pay the launch fee at the park’s store before you leave for the day. To fish the east side, take State Road 528 across the Banana River and exit right on the 401 causeway. Park and launch at the traffic light adjacent to the cruise-terminal entrance.Mark B. Hatter
During the winter months, trophy reds like this are a real possibility for paddlers in the NMZ.Mark B. Hatter
Mark B. Hatter
Getting out of the kayak or canoe makes it much easier to land big redfish and black drum.Mark B. Hatter
While redfish may be the main draw to the NMZ, seatrout is another popular species to target.Mark B. Hatter