Saltwater Fishing Charters by Lagooner Fishing Guides
Florida East Coast Inshore and Offshore Charter Fishing Captains
Inshore Lagoon and Deep Sea Fishing Guides
Friday October 20, 2017
Upon contacting Lagooner Guide Services, you'll hear the pleasant voice of Captain Gina and know there is a warm helpful smile assisting you with your outdoor endeavors. Her husband, Captain Richard admits, "Without Gina, I'd be on the phone half the day setting up trips rather than focusing on the moment with my anglers." This husband and wife team have been working together for over 20 years making Lagooner Fishing Guides one of the premier outdoor activities in Florida.
Captain Richard's native knowledge of Florida Fishing and it's diverse species of gamefish allows him to share a life-time of knowledge and experience with his anglers. While attending Palm Beach Atlantic College in South Florida, Captain Richard excelled in marine biology and oceanography studies building on his natural fishing and outdoor abilities. Returning home to Cocoa Beach and starting a fishing charter business was as natural as breathing for this native Floridian.
Both Captain Richard and Gina are United States Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officers skilled in boatmanship. Captain Richard is our premier fishing guide while Captain Gina is the supply and chief petty officer responsible for schedulig trips and communications. Richard & Gina work in tandem to assure you and your party a quality fishing excusion that runs smooth and safely.
If you're interested in finding out more about Lagooner Fishing Guides, please fill out the form below and we'll contact you and send some information promptly.
Florida Charter Captain Requirements
In this time of change in the world economy, we've seen our share of new wannabe charter fishing guides popping up every few weeks. It seems that every local and semi local fire fighter or part-time professional wants to earn enough money to make their boat payment or spend their extra time fishing while using non-suspecting tourist to fund their endeavors.
Legitimate Charter Captains must maintain several things to make them legal and compliant on Florida waterways and ocean. Below are the minimal legal requirements to operate a Charter Fishing Company in the State of Florida.
A Business Occupational License
Coast Guard Captain's License (OUPV or better)
FWC Charter Boat Fishing License and Stamps
Liability/Property Insurance (at least $1 million)
NOAA Fish License(s) (if in ocean)
TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Card)
After 9-11 this is a required homeland security badge that must be in a charter captain's possession at all times while working on the waterways.
Proper Marine Vessel Safety Equipment
Commercial Vessel Registration
All water vessels & trailers must be registered commercially by the state of Florida.
Proper Permits for Restricted Waterways
Are you fishing on restricted waters? Better make sure your Fishing Guide is properly permitted.
CPR & First Aid (up-to-date)
Must have CPR annually and First Aid bi-annually
All Coast Guard Captains must belong to a random drug testing organization and must submit regularly to their requirements.
Before you get on the boat with your next charter, ask: Are you a full-time Charter Captain and do you have the proper and legal requirements for running a charter fishing business?
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October - 2017 Fishing Report
The summer is over and the autumn winds are starting to prevail as we head toward the holidays and winter. With water temperatures on the fall and water levels above average you can find good numbers of fish very close to the shoreline and against the mangroves. Mullet are in their peak run and will start to subside as we enter November, but bait, comfort and the end of the redfish spawn should keep anglers busy during the month of October. Lie mullet will trump any given bait during the fall on most days and if you're lucky enough to run into a school of big breeding redfish, it typically doesn't matter what you throw at them, just be ready for these fish that often exceed forty pounds.
Wrapping up the October report, we have been catching snook along the deeper shorelines with the seasonally high water, breeding redfish are coming to an end, but you have a chance to catch them and the fall mullet fun will keep the gamefish interesting into November.
October - 2017 Fishing Forecast
The frost is on the pumpkin, but not in Central Florida's Banana River Lagoon during October. The Halloween month can be the first we really start feeling cooler temperatures and the fish seem to get frisky and are hungry during this fall month. Although we concentrate further south for snook during October, it's starting to really get good in the Banana River as bait from the fall mullet run are around and there's plenty of action for almost every species from snook to sea trout. Sea trout in the evenings can be fantastic or early in the morning when the sun is not fully out. Redfish and tarpon will be around the whole day for anglers to enjoy. Look for the Banana to get better and better during the coming weeks and months as winter makes itself known.
Lagooner Fishing Guides
Cocoa Beach's premier saltwater fishing guide with over 25 years of charter fishing experience in his native waters.
Cocoa Beach, FL
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Lagooner Fishing Guides Review / Facebook
Inshore and Offshore Charter Fishing near Orlando and Cocoa Beach, Florida. Catch redfish, sea trout, tarpon, snook and many other saltwater gamefish aboard the world famous Lagooner flats fishing boat with renowned Captain Richard Bradley.
Great Captain, great trip. Local/Native to the area, knows these waters. You wont find better.
Written by: Jimmy Ryder about Lagooner Fishing Charters on August 1, 2016
5 / 5 stars