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Monday July 16, 2018

There are no bad questions when you are booking a fishing charter. Lagooner has been booking fishing trips for many years with anglers asking some very good questions from time-to-time. We'll attempt to answer some of the most common questions, but if you have more specific questions or need other answers, please feel free to call us at (321) 868-4953 for additional information.

Do I Need A Fishing License?
No our Charter Captains are licensed for Charter Fishing and as long as you're with them you will not need a Florida Saltwater Fishing License.

What if the weather is bad and we have to cancel?
If the weather is bad and your trip has to be canceled, the captain will work with you to book a different day. He will try to contact you the night before your trip to let you know whether the trip will run or if there's a possibility that it may have to be canceled.

I've heard "in-shore" and "off-shore", what's the difference?
Inshore refers to fishing shallow and protected waters of the intercoastal waterway. The most common fish caught are Snook, Trout, Redfish and Tarpon. Offshore, also called 'deep-sea fishing,' involves heading out into deeper waters of the Atlantic Ocean, anywhere past 10-15 miles in this area. The fish generally targeted are Grouper, Snapper, Amberjacks, and King Mackerel, but that is just a short list of what is out there. When fishing offshore, it is fairly common to hook something that you have to wait to get up to the boat to determine what it is! Because of the fuel costs and typically the need for a more seaworthy boat, offshore charters run 50% higher than inshore.

Where Do We Meet Our Guide?
Your Guide can be contacted either at the lagooner offices at (321) 868-4953 or on cell (321) 543-3806. Guides will inform you prior to your charter where and when to meet you according to your charter request. Click here to get directions to some of the most popular meeting points.

Does Guarantee Fish?
Unfortunately nobody can guarantee that fish will cooperate all the time. Weather, conditions and fish moods can shutdown any guides from time-to-time. However.... Lagooner promises you a great time on the water and a better opportunity with our experts to fulfill your fishing dream of catching a world class fish or delicious table-fare.

What kind of Boats will we be using? has various fishing vessels in our arsenal. For flats fishing in the Lagoon system we have an Action Craft 1820 with built-in coolers live-bait wells and release wells. For inshore/offshore Action Craft's new line of boats the Coastal Bay 2310 model. This boat is equipped with two over sized bait wells a and all the room and comfort you'll need for a successful day of fishing.

Are Lagooner Captains Catch & Release?
The growing attitude of Catch & Release is one of the most important & popular practices on the water today. Lagooner captains practice this more often than not but we occasionally keep fish (within the legal limit) for the table. We are not a commercial holder of fishing license and do not believe that guiding and commercial fishing are a good mix.

Do Lagooner Captains use artificial Lures?
Yes, we provide or you can purchase any assortment of lures that you are interested in using. We endorse weedless spoons as truly being one of the best redfish lures gold spoons along with an assortment of jerk baits and top water lures. You will find that our Lagooner guides also use a live bait extensively.

Do Lagooners fly fish?
Captain Richard Bradley is's premier fly fishing guide. He has over 30 years fishing experience around Merritt Island, Mosquito Lagoon and Cocoa Beach. Captain Richard has over 15 years experience with a fly rod and can assist you in casting, fly selection and of course... putting you in front of fish. Prior to your fishing trip, Captain Richard will familiarize you with what equipment to bring, what will be provided and the types of flies you might want to tie or have made prior to getting on the water. Remember fishing is a "weather permitting" sport and if there is too much wind, a fly-fishing trip may be canceled or turned into a conventional tackle trip.

Are Food and Water Provided?
You will need to bring your own food and beverages. Beer and alcohol are permitted on the vessel, however if someone becomes intoxicated the Captain will terminate the charter immediately without refund for safety reasons.

How Many Anglers On Each Boat?
Inshore fishing requires specific boats for a specific task and our boats are tailored for that purpose. We generally take 1-3 people on an inshore trip and up to four on an offshore trip. Please read more about this on our expanded page with information about how many anglers to take on a fishing charter boat.

The Most Frequent Questions A Fishing Charter Captain is Asked.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

Author Captain Richard Bradley

Captain Richard Bradley is the author and contributor for many of the articles written on the Lagooner website. Richard is a professional fishing guide, taking anglers in his native waters near the Banana and Mosquito Lagoons on Florida's central east coast almost three hundred trips seasonally. When not charter fishing, Captain Richard enjoys time with his family surfing, fishing, camping and various other outdoor activities.

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